Chicago – John Cusack is an enormously likable actor, and for the first third of James McTeigue’s period thriller, he holds audience interest long enough to inspire hope for a better two thirds. Alas, the film crash lands soon after that, as McTeigue proves to have little to no interest in his central subject, one of the greatest writers in the history of literature.
Edgar Allan Poe’s tormented life as an orphaned genius turned struggling literary critic would make fine subject matter for a first-rate feature, and it’s clear that the intentions behind “The Raven” were promising enough. By creating a fictional narrative that forces Poe to deconstruct his own psychology in order to solve a string of ghastly crimes, screenwriters Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare aimed to explore the writer’s persona by trapping him in one of his own dark tales. Unfortunately, Livingston and Shakespeare made »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Similar News ItemsRobert Downey Jr.
- How Robert Downey Jr Is Helping John Boyega Prepare For Star Wars Episode VII (From Cinema Blend. 8 October 2015, 2:19 PM, PDT)
- "Captain America: Civil War" - More Leaked Set Footage and Teaser Trailer (From SneakPeek. 8 October 2015, 8:59 AM, PDT)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega's mentor is... Robert Downey Jr? (From Digital Spy - Movie News. 8 October 2015, 8:15 AM, PDT)
John Cusack (I)
- Brian Wilson Received Neither "Love" Nor "Mercy" (From JustPressPlay. 7 October 2015, 12:11 AM, PDT)
- It’s Time for Oscar Voters to Catch Up on ‘Compton,’ ‘Love & Mercy’ (From Variety - Film News. 6 October 2015, 4:19 PM, PDT)
- Why Nicole Kidman Let John Cusack Rough Her Up During A Love Scene (From Cinema Blend. 6 October 2015, 1:35 PM, PDT)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
- ‘Sherlock’ Set To Go To War In Special Episode Set In Victorian England (From Uinterview. 8 October 2015, 2:46 PM, PDT)
- 'Star Wars Rebels' Season 2 Trailer Unleashes Darth Vader's Wrath (From MovieWeb. 8 October 2015, 1:32 PM, PDT)
- Watch: 'Sherlock' Sets the Stage for Benedict Cumberbatch's Beloved Holmes in New Christmas Special Trailer (From Thompson on Hollywood. 8 October 2015, 10:05 AM, PDT)