Movie Reviews

Aug 3 2012

Portrait of Wally

(This review was originally published on August 3, 2012 at Reel Film News) “Portrait of Wally”, which is the collaborative effort of director Andrew Shea (“Forfeit”) and ex-NPR journalist David D’arcy, both of whom wrote and produced the film, comes across more like a commentary-laden case analysis than a documentary.
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Jul 27 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on July 27, 2012.) Before we start: on behalf of Reel Film News, we would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the victims of the Aurora shooting and their families. I had originally written an overlong piece about the merits of The Dark Knight Rises.  There […]
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Jul 27 2012

Sacrifice

What happens when you want to make a film with the soul and heart of Zhang Yimou’s Hero, the complexity of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the family conflict of Curse of the Golden Flower, but generate no spirit of your own?  You wind up with Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice, receiving its US theatrical […]
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Jul 27 2012

The Queen of Versailles

(This review was originally published on July 27, 2012 at Reel Film News) “This is more like a riches-to-rags story,” laments David Siegel, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, which, as of when filming commenced on “Queen of Versailles”, was the largest  timeshare company in the world. The septuagenarian real estate mogul wears a dyspeptic […]
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Jul 25 2012

Ruby Sparks

(This review was originally published on July 25, 2012 at Reel Film News) I was unaware before seeing “Ruby Sparks” that co-stars Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are a real-life item. That explains a lot though; underneath some genuinely fine acting exists an undeniable chemistry between the two. I’m not talking about the traits of […]
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Jul 20 2012

China Heavyweight

(This review was originally published on July 20, 2012 at Reel Film News.) We all know what goes into recruiting our Olympic athletes here in the US; it’s not so much recruitment as it is being the best at what you do and getting noticed for it.  In China, it seems that for the sport […]
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