Post Date Aug 31

RogerEbert.com — One Direction: This Is Us

One Direction: This Is Us Movie ReviewWhen the fine folks at RogerEbert.com needed a review of the One Direction documentary, they came to the right place. I definitely have some thoughts on the lads — “a confection, held together by hair product and harmony” — as well as the glossy, superficial way director Morgan Spurlock depicts them.

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Post Date Aug 30

RogerEbert.com — Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight Movie ReviewJuno Temple is a stripper with a heart of gold and Kathryn Hahn is the bored stay-at-home mom who tries to coax her down off the pole in “Afternoon Delight.” The film starts out as an honest exploration of a woman’s life and marriage in flux and turns into a judgy, preachy cautionary tale. My review for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 23

RogerEbert.com — Short Term 12

Short Term 12 Movie ReviewSet in a foster-care center for troubled teens, the indie drama “Short Term 12” could have been painfully mawkish. Instead, it’s powerful in its understatement. I loved reviewing this small gem for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 23

RogerEbert.com — Paradise: Faith

Paradise: Faith Movie ReviewThe austere Austrian film “Paradise: Faith” features acts of religious fervor that are so crazy, they’re sure to startle the devout and non-believers alike. I had the unique pleasure of reviewing it for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 16

RogerEbert.com — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain't Them Bodies Saints Movie Review“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a devastatingly beautiful film with an absolutely terrible title. It borrows more than a tad from Terrence Malick but also heralds the emergence of a talented filmmaker in David Lowery. My review for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 10

RogerEbert.com — Off Label

Off Label Movie ReviewMy RogerEbert.com review of the documentary “Off Label,” an indictment of Big Pharma that tries to encompass so many people and so many angles in such a short amount of time, it ends up breezing through them and providing glimpses that feel rushed and unsatisfying.

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Post Date Aug 9

RogerEbert.com — David Gordon Green

Primary_davidgordongreenprinceavalancheDavid Gordon Green’s latest film, “Prince Avalanche,” seamlessly blends the two seemingly contradictory artistic instincts within the writer-director: It has the unhurried pace and richly naturalistic aesthetic of his early, indie dramas with the comic banter and oddball characters of his later work. I very much enjoyed talking with him for a RogerEbert.com profile about the eclectic, prolific career he’s put together at just age 38.

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Post Date Aug 2

RogerEbert.com — The Canyons

The Canyons Movie ReviewMaybe playing a troubled young woman wasn’t the best way for Lindsay Lohan to escape being a troubled young woman. My review of “The Canyons” for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Aug 2

RogerEbert.com — Europa Report

Europa Report Movie ReviewThis quietly suspenseful sci-fi thriller makes extensive and effective use of the whole found-footage conceit. My review for RogerEbert.com.

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Post Date Jul 31

This is the tree …

In MacArthur Park where I interviewed David Gordon Green yesterday. Well, not in it. And we weren’t doing what Seth Rogen and James Franco are doing. But we sat underneath it and had a nice chat about “Pineapple Express,” and his new film “Prince Avalanche,” and the eclectic career he’s put together at just 38. I look forward to sharing it with you on RogerEbert.com next week.