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Steven Rea

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Read Steven's blog On Movies Online
Latest post: Bertolucci's 'The Conformist' back on big screen - 09/17/2014
Now and then, a kid makes a run for it. In Short Term 12, Destin Daniel Cretton's low-key, high-emotion indie about a foster-care facility for at-risk teens, there are periodic efforts to escape. A breakout, a crazed tear across the scruffy lawn, and once they're beyond the gate, they can't be touched. Gone.
The here-and-now relevance of Closed Circuit cannot be disputed. A London-set thriller about a terrorist bombing and the subsequent secret trial of the suspected ringleader, this twisting affair addresses key issues of national security, individual rights, transparency and fairness in the judicial system, the Orwellian preponderance of video surveillance, and the sometimes sinister reach of intelligence organizations.

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