REVIEW: Nightcrawler

Photo: Elevation Pictures

Photo: Elevation Pictures

Chris Luckett

For the past decade, Jake Gyllenhaal has delivered remarkably good performances in numerous movies, approaching greatness with an increased frequency and consistency in just the last few years. In Source Code, End of Watch, and last year’s Prisoners, Gyllenhaal seemed always on the cusp of becoming recognized for the undervalued talent he’s become, but he’s never quite broken through with critics and awards, always being overshadowed by a script, a director, or a co-star. Come the end-of-year lists and awards ceremonies in a few months, Nightcrawler could very well change all that.

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REVIEW: Thor: The Dark World

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

If there was much that was disappointing about Marvel’s 2011 movie Thor, it was that so much of the grand story was wasted on Earth. The fish-out-of-water scenes of the exiled alien Thor (Chris Hemsworth) adjusting to life in New Mexico were amusing, but the best parts of the movie involved the gorgeously realized Asgard and the almost-Shakespearean family drama.

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