Articles by Stephen Wilger

The Critical Movie Critics

Stephen is a writer and avid entertainment critic. In addition to his work on the Critical Movie Critics, he produces his own website, The Paper Masque along with two podcasts, The Paper Masque Podcast and Movies with a Mask On. He also is a co-host on The Alfred Hitchcast, a retrospective podcast focusing on the works of Alfred Hitchcock.


Movie Review: Truth (2015)

Perhaps naming a motion picture Truth is opening the door to criticism over the real validity of its contents — more so when the film is based on true events and events that are still relevant in the public conscious, no less. But regardless of some of its debatable content, James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut admirably…

Movie Review: Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

There are a few ways one could structure a biopic. One would be to celebrate the public image of a renowned individual and play up their endearing qualities for dramatic effect. Conversely, a biopic could also be presented as a juxtaposition of one’s public image and delve into the private, perhaps darker side of a…

Movie Review: Theresa Is A Mother (2012)

Making a movie that feels both realistic and satisfyingly entertaining is not an easy thing to do. In fact, the notion of producing a film that feels entirely true to life is almost antithetical to the cinematic framework. Life is often uncomfortable, random, ambiguous and inconsequential — traits that could understandably be seen as detriments…

Movie Review: American Ultra (2015)

A common criticism of modern filmmaking is a lack of originality. And in a medium of formulaic genre styles that thrive on remakes, reboots, sequels and extended cinematic universes, it’s perhaps a valid point to make. Yet there is one main advantage to movies that carry a sense of familiarity — consistency. Whether it is…

Movie Review: Southpaw (2015)

Has the tap finally run dry on boxing movies? It goes without saying that there have been a number of great and enduring contenders in this category with genre clichés modern audiences are instinctively ingrained with, but is there anything else to be expressed within this set-up? If Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw is any indicator, we…

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