Monday, February 9 2015
As Nightcrawler compellingly depicts, every member of society is one rent payment away from tapping into their dark side.
Friday, February 6 2015
Jeff Bridges, being very Dude-like, summarizes the motto of Seventh Son: "When you deal with dark, dark gets in you."
There's little subtext in this tale of the pineapple under the sea, but there is plenty of clever humor and scenery-chewing to rile up audiences of all ages.
At this point in the Wachowskis’ career, another hyped-up science-fiction saga about fate and humanity-as-cattle feels like less of a recurring theme and more like a lack of imagination.
This film's ability to balance character-driven stories with didactic critiques against the racist practices that haunt our daily lives speaks to a sophisticated outlook rare among first-time directors.
This Christian "blockbuster" thriller is a movie that looks and sounds significantly lower-rent than even the other low-rent thrillers Nicolas Cage has been doing lately.
Thursday, February 5 2015
This straightforward revenge flick doesn't quite nail its blood-soaked final bow, but it nonetheless provides far more thrills than your typical run 'n' gun film.
Wednesday, February 4 2015
Like a jazz performer playing a classic tune, Roman Polanski takes Shakespeare's classic text and offers slight but crucial emphases, inspired no doubt by his own personal turmoils.
Tuesday, February 3 2015
Peter Capaldi, the current Dr. Who, delivers an avant-garde bit of performance art that should be deconstructed just like da Vinci's notebooks.
In the good-but-not-great Boxtrolls, it falls to the young characters to take care of business and save the day themselves.
Monday, February 2 2015
With a title like A Life in Dirty Movies you might not expect a love story, but that's what you get.
Friday, January 30 2015
With underdeveloped female characters and an emotional generic backstory, Project Almanac is trapped too much in formula for the youthful energy of its cast to rise to the fore.
In reducing the complexity of its characters, Black or White boils down complex racial dynamics to worn-out tropes, like the "well-meaning white guy".
Thursday, January 29 2015
Legends of the Knight takes the cultural impact of Batman seriously by highlighting a few of his biggest fans, even though the hero worship gets a little redundant by its conclusion.
Wednesday, January 28 2015
In the fictional film Princess and the documentary The Wolfpack, a child's resilience might thwart even the most determined of boogey men.
Pawel Pawlikowski's frosty drama, although perhaps too simple for its own good, elevates strong emotional connections from an entirely chilly exterior.
Monday, January 26 2015
Both The Witch and Z for Zachariah point to the terrifying uselessness of religion in the face of the wilderness.
This loopy and stupid film promises eros and instead delivers an earache.
Friday, January 23 2015
As the eccentric art thief Charlie Mortdecai, Johnny Depp says things cleverly instead of saying clever things.
Mommy reminds you that mothers are not supposed to be sexual, and that children and everyone else need boundaries on mothers' behaviors.