[Rating: Rock fist WAY up] Language is a funny thing. Being able to truly establish a benchmark for clear and concise communication is key to building a healthy relationship based on mutual respect and trust. Arrival, the latest treat from director Denis Villeneuve, is a near-masterpiece of thought-provoking sci-fi that explores the dangerous line humanity [...]
The Mission: Impossible series is really hitting its stride.
If these costumed super heroes are truly the gods of our time and the films that they are in each summer are our contemporary mythological canon, then these films should reflect our current understanding of each other, including visual representation of women and minorities, instead of parading out old narrative tropes and stereotypes as if they were steadfast truths.
Rating: Minor Rock Fist Down Sequels are tough. Even if you’ve made a wildly successful first film. Even if you’ve had more than six movies to establish your continuity. Even if you have the deep pockets of a major studio like Disney. Even if you’ve got a director who’s incredibly good at writing ensembles. Sequels [...]
A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California.
Two films from last year that both employ odd narration strategies couldn’t be farther apart in tone, actually. Here’s a review of American Hustle and The Book Thief, new out on Blu-ray now:
Everything is fake—from Christian Bale’s hideous comb-over/toupee combo to Amy Adams’ English accent—in David O. Russell’s messy, hilarious crime comedy American Hustle.
‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ is a gory, R-rated splatter-fest that uses its cartoonish violence as crutch rather than an anchor. It wants desperately to be on the same level as Sam Raimi’s slapstick horror Evil Dead trilogy, but it’s nowhere near as fun or clever.
It’s the dog days of summer as we talk about three movies that round out the summer movie season.
Wacthing ‘The Avengers’ is like watching director Joss Whedon play with really expensive action figures.
At least one of our film critics wasn’t as enthusiastic as many others have been about Marvel’s The Avengers so far. Watch the video to find out who…
‘The Avengers’ may be pure formula, but its formula done in a way that makes you remember why formulas were created in the first place: They were successful.
‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ succeeds in dishing up exactly what you would expect: State of the arts stunts, non-stop action, and a series of clearly laid-out heists and chases that go awry in all kinds of creative ways.
The action sequences have defined the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series since it’s beginnings, and Brad Bird just knocks this film out of the park. Anyone who’s seen ‘The Incredibles’ knows that the world of superspys and bigger-than-life threats has long been adored by Bird, and that shows in nearly every aspect of the film.
This is a new column that I pitched to Eric a few weeks ago, basically because I have a lot of pent-up frustration about award shows. Thank you Eric for letting me “freelance” while all I’m really doing is venting. Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, 2009 WINNER: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) [...]