Anne Hathaway stars in Les Miserables, directed by Tom Hooper. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Film Review: Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables”

Matt Kafoury December 28, 2012

"Les Miserables" Directed by Tom Hooper Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway Grade: D- During the climax of "Les Miserables," directed with stunning ineptitude by Tom Hooper, characters...

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star in James Camerons Titanic. Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.

Film Review: James Cameron’s “Titanic,” 15 years later

Matt Kafoury December 20, 2012

"Titanic" (1997) Directed by James Cameron Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Gloria Stuart Grade: A  In crafting his 1997 blockbuster masterpiece "Titanic," writer-director James...

The Best of 2012: Top 10 TV shows - Mad Men, Girls, Homeland and more

The Best of 2012: Top 10 TV shows – “Mad Men,” “Girls,” “Homeland” and more

Matt Kafoury December 16, 2012

Note: I don't watch everything. This year in particular, I've fallen behind on a number of shows I like. Of what I did watch, here's what I most enjoyed: 10. Chuck (NBC) The little spy comedy that could,...

TV review and sneak peek: ABCs Nashville a solid soap

TV review and sneak peek: ABC’s “Nashville” a solid soap

Matt Kafoury October 8, 2012 I've only seen one episode of "Nashville," embedded above, but I wanted to offer a few first impressions, as I did with the comedy pilots last month. Set in the eponymous...

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling hit bookstores last Thursday, Sept. 27.

Book review: “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling

Matt Kafoury September 30, 2012

As I read the opening pages of J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy," I felt the onset of an all-too-rare pleasure: the joy of being placed in the hands of a trusted storyteller, an artist with a proven...

Ed Weeks, Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina star in The Mindy Project, debuting Sept. 25, 2012 on FOX.

TV reviews: “Ben and Kate,” “Go On,” “The Mindy Project” and “The New Normal”

Matt Kafoury September 9, 2012

Reviewing television pilots is a tricky practice--how much weight should be placed on a single television episode that may or may not be representative of the series that follows? Some shows start...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Premium Rush. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures.

Sunday review: “Premium Rush” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Matt Kafoury August 26, 2012

Writer-director David Koepp's latest film, "Premium Rush," has been advertised with the tagline "Ride Like Hell." This is, perhaps, to its detriment--I'm not sure high-speed bicycling  constitutes...

Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Summer movie round-up: the best of 2012

Matt Kafoury August 16, 2012

I doubt I'm alone in feeling that this summer was rather unremarkable in terms of the films released. The sole box office knockout was Joss Whedon's "The Avengers," having grossed over $600 million...

Registration 101

Matt Kafoury August 16, 2012

You'll soon learn that registration at Trinity represents a rather (melo)dramatic phase of each semester.  Complaints of "ruined" schedules and early classes fill the air, as does a shared resentment...

Left to right: Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and Tintin (Jamie Bell) in The Adventures of Tintin, from Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures in association with Hemisphere Media Capital.

Film Review: “The Adventures of Tintin” by Steven Spielberg

Matt Kafoury November 18, 2011

The 2007 announcement that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were to collaborate on an animated film called "The Adventures of Tintin" seemed to be met with little more than a "Huh?" among most...

Film Review: “Take Shelter” by Jeff Nichols

Matt Kafoury November 11, 2011

The phrase "psychological thriller" has long been overused, particularly in reference to film. Somewhere down the line, "psychological" became a synonym for "good" and/or "interesting." "Take Shelter,"...

Film Review: “Martha Marcy May Marlene” by Sean Durkin

Matt Kafoury November 11, 2011

"Martha Marcy May Marlene," a haunting drama from writer- director Sean Durkin, is not an easy film to swallow. Indeed, the crowd at a screening I attended was quite vocal about its disdain for the movie....

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