Tim Jackson

Film Review: “The Drop” — A First-Rate Noir Thriller

September 13, 2014
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The Drop‘s characterizations never go beyond hapless noir archetypes, but sharp dialogue, superb performances, and the unpredictable convolutions of the plot keep the viewer on edge.

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Film Review: A Touching “Land Ho!” — We’re Not Dead Yet

August 25, 2014
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Despite a few clichéd moments, Land Ho! is the satisfying product of the natural grace that Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens have developed as filmmakers.

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Film Review: “Calvary” — An Artful Balance of Horror and Humor

August 14, 2014
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Calvary offers a dark vision to be sure, but every character, for all his or her troubles and cynicism, has a deep need for love and recognition.

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Film Review: “Magic in the Moonlight” — Recycling Made Charming

August 1, 2014
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Despite Woody Allen’s recycling of old ideas and plot points, his actors give such strong characterizations that I tossed my skepticism aside and enjoyed the moonlit ride.

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Fuse Film Review: “Get On Up” — James Brown’s Music Grooves, But the Biography Falls Flat

August 1, 2014
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From the start of Get On Up, James Brown’s life is reduced to the plastic clichés of music biography.

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Movie Review: “And So It Goes” — A Synthetic Slice of Boomer Banality

July 25, 2014
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This kind of faux-inspirational drivel has Hollywood privilege written all over it.

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Film Review: “Life Itself” — The Roger Ebert Story, Told Brilliantly

July 11, 2014
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Film critic Roger Ebert was a complicated man and this documentary does a superb job of exploring his different sides, detailing the evolution of his personality over the decades.

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Fuse Film Review: The 2014 Provincetown International Film Festival — A Sampling

June 26, 2014
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Alive Inside, the winner for Best Documentary at the Festival, had the audience gasping and in tears.

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Film Review: “Ida” — A Masterful Meditation on Fate and Circumstance

June 16, 2014
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Ida proffers a cinematic experience that is austere and mesmerizing.

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Film Review: “What is Cinema?” — An Inspirational Documentary about the Power of the Movies

June 6, 2014
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The clips from both experimental and commercial cinema play well against the interviews from a group directors who are known for pushing boundaries.

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