'Thor: The Dark World' May Not Make Much Sense, But It’s Got Plenty of Hammer Time
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments
I think, whether you’re a comics fan or not, we can all agree that Thor is an exceptionally goofy character—goofiness, mind you, does not preclude charm and badassery—and easily the toughest to pull off on the big screen. Kudos, then, ...
Cormac McCarthy’s Screenplay for 'The Counselor' Might Have Been a Good Novel, But It Makes for a Lousy Movie
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 1 comment
It’s a commonly held dictum that great novelists often make very bad screenwriters. Cormac McCarthy, certainly one of our best living novelists, follows in the footsteps of no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald with The Counselor, the sleazy, mean, and ...
Director Kimberly Peirce Offers an Unsettling, Perceptive Take on Horror Classic 'Carrie'
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
We’d do well to remember that some of the best genre films of the past few decades—John Carpenter’s The Thing and David Cronenberg’s The Fly immediately come to mind—have been remakes. Not that Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s take ...
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks Elevate 'Captain Phillips' Above Standard Hollywood Action Movies
Published 10/16/2013 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
If there’s any doubt that Paul Greengrass has become one of the world’s most consistently excellent action directors, Captain Phillips should put it to rest.
Alfonso Cuarón’s 'Gravity' Justifies Its Hype
Published 10/9/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
By now, you’ve probably heard or read much of the fanfare that has accompanied Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity into theaters. It’s all true—the stranded-in-space odyssey really is the cinematic milestone that critics and moviegoers are claiming it is.
'Rush' and 'Don Jon' Offer Dueling Perspectives on Male Obsession
Published 10/2/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
Rush might end up being the biggest cinematic surprise of 2013. It’s an exhilarating, full-throttle sports movie about two men who are completely obsessed with racing—or, more specifically, with racing one another.
'Prisoners': Two Very Different Films in One, Both Worth Seeing
Published 9/25/2013 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments
You can bounce a quarter off any frame in the first two hours of Prisoners, the American debut from acclaimed Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies). From its first moments—a father and son stalking a deer in a snowy Pennsylvania forest—the ...
Director James Wan Haunts Familiar Territory With 'Insidious: Chapter 2'
Published 9/18/2013 at 11:15 a.m. 0 comments
It’s easy to argue, as many have, that this sequel is thoroughly unnecessary, and its component elements don’t prove as durable as Insidious fans like myself might have hoped. It’s a common problem with horror stories: They lose much of ...
Fumbling in the Dark: Try as it Might, Riddick Can't Recapture the Brutal, Bloody Magic of Pitch Black
Published 9/11/2013 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
And now there’s Riddick, the third feature film in the series.
Arthouse Auteur Wong Kar-wai’s Kung-Fu Epic 'The Grandmaster' Is a Mixed-Up Mess
Published 9/4/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
Discerning movie lovers have learned to turn to Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai for neo-Nouvelle Vague romance, for Asian gamines and 24-hour urban bustle and yearning glances, for bittersweet shaggy-dog stories of missed connections and lonely apartments. Kung fu, not ...
Edgar Wright Brings His Parody Trilogy to a Surprisingly Poignant Close
Published 8/28/2013 at 11:46 a.m. 0 comments
The World’s End is sharp, hilarious, and surprisingly melancholy, but the team’s genre send-up schtick is beginning to show the faintest signs of wear around the edges.
'Elysium' Delivers Awesome Sci-Fi Spectacle Plus a Timely Political Message
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments
Elysium is, at its core, a mind-expanding, sledgehammer-subtle meditation on the haves and have-nots, and makes no effort to conceal its cruel new world’s roots in the signature anxieties of the contemporary left.
Buddy Action-Comedy '2 Guns' Only Occasionally Hits Its Target
Published 8/7/2013 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments
True to its title, 2 Guns has exactly as many things going for it: a pair of charismatic leads in Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. They’re fantastic together, and when the movie stays out of their way, it’s a lot ...
'The Wolverine' Puts Marvel’s Most Popular Mutant Back Into Sharp-Edged Action
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:26 a.m. 0 comments
Chalk it up as a pleasant surprise that James Mangold’s The Wolverine isn’t simply better than its predecessor; it’s my favorite comic-book movie of the year so far.
'The Way, Way Back' Borrows All the Wrong Things From Classic Summer Comedies
Published 7/24/2013 at 11:18 a.m. 0 comments
In writing The Way, Way Back, Faxon and Rash retained Caddyshack’s sophomoric humor, but they left out the thought-provoking material.