RSS feed for Jason

Favorite films

Recent activity


Recent reviews

  • Deepwater Horizon

    Deepwater Horizon


    This dramatization of the hours leading up to the worst oil disaster in U.S. history has a good supporting cast, including a crusty and folksy Kurt Russell, a resourceful and capable Gina Rodriguez, and John Malkovich sporting a nutty, overcooked Cajun accent. Clumsy exposition aside (we learn how the rig works via Wahlberg’s kid rehearsing a school report), the dialogue feels authentic, tossing around the shorthand and lingo of the job, and the script is precise on the details without…

  • Patriots Day

    Patriots Day


    'Patriots Day' is mostly a mess – the kind of all-star disaster movie you might’ve seen in the ‘70s (with photos of J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, and the rest of the supporting players lined up in a neat row at the bottom of the poster), complete with half-assed backstories and dopey blossoming romances. And in creating a Zelig-esque composite character for Mark Wahlberg, they end up deep-sixing the entire message of the impassioned epilogue; this is supposed to be a story about a city coming together, and ends up being the story of a super-cop.


Popular reviews

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America


    “In one instant, her behaviors turned from charming to borderline psychotic.” So notes Tracy (Kirke) of Brooke (Gerwig), the title character of Noah Baumbach’s latest chronicle of the bohemian facades and generational navigation in New York City. Free of much of the cynicism but none of the bite of last spring’s 'While We’re Young,' Baumbach and co-writer Gerwig’s screwball treat beautifully captures the way a slightly older, seemingly together mentor-type figure can first seem to be everything you hope to…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin


    A beautiful, bizarre, and occasionally troubling bit of abstract art-house sci-fi in the Beyond the Black Rainbow vein from director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth). Scarlett Johansson (who appears in just about every frame) plays a well-disguised alien creature who picks up men and devours them; some have dismissed the picture as an indie riff on Species, but if the narrative is derivative and a tad monotonous, there’s something intoxicating about the fluidity of Glazer’s striking images and the mood he manages to sustain throughout the peculiar tale.

    Read more: