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Profile of Matthew Newlin


Matthew Newlin lives in St. Louis, Missouri and has been a film critic for over six years. He has written for numerous online media outlets, including “Playback:STL” and “The Weissman Report.” He holds a Master’s of Education in Higher Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is an Assistant Director of Financial Aid. A lifelong student of cinema, his passion for film was inherited from his father who never said “No, you can’t watch that.”

Email Address:

matthewnewlin [at] yahoo [dot] com

Articles written for the California Literary Review:

  • Community Recap: ‘Heroic Origins’ (Season 4, Episode 12)
    Posted on 03 May 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    According to Abed’s Crazy Quilt of Destiny, the study group members have all crossed paths before, sometimes multiple times.

  • Community Recap: ‘Basic Human Anatomy’ (Season 4, Episode 11)
    Posted on 26 Apr 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    Trying to recapture the “outside the box” antics that made Community so beloved in the earlier seasons, “Human Anatomy” focuses on Abed and Troy doing a Freaky Friday-style body switch for most of the episode. While no one believes they have actually switched bodies, the rest of the group goes along with it so that they can complete the History project that is conveniently due very soon.

  • Movie Review: Oblivion
    Posted on 19 Apr 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Director Joseph Kosinski, who helmed the vapid and cartoonish TRON: Legacy, uses every frame of Oblivion as a canvas on which he can project the massive adventure he wants audiences to experience. Kosinski, who made a sizable impression on the industry with his commercial work, has a background as an architect and his eye for details and contrasting imagery is front and center in this film.

  • Community Recap: ‘Intro to Knots’ (Season 4, Episode 10)
    Posted on 19 Apr 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    I wish someone could Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind me so all memory of this terrible season could be wiped from my brain. Ignorance is bliss and it would be wonderful to live in a world where Season Four of Community doesn’t exist.

  • Movie Review: Trance
    Posted on 13 Apr 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    In its brief run time of an hour and 40 minutes, Trance includes a heist to steal a priceless piece of art, a love story, a revenge story, double crosses, a triple cross, amnesia, the power of the mind and a pretty shameless plug for a British carmaker.

  • Community Recap: ‘Intro to Felt Surrogacy’ (Season 4, Episode 9)
    Posted on 12 Apr 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    In puppet world, we learn that the group grew tired of the monotony of Greendale, left campus, hopped in a hot air balloon, took off without the pilot (played by Sara Bareilles), crash landed in the woods (unharmed), met a former Greendale student turned wood-dweller (Jason Alexander), ate some trippy berries and then shared their most intimate secrets with each other resulting in the awkward silence that opened the episode.

  • Community Recap: ‘Herstory of Dance’ (Season 4, Episode 8)
    Posted on 05 Apr 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    I think the episode had its funny moments and was more of a return to form, but it just seems like too little too late.

  • Early Review: Burma
    Posted on 02 Apr 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Puga has selected actors that neither underplay their roles nor try to outshine their co-stars. Abbott – who is best known from HBO’s Girls but gave an equally impressive performance in last year’s indie Hello, I Must Be Going – is especially good, playing Christian as a self-centered manchild who uses his father’s abandonment as a crutch for his own misdeeds.

  • Movie Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
    Posted on 28 Mar 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Unable to fathom who would actually enjoy a movie like that, I wondered how I was going to write a critical analysis of such a terrible piece of Hollywood junk. So, for my review of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, I have invited a special guest to help me discuss the movie and break down what worked and what did not. Please help me in welcoming my 12-year-old self, Matt.

  • Community Recap: ‘Economics of Marine Biology’ (Season 4, Episode 7)
    Posted on 22 Mar 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    The sliver of optimism that built inside me after last week’s episode of Community has shriveled up and died. Community is not going to turn things around in its final death throes and Season 4 will forever be the Godfather Part III of one of the most creative and inspired series of the new millennium.

  • Community Recap: ‘Advanced Documentary Filmmaking’ (Season 4, Episode 6)
    Posted on 15 Mar 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    After a mediocre season (to put it nicely) so far, this week’s episode of Community was a slight return to form for the struggling comedy which has become almost without humor in what is likely to be its final season.

  • SXSW Film Festival Day 5: Guns, Ghosts and Psychos
    Posted on 13 Mar 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV, Television

    As a sign of how important SXSW has become across a variety of media, A&E premiered the pilot episode of its new series Bates Motel. Set in the present day, the series will be a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho.

  • Early Review: Don Jon
    Posted on 13 Mar 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Don Jon is Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt), a New Jersey meathead who only cares about a few things: his body, his boys, his ride and his women. Above all else, though, he values his internet porn and the hours and hours he spends getting “lost” in it.

  • SXSW Film Festival Day 3: Is The MPAA All Bad?
    Posted on 11 Mar 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    I was able to attend my first panel discussion on my third day at SXSW. Cleverly titled “This Panel is Not Yet Rated,” the focus was on the rating system used by the Motion Picture Association of America and how — or if — it affects filmmakers’ artistic vision and audiences’ moviegoing experiences.

  • SXSW Film Festival Day 2: It’s Whedon’s World
    Posted on 10 Mar 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    If South By Southwest has taught us anything, it’s that this is Joss Whedon’s world and we’re just lucky enough to be living in it.

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