The Muppets showcases how fascinating characters trump over-the-top stunts any day of the week—even when they’re puppets.
For those who can endure it, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has a nice payoff. But until then, the film moves at a snail’s pace.
Carnage, based on the play The God of Carnage, is a pointed, sometimes brutal examination of human nature apart from God.
Moviegoers might think of Steven Spielberg’s great Raiders of the Lost Ark, a film with an adventurous spirit that Tintin also shares.
While the quirky sensibilities of Alexander Payne’s previous efforts emerge here, The Descendants is his most tender film to date.
The same characters are basically in place from its Happy Feet predecessor, but Happy Feet Two simply lacks a lightness of step.
My Week with Marilyn is frothy, passing by breezily and requiring little effort of its viewers to dig beneath the surface.
In Young Adult, arrested-adolescence behaviors movies tend to celebrate are seen as symptomatic of the protagonist’s deeper problems.
Melancholia examines depression and cold-eyed rationality that grew from Lars von Trier’s own struggles with depression.
The remake of Footloose is still a born crowd-pleaser nearly 30 years later, especially when everybody’s dancing.
While there are definitely more laughs than expected, it still doesn’t take long for a juvenile Jack and Jill to go downhill.
What is love once a relationship’s initial heat cools into the long-term commitment a young couple thinks they want?
Besides the major theme (there’s no hurt too big for God), Robin Good shares valuable lessons on forgiveness and friendship.
- March 03, 2012 |
One of the year’s best family movies, Hugo ends as an engaging film-history lesson but also taps into deeper human emotions.
- February 28, 2012 |
In the era of Occupy Wall Street, Tower Heist ends up being a perfectly-timed, wish-fulfillment caper for the 99%.
Together a little band of pilgrims walk, drink, and fight their way along the road. But do they find what they’re looking for?
Based on the true story of Immaculata College’s 1971-72 team, The Mighty Macs is the original Cinderella story in women’s basketball.
An engaging depiction of a prickly, powerful man filled with all sorts of prejudice and contradiction.
While The Rum Diary hints at themes of political and corporate corruption, it never invites deeper analysis of its story.
- February 14, 2012 |