Honesty and expectation run hand in hand with my movie reviews. There are right and wrong ways to gauge films, and my way is to find out what the movie is trying to provide me with. Going into an action film needs to be met with guilty pleasure enjoyment. Dramas require a deeper train of thought. Comedies are medicine for the soul, especially when they are done right. My main idea is digging deeper. I want to know what this director is trying to tell me or if he/she simply wants me to relax and "get away". Movies are escape into a world only meant for imagination and mad creativity. We are all critics when it comes to film and our reactions/thoughts shape the future landscape of Hollywood and their productions. Honesty is the biggest requirement in movie critiques, but knowing what to expect is the secret ingredient. -Dan Buffa
Pawn Sacrifice's strongest performance, however, belongs to Liev Schreiber as Russian chess grandmaster Boris Spassky. Schreiber only has a handful of lines (mostly in Russian) but has a domineering and calculated presence throughout, he's a phenomenal chess player and a Soviet hero but mostly seems to be just another guy.