When it sticks to what it’s supposed to be doing, ‘Life’ is genuinely nerve-wracking. The problem is it constantly wants to pretend its something its not and every time the film spins off into an homage of the better films it was inspired by, you’ll feel like you should probably be watching ‘Alien’ or ’2001′ instead.
So no, Demoltion isn’t really a good film, but it shines at its most core element.
It’s the deeply earnest performances from Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence and Rachel McAdams — and the natural tendency to get behind the underdog — that keeps Southpaw going, even when a crushing inevitability hangs over the entire movie.
Both Whiplash and Nightcrawler are models of fast-paced, engaging storytelling that leaves a mark.
Rating: Minor Rock Fist Up Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an intense, magnetic performance that is the highlight of Nightcrawler, the directoral debut from writer Dan Gilroy. The film follows Gyllenhaal’s Louis Bloom, a disconnected loaner who stumbles into the world of on-the-scene video journalism. Bloom is a quick study, as we witness him learn the seedy business [...]
A stellar performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, and the incredible visual styling of director Denis Villeneuve almost save the cryptic and confusing script that undermines Enemy.
Have you ever had the feeling when you’re watching a movie that the initial premise is so good — so well-written and executed — that there’s no way that it could maintain that throughout the whole picture?
Two 2012 films that should have gotten more attention in their theatrical releases (the cop drama ‘End of Watch’ and Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’) are out now on Blu-ray.
This review originally appeared in video format on KTKA-ABC, and KSNT-NBC: Kansas First News. This week, two movies that mix supernatural elements with comedy and drama are out on Blu-ray and DVD. First up is “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,” starring Brandon Routh—who you may remember as Superman from Bryan Singer’s underrated “Superman Returns”—playing a [...]
KTKA film critic Eric Melin reviews Love and Other Drugs and Four Lions on DVD and Blu-ray.