RSS feed for Jonathan

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • The Gateway

    The Gateway

    ★★½

    This low-budget Australian sci-fi drama begins with a high-concept premise ripped straight from an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" or the second season "Fringe"; a frustrated widow scientist travels to a parallel dimension to replace her dead husband. But the ensuing back half of the story plays out like a melodramatic Lifetime film, with all the spousal-abuse tropes therein.

    There were some real opportunities to explore the differences between worlds, or the greater societal implications of being able to 'cross…

  • Dangerous Minds

    Dangerous Minds

    ★★★

    It turns out, the real danger was inside them all along...

    Pretty cookie-cutter story about "inner city school drama"; but Coolio's chart-topping "Gansta's Paradise" (played three separate times during the film) propels this Michelle Pfeiffer vehicle above mediocrity.

Popular reviews

More
  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    An unqualified masterpiece.

    This captivating science fiction drama from critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan was produced on a budget of $165 million, and released on November 5, 2014. Although it's an entirely original property with no ties to any previous works, the hype surrounding Nolan's ninth feature film was so high, Warner Bros. studios traded away the rights to its lucrative "Friday The 13th" series (among other franchises) just to secure worldwide distribution rights to this movie. So to say…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    Gyllenhaal is masterful.

    This low-budget American crime-thriller from first-time director Dan Gilroy was a critical and commercial success following its theatrical release on Halloween, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an enigmatic individual who muscles his way into the world of crime journalism: earning money by photographing accidents and murders late at night, and selling them to a local news station. He is a quirky, bottom-feeding opportunist, exhibiting signs of high-functioning autism... always communicating directly, if dishonestly with his mark.

    Gyllenhaal…