Cinema Writer

Cinema Writer is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jay Antani
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Nebraska (2013) Jay Antani Payne's most accomplished and emotionally affecting movie since his masterwork, About Schmidt (2002) EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3.5/4 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Jay Antani Absorbing performances, stylistic wit, a lacerating and subversive sense of humor: The Wolf of Wall Street delivers all of these in spades EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2014
2.5/4 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Jay Antani The film has a frustrating, neither-here-nor-there quality. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Jay Antani It's natural to be repelled by Jackson's commercial- and franchise-minded motives ... but, ultimately, he delivers escapist entertainment that functions as the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/4 American Hustle (2013) Jay Antani more successful than any of the cons on-screen is the con Hustle plays on its audience, EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/4 Her (2013) Jay Antani Her does American cinema proud EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2/4 All Is Lost (2013) Jay Antani the Cliffs Notes version of the deeper, more profound character study that never transpires on-screen EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/4 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Jay Antani It is everything cheap, shallow and pandering about American independent cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/4 12 Years a Slave (2013) Jay Antani The film of the decade. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 Gravity (2013) Jay Antani a cinematic spectacle without equal EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/4 Before Midnight (2013) Jay Antani Before Midnight is no romance. It's a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/4 World War Z (2013) Jay Antani Pitt's soulful performance lends World War Z real heart and strength. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2013
2/4 White House Down (2013) Jay Antani Had director Emmerich allowed the chain reaction of comic chemistry sparked by these leads to carry the film, there's no telling how good White House Down could've been. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2013
3.5/4 The Way Back (2010) Jay Antani a solid, resonant meditation on survival, on hope, on the value of life in the face of implacable hostility, portrayed memorably by an excellent cast and [Director] Weir's vast, brutal, awe-inspiring landscapes EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2013
3/4 Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Jay Antani Purely as cinematic exercise, Zero Dark Thirty is an exhilarating piece of work. But, beyond its for-the-times subject matter, the work does not linger whatsoever. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2013
2.5/4 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Jay Antani a drag-down, mildly diverting entertainment EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2013
3/4 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Jay Antani delivers the kind of sharply timed laughs that Sturges and Wilder would've appreciated EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3.5/4 Lincoln (2012) Jay Antani There is directorial mastery here, and, even for those like me for whom the power of Lincoln is a percolating realization, one thing is certain: The performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is astonishing. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2012
3/4 Flight (2012) Jay Antani As A-list substance-abuse melodramas go, this one lands safely enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2012
2/4 Skyfall (2012) Jay Antani Who pays the price for Skyfall? Bond fans do, of course. But so does Daniel Craig. He's not going to be around forever - not in this shape, anyway. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2012
3/4 Moon (2009) Jay Antani Intriguing, imaginative, and thematically ambitious, Moon gives ample proof that Jones is a serious talent, pushing his concepts into intellectually and spiritually challenging territory. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2012
3.5/4 Looper (2012) Jay Antani Looper is among the cleverest, most skillfully crafted and entertaining sci-fi thrillers of the past 20 years. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2012
3.5/4 Argo (2012) Jay Antani Argo is among the worthiest spy thrillers to come out of Hollywood in years, and it puts to rest (at least for this reviewer) any doubts over Affleck's chops as a smart, shrewd director of consistently topnotch fare. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2012
3/4 Mr. Arkadin (1955) Jay Antani a mesmerizing experience, a schizoid crime caper that's half-potboiler and half-reverie EDIT
Posted May 30, 2012
3/4 Hugo (2011) Jay Antani the most soulful, most personal fiction film in [Scorsese's] career EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2012
3/4 Chronicle (2012) Jay Antani an enjoyable spin through the tropes of the superhero origin story EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2012
3/4 The Grey (2012) Jay Antani Aside from Neeson's top-caliber performance...the movie's got several excellent set pieces... EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2012
4/4 The Ground Truth (2006) Jay Antani perhaps the most important protest statement yet committed to film since the outbreak of [the Iraq War] EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2012
2/4 Jesus Camp (2006) Jay Antani Jesus Camp doesn't just preach to the converted, it bores and frightens them. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2012
2/4 Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Jay Antani The occasional flashes of imagination aside, "Afterlife" epitomizes what movies written largely by software and marketing committees look like EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
1.5/4 The Refuge (2009) Jay Antani Ozon masks his lack of sensitivity to the material with his characteristic cerebral detachment and pretense to subtlety. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2/4 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) Jay Antani the story's inherent sense of fantasy and genuinely felt moments of exhilaration...and danger...keeps us engaged - for a time, at least EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2/4 Barry Munday (2010) Jay Antani D'Arienzo's screenplay and direction goes for a cross between naturalism and absurdity, but it's largely a queasy, oil-and-water blend. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2.5/4 Inside Job (2010) Jay Antani As a documentary, this is a clear-eyed, steadily building prosecution against Wall Street. But, in the end, Ferguson's film is just a moot trial in which the defendants have already escaped scot-free. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2.5/4 Red (2010) Jay Antani The cast's efforts go about halfway to compensating for Red's lack of inspiration elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2.5/4 Cool It (2010) Jay Antani That this documentary is solution-oriented rather than fear-oriented as so many recent ones...have been is itself a reason for touting it. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
1/4 How Do You Know (2010) Jay Antani What happened to James L. Brooks? EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
3/4 Mumbai Diaries (2010) Jay Antani a refreshing, well-meaning entry in India's new brand of globally savvy cinema, [which] augurs exciting things from [director] Rao and her peers EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
3.5/4 The Last Lions (2011) Jay Antani an extraordinary achievement EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2.5/4 Black Death (2010) Jay Antani Bean owns this movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/4 I Am (2010) Jay Antani a well-meaning metaphysical inquiry that hits all the right sentiments but manages precious little substance EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3/4 Trophy Wife (2010) Jay Antani Catherine Deneuve continues her run as world cinema's most gracefully aging actress. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3/4 Miral (2010) Jay Antani Miral overrides its screenwriting flaws with Schnabel's uncanny sense of film art. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3/4 Wretches & Jabberers (2010) Jay Antani It's by engaging with all these extraordinary people that the film's beauty reveals itself. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/4 The Double Hour (2009) Jay Antani most of The Double Hour doesn't really need to exist in order for the viewer to process the impact of the finale EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2.5/4 Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010) Jay Antani Adroit editing, camerawork and staging keep in step with Yen's formidable martial arts mastery, showcasing a talent on par with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3.5/4 The First Grader (2010) Jay Antani achieves a poignant, humanist sincerity EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/4 True Legend (2010) Jay Antani suffers from an erratic narrative pace, shoddy characters and an overuse of digital gimmickry, all of which create the impression of an ersatz epic spectacle EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3.5/4 The Last Mountain (2011) Jay Antani trenchant, impassioned EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012
1.5/4 Film Socialisme (2010) Jay Antani likely to be an unbearable experience for anyone other than for Godard himself and his most hardcore adherents EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2012