Valerie Kalfrin

Writer. Editor. Script Consultant. Storyteller.

I'm a multiple award-winning journalist, film and fiction fan, and creative storyteller. From writing articles, essays, reviews, lists, and profiles
to collaborating on books and screenplays, I have a knack for detailed, engaging stories.

My interviews include director John Sayles (Baby It’s You), screenwriting guru Robert McKee (Story), actor/director Joely Fisher, actor/writer Tricia Leigh Fisher, and screenwriters Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), Patrick Sheane Duncan (Courage Under Fire), and Isaac Adamson (Bubbles). My work has appeared in The Guardian, Bright Wall Dark Room, The Script Lab, ScreenCraft, the Final Draft blog, Signature Reads, MovieMaker, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Film Racket, The Tampa Tribune, Woman’s World, and Poynter.org.

Portfolio

Anti Matter
A scientist tests the boundaries of existence only to question her sanity in Anti Matter, a smart low-budget science-fiction film that layers philosophical questions within its...
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The growing pains of having superpowers take center stage in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which skips the hero's origin story to focus on the fun and foibles of adolescence.
Despicable Me 3
The world's worst supervillain turned secret agent and his Minions still whip up some laughs in Despicable Me 3, but this film could have been way more bananas.
War Machine
With his right eye in a near-perpetual scowl and a gruff voice, Brad Pitt stomps through War Machine as a general used to carrying high stakes on his shoulders. Unfortunately,...
Brimstone
Dakota Fanning's wide, expressive eyes always did speak volumes. She's marvelous as a mute midwife who doesn't need sign language to convey her fear or determination in...
T2 Trainspotting
What seems like an unnecessary trip to catch up with a bunch of Scottish heroin addicts turns poignant and funny in T2 Trainspotting, a study in friendship, regrets, and the...
La La Land Is For The Ones That Dream
La La Land is more of a musical mashup than a straightforward musical. Through its songs, its wardrobe, and even its palette, it's an affectionate homage to the pas de deux in...
Script Musings: LIFE's Battle With Formula
Stop me if you've heard this one: A hodgepodge of people encounters something that they investigate further, only to be picked off one by one.
Review: John Wick: Chapter 2 is a Satisfyingly Symphonic Sequel
Keanu Reeves returns as the titular protagonist, a retired hit man who just wants to grieve in peace. Everything except for Keanu Reeves's emoting gets kicked up a notch in John...
Hacksaw Ridge is Anything But Rusty
Mel Gibson returns to directing after a ten-year hiatus with Hacksaw Ridge, a fact-based story of faith and violence surrounding a US Army medic who singlehandedly saved 75 men...
Arrival
Arrival, a cerebral wonder of a film, is as much about stories and how we view the ones in our lives as it is about making alien contact. Like the best science fiction, it takes...
Spotlight Is Spot-On
Reporters and cops have more in common than they realize, a source told me when I was a crime journalist. Both consider their jobs a calling, and both think they're on the side...
Civil War is Marvel at its Most Personal
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice behind us and X-Men: Apocalypse looming, some moviegoers might wonder why this year our superheroes can't all get along. Civil War shows...
Review: Passengers Stays Afloat on the Chemistry of its Leads
The considerable charisma and chemistry of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence keep the sci-fi adventure Passengers afloat, even if the script easily fixes its most fascinating...
The Force is Strong With Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The first few minutes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens unspool like a matching game with the 1977 original: Here's a crucial piece of information smuggled into a droid, this time...
Into the Inferno
A person in silver walks on black soil, precariously close to a raging red river of lava -- a shot that would be at home in any science-fiction film. Yet this spectacular sight...
Allied
Opening on the golden sands of the Moroccan desert during World War II, Allied brings to mind Casablanca or The English Patient -- and that's the problem. It has the right look...

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