Not only is Room one of the best films of the year, it’s also one of the most moving.

I walked into a screening of Room knowing very little about the story. In fact, I believed — no doubt through some flawed game of telephone a few months back — that it was about a mother and son who never left their room due to some post-apocalyptic conditions, and maybe there was some sort of image projector used to simulate the outside world. For the record, that’s not what it’s about. If it wasn’t for the overwhelming buzz around the film and Brie Larson’s performance, I might’ve even waited a longer time to see it. This blissful ignorance was a gift bestowed upon me by circumstance, and it’s one that made the experience of watching Room with fresh eyes that much more powerful and devastat...

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99 Homes

99 Homes

The fall season always promises a wide variety of character-based dramas featuring heavy socio-political themes, and while 99 Homes is a strong entry, it’s weak points leave it short of exceptional.

In crafting the story for 99 Homes, writer/director Ramin Bahrani certainly found himself with some true-life subject matter ripe with sharp, complex and emotional drama. Evicting a family from their home surely requires any non-heartless individual to deal with a lot of personal denial and inner-justification, and that’s a tremendous launching point for really any kind of narrative...

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Pan has moments of great spectacle and looks gorgeous. But it’s too hurried, and its action sequences badly deteriorate as the movie goes on, rendering it a lackluster start to a potential franchise

Hollywood is always on the lookout for potential franchise material. It’s not enough to have story for just one film. Studios now need to be able to stretch them over two, maybe three, possibly four installments so that they can make as much money as possible.

With Pan, Warner Bros. probably thought that they’d hit the jackpot. Here’s a world that’s rich with possibilities, and a character who has had a long and storied cinematic history that dates back to Disney’s 1953 film, all the way up to Steven Spielberg’s Hook, while there are numerous other adaptations dotted in there for go...

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Bridge Of Spies


There are moments of pure genius, and scenes that miss their mark. The end result is a fine film, but not a major achievement.

Bridge of Spies is the kind of movie that you want to like because of those involved. It features director Steven Spielberg and veteran “Spielbergian” Tom Hanks, after the two previously teamed up for The Terminal, Catch Me If You Can, and Saving Private Ryan. I walked into the theater with high hopes for this new film about the trading of a captured Russian spy for a captured American one during the Cold War. As I exited the theater, my initial reaction was, “I liked it…I think.” But the more I did think about it, the more this bridge seemed to fall apart.

Bridge of Spies takes its name from the Giles Whittell non-fiction book, subtitled A True Story of th...

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