Paul Giamatti

San Andreas Review

San Andreas delivers all the destruction, mayhem and special effects that audiences go to this kind of movie to see. But is there more to it than just that?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

Whatever you thought of Marc Webb’s previous outing in the rebooting of the Spider-man Marvel Comics franchise is precisely what you’ll think of The Amazing Spider-man 2 with very little deviation.

Saving Mr. Banks Review

It never takes a look at the making of Mary Poppins in any ways that could be seen as eye-opening or controversial, but Disney's Saving Mr. Banks is still a decent enough crowd pleaser with some good performances.

Home Entertainment Round-Up: 11/18/13

Lots to go through this week on the home entertainment front including the coal in the stocking that is the Paul Rudd/Paul Giamatti team-up All is Bright, the Blu-Ray debut of the exceptional astronaut drama The Right Stuff, John Carpenter's ill fated TV pilot Body Bags, the toothless political drama The Attack, charming Irish creature feature Grabbers, the passable Dolph Lundgren/Randy Couture drug actioner Ambushed, and the gleefully sick Canadian sleaze flick, Junkie

12 Years a Slave
Video Review

And now for something a little different: A video review! Dork Shelf's own Brandon Bastaldo takes a look at Steve McQueen's slavery drama 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender.

12 Years a Slave Review

There’s no doubt in my mind that 12 Years a Slave will go down in history as a landmark film. Never before, and quite possibly never again, has the issue of African American slavery and the still present pain and anguish been this viscerally and brilliantly realized. Its effect is provocative, much like gazing into an unattended open wound that never quite heals itself, but rather reaches a point of stasis beyond which things couldn’t possibly get any worse no matter how awful a situation may be.

Romeo and Juliet Review

There’s almost nothing that I can say about Carlo Carlei’s big screen staging of Romeo and Juliet. It would be redundant to say there’s nothing here that you haven’t already seen before, and yet it’s worse than that. This is EXACTLY what you have seen before. It’s a drab, lifeless Shakespearean melodrama perked up ever so slightly by a few decent performances that does absolutely nothing whatsoever to warrant its existence.

Parkland Review

As a depiction of the events on the day of American President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22nd 1963 – as well as the three days in the immediate wake of the killing – Parkland doesn’t cover any historical or narrative ground that hasn’t been touched on before, nor does it go out of its way to create melodrama.

TIFF 2013: 12 Years a Slave Review

12 Years a Slave Special Presentation Director: Steve McQueen A mere capsule review at festival time could never do justice to McQueens powerful masterwork thats not so much an excellent piece of filmmaking, but a landmark cinematic achievement. While no one left alive today could possibly ever be able to relay the atrocities of Americas […]

TIFF 2013: Parkland Review

Parkland Gala Director: Peter Landesman As a depiction of the events on the day of American President John F. Kennedys assassination on November 22nd 1963 as well as the three days in the wake of the killing Parkland doesnt cover any historical or narrative ground that hasnt been touched on before, nor does […]