LIFE OF CRIME Review

     August 28, 2014

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Life of Crime opens today in limited release.] I’ve never read any of Elmore Leonard’s novels, and yes, I’m ashamed. But I know from the film …

TIFF 2013: LIFE OF CRIME Review

     September 13, 2013

I’ve never read any of Elmore Leonard’s novels, and yes, I’m ashamed.  But I know from the film adaptations of his crime novels that there’s a way to do them right and wrong.  They have a confidence, a swagger, a …

THE GREAT GATSBY Blu-ray Review

     September 4, 2013

There are few stranger cinematic weddings that that of F.  Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby to Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top, nearly grating visual aesthetic.  The fact that Luhrmann’s adaptation is in 3D is icing on the cake.  But Luhrmann (best …

NOW YOU SEE ME Review

     May 30, 2013

The opening line of Louis Leterrier‘s Now You See Me warns “The closer you look, the less you’ll see.”  But it doesn’t matter how closely or carlessly you look because there’s not much worth seeing in the film.  For a …