Jeff Meyers Archives
- Film Review: The Armstrong Lie
A Tour de Farce
- Gifts for the Film Lover
- Film Review: Philomena
A journey for the truth takes this mismatched duo from Ireland to Capitol Hill.
- Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs get schooled in 'Kill Your Darlings'
Director John Krokidas and his screenwriting partner Austin Bunn make a savvy choice in their decision to bring the story of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac...
- 'Dallas Buyers Club'
An unsentimental true story is compromised by two-dimensional characters
- Film Review: Kill Your Darlings
Before becoming literary icons, Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs were just freshman at Columbia.
- Film Review: The Book Thief
A wartime coming-of-age drama shoots blanks on the big screen.
- Rough Rider
HIV-infected-cowboy movie can’t quite buck Hollywood sentimentalism
- ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: Juicy for McConaughey, thin for LGBT
Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if all it took for assholes to become angels was a little adversity? Hollywood has a long tradition of advancing the notion...
- Film Review: Detroit Unleaded
Local filmmaker Rola Nashef’s first feature burts with infectious goodwill and charm.
- Film Review: Dallas Buyers Club
How a Texas man in the 1980s went searching for an effective AIDS treatment and wound up saving more than just his own life.
- Film Review: How I Live Now
In a world on the eve of destruction, heroine Daisy goes from saucy to survivalist.
- Opening in Orlando: ‘Thor: The Dark World’
Now playing in Orlando theaters
- 'All is Lost' Except Redford's Good Looks (and Talent)
At 77, Robert Redford doesn’t really have to prove anything to anyone. He had a string of iconic films in the 1970s and early ’80s, won the...
- Film Review: Man of Tai Chi
A five-year labor of love, Keanu Reeves acts and directs in this updated version of 1970s-style martial arts action flicks.
- Film Review: Ender’s Game
An attack on Earth a half-century earlier sets the stage for a Harry Potter-like adventure in space.
- ’12 Years a Slave’ Vividly Depicts Brutal True Story
As Schindler’s List has shown, it is critically difficult to untangle the atrocities of history from the artistry of the director who attempts to bring...
- Film Review: The Counselor
Screenwriter Cormac McCarthy serves up a woman-hating monstrosity packed within a Ridley Scott action motif.
- ‘12 Years a Slave’ is urgent and unsentimental
Steve McQueen creates a savage tale that portrays the brutality of the slave trade in the United States
- Film Review: We Are What We Are
If nothing else, director Jim Mickle (Stake Land) should be commended for his subversive attempt to turn his slow-burn cannibal horror flick into a moody meditation on matriarchal power and the uncompromising demands of tradition.
- Detroit Legend Elmore Leonard
Hollywood does Elmore Leonard —to mixed effect
- Film Review: All Is Lost
Golden Boy and the Sea
With minimal dialogue and harrowing detail, Robert Redford reaffirms his place among the Hollywood legends.
- ‘Runner Runner’ is all frill, no thrill
Ben Affleck’s newest film is quick, slick and empty of style or tension
- Film Review: 12 Years A Slave
A compelling story based on the 1853 memoir of a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, and how he struggles to maintain his humanity.
- Film Review: Escape Plan
Try as it will, this jailbreak flick just can’t escape the action tropes of the ’80s
- Film Review: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
A look at the struggle two boys endure on the streets of Brooklyn speaks to a neglectful society.
- ‘The Fifth Estate’ is Weak on WikiLeaks
In an attempt to make the online world of WikiLeaks more cinematic, director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn I and II) marshals a variety of...
- Film Review: The Fifth Estate
The story of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is told in patterned detail, but fails to capture the drama around his humanity.
- Film Review: Runner Runner
This Ship is Foundering
- 'Gravity' is breathtaking
Film about space might be the most thrilling and unbearably stressful movie you’ve ever seen in a theater
- ‘Gravity’ May Be Film’s Most Thrilling—and Stressful—90 Minutes
The hype is mostly justified. Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity may not have any profound statements to make about the human will to survive, and its...
