Focus Features

Mar 22 2013

Admission

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on March 22, 2013.) What do you do when you’re watching a movie that doesn’t really challenge you, offend you, or do anything to provoke any kind of visceral response, yet manages to be sweet? This is the debate I’m having as I recount my thoughts about […]
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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 14 2012

Hyde Park on Hudson

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on December 14, 2012.) Every single last performance in Hyde Park on Hudson is noteworthy. However, the film is also proof positive that performances are only part of a movie; they are the colors that the director uses to make you sit up and take notice. Keeping […]
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Nov 16 2012

Anna Karenina

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on November 16, 2012.) Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The story of a woman torn between her family, her extramarital love, and the societal pressures that destroy them all. It’s a novel that has more film, television, and staged adaptations than you could possibly want to see. The […]
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Dec 15 2011

Gary Oldman and director Tomas Alfredson talk “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

(This interview was originally published on December 15, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) When we sat down with Gary Oldman and director Tomas Alfredson to discuss their  adaptation of John le Carré’s 1974 Cold War espionage thriller “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, I was prepared to interview two men with the same reserved demeanor as the characters in […]
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Aug 31 2011

The Debt

(This review was originally published on August 31, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) Oftentimes when thrillers attempt to weave the realism of a historically relevant era into their plot, they get wrapped up in the mechanics of what the characters are doing instead of the characters themselves. “The Debt”, John Madden’s re-imagining of the 2007 Israeli thriller […]
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