Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is probably like…the ninth best Harry Potter film. That’s not to say it isn’t good; it’s actually a lot of fun and maintains the spirit of the original series, but it feels uneven at times and unmotivated at others.
The Danish Girl, out on Blu-ray now, pulls back every time there is an opportunity for an in-depth exploration of Lili’s psyche or an examination on Gerda’s part for the guilt and regret she may feel for encouraging this.
At nearly three hours, one laments the wasted opportunity, for there is ample time, directorial muscle, and acting horsepower to walk the line between cinematically engaging and broadly digestible.
Jupiter Ascending may be an unfocused mess, but as far as big-budget sci-fi fantasies go, it’s one of the most entertaining messes ever.
There are a few hard-nosed, pointed remarks from Hawking—one of the most brilliant minds of the century—and very few truly selfish moments, despite the fact that even as a purely inspirational figure, he’s earned them. The same goes for Jones’ Jane, whose sacrifices just keep piling up. This renders the portrayals, however remarkable the performances are, too saintly and mawkish.
I’m hoping this piece, and the interview below, will create a space for a more thoughtful discussion than has existed around the controversial ‘Hick’ thus far, and that it encourages you to rent it and decide for yourself.
‘My Week With Marilyn’ is a frustrating lark of a film anchored by an impressive performance from Michelle Williams.
“Black Death” is one of those movies that just kind of came and went, with very little hype or marketing, stretched out over a long period of time. Those people who noticed it at all probably (like me) confused it with “Season of the Witch,” since the plots are very similar, and both trailers started [...]