Behind The Lens

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Rating Title/Year Author
Break Point (2014) Debbie Lynn Elias But it's Joshua Rush as Barry who steals the entire film, and your heart, and never more so than in the third act going toe-to-toe with [Jeremy] Sisto...much of the story and the humor falls on Rush's capable shoulders and he never drops the ball. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Unsullied (2014) Debbie Lynn Elias Unsullied boasts a solid thru-line, strong characters and high production values. Characters are fully fleshed out and well defined while some surprising plot twists keep the audience on its toes. Tension and suspense are palpable. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
3.5/5 () Debbie Lynn Elias Always intrigued by calculated betrayals and manipulation of loyalties and leverages, and never one to shy away from complex story constructs, Call Me King had my attention from start to finish but left me feeling as if it is an heir apparent. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Time Out of Mind (2014) Debbie Lynn Elias If ever a film could be described as having 'a soul', this would be the one. Time Out Of Mind is masterful. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Sicario (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias Fascinating, non-stop, intelligent, visceral. Sicario cuts into the very soul with rapier swiftness and intensity. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Pawn Sacrifice (2014) Debbie Lynn Elias A mesmerizing character study of chess master and genius Bobby Fischer and corresponding socio-political historical commentary of the Cold War as played out across oceans and on a board with kings and queens and knights and pawns. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
The Green Inferno (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Written and directed by Eli Roth and co-written by Guillermo Amoedo and an uncredited Nicolas Lopez, the story structure is well done and fully encompassing with commentary on various social and geo-political issues...Visually stunning. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
99 Homes (2014) Debbie Lynn Elias As comes as no surprise, writer/director Ramin Bahrani breaks down the door of our collective moral compass with this cat and mouse thriller of corruption versus conscience. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Labyrinth of Lies (2014) Debbie Lynn Elias A compelling and riveting piece of filmmaking, the intelligence with which this little known factual chapter of history - and German history - is brought to life, indelibly sears the conscience and the heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Experimenter (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias A perfect blend of performance art, cinema and the science of psychology, the result is thought-provoking, profound, and beyond intelligently entertaining. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Truth (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias Truth boasts another juggernaut by Cate Blanchett that is buoyed by an incredibly strong adaptation of [Mary] Mapes' book, eliciting all the intricate minutiae and ethics of not only investigative journalism but the absurdity of corporate blinders. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias The film walks the rapier line of satire, sarcasm and commentary, finding that sweet spot perfect balance of emotion and story. Political commentary is succinct and spot on. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Room (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias Director Lenny Abrahamson together with cinematographer Danny Cohen take [Emma] Donoghue's screen adaptation...elevates and expands the emotional heartbeat...filling the screen with dynamic indelible imagery and emotion. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
India's Daughter (2014) Debbie Lynn Elias [D]ocumentarian Leslee Udwin goes behind and beyond the world shattering events of 2012, shining a bright light on the issue of gender equality and the need to change the mindset of the world. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Trumbo (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias Stand up and cheer for Trumbo! Under Jay Roach's direction with an Oscar-worthy script from John McNamara...Trumbo celebrates the 1st Amendment and the conviction of one man, with dignity, integrity, courage, bravery and intelligence. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias [A]n intimate portrait of a man who is at a crossroads in his life...taking us around the track and into the pits with the making of "Le Mans" and all the behind-the-scenes drama that was unfolding in the world of Steve McQueen. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias Candid and engaging. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias [M]ay not be the best film of the franchise, and it may seem a little lackluster as an ending for a franchise as epic as this, but it serves the franchise, the books, and Katniss Everdeen well. This is the perfect ending for this legacy. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
The Good Dinosaur (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias Filled with a visual and emotional magic and majesty that touches the senses and the heart, The Good Dinosaur is 'Dino-Rrific'!! EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
No Escape (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias Stepping out of their known comfort zone, with No Escape the Brothers Dowdle deliver a high octane, heart pounding thriller starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan...populat[ing] the film with edge of your seat nail biting tension EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Youth (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias A unique examination and contemplation of life and age, which is uniquely told with some random abandon but filled with a delicious dark, yet at times, quirky humor. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
