If he believes in anything, Bill Gibron believes in the power of voice. Not just the kind that comes with actual spoken statements, but the one that permeates the best of literature and the most compelling writing. This may explain why he gravitates toward authors like Harlan Ellison or Salman Rushdie, scribes who announce their style with every phrase they utilize. It may also explain why, at age 44, he has spent the last 14 years as an educator, a coach, and an officer for the state and national speech and debate leagues that make up competitive high school forensics around the country. A big city Chi-Town (Chicago) boy transplanted to the tourist trap known as Tampa, Florida, Bill comes to PopMatters with a lifetime of unusual experiences.
By using obscure symbols and obtuse references, the filmmaker finds a way to turn a specific political problem into a universal pronouncement on people in general.
10 Feb 2017
Live by Night is good at era-appropriate garb, but its adaptation of Dennis Lehane's story lacks anything remotely close to sizzle or scope.
28 Dec 2016
When it works, it works magnificently. When it doesn't, it only has itself, and it's overreaching screenplay, to blame.
23 Dec 2016
This is a film that wants to paint an impression of our current President without bogging down the narrative with unnecessary excess.
16 Dec 2016
Instead of hitting us in the gut with it themes, this Spanish gem plays a more subtle and satisfying game.
30 Nov 2016
Far from wearing out his welcome, Hart the comedian must battle Hart the superstar for some of his stage time -- and he doesn't always succeed.
01 Nov 2016
By piling on the characterization and atmosphere, Mike Flanagan creates a true horror classic out of broken pieces from the previous title.
28 Oct 2016
By removing most of the "Go with God" material, the faith-based filmmaker has created his most consistent mainstream comedy to date.
28 Oct 2016
The story is uneven, the laughs are plentiful, but it's the politics that make this movie a tad... questionable.
29 Jul 2016
Star Trek Beyond successfully straddles the fine line between Star Wars' high tech toy merchandising and the serious ideas fostered by concept creator, Gene Roddenberry. It's also a stone cold blast.
22 Jul 2016
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