Film Review

A collection of articles concerning film review or retrospectives.

hail, caesar!

HAIL, CAESAR! (2016)

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The Coen brothers’ filmography is heavily populated with desks and the men who sit behind them. In the Coens’ universe, desks serve to define the…

dad's army

DAD’S ARMY (2016)

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Among the fine tradition of classic British sitcoms, few stand as revered—or, indeed, as British—as Dad’s Army. Set during World War II, this beloved BBC…

goosebumps

GOOSEBUMPS (2015)

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If you grew up in the ’90s, there’s a good chance R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps books were one of your formative forays into fiction. A series…

the walk

THE WALK (2015)

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The Walk is by no means perfect. In fact, it’s all too easy to pull apart, if you so desire. The dialogue is very expository,…

macbeth

MACBETH (2015)

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Is it unfair to compare this latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to past film adaptations of the play? Each director must find their own way…

spotlight

SPOTLIGHT (2015)

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Tom McCarthy’s sober, clear-eyed take on the Boston Catholic Church child abuse scandal, and how the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team uncovered the story, is…

THE FINAL GIRLS (2015)

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Forlorn teenager Max Cartwright (Taissa Farmiga) attends a special screening of Camp Bloodbath, on the third anniversary of her mother Nancy’s (Malin Åkerman) death—a ‘scream queen’ actress…

the big short

THE BIG SHORT (2015)

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There’s a point early on in The Big Short, Adam McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’s best-selling book about the financial crisis, where a voiceover announces:…

the visit

THE VISIT (2015)

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A found footage thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan may not be the most appealing prospect given the director’s recent filmography. While movies like The Happening…