Movie Reviews

Jan 11 2013

Zero Dark Thirty

(This review was originally published on January 11, 2013 at Reel Film News) “Zero Dark Thirty” is nothing if it isn’t meticulously put together, and that seems like enough to qualify this smart, painstaking film for my top three of 2012, if not the last five years, particularly because of  how scrupulously it treats such a delicate topic without catering to any obvious agendas. Though Oscar […]
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Jan 4 2013

Not Fade Away

(This review was originally published on January 4, 2013 at Reel Film News) If you’re an avid fan of the Rolling Stones and appreciate the typically languid pace of “Sopranos” mastermind David Chase, then parts of this fictionalized flashback to the writer/director’s formative years as part of a New Jersey garage band might interest you. […]
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Dec 31 2012

Promised Land

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on December 31, 2012.) In our push to liberate ourselves from foreign oil, a process called “fracking” – hydraulic fracturing of land in order to extract elements to be used for natural gas – has started taking center stage in our discourse on energy alternatives. The process […]
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Dec 27 2012

Jack Reacher

(This review was originally published on December 27, 2012 at Reel Film News) The expression ‘they don’t make ’em like they used to’ is commonly used to describe action films these days. This is why the old-fashioned approach that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie takes in adapting the 2005 novel ‘One Shot’ for the big screen makes […]
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Dec 24 2012

Les Misérables

(This review was originally published on December 24, 2012 at Reel Film News) It doesn’t require a love of the theatre – or necessarily even a like of it – to be completely consumed by this adaptation of “Les Misérables”, which is the most moving piece of musical cinema I’ve seen in some time. By […]
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Dec 23 2012

Rust and Bone

(This review was originally published on December 23, 2012 at Reel Film News) Director Jacques Audiard (“A Prophet”) gives us just enough hope and decency to chew on in the French-language film “Rust and Bone” (“De rouille et d’os”), which foregoes any notion of a traditional romance in favor of a grittier, to-the-point attitude. Virtually […]
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