PAWN SACRIFICE Review – ***½

Although the general rule that a film pushed from a prime release date to a terrible one will itself likely be terrible does not entirely apply to Pawn Sacrifice, the fact remains that it premiered at Toronto last year and seemed headed for an awards-season release. The reviews weren’t quite there, it was picked up by a…

EVEREST Review – ****

Everest is not a film that inspires extended commentary, at least for those who are not mountaineers, armchair or otherwise. That’s not because it’s a bad film, though–indeed, despite the somewhat muted (if ultimately positive) reviews, it’s a very good example of a true spectacle, a film designed for the IMAX 3D experience, which for its…

2015: The Movies I Haven’t Reviewed Yet – Part I

Managing my own expectations has always been one of the hardest parts of being a critic. Because, first and foremost, I’m a movie fan. I love movies, I read and write about them more than I read and write about anything else, and even though I went to college for theater and want to work…

BLACK MASS Review – ****

It’s clear from early on that Black Mass will not be distinguished by its script, but by its faces. From the first glimpse of Jesse Plemons’ squashed Mickey Rooney-by-way-of-James Cagney mug, to Johnny Depp’s eerie visage (the product of some brilliant makeup), by turns reptilian and sepulchral, it’s the faces of the people we see…

Movie Journal 8/31/2015

As noted previously, this will be the last Movie Journal for a while. Again, I’ll keep the ranking of this year’s films updated, but this will be the last post for at least a few weeks.

Intermission

  About this time last year, as I recall, I took a break from the blog, citing burnout as the big reason. And while I’ve continued posting, I’ve especially fallen behind this year in the area of reviews. There’s no real excuse for that, other than maybe that most of the films I’ve seen so…