Kristofer Jenson

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

Action film regular Vin Diesel stars as The Last Witch Hunter in his self-produced, self-approved gaming fantasy flick. Photo: Summit Entertainment

Film review: The Last Witch Hunter games the system

Just when it was beginning to look like 2015 would not have a better choice for worst movie than The Boy Next Door, along comes the over-plotted, under-conceived and thoroughly charming Vin Diesel vehicle The Last Witch Hunter. Although the negative reviews are sure to be somewhat accurate—Diesel’s performance is too smirky and wooden to […]

Stonewall stars Jeremy Irvine (right) in a sanitized depiction of the 1969 raid on the LGBTQ community in New York City. Photo: Roadside Attractions

Film review: Stonewall descends into mockery and misses the point

When word began to spread that director Roland Emmerich—the destruction junkie behind Independence Day, Godzilla (1998), The Day After Tomorrow and 2012—had made an offensively revisionist mockery of the Stonewall riots in a movie that is supposedly dedicated to their legacy, the punning headlines practically wrote themselves. Although it’s tempting to call Stonewall yet another […]

Black Mass boasts an all-star cast with Johnny Depp playing the lead of notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. Photo: Warner Bros.

Film review: Black Mass is more rehash than revelation

Director Ridley Scott disappointed more than just his own fans when Prometheus was released in 2012. As it happened, Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) had been crafting an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s groundbreaking horror novella, At the Mountains of Madness, that apparently bore more than a passing similarity to Prometheus’ tale of humanity’s ancient […]

For The Transporter: Refueled, Ed Skrein steps into the lead role of Frank Martin, the high stakes, no-questions-asked delivery man-turned-action hero. Photo: EuropaCorp

Film review: The Transporter: Refueled gains little traction for the franchise

If one were feeling particularly generous, parallels could be made between the recent spate of French-produced English language action films and the heyday of the spaghetti Western. Between the campy play at sophistication, the stylistic exploitation of genre tropes and the strange juxtaposition of gritty Anglophone leading men battling actors whose onscreen dialogue appears to […]

Jake Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation marks his commitment to the role of boxing champ Billy Hope in Southpaw. Photo: The Weinstein Co

Film review: Southpaw

Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua unfortunately shares a fatal flaw with the film’s lead character, light heavyweight champion Billy Hope: despite an indomitable work ethic and mountains of sincerity, all his best efforts fall apart when he doesn’t have a plan. Fuqua is capable of being a master craftsman, capable of making potentially forgettable crime yarns […]

Ian McKellen’s fine performance as the star of Mr. Holmes isn’t enough to add suspense to a slow plot that lacks resolution. Photo: Roadside Attractions

Film review: A new twist on Sherlock Holmes doesn’t add up

Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes is a perfectly serviceable adaptation of a latter-day Sherlock novel not written by Arthur Conan Doyle, starring a character whose episodic escapades are better suited for television. It’s a beautifully shot story that remains confined to about three locations. It’s an engaging mystery told through flashbacks that only remains unsolved because […]