Month: November 2015

Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R, 11/26 issue

*After a shockingly good first half that bursts with energy and invention, Ryan Coogler’s Rocky rehash Creed proves just good enough to be disappointing. *An alternately grim and goo goo-eyed wrap-up to the Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay—Part 2 reaps the mistakes sown by the previous entries. *Long-winded, dreadfully noble […]

Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R, 11/19 issue

*I interviewed Sacramento-born actress Brie Larson about her new film Room, her approach to playing troubled characters, and her Criterion Collection cinephilia. *Director Lenny Abrahamson brought a hazy commingling of whimsy and psychosis to last year’s Frank that never worked for me, yet that same approach proves essential […]