Category Archives: Reviews

Under Review: Noah

Three days ago marked the one-year anniversary of Roger Ebert’s death, and in thinking of how I’d write my review of Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, I keep returning to how I’d think Ebert would review it. I’d wager he’d have … Continue reading

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Under Review: Her

For a movie whose second most important character is a computer program, Spike Jonze’s Her has a remarkably humanist outlook. What each of its characters, bodied or disembodied, seek is something resembling human connection, and their ability or inability to successfully … Continue reading

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Under Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Ever been to one of those musical revue shows? On Broadway, I think they’ve sucked the well dry of every hit Motown and doo-wop single recorded between, say, 1955 and 1970, and eager producers no doubt saw the potential to … Continue reading

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Under Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street opens not, as you might have heard, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort snorting coke out of a hooker’s ass—he’s actually either blowing coke up her ass, or freebasing, but the debauched, bacchanalian point is that cocaine … Continue reading

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Under Review: American Hustle (updated)

American Hustle features a bunch of great actors, a bunch of great actors Acting, a bunch of great actors Acting while looking and wearing clothes that are patently ridiculous, and not much of a story or at least not a coherent … Continue reading

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Under Review: Nebraska

Nebraska may hit a little too close to home for anybody who has had to watch their parents grow old, but it does so with great understanding and with humor that manages to be both blunt and poignant. In this way … Continue reading

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Under Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The way I see things, the success of the Hunger Games movie franchise has almost nothing to do with the concept of the Hunger Games themselves and the world Suzanne Collins constructed in her novels and that Gary Ross and now Francis … Continue reading

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