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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
There are two criticisms that I’ve seen repeatedly levelled at The Wolf Of Wall Street, the latest movie from Martin Scorsese that continues his successful working relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio. The first is that, at three hours, it’s just far too long. The second is that it glorifies...
January 23rd, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
As varied as their filmography is, it is easy to put the films of the Coen Brothers into two categories: the whimsical dramedy where its protagonist follows an unfortunate path of events that eventually divides the audience, or the gritty (most likely Western-themed) drama that easily garners critical...
January 21st, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Selfish Giant (2013)

The Selfish Giant (2013)
Scrap In its basic methods, Clio Barnard’s wonderful, emotionally devastating The Selfish Giant is more straightforward than her formally inventive documentary debut, The Arbor. But it has poetic elements, as hinted by the title’s reference to Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale, and the frequent...
January 20th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Grown Ups 2 (2013)
Remember a while ago when I grudgingly gave Grown Ups 4/10? If you’ve forgotten what I had to say about it then check out the review here. And then forget it. Because my good nature is being sorely tested lately, predominantly by people who I spent far too much time being kind to when I […]
January 20th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave (2013)
One day in the in the mid-1800’s, a musician by the name of Solomon Northrup, a free-born African American living in New York was abducted while traveling, and transported into the Antebellum South where he was drugged and sold into slavery. For the next twelve years, this profoundly decent man was...
January 17th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Great Beauty (2013)

The Great Beauty (2013)
Sorrentino and Servillo’s tremendous Roman trifle “The movie is a masterpiece, a grand swooning epic, lush to the point of insanity, Fellini turned up to 11,” says The Guardian’s Catherine Shoard of Sorrentino’s triumphant new collaboration with the great Toni Servillo, La...
January 17th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

American Hustle (2013)

American Hustle (2013)
David O. Russell is a very good director, and a very good writer. So it’s a shame to watch American Hustle and get the impression that he’s not happy with himself. This is, of course, just awfully presumptuous of me, but I couldn’t help thinking that many scenes in this movie looked...
January 16th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Nothing exceeds like excess Surely a sense of timeliness can’t have led Martin Scorsese to film the story of Jordon Belfort, the junk stock czar whose multi-million dealing got him minor jail time and brought down his company. The tale of high energy Wall Street bottom feeders might better fit...
January 13th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013)
Not to be confused with THIS movie. Lots of people have been dying to tell you just how good Frozen is. It is, apparently, the best Disney film in years, with the best songs, too. I hate to be the one sourpuss, but . . . . . . . . it’s not. Frozen is […]
January 12th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Peter Jackson hasn’t directed a film that I’ve found unenjoyable. That includes The Lovely Bones (as highly flawed as that movie is). But it seems that he’s determined to test the patience of all cinema audiences, including his biggest supporters, with this ill-conceived epic adaptation...
January 11th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More