REVIEW: “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (****)

Posted by · 6:10 pm · May 12th, 2011

Cannes Film Festival Lionel Shriver’s 2003 bestseller “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is a rare pop novel indeed: a nippy, low-comfort social essay that lures readers into messily untied arguments on topical subject matter the talk-show circuit would have far less trouble resolving. It might have made for a cluttered, stentorian film about things, […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Nowhere Boy” (**1/2)

Posted by · 5:17 pm · October 29th, 2009

London Film Festival A bright, slight, mostly enjoyable portrait of the formative years of John Lennon, artist-turned-filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Nowhere Boy” opens with a nudge-nudge tease, as the singular opening chord of “A Hard Day’s Night” reverberates through the theater over a shot of the 18 year-old Lennon running to school. That single-second strum, however, […]

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The top 10 shots of 2007: part two

Posted by · 3:08 am · February 22nd, 2008

Today we round out the top 10 shots of the year with the final five.  Check out part one if you missed it. Let’s dive in: #5 “MICHAEL CLAYTON” Director of Photography: Robert Elswit We were completely ripping off New York filmmaking from the 1970s, things like “Klute” and pretty much everything Owen Roizman has […]

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