LIFE OF CRIME Review

     February 10, 2015

[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

     February 10, 2015

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 …

TIFF 2013: CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE? Review

     February 10, 2015

John Carney’s 2007 film Once was a surprising, touching musical about two musicians falling in love through their love of music.  It felt authentic thanks to the naturalistic direction, and real-life musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who made their …

John Hawkes to Star in JACKIE BROWN Prequel, SWITCH

     February 1, 2012

The well-received performance by John Hawkes in Sundance’s audience award-winner, The Surrogate, has helped to land the star a role in Switch, the Jackie Brown prequel. Starring opposite Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), the duo will portray younger …