- FilmReview: Gravity
Two astronauts in a real pickle
- Film Review: Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón establishes the high-water mark for 3-D movies
- Film Review: Enough Said
A wonderful final performance from James Gandolfini is what seals the deal
- Film Review: Thanks for Sharing
Story dwells upon First World problems, but a committed cast makes it all work
- Film Review: Prisoners
Abducted children, a mysterious man-child and lots of torture porn make for tough viewing
- Movies opening in Orlando
What’s playing on screens around town: ‘Riddick,’ ‘The Grandmaster’
- Film Review: Hell Baby
Horror spoofing has run its course, but redemptions can be found here.
- ‘The Grandmaster:’ The Story of the Man Who Trained Bruce Lee
- Film Review: Still Mine
Great performances can’t save this ham-fisted libertarian polemic.
- Opening in Orlando
‘Closed Circuit,’ ‘Getaway,’ ‘One Direction: This Is Us’
- Wong Kar-Wai’s 'The Grandmaster' is packed with resplendent visuals but cursed by chaotic narrative
Film that follows life of legendary Ip Man lacks focus
- Film Review: The Grandmaster
A visual feast with pub grub storytelling makes this near-masterpiece a mixed bag.
- Film Review: The World’s End
A mash-up of iconic films juxtaposed by self-reflective fear makes for a heartrending film.
- Hats off to high school dramedy ‘The Spectacular Now’
Teen romance does a spectacular job of bringing smarts and sensitivity to the high-school dramedy
- Opening in Orlando
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The World’s End and You’re Next
- Film Review: The Spectacular Now
Not since the venerable Say Anything has a movie depicting teen angst done such a remarkable job capturing reality.
- Film Review: Blue Jasmine
Manhattan 1 percenter is laid low in Woody Allen’s latest.
- Film Review: The Hunt
In this gripping drama about false accusations, integrity and benefit of the doubt, a town turns on one of its own.
- Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch perfect the art of the slow burn in 'Prince Avalanche'
The key players keep seething emotions in check in this bromance film
- Road to Nowhere: Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch drive ‘Prince Avalanche’
“Can we just enjoy the silence?” screams Paul Rudd's uptight Alvin in David Gordon Greene's minimalist comedy Prince Avalanche. It's shouted...
- Film Review: Prince Avalanche
A spare setting and small cast provide surprising depth in this minimalist comedy.
- Film Review: Elysium
Neill Blomkamp’s new sci-fi spectacle boasts great effects but some may find its social commentary clunky
- Film Review: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Teenage odyssey has a strong cast of adults, and is a fairly enjoyable ride, even if it’s no Potter film
- Playing With Demigods: Percy Jackson ain’t no Harry Potter, but it’s still fun
While it may not have the incredible roster of top-shelf British thespians that graced the Harry Potter films, this second installment in the...
- Film Review: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Ricky Jay will leave viewers spellbound, even if this workmanlike documentary could be tighter
- Film Review: Blackfish
Why performing orcas kill, how the marine theme parks spin it, and what this all says about us
- Film Review: I’m So Excited!
A soft porn Latin version of Airplane! — without the humor — Pedro Almodovar’s film about seizing the moment is more seizure-inducing than inspiring.
- Film review: The Wolverine
This latest take on the mutton-chopped superhero is a renaissance for its actor and the franchise.
- Film Review: Girl Most Likely
A thinly veiled homage to The Wizard of Oz, this movie would have been better off if Dorothy’s house crashed onto it.
- Film Review: Red 2
A decent stab at a sequel, this action flick is saved mainly by its top notch casting.
- 'The Way, Way Back,' A Bland Coming-Of-Age Flick
Why does Toni Collette end up with so many weird wardrobe choices? OK, we get it, she’s an unconventional actress, but enough with the head scarves already...
- Opening in Orlando
‘The Conjuring,’ R.I.P.D.,’ ‘Red 2’ and ‘Turbo’
- Film Review: The Way Way Back
Capitalizing on Gen X nostalgia provides little traction in this lukewarm film about teen angst.
- ‘The East’ lacks direction’
The elements are there, but the execution is wanting
- Film Review: Dirty Wars
A new documentary looks at the U.S. military-industrial complex and highlights the government’s lack of oversight.
