Movie Reviews

Jun 4 2012

U.N. Me

(This review was originally published on June 4, 2012 at Reel Film News) Laced with incongruous humor, “U.N. Me”, just like its title, should have been much better. As a documentary tallying the transgressions of the United Nations specifically over the last two decades – from Rwanda to Darfur – there’s something unnerving about its […]
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May 31 2012

Take This Waltz

(This review was originally published on May 31, 2012 at Reel Film News) “Take This Waltz” is an awkwardly paced romantic drama that puts its stock in aesthetics rather than dynamics. A mundane story spiked with character-defining eccentricities, its plot progression is manic but without much substance.
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May 26 2012

God Bless America

Tearing into a media culture that caters to society’s lowest common denominator, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait’s “God Bless America” lashes out at reality TV, YouTube and the country’s shrinking sense of human decency. While  some memorably shocking moments are slightly diminished by a clichéd final act, the film is wholly unapologetic –  a brutal social commentary that might […]
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May 14 2012

Bernie

(This review was originally published on May 14, 2012 at Reel Film News) “Bernie” is a quirky, oddly charming film. Yes, it’s a story about a murder – a true one at that – but it reminds me of a Christopher Guest film if spun from a Coen Brother’s script, like the “Best in Show” […]
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Apr 13 2012

The Cabin in the Woods

(This review was originally published on April 13, 2012 at Reel Film News) If “The Cabin in the Woods” sounds like a generic title, it’s only because co-writers Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon wish to stress the gleeful irony of their material. The film, which might be considered both a sympathetic wink to starving horror […]
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Apr 6 2012

American Reunion

(This review was originally published on April 6, 2012 at Reel Film News) When “American Pie” was released in 1999, it revamped a genre that was being suffocated by watered-down, PG-13 box office fluff. It was, in a sense, a throwback to the comedies of the ‘70s and ‘80s when “Animal House” and “Porky’s” were the […]
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