There will be few motion pictures released to domestic theaters in 2015 that are better than Clouds of Sils Maria.
Adaline’s story captivated me, heart and soul, her long journey to love’s doorstep a timeless sojourn I was glad to be a part of.
What makes the film genius isn’t how it makes the world of high fashion relatable to the masses and not just the one-percent that can actually afford the clothing (which, shockingly, it does) but more in how in-depth it chooses to document a work place in transition.
But ultimately this is Crowe’s showcase and his alone, and as such The Water Diviner, while not without its faults, still makes for a fine directorial debut and is thus worthy of a look.
5 to 7 might be slight, but it is so in ways that matter, and like a piece of delicately elating pulp romantic fiction it ends up being a page turner worth reading all the way to the mushily agreeable end.
An astonishing science fiction opus, Ex Machina is a smartly constructed three-character drama that deftly asks complex questions with marvelous, disquieting intimacy.
The Harvest is a movie I come very close to loving. Unfortunately, there are some climactic speedbumps that frustratingly keep me from doing so, some oddly disjointed and annoying script contrivances that end up being impossible to overlook. At the same time, somehow, someway, director John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) and screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti keep things more or less on track, their creepy, unsettling endeavor building to a gut-wrenching conclusion I found wonderful.
Monkey Kingdom is awfully enjoyable, and I definitely hope parents make the decision to schlep their kids to the multiplex to give it a look.
Monsters: Dark Continent is in many ways an attempt to transpose Full Metal Jacket or Black Hawk Down levels of realism into what initially appears to be nothing more than a B-grade riff on elements drawn from science fiction stalwarts as diverse as Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and “The Twilight Zone,” and for my part at least I found this particular meshing of genres and ideas continually fascinating.