Jess Kroll

Jess Kroll
Jess Kroll is a novelist and university professor born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and based in Daegu, South Korea. He has been writing film reviews since 2004 and has been exclusive to Pop Mythology since 2012. His novels include 'Land of Smiles' from Monsoon Books and young adult series 'The One' and 'Werewolf Council' from Epic Press.

American Hustle | Review

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Whether "American Hustle" is the sign of a brilliant work by a confident filmmaker or a haphazard jumble by an indulgent one is up for the viewer, but even with its numerous detours, it entertains through an outstanding cast, strong dialog and a very solid sense of place and style.

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The Counselor │ Review

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'The Counselor' has its moments of detached poetics, its pulse-raising sequences and humorous or insightful moments, but they don’t come together in a satisfying way, which makes this venerable collaboration all the more disappointing.

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10 Popular Artists Who Are Considered Jerks

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The release of 'Ender’s Game' has placed author Orson Scott Card at the center of controversy, many choosing to boycott the film. But if a book, movie, song, painting, etc. is good, then it should not matter who made it. In this vein, I present ten artists who are widely considered to be unpleasant or reprehensible but whose works are critically praised.

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Gravity │ Review

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'Gravity' is one of the single most beautiful films ever made and the closest approximation most people will get to experiencing a space walk. After 90 minutes of weightless drifting the air in your lungs and the floor at your feet will feel wonderful.

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And justice for none: ‘Prisoners’ and the anxiety over justice in America

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This post examines how the movie 'Prisoners' brushes upon topics of law and justice in the United States beyond its most obvious one. It’s a story, and stories seldom provide answers. Stories raise doubt and ask questions which generate discussions. That’s where answers begin.

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Prisoners │ Review

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If one is capable of suspending both disgust and disbelief, 'Prisoners' becomes an intense, masterfully acted suspense-thriller which mentions but never pontificates on numerous larger issues within modern American life.

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