- Film Review: White House Down
This new action flick by Roland Emmerich borrows from previous templates, but without much updating.
- Opening in Orlando this week
What’s playing on screens around town
- ‘World War Z’ is a disappointment to zombie-flick genre
Underdeveloped characters and poorly developed plotline make this one a bit of a snoozer
- Film Review: Much Ado About Nothing
Whedon’s stable of actors does a bang-up job of battling like the Bard intended.
- Film Review: World War Z
New zombie flick lacks deep characters, focus, but will probably enjoy lively box office.
- Film Review: At Any Price
Dennis Quaid makes many a Faustian bargain for the American dream and beds Heather Graham too.
- Film Review: The East
The elements are there: espionage, corporate greed and romance, but the execution of The East is a bit wanting.
- 'Man of Steel' is spectacular but empty
Reboot of Superman story lacks soul and character
- Film Review: Man of Steel
This latest Superman iteration is a visual feast but light on character development.
- Film Review: Before Midnight
The Before series earns its hat trick with the release of Richard Linklater's third installment.
- Film Review: After Earth
Shyamalan’s new film is like a sci-fi train wreck — except you can stop watching.
- Film Review: Stories We Tell
Engrossing examination of a family of actors and the roles they’ve played
- Hitchcock's 1963 Classic 'The Birds' is Still Relevant Today
Back in the summer of 1961, crazed seagulls suicidally flew into the sides of houses along the coastline of Monterey Bay. The cause was a mystery...
- Film Review: Fast And Furious 6
Wait until it is crazy hot out and the A/C will make this film enjoyable.
- Film Review: The Iceman
A hit man who hid his life of crime from his family gets the biopic treatment, with lackluster results.
- Film Review: In the House
This dark comedy uses the tricks up its sleeve to skewer the pretensions of the middle class.
- The Epic Career of Screenwriter Dan Shere
From viral videos to feature length films.
- Film Review: Mud
The love and pain of family are on dynamic display.
- Stealth Stardom: Michael Shannon
The most recognizable face you don’t know in Hollywood.
- Is Robert Downey Jr. sick of 'Iron Man'?
Has Robert Downey Jr. had enough? Called to duty as Tony Stark four times in five years (2015's The Avengers 2 will make number five), the...
- Film Review: Iron Man 3
Even if Downey seems bored with his fifth time in the suit, this is still a fun thrill-ride
- 'To the Wonder,' a lesser effort by Terrence Malick
As a fan of director Terrence Malick’s work, it might seem odd to criticize his latest film for its lack of specificity. After all, anyone versed in Malick’s...
- Film Review: Pain and Gain
Dick Joke Cinema
- Film Review: The Company You Keep
Robert Redford’s latest thriller is a good enough run, just more sober than snappy.
- Robert Redford’s 'The Company You Keep' isn't bad, but could've used some help from two guys named Sidney
Where are the two Sidneys when you really need them? Either Sidney Pollack or Sidney Lumet could have easily injected Robert Redford's old-fashioned...
- Film Review: Disconnect
Playing catch up with the times, this latest multilayered, ensemble-casted masterpiece-of-shit will raise your blood pressure or lower your eyelids.
- Opening in Orlando
Movies opening this week: Arthur Newman, The Big Wedding, Pain and Gain
- Film Review: Upstream Color
A brain-controlling parasite gives a man the locust-like ability to suck the will — and cash — from his unwitting victim.
- 'Room 237': 'The Shining' and how Kubrick and Hitler killed the Indians
"There ain't nothing in room 237." — Scatman Crothers, The Shining
- Film Review: To the Wonder
Terrence Malick’s first contemporary story offers stunning visuals but unconvincing characters
- The Place Beyond the Pines
Ryan Gosling stars in this lyrical ode to father-son relationships and tortured male identity
- Film Review: The Dirties
A Revenge Fantasy Run Amok
- Film Review: Trance
Art heist film’s plot is full of holes, but savvy imagery makes it a gorgeous failure.
- Film Review: The Place Beyond the Pines
Runaway endeavor leaves audiences with dashed hopes — but with Ryan Gosling as eye-candy consolation.
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