Film / Theatre Reviews

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 …


Birdman

January 6th, 2015 | by Will Murphy

There are many motifs that come to mind when discussing Alejandro González Iñárritu. A deft comedic hand is not really …


Paddington

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 …


The Drop

November 14th, 2014 | by Conor Smyth

The Drop is a good example of how short stories and screenplays are different forms with different expectations and demands. …


Interstellar

November 7th, 2014 | by Conor Smyth

Houston, we have a problem. Christopher Nolan may be a spectacularly skilled constructor of film, but he’s no storyteller. In …


The Book Of Life

October 29th, 2014 | by Conor Smyth

Perhaps more than even Christmas and Halloween, the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (‘Day of the Dead’) is a holiday …



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