Who knew that such a gripping, ripped-from-the-pages plotline could be reduced to something hardly worthy of the big screen?
- January 28, 2014 |
Tom Hanks carries the weight of this observational piracy story with a control that is all at once intellectual, primal, and brittle.
- January 21, 2014 |
Cate Blanchett's powerhouse performance as the titular character is what the accolade tour de force is reserved for.
- January 21, 2014 |
Quite the opposite of feel-good cinema, but director Lee Daniels is mostly successful in satisfying his multi-faceted objectives.
The appeal goes well beyond a "will they or won't they" formula, showing how our instincts to prevent a wounded heart can hurt others.
More than a timely drama about racial tension, but a spiritually potent story that portrays people looking toward a better life.
Young romantic leads Teller and Woodley are launching careers with this story about recognizing our failures and need for love.
This remake lacks nuance, is spiritually arid and, for most of its running time, visually dull, no matter how much blood is spilled.
When a movie titled after a character's name is more interesting when that character isn't on screen, that's a problem.
What really sets Linsanity apart from other documentaries is the presence of faith basketball star Jeremy Lin gives to his interviews.
Intelligent, but not smart enough; appealing, but nothing really stands out. It's more Masterpiece Theater than major studio release.
A year out from Argo, a Ben Affleck film is coasting by with sloppy editing, poor cinematography and basic disregard for good dialogue.
Just too much disturbing pornographic imagery to recommend this film. But if there's a silver lining, it's rescue from the hopelessness.
- December 31, 2013 |
In capturing a worldwide phenomenon, Morgan Spurlock clearly highlights the songs and what makes One Direction tick as people.
The last half-hour is exactly what we want a summer movie to be, but we have to sit through two hours of utter tedium to get there.
Despite the socialistic sermonizing, this brainy thrill-ride is smartly constructed in a manner reminiscent of Christopher Nolan.
Prisoners is a story of human pain and loss, and of how we respond to the temptation to carry out our own ideas of justice.
So poorly executed that it's safe to say all comparisons between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter will come to a screeching halt.
A truly beautiful film about an outlaw, but one can’t shake the feeling that it's the exhaustive visual equivalent of a sad country song.