Alien series review (on Blu-Ray)

Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott Written by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett Alien has been around so long it's kind of hard to imagine the world without those cute lil' exomorphs that kinda look like stainless steel dildos with teeth. When I was a kid I remember the excitement around the 1979 film—people saying…Read More

August: Osage County review

Directed by John WellsStageplay and screenplay adaptation by Tracy LettsSince Julia Roberts had kids, she's been much more choosy with the films she does, working much less frequently. This is the opportunity afforded a former Queen of Hollywood, and more power to her. I've noticed that when she does work, the quality of her performances…Read More

CTV Morning Live: January 17, 2014

Yesterday the Academy Award nominations were announced, and today I went on the Halifax CTV morning show to talk about a few nominated films that are in cinemas, including Nebraska, August: Osage County and Her. I also preview Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which I plan to see sometime in the next week. Check back for…Read More

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty review

Directed by Ben StillerWritten by Steven Conrad, adapting the book by James ThurberI was a little late to this Christmas season-release, so I'd read a few mixed reviews in advance. My expectations had been adjusted, accordingly, which I think was a good thing. I recognized the many places where it doesn't work, while appreciating the…Read More

The Wolf of Wall Street review

Directed by Martin Scorcese Written by Terrence Winter, from the Jordan Belfort book A wildly funny film, The Wolf Of Wall Street probably won't be considered one of Scorcese's great works for a couple of reasons. 1) It revels in excess at a time when that is particularly unfashionable, five years since those Wall Street…Read More

Top 10 Movies of 2013

I measure the best movies of any year by a visceral reaction: When I walk out of the cinema (or away from my home screen, as the case may be) how much do I want to see it a second time, and how soon? Rewatchability is important. With that in mind, please find below a…Read More

Her movie review

Written and directed by Spike JonzeSpike Jonze's astonishing Her does three things exceptionally well. 1) It's a smart science fiction film, providing a credible look at a near future where computers go beyond where they are now—our close and constant companions—to something else, something new. 2) Through an intimate look at two leading characters, it's no…Read More