2013 Film Reviews

Wadjda (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Wadjda is an 11-year-old girl living in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Free spirited and a bit of an odd duckling, it is Wadjda’s dream to buy her very own bicycle so that she can race and beat her friend Abdullah. However, in the Saudi culture, it is believed that […]

2 Guns (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Two undercover agents, each unaware of the others’ covert status, hatch a scheme to infiltrate a Mexican drug lord’s organization. When the plan goes wrong and allegiances dissolve, Bobby (Washington) and Stig (Wahlberg) find the only people they can truly trust is each other. Based on a graphic novel of the same […]

Philomena (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy This afternoon, I introduced Michelle to the touching story of Philomena.  I had originally seen Philomena a month or so before I started up AmateurCinephile, and revisiting it yet again only confirms my initial evaluation of the film.  Philomena is adult cinema of the highest quality. Director Stephen Frears, who is best […]

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Adele (Exarchopoulos) is a French high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a maturing woman. Despite dating a young man from school, she struggles with unresolved feelings about her sexuality. One day while walking in the city square, an exotic young lady sporting evocative blue hair catches Adele’s attentive […]

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy After three decades of Hollywood success that includes the likes of the 2007 best picture winner No Country for Old Men, Fargo and The Big Lebowski, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen’s cinematic reputation has deservedly earned them the right to create whatever they want.  Inside Llewyn Davis, in all its somber beauty, […]

The Imposter (2012)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy On June 13th, 1994 a 13-year-old boy named Nicholas Barclay goes missing from his rural neighborhood located just north of San Antonio, TX. For the next three years, the Barclay family searches in vain to find their missing child, when miraculously they are contacted by officials located in Spain who have information […]

Oldboy (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Of the many things the internet has had a noticeable impact on, the prevalence, acceptance and appreciation for foreign films by a wider American audience is pretty high up on that list. Through the help of websites like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes along with the plethora of movie blogs, popular and critically […]