AN AMERICAN IN HOLLYWOOD
AN AMERICAN IN HOLLYWOOD

The film doesn’t say anything new, so as an audience you seek something else to connect with, and there’s not much there. The performances are good, but you don’t quite connect with the characters because they lack depth. I’ll always take two or three fully fleshed-out, layered characters over ten faces whose names I won’t remember when the credits roll…



Posted on August 30, 2014 in Reviews by

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5 WAYS 2 DIE
5 WAYS 2 DIE

From the opening you know you’re in accomplished and thoughtful filmmaking hands, and the film stays technically strong throughout. Overall, it’s a skillful bit of filmmaking, with an effectively intriguing narrative…



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A SECRET CROSS
A SECRET CROSS

Instead of playing out as a psychological thriller that does its emotional damage via a nuanced build of suspense, the film seems clumsy and heavy-handed with broader strokes…



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THE ICING
THE ICING

An action sequence early on, while bonkers and over-the-top, set a fun, almost cartoonish tone that the film never comes near again. I wouldn’t have minded less serious-minded complexity and more humor, honestly; at least then you’d feel a sense of fun with the film…



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REEDS
REEDS

While the film harbors a twist or two, they are hinted at early and often enough. Even name-checking the films that handle these narrative similarities more fluidly would give away too much…



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THE BOOTLEG FILES: TOO MUCH JOHNSON
THE BOOTLEG FILES: TOO MUCH JOHNSON

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil gets to experience a long-lost Orson Welles curio…



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