Posts by Nate Freiberg

Review: ‘Killing Season’

The action-thriller 'Killing Season' clocks in at a brisk 81 minutes, a lean running time not often seen in non-comedies. However, it's so thinly scripted, writes Nate Freiberg, that it proves even shorter films can outstay their welcome.

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Review: Style & Substance On Display In ‘Oblivion’

Nate Freiberg wishes more filmmakers could follow in Joseph Kosinski's footsteps after watching the well-crafted 'Oblivion.'

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Review: ’42’ Comic to a Fault

While 42 offers strong acting performances, the film doesn't quite do justice to the circumstances Jackie Robinson faced upon entering pro baseball, says Nate Freiberg.

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Review: ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines

Nate Freiberg thinks 'The Place Beyond The Pines' is worth checking out despite some of its shortcomings.

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Review: ‘Lay the Favorite’ is a Lost Bet

With a cast of Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebecca Hall, and Vince Vaughn, one would think that Lay the Favorite would be a good bet to be an entertaining film. But Stephen Frears' latest effort fails to cover the spread.

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Review: ‘Wallander: The Revenge’

While it serves as the second season premiere for a Swedish television show, Wallander: The Revenge does have have something to offer for mystery fans, says Nate Freiberg.

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Review: ‘Where Do We Go Now?’

The new musical dramedy from Lebanon Where Do We Go Now? is a unique effort from Nadine Labaki. Nate Freiberg has the review.

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Review: ‘Mirror Mirror’ Isn’t the Fairest of Them All

While Mirror Mirror provides some decent family entertainment, it ultimately fails to offer a clear and consistent take on the classic story, says Nate Freiberg.

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Alternate Review: ‘Take Shelter’

Take Shelter was such a compelling movie that we didn't have just one person review it... we had two. Nate Freiberg offers his take on the movie.

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Review: ‘The Music Never Stopped’

J.K. Simmons stars in The Music Never Stopped, a film about an estranged son who reunites with his parents after a brain tumor has rendered him unable to make new memories. Nate Freiberg says this film works and will particularly appeal to fans of the Grateful Dead.

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Road to the Oscars: Best Animated Feature


Our Road to the Oscars Series continues with Best Animated Feature. With Toy Story 3 also nominated for Best Picture among other awards, do How to Train Your Dragon or The Illusionist stand a chance? Nate Freiberg explores.

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New Writers Needed to Fix The Mechanic

Despite solid performances from Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland, The Mechanic suffers from a lousy script, says Nate Freiberg in his review.

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Hoffman Goes Directing

The always endearing Philip Seymour Hoffman directs and stars in "Jack Goes Boating." Nate Freiberg reviews this likable film, co-starring Amy Ryan.

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Will Any Animated Film Fly Higher Than ‘Up’?

The deepest field of Best Animated Film nominees ever is headlined by Pixar's "Up." Many experts think "Up" is a lock for this category, but Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is among a feisty group of challengers hoping to pull an upset. Nate Freiberg reports in our "Road to the Oscars" series.

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‘The Cove’, ‘Food, Inc.’ Lead Doc Nominees

This year's nominees for Best Documentary include films on Richard Nixon, illegal immigration, and Burmese unrest. But it's two films on food and Japanese dolphin hunters that are the early favorites. Nate Freiberg reports on this category in our "Road to the Oscars" series.

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