“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what 12 Strong ends up being.
Glenn Kenny is the editor of A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists On 25 Years of ‘Star Wars’ (Holt, 2002) and the author of Robert De Niro: Anatomy of An Actor (Phaidon/Cahiers du Cinema, 2014). His writings on the arts have appeared in a wide variety of publications, which include the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, Humanities, and others. From the mid-1990s to the magazine’s 2007 folding, he was a senior editor and the chief film critic for Premiere. There he commissioned and edited pieces by David Foster Wallace, Tony Kushner, Martin Amis, William Prochnau, and other well-regarded writers. He also wrote early features on such soon-to-be-prominent motion picture figures as Paul Thomas Anderson and Billy Bob Thornton. He currently contributes film reviews and essays to RogerEbert.com and to Vanity Fair Online, Decider, the Criterion Collection website, and other outlets. He has made numerous television and radio appearances and appears as an actor in Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience, and Preston Miller’s 2010 God’s Land. He was born in Fort Lee, New Jersey and has been a resident of Brooklyn since 1990; he lives in that borough with his wife.
An interview with Phil Hopkins, founder of the Blu-ray restoration label The Film Detective.
A restoration of Eagle Pennell's 1983 film "Last Night at the Alamo" will screen this week at L.A.'s Cinefamily.
A piece on two recent Dario Argento re-releases, "Deep Red" and "Tenebrae."
Our RogerEbert.com staff pick for the Best Director of 2015.
A review of the "Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, Volume 1" Blu-ray box set.
An appreciation of Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man," as recently restored on Blu-ray.
An interview with an early collaborator of the late cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond.
An appreciation of Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight" on the release of a restoration of the film.
Blu-ray reviews for films including Charley Varrick.
A piece on the newly reissued Eve Babitz book "Eve's Hollywood."