Jared Mobarak

[TIFF Review] Lena

A normal life was never an option for Lena. Whether a translation tick or a telling line throughout the film, the words “Be normal” crop up often as none of...

[TIFF Review] The Cat Vanishes

A psychotic break has fractured Luis (Luis Luque) and Beatriz’s (Beatriz Spelzini) marriage in El gato desaparece , playing at the Toronto International Fil...

[Review] Contagion

After teaming up for a very funny take on a true story with The Informant!, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and director Steven Soderbergh decide to give life t...

[Review] Mysteries of Lisbon

Finally making its way into American theatres on the cusp of its director’s passing, Mistérios de Lisboa gives us an epic look into the bourgeois dramatics...

[Review] Colombiana

When it comes to an action flick scribed by the prolific Luc Besson, one shouldn’t be surprised to see a badass heroine using a toothbrush and towel as her ...

[Review] One Day

“Whatever happens tomorrow, we’ve had today.” That quote could very well be the answer to the meaning of life. The future is a construct in a constant st...

[Review] The Change-Up

It may be overly derisive to say, especially from a guy who watched Like Father Like Son and Vice Versa religiously during the late-80s, but The Change-Up h...

[Review] The Smurfs

I think Grouchy says it best during goodbyes with his human counterparts in The Smurfs. “I hated it so much … less than expected.” He then caps it off with,...

Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic for The Film Stage, Art Director for Buffalo, NY film series Cultivate Cinema Circle, and member of OFCS and GWNYFCA. You can follow his cinematic viewing habits at Letterboxd.