Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave expands to Boston today, October 25. Check your local listings for showtimes.

Reviewing film can be very complicated. Regardless of the amount of time that each review takes to write, (and trust me it is more than you think) most go without being fully read. Aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes boil the copious words into a number, and for many filmgoers that’s all they want to see. Of course this argument in and of itself is limiting, since it only refers to those that even bother to entertain us critics. [Read more…]

Film Review: Killing Them Softly

Film Review: Killing Them Softly

The Boston Crime Film has become a genre on its own much like the Western, or MGM Musicals − and the source material for “Killing Them Softly” was written by George Higgins, also known for writing The Friends of Eddie Coyle, whose adaptation many will cite as one of the earlier films in the genre. Andrew Dominik’s film, makes reference to the source materials setting early on, with one of the main characters having a Boston accent, and referencing that he’s from Somerville. But that’s the films only connection to Boston, from there it becomes a story that clearly is more focused on a theme of economic crisis, set at the end of the Bush Administration. [Read more…]