Posts Tagged ‘film criticism’
By twisting usual gotcha-scare geometry just enough to goose you and thoughtfully mulling the psychology of paranormal belief, this prequel proves the best of its bunch.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's arrival as a fairytale filmmaker extraordinaire finds him, with a rapscallion's wit, pulling back the tent to welcome us inside his wild mind.
This rejiggering of the 1982 classic is reminiscent of “Poseidon” or 2005’s “The Amityville Horror” — a significantly shorter simulacrum that works on its own single-serving terms.
An instant classic and an unforgettable, habit-forming rush you'll crave continuously to mainline the reason we go to movies in the first place.
Texas is a big state. By the time the credits roll on "Hot Pursuit," you'll feel like you've crossed it by car and taken the scenic route.
Despite its introduction of the immediately iconic Thunderdome arena, this Mad Max tale can't quite bridge a directorial split.
It respectfully sends off Paul Walker amid momentum microbursts, but "Furious Seven" feels more like joyless, obligatory due diligence than a fun thrill ride.
An ill fit for Sean Penn on fronts of art and altruism, "The Gunman" plays like something the actor, co-writer and producer probably loathes: "voluntourism."
Wheezing, limping and lumbering all night much more than it runs, Liam Neeson's most arthritic action movie to date isn't one with a number wedged in its title.
"Chappie" is neither the easy kind of bad nor the sort from which co-writer / director Neill Blomkamp can't bounce back ... but damn, does it hurt to watch.
Upending expectations of the "Saturday Night Live" subgenre, "Stuart Saves His Family" is good enough and smart enough to paint a seriocomic portrait of misery.
The Platonic ideal of a sorta-welcome comedy sequel we didn't need, "HTTM 2" proves some bottles aren't built to hold much more than a single bolt of lightning.
A social drama with real sting & a commanding turn by Marion Cotillard, this is a fascinating field study of life on the financial fringes of the working class.
Nick Rogers offers some quick takes on a trio of new movies that opened this weekend — "The Loft," "Black or White" and "Project Almanac."