Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

When it comes to back stories, there’s no work more frequently tapped than The Bible. A rich document with thousands of stories, it’s produced solid cinema, like 1956’s The Ten Commandments, 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ, 1959’s terrific Ben-Hur, the silly fun of Life of Brian from 1979, and even daft reinterpretations like the recent Noah [read my review of Noah]. There’s something inherently epic about the mythic story of the origin of humanity, and the…Read More

Review: The Great Gatsby

In a sea of bland lookalike films, the brash, electric new production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s landmark book The Great Gatsby is an art deco dream of the 1920s, fueled by too much gin and too many sequins. It is an astonishing film, as much a reminder of the magic of cinema as it is an ultimately tragic love story. The film follows young writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) during the passion and heat-fueled summer…Read More