2013 Film Reviews

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Because, like so many of us, I’m a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I was curiously optimistic when it was announced a few years back that after a long, drawn out contract negotiation, director Peter Jackson was on board to create a film adaptation of The Hobbit, the Tolkien […]

The Invisible Woman (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy At the height of his illustrious literary career, author Charles Dickens was one of the most famed and beloved celebrities in the modern world. While preparing to perform in the play, The Frozen Deep, written by his close friend Wilkie Collins, Dickens is introduced to Nelly Ternan, a would-be actress whose virtuous […]

August: Osage County (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy After Beverly, the Weston family patriarch, mysteriously disappears, the three Weston sisters and their maladjusted extended family return to the Oklahoma family house to try to offer support to their ornery, dysfunctional mother from whom they’ve so desperately tried to escape. Based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning play written by Tracy […]

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Elise is a singer and tattoo shop owner; Didier is a banjo player in a bluegrass band. After a chance encounter, the two become instantly enamored. As they discover a shared passion for all things American culture, especially its wonderful music, they plunge headlong into a whirlwind affair of passionate affection. However […]

Grudge Match (2013)

 Review by-Jarrett Leahy Pittsburgh boxing legends Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen and Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp were bitter rivals who split two epic title bouts back in the 1980’s. Right before their decisive third match, Razor inexplicably retired from boxing, all but disappearing into relative obscurity. Now thirty year later, the two are persuaded by Dante Slate Jr., a young, cocky […]

Out of the Furnace (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Russell Baze, a steel worker struggling to scrape by in a dying Pennsylvania mill town, loses what little he has after a tragic accident lands him a five year prison sentence. Upon his release, Russell is troubled to discover that younger brother Rodney, an Iraq war veteran with mounting debts, is now […]

The Attack (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Amin Jaafari is an Arab Israeli physician working in Tel Aviv. The day after becoming the first Arab to be awarded a prestigious medical honor, Amin’s world is turned upside down when he discovers that his wife of 15 years was secretly involved in a horrific suicide attack in a crowded restaurant. Distraught, […]