Donovan Jacobs

Filters

October 20, 2009

Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have produced an exceptional (if not always consistent) body of work marked by their knack for not giving audiences what they expect. The Coens not only make movies in an offbeat range of genres but also...

September 3, 2009

Once derided as inferior intellectually and artistically, science fiction and horror films have grown into genres where social, political and moral issues can be explored in profound yet compelling terms. Movies as diverse as Night of the...

April 27, 2009

We live in troubled times – times where too many people both withdraw into themselves and ignore (even more than usual) the plight of those less fortunate. While it may fall short on some levels, the new film The Soloist deserves...

February 20, 2009

Some Christian audiences seem to gravitate toward family films not only for their kid-friendly storylines but because they offer escapism in a broad but not always positive sense of the word. While many of these movies offer entertaining...

January 22, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire feels like an instant classic because the film so deftly combines the distinctive visual and storytelling styles of noteworthy cinema with characters and conflicts that would be at home in great literature. (Indeed,...

December 25, 2008

It's sad that, in a year defined by change, 2008 saw so much of the same old, same old in film. Too often, moviegoers seem to only be offered a choice of uninspired sequels, remakes of aging TV shows, or timid revisions of genre pieces...