Kristofer Jenson

Contributing writer to C-Ville Weekly. Associate Film Editor of DigBoston. Host of Spoilerpiece Theatre.

Film review: MacFarlane drives Ted 2 off the laugh track

Film review: MacFarlane drives Ted 2 off the laugh track

If Ted 2 proves anything, it’s that Seth MacFarlane cannot be trusted with his own success. MacFarlane—a demonstrably talented, funny and often thoughtful individual—has a nasty habit of doing something fun and original that connects with critics and audiences, only to capitalize on his success with vanity projects that rely more on smugness and self-satisfaction […]

With the help of an all-star supporting case, Melissa McCarthy makes the most of her versatile talent in the intrigue comedy Spy. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Film review: Spy may be the summer’s sleeper hit

It may have taken four years of failed vehicles and forced cameos, but Melissa McCarthy finally hits her stride in Spy. Packaged and marketed as more of the same from McCarthy—an alternately crass and sincere broad comedy that misunderstands the difference between empathy and mockery—the slyly progressive and engaging Spy may end up being the […]

Carey Mulligan stars as a young woman standing firm in the face of social pressure to marry in Far from the Madding Crowd. Photo: Fox Searchlight

Film review: Far from the Madding Crowd returns with grace

Call it an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s breakthrough “Victorian realist” romance novel, call it a remake of John Schlesinger’s 1967 film starring Julie Christie, but whatever you do, don’t call Thomas Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd derivative. Like Hardy and Schlesinger before him, Vinterberg uses the relatively straightforward tale of an independent-minded woman caught […]

Despite an engaging cast, the update on Cinderella starring Lily James (above) fails to surpass the timeless charm of the original animated version. Photo: Disney

Film review: The new Cinderella doesn’t fill the shoe

There is a sneaky sort of rebelliousness in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella—in the way it pushes back against the tide of revisionism and misdirected irony that has overtaken family entertainment in recent years. Sincere instead of sarcastic, elegant instead of flashy, and wishing to enchant audiences with charm instead of hypnotizing them with antics, Branagh’s intentions […]

Michael Mann’s cyber-thriller Blackhat stars Chris Hemsworth as a brains and brawn code jockey pitted against a villainous hacker. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Film review: Blackhat plot remains in the cloud

“Style over substance” is not generally a criticism that sticks to Michael Mann, a singular voice among directors for his unique take on suspense and action. Though there is no shortage of machine gun fire and high speed chases in his films, Mann gives equal weight to small moments of tension or introspection, gorgeous scenery […]

David Oyelowo, who stars as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, is predicted to sweep the Hollywood awards season for his leading role. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Film review: Selma is a well-crafted portrait of a moment

Among the many artistic and political accomplishments of Ava DuVernay’s Selma is the full embodiment of grassroots activism. After generations of society’s dismantling of the breadth of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s political and ethical contributions down to a single sound bite (that is routinely misappropriated), DuVernay has done King and the world a favor by […]