Film Reviews

War Horse (**½)

At its core, War Horse is a heartfelt story about a young man and the bond he creates with a horse who reciprocates that...

A Separation (****)

Believe the hype, ladies and gentlemen.  Asghar Farhadi’s flawlessly-written and acted domestic drama A Separation really is as amazing as you’ve heard.  The film...

13 Assassins (***½)

I should disclose right off the top that I am no fan of Takashi Miike.  While I know of several very intelligent, legitimate movie buffs...

Hugo (**)

It’s one thing to write a negative review of a film with very little passion or originality behind it (The Adjustment Bureau) or a...

Project Nim (****)

Oscar-winning director James Marsh's documentary Man On Wire was an exhilarating and surprisingly emotionally affecting film about one man's insatiable desire to overcome the...

Declaration Of War (***½)

One of the more interesting films I have encountered in recent memory is France's 2011 selection to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film...

Sleeping Beauty (***)

Anyone who describes Julia Leigh’s almost startlingly assured debut film as erotic either hasn’t seen the film or has some seriously deranged kinks, as...

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (**½)

Few films in 2011 have been more heartbreaking or more frustrating than 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'.  At times it's among the best things...

The Adventures Of Tintin (***)

Within minutes, a smile crept across my face while I watched Steven Spielberg's The Adventures Of Tintin.  After being dazzled by impressive opening titles,...

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (***½)

Before we ask whether or not The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo should have been remade or not, we must first acknowledge that anymore,...

The Artist (****)

You never know when the next great movie is going to arrive.  We all see a number of movies a year that we all...

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (****)

When people used to tell me that action films are the reason they go to the movies, I tended to smirk in slight disapproval...

A Dangerous Method (**½)

Jarringly, A Dangerous Method starts with a disturbed and highly distressed woman named Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).  She is deeply agitated and upset and...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (**)

Maybe it was impossible to actually justify the talent and resources involved in this project.  Maybe there was just no way that any faithful...

The Adventures of Tintin (***)

Part of me wishes so hard that Steven Spielberg had opted to film 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn' as a...

War Horse (Multiple Reviews)

FOOTE (****)On stage the horses are created with puppets, which I understand is rather effective. The same sort of thing was accomplished with Equus...

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (***½)

On September 11, 2001, our world changed forever.  We all know it.  On paper and looking back in 200 years time, it’s a most...

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (**½)

Based on the well regarded 1970s British crime novel by John le Carré, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the long-anticipated followup to Swedish director...

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (***)

Tom Cruise returns as agent Ethan Hunt in the entertaining spy sequel 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'.  It's the best installment of the franchise...

A Dangerous Method (***½)

I may not be the biggest connoisseur in David Cronenberg films, but I can easily state this is the best Cronenberg film I have...

Young Adult (**½)

Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, collaborators on the Oscar-winning 2007 comedy Juno, have re-teamed on Young Adult, a dark comedic tour de force for...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (***½)

David Fincher takes a well known property and easily makes it his own with the remake (or second book adaptation if you will) of...

Albert Nobbs (**)

There had been so much advance word on Glenn Close in this film, that by the time I saw it at the Toronto International...

Poetry (***)

So in case you weren’t aware, there were a few announcements of critics’ group awards yesterday.  As in, a seeming tidal wave of them. ...

Certified Copy (****)

I wish I could write more film reviews for The Awards Circuit.  My busy schedule and availability of titles relevant to the site (as...

The Turin Horse (***½)

“In Turin on 3rd January, 1889, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, the driver...

Nostalgia for the Light (***)

I have always been of the firm belief that not enough people grasp the importance of understanding history.  What is too commonly seen as...

Young Adult (***½)

Jason Reitman declares without a doubt that he's among the most talented filmmakers working today and Diablo Cody proves she's far from a one...

My Week with Marilyn (**)

The two stars belong to Michelle Williams and in fact her performance gets four stars (****) while the film just two, and I am...

Puncture (***)

Chris Evans is remarkably good in 'Puncture', a hybrid legal and drug addiction drama that's not quite as great as it could have been,...

I Melt With You (**½)

A bleak cross between 'The Hangover' and 'Very Bad Things' without the laughs and mixed with a big dash of Neil LaBute thrown in...

The Descendants (½ Star)

I had a really hard time composing this review to Alexander Payne’s long-awaited sixth feature and widely acclaimed dramedy, as I know that it...

Shame (****)

'Shame' is not just a portrait of sex addiction.  It's also a movie about damaged siblings, the struggle against one's own nature, and also...

War Horse (***)

Steven Spielberg, probably the most iconic and creative director of our modern time, returns with the long awaited War Horse.  The story follows a...

The Artist (***½)

Right off the bat I must say this...I do find 'The Artist' to be overrated.  What I mean by that is this isn't the...

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