V.25 No.37 | 9/15/2016
Oliver Stone’s high-tech muckraker makes a solid, one-sided argument
Stone’s film is more or less a dramatization of Laura Poitras’ documentary/interview Citizenfour, but Stone fails to remember that uncertainty is the key to suspense.
V.22 No.34 | 8/22/2013
The Spectacular Now
Brutally honest high school romance throws cliché under the bus
Dark, deeply felt teenage dramedy (with a heavy emphasis on the “dram” and only faint dustings of “edy”) stands firm as a brutally honest assessment of childhood’s waning days.
V.20 No.47 | 11/24/2011
George Clooney heads to Hawaii, finds humor and heartbreak in delicate family dramedy
It’s been seven years since writer-director Alexander Payne ran roughshod over awards season with his Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award winning film Sideways. Now, he’s returned with another praiseworthy effort, the winningly emotional dramedy The Descendants.