Kristofer Jenson

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

Critically acclaimed French crime drama Dheepan opens in the U.S. after being awarded the Palme d’Or in 2015. Photo: IFC

Film review: Dheepan earns accolades through complex storytelling

Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan comes stateside after claiming the 2015 Palme d’Or, a prize well-earned for this masterful, seemingly effortless balancing act of ripped-from-the-headlines narrative with slow-burn psychodrama. Though stylistically similar to politically minded social realists, Audiard never betrays individuality in the name of scoring ideological points. The film neither ignores nor tempers the politics inherent […]

uby Barnhill and Mark Rylance join forces with Steven Spielberg and Disney to make The BFG a gorgeous, fantastic journey. Photo courtesy of Disney.

Film review: Spielberg lends his midas touch to The BFG

Though his name is practically synonymous with groundbreaking artistic vision, Steven Spielberg’s second wind may just be his greatest, most unprecedented achievement yet. After Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—the perfunctory sequel in which it was clear that all returning parties were running on autopilot with little personal investment in the result—Spielberg […]

Colin Farrell stars in The Lobster, an odd, societal critique that operates way outside the box. Photo: A24

Film review: The Lobster is a unique, bizarre surprise

It’s little surprise that The Lobster, the English-language directorial debut of award-winning Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), has left quite the impression on audiences and critics alike. In its limited release it has garnered rave reviews and generated word-of-mouth notoriety that reaches far beyond its modest marketing campaign. What is surprising is just how comfortable […]

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are The Nice Guys in Shane Black’s latest detective duo film. Photo: Warner Bros.

Film review: The Nice Guys

For the first time in his impressive career, the Shane Black formula never clicks. The Nice Guys, a somewhat enjoyable mystery-comedy, feels more like a filmmaker doing an impression of the writer-director than the work of the man himself. First, an assessment of what makes Black’s work stand out. More than any other modern filmmaker, […]

Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as a physically and mentally scarred (anti) superhero with a personal agenda. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Film review: Deadpool plays it up to a niche genre

In the culmination of a tease that began with Ryan Reynolds’ pointless and tonally inconsistent cameo in 2009’s disastrous X-Men Origins: Wolverine comes the psychotic, violent, traumatized, fourth-wall-breaking and utterly hilarious Deadpool. Hilarious, that is, if you have more than a passing familiarity with the tropes of comic book films. The jokes in Deadpool tend […]

George Clooney stars as Baird Whitlock, a movie star kidnapped by a secret “study group” of communist screenwriters, in the Coen brothers’ latest farcical flick. Photo: Universal Pictures

Film review: Hail, Caesar! finds humor in the absurd

Hollywood farce Hail, Caesar! is a masterstroke of screwball absurdism from the Coen brothers, as they return with the subgenre of technically impeccable yet thematically anarchic comedy they practically invented. Harkening back to their output in the 1990s, Hail, Caesar! is a satirical genre parody and period piece in the vein of The Hudsucker Proxy […]

Charlie Kaufman’s animation feature Anomalisa is a fascinating, experimental film about breaking through the Fregoli delusion. Photo: Paramount Pictures

Film review: Anomalisa is confident and full of contradictions

True to classic Charlie Kaufman form, everything about the writer/co-director’s latest film, Anomalisa, is wholly unconventional from conception to execution, yet is entirely accessible to anyone who’s felt hopelessly disconnected from other people. It’s a film full of contradictions; it’s a stop-motion animated film with a hard-R rating about isolation and identity, but it’s funny. […]