Innocence is a silly, straight-forward and rudimentary tale of secrecy and witchcraft, and I can’t say the film itself produced a single, solitary surprise in any one of its overly familiar 96 minutes.
As Above So Below isn’t a great thriller. Its final portion, while exciting, doesn’t linger for a second to try and explain itself and essentially becomes an escalating series of images chronicling escapes, close calls and sudden deaths that happen just because.
Throw in a series of ever-escalating romances, double-crosses, hidden agendas and mistaken identities, and it’s clear that director Roger Donaldson’s The November Man has a heck of a lot on its twisted little mind.
An incredible, life-affirming motion picture that will be talked about and remembered for many years to come, Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release a solid one worthy of multiple looks.
If I Stay might be the worst film of 2014. A hackneyed, overly melodramatic mess that talks down to its audience and wallows in the basest forms of simple-minded sentimentality.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a case study in style over substance, Rodriguez and Miller trading in hard-boiled noir tropes not doing a single thing one would ever consider character-driven, complex or subtle.
You know what you’re going to be getting when it comes to The Expendables 3, so anyone buying a ticket shouldn’t be particularly shocked by the lo-fi ambiance of the visual esthetics or the third-rate nature of the script.
The simple beauty of the initial bits had me close to convinced Noyce and company had figured out the path to allow Lowry’s work to transition to the silver screen [but] as good as The Giver is initially the sour taste left by the final act is just too foul to easily get beyond.
Director Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred-Foot Journey is one of the better films he’s made in quite some time, probably since 2006’s The Hoax, maybe even 1999’s The Cider House Rules. At the same time, that doesn’t make it much more than harmless foodie fluff, the movie telegraphing the majority of its moves right from the start not particularly caring that it does so.