A MOST WANTED MAN Review

     February 10, 2015

[This is a re-post of my A Most Wanted Man review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  The film opens in limited release this weekend.] The spy thriller genre—like all genres—has its fair share of tropes and clichés.  The best entries …

Sundance 2014: A MOST WANTED MAN Review

     February 10, 2015

The spy thriller genre—like all genres—has its fair share of tropes and clichés.  The best entries are ones that take the foundation of the genre and expand upon it or put a new spin on the material.  Director Anton Corbijn’s …

THE AMERICAN DVD Review

     February 10, 2015

Director Anton Corbijn’s The American made decent bank at the box office in September with a $35.6 million domestic rake, and yet it currently sits at a less-than-enticing 38% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. This is doubtless a product of …

THE AMERICAN Review

     September 1, 2010

Never underestimate the power of smart directing and a strong central performance to keep a movie interesting.  Anton Corbijn’s The American isn’t a film with momentum.  It’s not rushing anywhere or even setting up a clear destination.  It’s an austere, …