The Letters (2014) Debbie Lynn Elias [Juliet] Stevenson plays Mother Teresa from age 35 to 70 with a believability and resonance that radiates from within. The depth of conviction and humility which she imbues in the character took my breath away... Powerful fragility at its finest. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
A Royal Night Out (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias From Laurence Dorman's production design to Claire Anderson's period perfect costuming to Christophe Beaucarne's lensing to...popular swing tunes of the day buttressed by Paul Englishby's score, A Royal Night Out is an upbeat toe-tapping delight! EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
The Lady in the Van (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias Warm, witty and wonderful, The Lady In The Van (and the Dame) is a pure delight! EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Debbie Lynn Elias The Force is strong with this one. Star Wars: The Force Awakens kicks into hyper-drive and never stops. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Jewtopia (2012) Debbie Lynn Elias Predictable? Yes. Entertaining? Yes. Funny? Oh my God, yes! One of the funniest films of the year! EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Insidious: Chapter 2 is an insidious delight. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Hell Baby (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias A laugh a minute. Devilishly delicious. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
You're Next (2011) Debbie Lynn Elias I wanna be next in line to see You're Next again!!! It's bloody wonderful! EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Salinger (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Despite its shortcomings, Salinger is not only interesting, but enlightening for those unfamiliar with this voice of a generation. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Frozen Ground (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Nerve-wracking, nail biting and blood curdling, The Frozen Ground will send chills down your spine while warming your heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Prince Avalanche (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias [Goes] for the philosophical jugular with fresh, easy performances and refreshing storytelling that strip emotions and life to their barest, clearing the way for an offbeat and methodically entertaining movie-going experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Grandmaster (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias The Grandmaster is both masterful and a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Drinking Buddies (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Like a well crafted craft beer that celebrates the personal touch of a micro-brewer, Drinking Buddies is one tasty treat. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Paranoia (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Non-stop intrigue that will have you on the edge of your seat, Paranoia connects on every level. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Planes (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Although not the most original film in the Disney vault, Planes is nevertheless entertaining, engaging, high-flying fun and adventure that will put your head in the clouds and wind beneath your wings! EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Time Being (2012) Debbie Lynn Elias With visual artistry at its finest, The Time Being is an emotionally heart-wrenching work that establishes Nenad Cicin-Sain as a visual storyteller. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The To Do List (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias A real stand-up first feature from Maggie Carey, put The To Do List on your list of movie viewing. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The English Teacher (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias For everyone who has ever picked up a book, fell in love with language and literature or who has dreamed a dream, for every teacher that inspired, this is The English Teacher they will never forget. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Turbo (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Turbo wins the box office race this week, crossing the finish line first with humor and heart!! EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Only God Forgives (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Only God Forgives is a visually sumptuous feast, deliberate and controlled in its design, calculated to incite disturbing emotion and punctuated with a scene stealing performance by Kristin Scott Thomas. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Song for Marion (2012) Debbie Lynn Elias There is nothing unfinished about Unfinished Song. It sings to the heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Lone Ranger (2003) Debbie Lynn Elias 'Hi-Yo, Silver, Away!' And sadly, that's what you may be doing -- going away... EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Maniac (2012) Debbie Lynn Elias [Franck] Khalfoun's Maniac is about as human as one can get. A heart-pounding, heart-stopping cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Rushlights (2012) Debbie Lynn Elias Rushlights -- dark, twisted, delicious noirish fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Expatriate (2012) Debbie Lynn Elias Edge-of-your-seat, non-stop action, adventure and espionage keep Erased from being erased. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Monsters University (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Straight "A's" across the board, it's time to matriculate in Monsters University! EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Blue Umbrella (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias Blue Umbrella is floating its way to Oscar gold. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Boxing Day (2012) Debbie Lynn Elias Boxing Day is emotional beauty at its purest. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Spectacular Now (2013) Debbie Lynn Elias A spectacular coming-of-age film that is thoughtful and moving filled with charm, sweetness, truth and honesty, The Spectacular Now is a "Must See". EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019