Posts Tagged ‘film criticism’
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Harold Lloyd finds himself in a precarious position while trying to make $1,000 in "Safety Last!," a 1923 silent-film classic being screened with live organ accompaniment on Friday, January 27 in Lafayette, Indiana.

Safety Last!

The idea to continually aspire and ascend – and someday succeed – propels both the brilliance of "Safety Last!" & the enduring legacy of Harold Lloyd’s appeal.
Nicolas Cage stars as Eddie King, an unhinged criminal, in "Arsenal," a 2017 Lionsgate release.

Arsenal

Nicolas Cage's unexpected revival of one of his campiest characters elevates, however slightly, an otherwise unremarkable VOD disaster.

Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in "Hidden Figures," a 20th Century Fox release.

Hidden Figures

"Hidden Figures" earns its inspiration by understanding the hard-fought ways in which cultural perseverance factors into equations larger than any of us.
Mitch Henessey (Samuel L. Jackson) and Charly Baltimore (Geena Davis) try to take down evil government rogues in "The Long Kiss Goodnight," Renny Harlin's 1996 action-thriller distributed by New Line Cinema.

Class of 1996: ‘The Long Kiss Goodnight’ / ‘Broken Arrow’

It's been one helluva year. So let's just talk about some great 1996 explosions, OK?

Natalie Portman portrays Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie," a 2016 Fox Searchlight Pictures release directed by Pablo Larraín.

Jackie

The best Kennedy film in 25 years fuels no conspiratorial fires but suggests our collective complicit collusion in stoking embers of the "rosy" Camelot era.
Flamboyant German pig Gunter (voiced by Nick Kroll) lets loose on Lady Gaga in "Sing," a 2016 Illumination Entertainment release.

Sing

“Sing” is sure to get kids shimmying and singing along. The adults rounding them up will recognize stage fright when it comes to the movie singing its own tune.

Will Smith looks sad sitting next to Helen Mirren in "Collateral Beauty," a 2016 drama directed by David Frankel and distributed by Warner Brothers / New Line Cinema.

Collateral Beauty

A shameless, soulless, deeply cynical treatment of grief as a narrative shell game that goes for "A Christmas Carol" but instead emphasizes the dick in Dickens.
Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb) and Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) kiss among the garbage in Alex Cox's 1986 film "Sid and Nancy."

Class of 1986: ‘Sid and Nancy’

Not quite the imperfect perfection in which punk music so often traffics, but a film of appropriately piercing volume and knotty shape.