Tag Archives: Joaquin Phoenix

Review: Joker

Todd Phillips’ odd superhero gloss has a lot of distractions built into it, the most obvious one being its non-relationship to the Batman franchise (or franchises, depending on how doctrinnaire you are) as a feature that is only tangentially relevant … Continue reading

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Review: The Sisters Brothers

The hitman movie hit a wall years ago, maybe as far back as Pulp Fiction, which billed itself as the last word on the sub-genre. Since then, it’s been variations on a theme, and the variations haven’t been varied enough … Continue reading

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Review: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Gus Van Sant manages to recover from recent poor choices (Sea of Trees, Promised Land) with the help of Joaquin Phoenix and an inspired cast of A-listers in supporting roles. The vehicle is perhaps less impressive than any of its … Continue reading

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Review: You Were Never Really Here

It’s difficult to grasp what director Lynne Ramsay is trying to accomplish with her new movie. Ostensibly a genre exercise, You Were Never Really Here sketchily outlines the daily grind of a hit man, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), who specializes in … Continue reading

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July 2014 movies

Here are the reviews I wrote for the July issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Beyond the Edge Given his status as New Zealand’s greatest 20th century hero, it seems unfortunate that the late Sir … Continue reading

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February 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the February issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on January 25. American Hustle If you didn’t actually live through the 70s, you probably think it was all about hair, … Continue reading

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May 2012 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the May issue of EL Magazine, which is being distributed in Tokyo today. Bad Teacher The similarities between this poor-taste comedy and the more recent Young Adult are mostly circumstantial: glamorous box … Continue reading

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