Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom is the filmmaker’s moving, intelligently authentic follow-up to her 2013 sensation Belle. Much like that superb motion picture, this one is crafted with precision and care, the filmmaker once again allowing her core actors, in this case Oyelowo and Pike, the freedom to move and evolve their respective characters in ways that feel entirely genuine.
It’s a La La Land world and all of the rest of the Best Picture contenders are likely to be fortunate just being part of it.
Verbinski’s Cure a Chillingly Unsettling Treatment Ambitious Wall Street stockbroker Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), on the verge of a major promotion, is given an unusual assignment by the executives currently in charge of his firm. It seems their CEO, Pembroke (Harry Groener), has lost touch with reality, sending a letter claiming he has no intention to […]
There are facets of The Great Wall to be adored, maybe even reveled in, there are just not enough of them to make sitting through all the turgidly offensive and grotesquely asinine bits worthwhile. The movie is a muddled monster mash that’s as disappointing as it is insignificant, and I imagine as far as Yimou is concerned he’ll think twice before accepting another paycheck from Hollywood anytime soon.
But when Ade’s opus works it admittedly does so with a level of precision and genius that’s mesmerizing, making Toni Erdmann a modern comedy of heartbreak, forgiveness and family deserving of multiple looks.
As a family drama about an estranged mother and daughter attempting to reconnect under impossibly tragic circumstances, much of Don’t Knock Twice works quite well, and I admittedly began to wonder what the story might have been like had the filmmakers went the full Tennessee Williams route and omitted all of the supernatural demonic nonsense.
Fifty Shades Darker might be one the greatest terrible movies I’ve ever seen.
Picking up where 2014 sensation John Wick left off, John Wick: Chapter 2 proves to be a surprisingly dynamic sequel that explores and expands on the world the previous violent action-thriller introduced in increasingly fascinating fashion.
As spinoffs go, The LEGO Batman Movie has more than its fair share of super moments, and with so many seemingly sturdy building blocks in place I’m curious to see how the studio will continue to piece these LEGOs together in the future.