By Brian Lafferty
February 15, 2013 (San Diego) – Sometimes moviegoing is a leap of faith. One question I always dread answering is, “Do you recommend such-and-such film?” I'm not in the business of recommendations. Maybe I was in 2010, but my philosophy on film criticism has evolved and will continue to evolve. My critical approach is to evaluate and write about the elements of the film, my personal reaction to it, and whether the film succeeds or doesn't. I prefer to stimulate interest and discussion rather than tell you whether you will or won’t like a movie. (Personally, I would find it presumptuous for someone who doesn’t know my tastes to tell me I’d like a film, so why would I do the same to you?) I leave it up to you to decide if you should spend your money, but at least you'll be well informed and have an idea of what to expect.