Film / Theatre Reviews

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. …


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 …


October 13th, 2014 | by Conor Smyth

Ida is a modest but beautiful Polish-language buddy road movie from Pawel Pawlikowski, who returns to his homeland for a gorgeously vintage …

Dracula Untold

October 8th, 2014 | by Conor Smyth

To local youngsters seeking a bankable trade in these uncertain times, might I suggest a specialism in medieval prop design? …

Gone Girl

October 6th, 2014 | by Conor Smyth

Who knew extreme marital dysfunction could be such a riot? Adapted by Gillian Flynn from her best-selling novel, Gone Girl is a …


September 22nd, 2014 | by Conor Smyth

Pride works – and it really works – because it finds a way to perfectly be the kind of film you …

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