2013 Film Reviews

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, […]

About Time (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Sweet and timidly wide-eyed, Tim Lake would never be described as a lady’s man. However, after another fruitless New Year’s Eve party, Tim is sat down and informed by his father of an absurdly unthinkable family secret. All the men in the Lake family have the ability to time travel. While they […]

A Single Shot (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Sam Rockwell stars as John Moon, a lifelong rancher who just can’t manage to keep a traditional job after his father’s farm was foreclosed on years back. Separated from his wife and young son, John is desperate to put his family back together.  While out hunting deer during the dawning hours of a […]

Enough Said (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a skilled masseuse and divorced mother with a teenage daughter about to go off to college.  While attending a cocktail party with her best friend Sarah (Toni Collette), Eva is introduced to Marianne (Catherine Keener), an acclaimed poet who expresses interest in becoming a new massage client.  At this same party, Eva […]

Closed Circuit (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy A devastating terror attack in a busy London marketplace leads to the swift apprehension of the suspected mastermind Farroukh Erdogan, while two other suspected co-conspirators are killed during the attempt to apprehend them.  Due to the sensitive nature of the case, the trial is split into two sections, a closed door segment […]