Monthly Archives: April 2013


42 – 7

2013-04-25T17:44:00+00:00April 25th, 2013|Reviews|

Remember the Landmark Series of books - great events in history written (well) at a 6th-grade level? This could have been a movie version of one of those books, describing breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. It did make me wonder about the reality of the events depicted, in a more nuanced world [...]

The Place Beyond the Pines – 7.9

2013-04-21T00:43:14+00:00April 21st, 2013|Reviews|

The most notable aspect of this film was its structure, which Siri didn't like but which I admired for its originality: the movie's first half was about the Ryan Gosling character; the movie's second half was about the Bradley Cooper character; and the third half, a separate coda 15 years later, was about their respective [...]

Spring Breakers – 3

2013-04-15T01:24:52+00:00April 15th, 2013|Reviews|

It was hard to find a socially redeeming quality in this film about sex, drugs and violence on spring break in Florida, and despite thinking long and hard I failed. Nothing was realistic, so okay, maybe this is some kind of American magic realism. Except there was no magic. Just a lot of posing. James [...]

The Sapphires – 7

2013-04-15T01:23:58+00:00April 15th, 2013|Reviews|

What’s not to like in a film about four young Aborigines overcoming racism, entertaining our troops in Vietnam, finding love and singing classic Motown tunes under the tutelage of the loveable Chris O’Dowd, reprising his character in Bridesmaids? Well, lack of originality for one thing. Every plot development screamed “formula,” and there was a sense [...]

No – 7.8

2013-04-01T18:14:39+00:00April 1st, 2013|Reviews|

An interestingly ambiguous movie about the power of a superficial ad campaign to bring down a dictator. You have to root for Gael Garcia Bernal - one of cinema's more appealing actors - but are we sure that "Don-worry-be-happy" is the level of discourse we want in our political campaigns? And in another twist, the [...]

The Gatekeepers – 8

2013-04-01T17:59:16+00:00April 1st, 2013|Reviews|

I don't know which was more remarkable: the footage of Israeli security forces battling Palestinians or the unanimity of opinion among the former Shin Bet chiefs who were interviewed. Together they produced stunning confirmation, if any was needed, of the shortsightedness of Israel's own Middle East policy. As usual, it was the politicians who were [...]