Posts tagged James Newton Howard
MOVIE REVIEW: Concussion

Any time a film about a real-life whistleblower steps into view, the central question almost always becomes "Is it really true?"  Audiences are commonly kind to a good human interest story of this sort, especially when it is spun into an entertaining drama or comedy.  However, they are equally quick to disown one that stretches its claims of truth too far.  Knowing that dramatization will always be a prominent ingredient in these types of films "based on a true story," we have to settle for asking "Is it true enough?"  Such is the weighty burden of "Concussion," starring Will Smith and directed by Peter Landesman.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Nightcrawler

"Nightcrawler" is the cinematic equivalent of not being able to look away from an impending accident.  This is the movie on that test that stops and watches for even more peril.  In a movie like this, our own voyeurism and curiosity takes over and we find ourselves enraptured in what we see, even if it is wrong and against our usual likes, dislikes, morals, or beliefs.  Movies that do that and still entertain are rare. 

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