Matthew Lucas

Matthew Lucas

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Film critic at From the Front Row, staff writer for In Review Online. Member - SEFCA, NCFCA, OFCS.

Favorite films

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Ménilmontant
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Gosford Park

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  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★

  • The Piano

    ★★★★★

  • Ivanhoe

    ★½

  • Scream 4

    ★★★

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  • The 355

    The 355

    Originally slated for release in January of 2021, Simon Kinberg's THE 355 was delayed almost exactly one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finally arriving in theaters to little fanfare as the first new wide release of 2022.

    While January is often seen as a dumping ground for films studios don't have much faith in, COVID has somewhat upended traditional studio release patterns. Still, THE 355 is a January release through and through, a barely there spy thriller that completely…

  • The Thin Man Goes Home

    The Thin Man Goes Home

    ★★★½

    Famed detective Nick Charles (William Powell) and his glamorous wife, Nora (Myrna Loy) head home to visit Nick's family for some well reserved R&R, that is until Nick's insatiable need to impress his imperious father leads Nora to plant rumors in the newspaper that Nick is actually in town on a case, leading a few jittery criminals to come out of hiding and murder a potential informant right on the Charles' doorstep (honestly, WTF, Nora?).

    THE THIN MAN GOES HOME…

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  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks

    ★★★★½

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Near the end of Bradley Cooper's A STAR IS BORN, the fourth version of the oft-told tale, Sam Elliot's Bobby Maine, brother of Bradley Cooper's Jackson Maine, looks at Lady Gaga's newly anointed pop star and tells her that all the songs that have ever been written are comprised of the same 12 notes in different octaves; what makes them unique is how the artist plays them. It's a direct defense why this story, which has been filmed in 1937…