Subtle and beautifully heartfelt. Selma is an important movie, yes, but it is also a great one.
Nothing feels the least bit cinematic, Taken 3 an instantly forgettable, straightforward money grab and little, if anything, else.
It would have been nice had The Woman in Black 2 elected to take a few more risks, go places that were not foreseen right from the start.
There will be those that who try to convince people 2014 was a weak year for film. They would be wrong.
Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making coming of age drama Boyhood following a young boy from 6 to 18 was a revelation for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its breathtaking, magnificently simplistic authenticity.
Force Majeure – An avalanche might have got them talking, but the troubles afflicting Tomas and Ebba’s marriage had been simmering underneath the snowy emotional perimeters of their hearts long before the rumbling and tumbling became all-too literal. A masterpiece of introspective eloquence.
Winter’s Tale – Colin Farrell attempts to save the love of his life with the help of a flying horse while demon Russell Crowe engages in heart-to-heart conversations with Will Smith’s Satan and, no, I didn’t make a single part of that description up. A disaster.
At the same time, even with the more than obvious shortcoming, American Sniper is a vital, organically poignant experience that got under my skin.
Big Eyes, for all its moments of inspired whimsy, for as much as it admires and respects the painter, it’s still oddly lifeless as far as the bigger picture is concerned. The canvass isn’t so much empty as it is incomplete.