About

About the Author: Andrew Xu is a University of Chicago student, an incorrigible bookworm, and a religious consumer of political news sites. His high school English teacher once asked him to read a batch of Roger Ebert’s reviews for class – and he’s been hopelessly fixated on the idea of writing about movies ever since. A member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, Andrew also contributes reviews to Third Coast Review.

The FilmWatcher Mission Statement:

In the three years I’ve been writing on The FilmWatcher, my primary goal has always been to promote and discuss theatrical releases and DVDs overlooked by larger outlets like Entertainment Weekly. It is my sincere hope that readers come away with both a greater love for the movies and a heightened awareness of the value of film criticism. As Pablo Picasso famously put it, “Art is the lie that allows us to understand the truth.” The reviews on this site hopefully do their small part to help uncover what the movies can tell us about ourselves and the world we live in.

A brief explanation of the rating system: The FilmWatcher uses the traditional four-star rating system, and a rating of three or higher generally indicates a movie worth your time. That said, however, even movies with lower ratings typically have merit, and the differences between movies of adjacent ranks (e.g. a 2.5-star movie and a 3-star one) can often be quite small. The stars are there to help you decide what to see, but they should not be taken as gospel.

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