Category Archives: 2013

April 07

Movie Review: Alan Partridge (2013)

“Alan Partridge”, or “Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa” as it was originally released in the U.K, is the big-screen debut of Steve Coogan’s fictional radio-host character; Alan Partridge. I walked into the flick with absolutely no prior knowledge of the character, so I didn’t exactly know what to expect. To my delight, I discovered a funny and surprisingly smart comedy […]

March 01

2014 Academy Award Predictions

Best Picture: American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena Winner: 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street Who Will Win: 12 Years a Slave My Personal Pick: 12 Years a Slave Directing: David O. Russell, American Hustle Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity Alexander Payne, Nebraska Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street […]

February 11

Movie Review: Frances Ha (2013)

If you’re in the mood for a quirky, feel-good movie with likable characters and snappy dialogue, then “Frances Ha” is the movie you’ve been waiting for. Director Noah Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig also co-wrote the script, which is heavily influenced by Woody Allen’s previous work, and that’s in no way a bad thing. Frances Halladay […]

February 11

Movie Review: Jagten (The Hunt) (2013)

Sometimes, all it takes is an accusation to ruin your life, no matter whether or not it’s true. The mere idea of your wrong-doing can be enough to turn your world upside down, and Thomas Vinterberg’s “Jagten” (The Hunt) makes that absolutely clear. It’s a very powerful film that’s bolstered by a great central performance […]

February 10

Movie Review: Gloria (2013)

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a movie centered around a divorced middled-aged woman as she goes to singles’ bars looking for a good time. To be fair, that’s not all she does, but I figured it’d be difficult to relate. Turns out that my fears were unfounded, because Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria” is a great […]

February 09

Movie Review: La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) (2013)

Paolo Sorrentino’s “La Grande Bellezza” is an exquisite, albeit slightly indulgent, cinematic experience. The Italian film, which has been nominated for best Foreign Language film at the 86th Academy Awards, is a brilliant and unfettered effort by Sorrentino, one that tackles big questions and ideas with a lot of style and bravado. The flashy direction […]

February 02

Movie Review: 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

Out of the five Academy Award nominated documentaries this year, “20 Feet From Stardom” is probably the weakest. It’s not that the film is uninteresting or offensive; it just plays it too safe and, to quote a friend, feels more like a VH1 special than an actual theatrical documentary. Still, it’s an honest and enlightening […]