Articles by Ben Hallman

About Ben Hallman (19 Articles)
Ben Hallman once helped Bill Murray find bubblegum at a Target in Charleston, South Carolina. He thinks this makes them blood brothers. It does not. Read more of Ben's movie reviews at

Last Days in the Desert

August 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★ 3/4 A much-needed sense of humility permeates Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert, a respite from the disingenuous self-importance found in most bombastic biblical epics and [...]

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

April 25, 2016 // 1 Comment

★★★½ 3.5/4 I’m wondering how many synonyms for the word “seedy” I’ll need to get through this review. Probably aren’t enough in the English language. If ever there’s been a film [...]

Breaker Morant

March 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★ 3/4 Part staid courtroom procedural, part trenchant exploration into the justifications of wartime brutality, Bruce Beresford’s 1980 drama Breaker Morant forgoes the usual [...]

Crimson Peak

February 15, 2016 // 2 Comments

★★ 2/4 Edith Cushing lays it bare early on in Crimson Peak: “It’s not a ghost story—it’s more a story with ghosts in it. The ghosts are a metaphor for the past.” Does that mean all [...]

The Big Short

January 24, 2016 // 2 Comments

★★★ 3/4 Perhaps the most outré of this year’s crop of outrage cinema, Adam McKay’s The Big Short turns economic catastrophe into bitter farce, at times hilarious in its excesses, at others [...]

Beasts of No Nation

December 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

★★★½ 3.5/4 In another life Cary Fukunaga could’ve been a nature documentarian. He possesses an innate ability to turn the natural world into an intrinsic part of the story he’s [...]


December 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

★★½ 2.5/4 Although sports movies generally offer one of two endings for the protagonist—win or lose—the true outcome is seldom so binary. Face it; in Hollywood, even the losers win. Moral [...]

The Peanuts Movie

November 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

★½ 1.5/4 Pretty much the soulless, uninventive update I was dreading, The Peanuts Movie replaces the tentative melancholy of Charles Schulz’s work with a relentlessly upbeat, [...]


November 12, 2015 // 3 Comments

★½ 1.5/4 Fifty years of James Bond movies have created multiple constants within the series. Exotic locales. Expensive cars. Hammy villains. Rampant sexism. BOOZE! But narrative continuity? Not so [...]