Author Mel Valentin

Mel Valentin hails from the great state of New Jersey. After attending New York University as an undergrad (politics and economics double major, religious studies minor) and grad school (law), he relocated from the East Coast to San Francisco, California, where he's been ever since. Since Mel began writing about film nine years ago, he's written more than 1,600 reviews and articles. He's a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Online Film Critics Society.

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The rare auteur working inside the studio system, Darren Aronofsky’s (Noah, Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Pi) obsessions, with life, death, and above all, art with a capital “A,” filtered through a particular, unparalleled preoccupation with spirituality, mysticism, and religion (of both the Judeo-Christian…

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One of the most prolific writers of the last half-century, Stephen King has earned the “master of horror” title by writing more than 50 novels and published close to 200 stories, selling more than 350 copies in the process, ultimately defining and redefining pop culture in myriad, unexpected ways. Not surprisingly, his novels and…

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What a difference a decade (actually 12 years) makes: In 2005, Reese Witherspoon rode critical acclaim and academy love to an Oscar for Best Actress for her star turn opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line. An Oscar, even one for Best Actor or Best Actress, however, doesn’t guarantee a steady stream of Oscar-worthy…

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Post-Twilight, Robert Pattinson had two, equally valid paths he could take: He could parlay his relative fame and notoriety into similar leading roles in big-budget, disposable entertainment or leverage that same fame and notoriety into far more challenging, if less commercially viable, indie roles. Like his one-time onscreen and…

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What’s past is prologue, but sometimes it’s all past, all prologue and nothing else. That’s the impression anyone who ventures into their local arthouse theater will get from writer-director Mark Gill’s loosely structured, slackly focused biopic of Steven Patrick Morrissey (later, like Madonna and Prince, just Morrissey), the once and future…

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The “white savior” narrative gets a remarkable workout in writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, a surprisingly shallow, generic mystery-thriller set on a Native American reservation. An unfortunate cross between Thunderheart and Mississippi Burning, Wind River tries valiantly to tackle serious, weighty issues…

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Only Disney and Marvel have managed to crack the cinematic universe code, but that hasn’t stopped other movie studios from trying. Just as moviegoers are showing signs of fatigue, Paramount wants to turn the Transformers series into a full-fledged cinematic universe. Universal just tried and failed to create the…

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Oscar-winner Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball) has played superheroes before, most notably Storm in the original X-Men series and the ill-fated Catwoman spinoff, but in Kidnap, a B-level, exploitation chase thriller and

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