Movie Review: INTERSTELLAR

Christopher Nolan is an ambitious director, that much has been clear from the start of his career. His latest film, Interstellar, might be proof that his ambition has surpassed his abilities. That’s not to say that Interstellar isn’t a good movie; in fact, it’s a great one. Nolan channels a variety of influences – Cuarón’s […]

Kabooooom’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

The end of a year brings about a deluge of listicles designed to pay homage to the best and worst of that year, as well as anticipatory ones for the new year. This is a piece in the latter category, exploring some of the most exciting new films for 2014. Although these films are largely […]

MOVIE REVIEW: American Hustle

David O. Russell’s latest film, American Hustle, opens with a title card indicating that “Some of these things actually happened”. It’s a light comic touch very much indicative of the comic stylings of the film as a whole. American Hustle is a darkly comic interpretation of the ABSCAM sting operation of the 1970s and 80s, […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks is the lovingly-told story of the creation of the iconic Disney film, Mary Poppins. Starring Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, the film has in many ways been equally billed on both of their characters. However, in truth, the film is primarily about Thompson’s P.L. Travers, the irascible author who […]

MOVIE REVIEW: The Book Thief

Translating an award-winning novel to film is a challenging task, particularly when narration that does not easily translate into film, is key to its success. The 2005 novel, The Book Thief, by Markuz Zusak, is about a young girl, Liesel, who is abandoned by her mother and gets fostered into a small town in Nazi […]

MOVIE REVIEW: The Fifth Estate

The promotional material for Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate proposes the question of whether or not Julian Assange is a hero or a villain, a visionary or a traitor. It’s a question that the filmmakers probably should have answered themselves before they created the film. Perhaps the greatest failure in this dramatization of the history […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Rush

Ron Howard’s latest film, Rush, paints a detailed portrait of the dangerous world of Formula One racing. The film delivers on many levels as an exciting and thrilling portrayal of not only car racing, but also of an intense rivalry and respect between British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), and the Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel […]