Los Angeles Film Critics Association member Tim Cogshell is a veteran L.A.-based Film Critic, Media Journalist, Producer, and Filmmaker. For more than 20 years he has written about film for national and regional magazines and newspapers. Presently, Tim is a regular film critic on Larry Mantle’s FilmWeek, the weekly film review and discussion program that broadcasts from Pasadena-based NPR affiliate KPCC 89.3. Additionally, Tim is a regular commentator on KNBC Los Angeles television, the BBC and other concerns. He is also a producer, screenwriter, editor, and documentarian whose films have been featured in the numerous festivals in the Los Angeles area and elsewhere (Sarasota and Tucson, among others). Check out his audio interviews at: https://soundcloud.com/diggit-2


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'In Stereo': Wit & Sarcasm in Romantic Indie Comedy

In Stereo with Micah Hauptman and Beau Garrett: Wit and sarcasm. 'In Stereo': Witty & sarcastic romantic comedy In Stereo is a particular kind of romantic comedy – the kind full of characters that aren't remotely romantic, that tend more toward wit and sarcasm rather than light or camp comedy (unless […]


'Teacher of the Year' Movie: Smart Comedy with a Message

'Teacher of the Year' movie features Keegan-Michael Key. 'Teacher of the Year' movie: Smart and funny socially conscious comedy Teacher of the Year manages to pull off one of the more difficult balancing acts in filmmaking: it actually is smart while still being funny. Teacher of the Year is smart […]


'Mad Max: Fury Road' Review: Road Warrior Reduced to Heroine Sidekick

Mad Max: Fury Road poster with The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' review: 'A good movie on its own terms' Mad Max, the first feature film of director George Miller and the second for the then 23-year-old Mel Gibson, premiered in North America in […]


'Selma' Movie: Politically Salient History in Early 21st Century

Selma movie with David Oyelowo as Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. 'Selma' movie review: Politically salient in the early 21st century The title of director Ava DuVernay's historical drama Selma tells us what the film is about, while implying what it isn't about. In other words, Selma is […]


'Whiplash' Movie: The Devil in Mr. J.K. Simmons

Whiplash movie with J.K. Simmons. 'Whiplash' movie review: 'Emotionally explosive film' Damien Chazelle, writer and director of Whiplash, his 2014 Sundance Film Festival-winning second feature, is himself a musical prodigy of sorts. He attended the sort of prestigious musical conservatory his protagonist – played by the acerbic, ascending star Miles […]


'Love Is Strange': Gay Romantic Drama Depicts Late-Life Love Issues

Love Is Strange with John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. 'Love Is Strange' movie review: Gay romantic drama 'beautiful in every way' Love Is Strange is beautiful in every way that a film can be beautiful, and unabashedly so. Yet, despite its willingness to gild the lily for love of ethereal, […]


'Boyhood' Movie: Richard Linklater 'Conceptually Brilliant' Family Tale

Boyhood movie with Ellar Coltrane. 'Boyhood' movie: Richard Linklater has created 'conceptually brilliant new film' Director Richard Linklater once said, “The most unique property of cinema is how it lets you mold time, whether it's over a long or a very brief period.” Indeed, time – and our relationship to it […]


'Jersey Boys' Movie: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' Boring Story

Jersey Boys with John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons. 'Jersey Boys' movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical Clint Eastwood's semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the hit […]


'Edge of Tomorrow': Tom Cruise Makes Sci-Fier 'Exceptionally Entertaining'

Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise. 'Edge of Tomorrow': Tom Cruise, the Last Movie Star, makes latest alien invasion movie 'exceptionally entertaining' Hiroshi Sakurazaka's popular illustrated novel All You Need Is Kill was originally published in 2004, and has seen a number of adaptations and republications, including serialization as an […]


'Nymphomaniac Volume II': More Provocative & Philosophical Sequel

Nymphomaniac: Volume II with Charlotte Gainsbourg sandwiched between Papou and Kookie Ryan. 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II': More interesting, more provocative, and more philosophical than its predecessor (See 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. I' Review: Lars von Trier an 'Actual Genius.) Previously on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I… Adult Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), beaten and unconscious, is found in […]


'Nymphomaniac' Movie Review: Lars von Trier Is 'Actual Genius'

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I with Stacy Martin. 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. I' review: Lars von Trier offers his latest 'little nugget of genius' It will be noted long after this review is filed deep in the bowels of some ancient digital archive of dead film critics that Lars von Trier was among the […]


'The Lunchbox' Movie: 'Exceptional Film' Deserved Oscar Nomination

The Lunchbox with Nimrat Kaur. 'The Lunchbox' movie: 'Exceptional film' that would have deserved an Oscar nomination The Lunchbox / Dabba was not the Film Federation of India's submission to the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. This was reported as controversial at the time, particularly in the Indian film […]