‘Not Fade Away’ strikes an off chord to an overplayed tune, not contributing enough ideas of its own to merit a lasting impression.
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‘Taken 2’ is as joyless and soulless as its deeply overrated predecessor. Liam Neeson deserves better.
‘Something in the Air’ is a lover’s depiction of the 70’s, ever-wishing it that time had lingered on a little longer.
‘Like Someone in Love’ falls willingly into banal repetition, not forming creative enough relationships to maintain interest in its tedium.
‘The Paperboy’ is dripping in gross behavior and gleefully so performances, topped as always by the fearlessly breathtaking Nicole Kidman.
Not cheerful by half, ‘Our Children’ conveys brutal intensity through torturous intimacy and Emilie Dequenne’s devastatingly hollowed out expression.
‘Fill the Void’ is an unprejudiced depiction of Jewish marriage troubles, highlighted by a beguiling lead turn by Hadas Yaron.
In placing African sufferings front and center, ‘Kinshasa Kids’ manipulatively ignores honest misery in favor of crass music and unexplained plotting.
Rian Johnson’s time-traveling thriller is more mindful than mind-bending, featuring a capable Joseph Gordon-Levitt ready for his own action franchise.
It’s not perfect, but ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is a heartfelt, genuine and fabulously acted high school movie for a new generation.
Ang Lee gorgeously emulates God’s design in ‘Life of Pi’, but is hindered by over-explanatory dialogue, indulging in far too many obvious questions.
The painful lack of chemistry between its stars essentially reduces ‘Trouble with the Curve’ into an entirely forgettable sports drama.
Bachelorette offers far too many laughs for the audience to handle, all at the heavy price of character development and nuance.
With stellar acting and an intelligent script, Arbitrage manages to be both smart AND entertaining, which is something of a rarity these days.
‘No’ is a culturally nostalgic piece of hilarious and inspirational period encapsulation, but also an optimistic, politically activating statement.
Audiard’s answer to American sentimentality, ‘Rust and Bone’ succeeds on the heft of two towering lead performances and sheer aesthetic ambition.
The chance to revisit a great Pixar movie like ‘Finding Nemo’ in theaters is ample reason to pay that 3D surcharge.
‘Chicken with Plums’ serves as delightfully affectionate entertainment to those who are open to it.
At times hopeful, at times sad, and occasionally frustrating in all the right ways, ‘Oslo, August 31’ is a loving, gentle portrait of a lost cause finding himself.
William Friedkin’s ‘Killer Joe’ is a vile, deplorable movie. It’s also a ton of perverse, guilt-ridden fun that will put you to shame for enjoying it.