Hereafter

Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Matt Damon, Cecile de France, George McLaren, Frankie McLaren Review: 4 stars (of five) The name of the game in Hereafter is restraint. You’ve got a movie about what lies beyond the grave that doesn’t answer the question, you’ve got the...

Conviction

Director: Tony Goldwyn Starring: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Peter Gallagher Review: 2.5 stars (of five) Conviction has excellent performances from stars Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, but … meh, this film just didn’t do much for me. A young man who goes to jail for...

Stone

Director: John Curran Starring: Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy Review: 4.5 stars (of five) Edward Norton goes large, stretching his acting style to play a philosophical convict trying to earn parole. He starts out almost a caricature, a comedy piece, and slowly,...

Let Me In

Director: Matt Reeves Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee Review: 4.5 stars (of five) Remaking the celebrated Swedish cult film Let the Right One In with the same thoughtful, meditative vibe, similar directorial style and pretty much the exact same story might seem like a dumb idea—the original is damned good on its own, and screw people who think reading subtitles is too much work. But Matt Reeves creates an excellent film that stands proudly beside its Swedish original. Mostly he can thank his excellent lead actors, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz. It’s been a pretty damned good year for thirteen-year-old Chloe...

The Social Network

Director: David Fincher Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake Review: 4 stars (of five) The Social Network is a tight, fast-moving film directed by the guy who gave us Fight Club and Seven, and written by the dude responsible for The West Wing. In dramatizing the story...