We're used to stories about dreams come true. This folk tale of folk music is the story of one that doesn't which toys with reasons why.
For any who see the film before reading the exceptional novel it's based on, a helpful tip is not to judge the book by the movie.
Takes up the slot for those looking for a bone-breaking, pitchfork-stabbing, explosion-laden spectacle in their moviegoing.
Under a new director, deeper themes lurk beneath the disturbing surface story of this sequel to offer a surprisingly relevant takeaway.
- March 07, 2014 |
We’ve seen slavery depicted on film before, but not like this, comparable to the depths Spielberg plunged us to in Schindler’s List.
- March 04, 2014 |
It's like a much darker, grittier Count of Monte Cristo without any pesky food for thought. It's also an apathetic waste of time.
- March 04, 2014 |
Your response to this movie will depend on which element of filmmaking—originality, characters, or performances—means the most to you.
This is not a message movie, not a film that makes us better people. This one is just for fun. And what a lot of fun it is.
It's a story about aging, dignity and greed, but it excels most as a simple father/son story.
A heartwarming message and strong production values are bogged down by an unnecessary dichotomy between faith and using our talents.
Despite getting bogged down in details that don't always add up, one can't ignore its greatest strength: plenty of fascinating big ideas.
The romance between Princess Diana and Dr. Hasnat Khan is the focus of this film, but also its major problem for lacking passion.
Easily the sparsest film of the one-man survival genre, this virtually wordless film pairs intriguingly with current release Gravity.
Faith plays a starring role in the story and dialogue, but the language is so off-putting that believers will have a hard time watching.
Ultimately a frustrating, cautionary tale on how drug trafficking doesn't pay. Does anyone really need to watch a movie to learn that?
There are some films you instantly become passionate about – a great romance especially. This wants to be one of those movies. It's not.
An explicit, intentionally repellent film that earns a very hard-R, but it's also the most arresting AIDS drama since Philadelphia.
Doesn't redefine Shakespeare's tragic love story for a new generation, but it should find a receptive audience among younger viewers.
While its formula and tone are excessively simplistic, it carries its canned comedy rather lightly on the shoulders of Paula Patton.