Monday, April 30 2007
Talk about frontloading your approach. Each week in this first full month of patented popcorn movies finds another famous franchise icon making a major blockbuster bow. Only truly disastrous results from these guaranteed crowd-pleasers will keep the coffers from clogging with cash.
Thursday, August 22 2013
Rather than trying to make sense of the Byzantine plot, it's probably just better to sit back and enjoy the pretty pictures—they really are pretty—and not think too hard about anything.
Friday, April 20 2012
The Lady becomes torn between its two primary themes: the nobility of Suu Kyi’s cause and the emotional costs of her dedication, which include the loss of her loved ones for goals that seem no nearer in sight at the end of the film than the beginning.
Monday, June 25 2007
Angela is as brilliant and selfless, vulnerable and exciting as any of Luc Besson's other perfect girls.
Sunday, August 3 2003
If Nikita's appetites are boundless, so is her distrust.
Saturday, December 31 1994
Early on in the very long Luc Besson film, The Messenger, John Malkovich (playing Charles, Dauphin of France) wishes he could be someone else. It was the one and only time that I identified with anything in the film - I wished I could watch him be someone else! Like himself in Being John Malkovich. The Messenger is an unbelievably dull movie, which is a startling achievement given that the legend of Joan of Arc lends itself pretty well to storytelling of any type.
Thursday, July 24 2014
If you surgically grafted a snippet of Flowers for Algernon and a low-end documentary about the human brain onto a Cliff Notes summary of La Femme Nikita, the result might approach the lazy schizophrenia of Luc Besson's latest fembot warrior fantasy.