Reviews: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ & ‘Promised Land’

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Happy New Year! I thought I’d start out the first week of 2013 by reviving my Starpulse Weekend Movie Preview column.

The flicks I’m going to discuss have already received limited release in theaters, but they’re opening in Boston this weekend, which means I’m allowed to talk about them now. This column contains my reviews of Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land.”

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Evan Crean

Hello! My name is Evan Crean. By day I work for a marketing agency, but by night, I’m a film critic based in Boston, MA who has been at it since 2009. I have written hundreds of movie reviews and celebrity interviews for I have also contributed pieces to In addition to publishing short form work, I am a co-author of the book Your ’80s Movie Guide to Better Living, which is available on CreateSpace and Amazon. On top of writing, I co-host and edit the weekly film podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre with two other Boston film critics. I’m a founding member and the current treasurer for the Boston Online Film Critics Association as well. Lastly, I’m the marketing director and a contributor to Boston Reel, a site dedicated to Boston’s independent film culture. Have any questions or comments about my work? Please feel free to email me (Evan Crean) at: ecrean AT reelrecon DOT COM .

4 thoughts on “Reviews: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ & ‘Promised Land’

  • January 8, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Zero Dark Thirty has nothing to do with character development. What makes ZDT fascianting is that it’s one of the greatest procedural thrillers ever made. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film. Even when nothing bad happens, I felt that at any moment something bad could happens. I could go on and on, but if you’re interested you can read my review. I expect this is going to get a lot of Academy Award nominations. Sorry you didn’t like it.

    • January 8, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting Mark. I tend to be a rogue opinion on films like this almost everyone else is raving about. In my film critics group it was just myself and one other critic who didn’t care for ZDT. For me it was just too procedural and predictable. The whole thing with the suicide bomber driving up in the car and the raid on the compound felt like they took forever to reach their inevitable result, which took all the tension and excitement out of it for me.

    • January 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think after you do see it.

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