Rafe Spall

Movie Review: The Ritual (2017)

Those dastardly backwoods are calling again. Based on the well-received 2011 novel by Adam Nevill, David Bruckner’s film, The Ritual, is a competent British-made horror which, after a so-so opening act, gradually mutates into something quite watchable and intense. It starts as a group of old college buddies meet up to plan a reunion trip…

Movie Review: I Give It a Year (2013)

With Rose Byrne cast yet again in the role of uptight pretty girl and a premise involving marriage, audiences could be forgiven for thinking that writer/director Dan Mazer’s new film, I Give It a Year, was going to be another “Bridesmaids”-like comedy. Alas it is not (sadly), it’s more of a Frankenstein of genres —…

Movie Review: Life of Pi (2012)

It seems strange to criticize a movie for its beauty, especially considering the chief architect of that beauty is a filmmaker as visually and poetically gifted as Ang Lee, but beauty is exactly what fells the beast in Lee’s glossy Life of Pi. Adapted rather faithfully from Yann Martel’s celebrated 2001 novel of the same…

Movie Trailer: Life of Pi (2012)

Today 20th Century Fox has released the first full trailer for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Based on Yann Martel’s bestselling novel, it is a coming of age story of sorts for a young boy named Pi. In it he must come to terms with the loss of his family and livelihood in, of all…

Movie Review: Anonymous (2011)

Ding! Ding! Ding! It’s time for a brief lesson on the Bard of Avon — William Shakespeare. Born to a working-class family in early 1560s, and, with a sixth-grade formal education, he began as a successful actor in London. Later, ‘Peare branched out to writing plays, specifically comedies and tragedies. His more famous works, considered…

Movie Review: One Day (2011)

Amidst the blood bath movies of “Conan the Barbarian” and “Fright Night” and the children’s film “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World,” One Day starring Anne Hathaway released this weekend. All summer I have seen trailers for this dramatic film and thought the premise was interesting, despite it looking like just another chick…

Movie Trailer: One Day (2011)

Once a year, on the day of their university graduation, Emma and Dexter get together to celebrate the day they met. Based on the acclaimed novel by David Nicholls, One Day is a tale, spanning some 20 years, of enduring love and friendship through the best and worst of times for two people on separate…

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