Author Archive for Noah S. Lee
While “Don Jon” is funny, unorthodox and engaging in its first half, the film loses steam in the second half, leaving leaves a lot to be desired.
Two powerful performances from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal propel the ominous, compelling thriller known as “Prisoners” into an exciting moral predicament that few movies have dared to explore.
An ironic tale about a mobster’s post-career lifestyle, “The Family” doesn’t have to worry about sleeping with the fishes anytime soon.
“Riddick” embraces the return of its R-rated violence and takes pride in pleasing the fan base, yet its over-reliance on the formula that made “Pitch Black” an audience favorite ends up fulfilling our desire for entertainment only halfway.
If you think “Getaway” is the best means of escape from the dog days of a summer’s end, then now would be a good time to jump out of the car and find someone you can trust to drive you to where you want to go.
While it packs a great deal of magical punch and rousing set pieces, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” suffers from an overstuffed mythology, sloppy storytelling, and flat acting performances to the point where it can’t hope to be the next grand fantasy blockbuster.
OCEANSIDE — No film can be expected to take shape without a screenplay. That’s why award-winning writers Antonio F. Vianna and Leonie Tremaine will be presenting the Screenwriters’ Workshop during the OIFF (Oceanside International Film Festival), which begins Aug. 23.
An inspiring and earnest comedy about finding your voice and living your life despite the challenges you face, “In a World…” is a brilliant writing, directing and producing debut for star Lake Bell.
Witty, touching, and sad in many places that hit close to home, “The Spectacular Now” paints an authentic, vibrant portrayal of teenage life and refuses to shy away from the seemingly unimportant details, and we have Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley to thank for that.
“Elysium” expresses a burning desire to prove its point but can’t show it and no amount of rich visuals and action can disguise that.