2013 Film Reviews

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┬ámedical 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, […]

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy You don’t know their names, but their prodigious impact on the history of rock ‘n roll is undeniable. 20 Feet From Stardom is a fascinating documentary that explores the essential, yet, at times, thankless profession of the background singer. Through interviews with a group of featured backup vocalists and the legendary artists […]

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Based on a true story, Kill Your Darlings tells of early beginnings of the Beat Generation and the dramatic events surrounding famed writer/poet Allen Ginsberg’s time spent at Columbia University. After being accepted into Columbia’s English program in the fall of 1943, Ginsberg quickly becomes frustrated with the department’s traditional conformist instruction. […]

The Past (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy In 2011, Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi made a tremendous splash on the international film scene with his masterful family drama A Separation, a movie that earned him a throng of awards including the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The Past or Le Passe is Farhadi’s follow-up film. Like A Separation, […]