ian has written 19 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • A Band Called Death

    A Band Called Death

    ★★★

    If the doc were as good as the band was, this would be getting five stars. Sadly, the filmmakers make some poor (IMO) choices about how to tell the story of this fascinating and groundbreaking band. Still worth 3 stars on the strength of the brothers' story.

  • How I Live Now

    How I Live Now

    ★★★

    HILN didn't succeed on every level; at times its young-adult source material seemed to be at odds with its "adult" presentation, but at times it was subtle and quite lovely.

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing

    ★★★

    This film really shouldn't have come off at all. Joss Whedon doing by-the-book Shakespeare dialogue set in the present day? Sounds like a clusterfuck. But it was actually quite charming.

  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    ★★★

    I'm a sucker for Coogan and Partridge, so the bar was set pretty low for me. "Alpha Papa" cleared it easily, putting Partridge in a new setting and not depending on tried-and-true "knowing me knowing you" gags. Coogan's just a hilarious motherfucker, basically.

  • The Unspeakable Act

    The Unspeakable Act

    ★★★

    Like "Blue Is the Warmest Color," TUA hinges on the performance of its lead actress. Tallie Medel is a revelation as Jackie, a girl in (romantic) love with her brother. Cannot wait to see more from both Medel and director Sallitt.

  • The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger

    ★★★

    If you can get past the casting of Johnny Depp as Tonto -- and believe me, I understand if you can't -- then you might be able to enjoy a solid Verbinski action-comedy. Bonus points for exceptional production design and cinematography.

  • Nobody Walks

    Nobody Walks

    ★★★

    didn't think I'd enjoy it, and didn't want to, especially, but I did. surprisingly affectIng.