Posts Tagged ‘film criticism’
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Gunrunners David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) fist-bump after delivering some Berettas to Iraq in "War Dogs," a 2016 comedy-drama from Warner Brothers.

War Dogs

Feels like a Martin Scorsese LEGO set, down to a Jonah Hill minifig with articulated middle fingers you can raise. Without him, "War Dogs" would be useless.
Brenda (Kristen Wiig), Frank (Seth Rogen), Sammy Bagel Jr. and Vash (David Krumholtz) face a threat in "Sausage Party," a 2016 Sony Pictures release directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan.

Sausage Party

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's "Book of Mormon" moment — a marvelously animated, ecumenically equal-opportunity offender with hope, heart, humor, heroism & heft.

Charlie (Jeff Daniels) and Audrey (Melanie Griffith) put on a good show for her mother in "Something Wild," a 1986 Orion Pictures release directed by Jonathan Demme.

Class of 1986: ‘Something Wild’

One of Jonathan Demme's masterworks — just spiky enough to draw blood and an uncommonly gripping romance about rebellion, reinvention … and maybe redemption.
Nurse practitioner Jessica Macleod tends to Roger Brown, one of her homebound patients, in 2016's "The Invisible Patients," a documentary directed by Patrick O'Connor.

Indy Film Fest: The Invisible Patients

A documentary about healthcare in Indiana that elevates itself above other alarm-sounding peers with gallows humor, observant composition and artful pacing.

Joely Fisher (left) and Connie Stevens combat the sudden loss of cellular service on Thanksgiving in "Search Engines," a 2016 comedy from writer-director Russell Brown.

Indy Film Fest: Search Engines

Like a painfully super-sized, emotionally tone-deaf, R-rated episode of “Modern Family,” written by a cantankerous old technophobe insisting on the last word.
Yo-Yo Ma reflects upon the Silk Road Project he helped create in 2016's "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble," directed by Morgan Neville.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

A splendid, generous look at the happy accidents, and intentional elation, that musicians and audiences alike have found in this fermata of fertile creativity.

The Lincoln Memorial gets an unwelcome makeover in "The Purge: Election Year," a 2016 Universal Pictures film written and directed by James DeMonaco.

The Purge: Election Year

“24” meets “The Purge,” albeit a good episode of “24" with a slicker, more skillful merger of siege-movie mentality and sociological commentary than "Anarchy."
The Phantom (Billy Zane) and his trusty steed, Hero, battle evil forces in "The Phantom," a 1996 Paramount Pictures action-adventure directed by Simon Wincer.

Class of 1996: ‘The Phantom’

Considering its lack of personality in hindsight, perhaps “The Phantom” would have been better served betting the house on its old-school aesthetic.