'The Raid 2' Raises the Stakes on Indonesian Action
Published 4/16/2014 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
If The Raid: Redemption was a bone-snapping ballet, The Raid 2: Berandal is a sprawling symphony of carnage that plays out in a series of brutal, gory smackdowns.
Captain America Trades World War II Action for Cold War Paranoia in 'The Winter Soldier'
Published 4/9/2014 at 9:50 a.m. 0 comments
Winter Soldier is all about giving Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) a chance to figure out his role in a world that moved on without him.
Darren Aronofsky Gets All Freaky With the Biblical Tale of 'Noah'
Published 4/2/2014 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments
In case it hasn’t been made abundantly clear, this is not your Sunday school teacher’s Noah—unless your Sunday school teacher was completely bonkers and spiced up the story with six-armed rock monsters, crazy armadillo-dog creatures, bloody fight scenes, and enough ...
Wes Anderson Regains His Footing in the Old Europe of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Published 3/26/2014 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
Anderson has bounced back splendidly with his eighth film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, tapping into the loopy majesty of his early classics while also finding a fresh creative foothold within a dizzying caper comedy.
Hayao Miyazaki Makes a Graceful Farewell With 'The Wind Rises'
Published 3/19/2014 at 9:30 a.m. 0 comments
Hayao Miyazaki claims that the Oscar-nominated The Wind Rises, his 11th and most recent feature film, will be his last. If that’s true, the godfather of Japanese anime has bowed out with a near-masterpiece.
TV’s Famously Sardonic Hound Makes It to the Big Screen in 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'
Published 3/12/2014 at 10:17 a.m. 0 comments
The trademark snarkiness that distinguished the property in the 1960s is not altogether missing from this polished big-screen adaptation, but there’s a pronounced swing toward sentimentality that, at least for adult viewers, doesn’t always serve it well. Luckily, Mr. Peabody’s ...
Asghar Farhadi Stumbles in the Follow-Up to His 2012 Arthouse Hit 'A Separation'
Published 3/4/2014 at 9:20 a.m. 0 comments
If you loved Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, you’ll merely like his new film, The Past.
B-Movie Maestro Paul W.S. Anderson Manages Some Rousing Campy Destruction in 'Pompeii'
Published 2/26/2014 at 2:01 p.m. 0 comments
Pompeii is an entertaining chunk of kitschy sword-and-sandal camp, and the volcanic smackdown that takes up the final third of the film is pretty spectacular.
José Padilha Engineers a Surprisingly Competent Upgrade of 'RoboCop'
Published 2/19/2014 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
It’s far less violent and satirical—and, okay, less fun—than Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, but as off-season remakes go, it’s far better than might have been expected.
The Instruction Manual Goes Out the Window in the Surprisingly Subversive 'Lego Movie'
Published 2/12/2014 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
The film’s narrative construction mimics the way kids play with Legos; it’s a completely deranged jumble of mismatched parts, cannibalized from a dizzying array of franchises, that somehow work beautifully together.
'Labor Day''s Low Stakes Make for Drama-Free Drama
Published 2/5/2014 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
If nothing else encouraging can be said for Jason Reitman’s Labor Day—and little will be—the first 40 minutes, at least, are the beginnings of a convincing kidnapping flick.
'Devil’s Due' Does Little to Justify Its Own Existence
Published 1/23/2014 at 9:24 a.m. 0 comments
It’s hard to imagine the sort of Bizarro World where Devil’s Due would be even passably entertaining.
Spike Jonze Finds the Beating Heart Inside a Computer Program in 'Her'
Published 1/15/2014 at 9:49 a.m. 0 comments
There’s something dangerously obvious about the idea of a guy literally falling in love with his cellphone.
'The Marked Ones' Takes the 'Paranormal Activity' Franchise in a New But Uninspired Direction
Published 1/8/2014 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments
The Marked Ones is both a pleasant surprise and a disappointment. It’s better than cynical fans had any reason to expect, but it never capitalizes on its advantages.
Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio Revel in ’90s Excess in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Published 1/2/2014 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments
Anyone looking for the moralistic heart pumping away at the core of The Wolf of Wall Street will be sorely disappointed. At 71, director Martin Scorsese doesn’t seem interested in taking anyone to task for the sordid behavior rendered so ...
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