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.
Attempting to take Samara’s murderous video online, the long-in-coming Rings is terrible, and other than a suitably larger-than-life performance from D’Onofrio, there’s precious little to recommend.
Not to say I believe The Space Between Us is worth a viewer’s time and money, not even that of the teenage audience this story is so clearly targeted at, this interplanetary romance a rocket ship of schmaltz and cliché that’s impossible to take seriously.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is easily the most entertaining of the sequels, and while not as consistently engaging as Anderson’s first film, still the best video game to film adaptation to ever see the light of day, that doesn’t make the portions here that do work any less fun.