It’s a credit to director Terrance Malick that he can keep a viewer sympathetic for an attractive, rich, Hollywood screenwriter who gets to date the likes of Imogen Poots, Natalie Portman, Freida Pinto, and Teresa Palmer, among other beautiful and talented and successful women, as long as he can.
There are a solid 60 seconds or so at the start of 10 Cloverfield Lane where you breathe easy, sit back in your chair, and have normal vital functions. But after a shocking jolt, and we find ourselves in a strange place alongside our heroine, there is no more relaxing.
It should come as no surprise that London Has Fallen, the sequel to one of two White House disaster movies from 2013, is rated ‘R’ for extreme violence and blood. After all, a siege leaves copuntless people slaughtered around the streets of the English capital, and those bodies that aren’t bullet-ridden on the street are simply … Continue reading
In the shadow of the Oscars comes a trio of major films this weekend, one of which is by a documentarian who already has a couple Oscars in his past. Another stars an Oscar winner and many time nominee in a question and silly role. And the other film is just questionable and silly all around, … Continue reading
The Oscars are an event and an institution, a particular lens through which to evaluate and embrace something that we already enjoy. They’re great to both celebrate and lambast, to mock and simultaneously embrace – selectively, perhaps – be it for the fanfare, the accolades, the communal gathering, or the gambling.
They are all indeed suspicious, but it takes some time in Quentin Tarantino’s latest captivating slow boil to see the odious nature of the title group. The Hateful Eight, simply enough, happen upon each other amid a blizzard, and even those who align closer to heroes than villains have their malevolent ways. At his best, … Continue reading
Awaken, indeed. However close you are to the Star Wars franchise, an immersed diehard or casual observer, and however a fan you are, be it a willful follower or a hardened skeptic, there is no combating the surge of emotion and excitement that comes with the new entry into the behemoth series. The first … Continue reading
It’s hard to imagine anyone who wants to be King of Scotland after watching the newest film adaption of Shakespeare’s MacBeth. Foggy and grey, the Scottish landscape becomes a vast battleground filled with blood, fire, dirt, and savagery. Of course, what happens to MacBeth after he assumes the crown only makes the job less desirable. … Continue reading
Prehistoric behemoths, cunning cave people, and other colourful anthropomorphic creatures are thrown together in The Good Dinosaur, an awkward composite retelling of history that ends up entertaining a bit and teaching less. This Disney fare starts with a meteor heading towards Earth, but in this alternate reality, the harbinger of dinosaur death misses the planet, sparing … Continue reading
A long and beautiful tracking shot welcomes back to the screen James Bond with vigor and excitement. Our agent is in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, an event offering suspense and spectacle as a chase leads Bond to a crowded plaza and a confrontation on a helicopter.