Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Gangster Squad Review

gangster squadThere’s little to glean from Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad except for maybe a few modest laughs, whether the comedy be intentional or not, and some charm from Ryan Gosling.

Read my review at Paste.

The (Other) Best Movie of 2012

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In early 2012 Michael Dunaway, one of the editors and founders of Paste Magazine, and I exchanged a few emails about the 2011 film Margaret. We never really finished the conversation, but Michael went ahead and posted the discussion.

Read the article at Paste.

Django Unchained Review

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Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained from the get-go appears to boast noble aspirations, namely to be romantic. But given the gluts of its director, it, alas, proves to be anything but that.

Read my review at Relevant.

This Is 40 Review

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Judd Apatow might just be the dirtiest moralizer in all of Hollywood. His comedies boast some of the foulest language and humor of their genre, but, at the same time, they celebrate traditional religious values.

Read my review at Paste.

Zero Dark Thirty Review

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Given the ambiguities and a range of opinions, it should be no surprise that Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s smart and exciting thriller about the hunt for—and killing of—bin Laden appears to offer no concrete answers to such questions. But if one looks closely enough, the film’s realistic, almost journalistic, aesthetic actually does provide some answers.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

Life of Pi Review

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With a little thought and reason, it’s easy to see the holes in the title character’s thinking, and that this film, at its core, is nothing more than a big and beautiful spiritual mess.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

Lincoln Review

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For filmgoers either too young to have been bowled over by Spielberg’s transcendent initial decade or two—or for those who perhaps just take his signature style for granted—Lincoln shows just how good he is. Thanks to a strong cast and a smart story that’s historically, morally and politically rich, Lincoln will go down as one of Spielberg’s greatest accomplishments.

Read my review at Paste.

Sinister Review

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Sinister is Scott Derrickson’s scary-as-hell new movie, a mix of the serial-killer, haunted house, and found footage takes on horror.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

End of Watch Review

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Using a found footage approach, writer-director David Ayer uses hints of the conventional and unconventional, particularly the first-person point of view and Cops-like shots from the police car. These techniques come together to create something surprisingly fresh.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

The Master Review

How good really is The Master? How much of its allure comes from the sheer craft of Anderson and how much comes from our cultural disposition for sadness and futility?

Read my review at Relevant.