Tagged with Benedict Cumberbatch

Review: Black Mass, 2015, dir. Scott Cooper

Review: Black Mass, 2015, dir. Scott Cooper


“James “Whitey” Bulger terrorized Boston as the boss of the Winter Hill Gang from the 1970s until the 1990s, went into hiding in 1994, fell into FBI custody in 2011, and now, thanks to filmmaker Scott Cooper, he’s stalking multiplexes in the gangster film Black Mass. For Cooper, the movie marks his third plum gig … Continue reading

Review: 12 Years a Slave, 2013, dir. Steve McQueen

Review: 12 Years a Slave, 2013, dir. Steve McQueen


In a two hour movie brimming with finely calibrated, impeccably composed images that capture the brutal realities of America’s antebellum slave culture, a single shot of our nation’s looming capitol proves the most provocative. 12 Years a Slave, for all of its remarkable qualities, should be identified most of all as the rare movie that … Continue reading