A compelling coming-of-age tale where an unexpected reconnection with family helps shape the protagonist's future journey.
May prove to be a classic example where film critics and the masses part ways, as there is much to pick on but there were also cheers.
What on earth did they do to earn their paychecks, sit around and drink beer all day until they came up with recurring plot points?
Not even close to being on par with Pixar's Toy Story sequels, but a genial nature and thoroughgoing inoffensiveness make it palatable.
- October 29, 2013 |
Flawed, but it only takes one special element to set a film apart. Here, it's a loony performance from the great Jeff Bridges.
- October 29, 2013 |
The only distinguishing characteristic is that it doesn't have one. The writing and direction lack distinction; the young lead is bland.
In a way, this is a faith-based film. It's also scary, violent, and filled with images that I don't think anyone really needs to see.
Love is still central in this trilogy's third act, but now so much more life has been lived, and consequences can be Love’s kryptonite.
If you can tear your eyes from the geeked-out Google campus long enough to ponder the plot, you’ll realize you've seen this story before.
There is neither grace nor forgiveness here, only revenge. In this story of a fight between man and 'god' it’s not clear who wins.
There are a lot of things that make Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas a special edition to the Veggie Tales collection.
- October 18, 2013 |
Not family-friendly, and not really a Christmas movie. But it tries hard to be a Christian movie without sanitizing real-world problems.
Had promise, considering del Toro, of being the rare big-budget film to fire on all cylinders, but alas, it's dumb, loud and predictable.
Laughs are consistent and abundant in this all-female take on the cop buddy genre. So are the f-bombs and misuses of God's name.
Pretty much a two-hour commercial for Celebrate Recovery, but as promotional videos go it's a surprisingly good and realistic one.
At heart, a father-son story in which a young man is called upon to put dad's lessons into action. Not complex, but largely satisfying.
Funny script and whimsical tone give movie lovers an escape from the more mindless stories where the highlight is something blowing up.
Tries to make us ask deep questions, but really, a "kill or be killed" scenario does not raise the moral dilemma the filmmakers think.
Less a disaster than a standard disappointment, the biggest of which is Bradley Cooper, who phones it in post-Silver Linings Playbook.