Author Archives: Conor Smyth

Still Alice

March 11th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

There is a deep sense of inevitability to Still Alice, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Alzheimer’s drama based on Lisa Genova’s …


January 21st, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

True to its title, Whiplash hits like a double decker. I left the screening of writer-director Damien Gazelle’s astonishingly hot-blooded second feature …

Taken 3

January 9th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

Producer/writer Luc Besson and director Olivier Megaton are filmmakers with a very specific set of skills, ones they have acquired …

The Theory of Everything

January 8th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

There are mercifully few equation montages in Theory of Everything, the hazy, heartfelt biopic of celebrity English astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. There is …


December 4th, 2014 | by Conor Smyth

Like its eponymous Peruvian exile, the cinematic adaptation of Michael Bond’s iconic children’s book series arrives under choppy circumstances. A …

Life Itself

November 26th, 2014 | by Conor Smyth

The owlish, circular Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert famously championed 1994’s Hoop Dreams, an early documentary by Steve James looking …

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