[This review was first published at the original Looking Closer website in 1999.] – The End of the Affair takes us back to London in wartime. There, we’re told a story in which the echoes of air raid bombings leave scars on history and hearts. At first, it might sound
I’m not much of a baseball fan. I’m not much of a Disney fan. But The Rookie surprised me. Not only is it the best Rated-G movie for grownups since The Straight Story… it boasts what will be remembered as one of the best performances of the year. Dennis Quaid
The following review was contributed to Looking Closer by guest reviewer Ron Reed, and the Film Forum was published at Christianity Today. • Ron Reed: Your grandfather once told me it was okay to think about what you want to do until it was time to start doing what you
This review was originally published at Green Lake Reflections, my first film review website. • Grosse Point Blank is almost unclassifiable. Director George Armitage (Miami Blues) has cooked up what is bound to become a cult classic — but where will you shelve it in a video store? What is it?
2012 Update: I’ve just revisited Galaxy Quest and am happy to report that it holds up very well more than a decade later. This movie has a special place in my heart for its sense of humor, for its remarkable use of Tim Allen (an actor I can rarely tolerate),
Final Solution weaves several stories together against the backdrop of the last days of apartheid in South Africa. And they are true. Gerrit Wolfaardt was indeed a white supremacist who threw fuel on the fire of violence and hatred until the efforts of some compassionate and cautious heroes led him
[This review was first published at the original Looking Closer website in December 2000.] – What a shame. All the Pretty Horses, director Billy Bob Thornton’s adaptation of the great Cormac McCarthy novel, must have been a marvelous film. But this is not that film. This feature-length montage of scenes
[Jeffrey’s review of The Ladykillers was originally published at Christianity Today on March 26, 2004.] – This is not the first time moviegoers have seen Tom Hanks secretly tunnel through the earth beneath a stranger’s house. In 1989’sThe ‘Burbs, a subversive comedy by Joe Dante about eccentric criminals in a friendly suburban neighborhood,
My interview with Todd Komarnicki, the producer of the holiday-season comedy Elf (starring Will Ferrell), was published at Christianity Today on November 11, 2003.
1. Over the Rhine…..Ohio Over the Rhine celebrate their tenth album by making it a double. What we get is one of the most powerful discs they’ve ever recorded, the soulful gospel/folk/rock that they do best. That disc is followed by another, more adventurous and experimental effort. Karin Bergquist sings