Film Review: '300: Rise of an Empire'
Published 3/6/2014 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments
It’s a pity this colorless cast doesn’t hold a candle to the Gerard Butler/Michael Fassbender/David Wenham crew of the original, that the writers couldn’t conjure up thrilling speeches to match the original.
Film Review: 'Non-Stop'
Published 2/27/2014 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments
The label “durable,” as in “durable leading man,” has never fit Liam Neeson more than it does in these late-career action pictures that have become his bread and butter since “Taken.”
Film Review: 'Nebraska'
Published 12/18/2013 at 8:48 p.m. 0 comments
Director Alexander Payne has established an increasingly rare ability to craft smart adult comedies with a degree of multiplex viability: The breakout “Election,” with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick doing generational battle, giving way to “About Schmidt” (Jack Nicholson’s widower/retiree ...
Film Review: 'American Hustle'
Published 12/18/2013 at 7:32 p.m. 0 comments
Does any director working in movies today convey a greater sense of affection, even love, for his characters than David O. Russell? Increasingly confident, the filmmaker seems genuinely to enjoy the bumptious, unruly company of the moms and pops and ...
Film Review: 'Out of the Furnace'
Published 12/5/2013 at 11:52 a.m. 0 comments
The unforgiving back roads and rusted-out mill towns of Appalachia provide the bleak backdrop and emotional landscape of “Out of the Furnace,” a well-acted, beautifully filmed, utterly depressing chronicle of revenge and thwarted dreams in postindustrial America.
Film Review: 'The Book Thief'
Published 11/27/2013 at 1:56 p.m. 0 comments
In “The Book Thief,” it’s 1938 and the wrong time to be young in Germany. A little girl is adopted into a poor family, and the movie traces her trials and adjustments, balancing a personal story with the world going ...
Film Review: 'Frozen'
Published 11/27/2013 at 11:44 a.m. 0 comments
With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, “Frozen” is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake. A certain scene-stealing ...
Film Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
Published 11/21/2013 at 3:22 p.m. 0 comments
In a testimony to the size and appetite of its fan base, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens this weekend on close to 40 local screens.
Film Review: 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Published 11/21/2013 at 2:56 p.m. 0 comments
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto could be in line for Oscar nominations in this film based on a true story.
Film Review: 'Great Expectations'
Published 11/21/2013 at 2:49 p.m. 0 comments
Mike Newell, director of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” reunites several cast members from that 2005 film for an adaptation of a work by an author -- Charles Dickens -- who may have been England’s most popular writer ...
Indie Memphis Review: 'Touchy Feely'
Published 10/24/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments
The fifth feature from Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, whose Indie Memphis connection dates back to her second, 2008’s “My Effortless Brilliance,” “Touchy Feely” will appear on the opening-night undercard at this year’s festival.
Pirates of the Somali
Published 10/10/2013 at 4:49 p.m. 0 comments
Like “Zero Dark Thirty,” inspired by the 2011 Navy SEAL killing of Osama bin Laden, “Captain Phillips” is a fact-based suspense film that ends in a confrontation between highly trained, disciplined and lethal representatives of the U.S. military and several ...
Machete sequel revels in comic-book spirit
Published 10/10/2013 at 4:42 p.m. 0 comments
“Machete kills,” U.S. President Rathcock says during, um, “Machete Kills.” “That’s what he does.” So, no false advertising here, folks.
'Gravity' will leave you star-struck
Published 10/3/2013 at 5:15 p.m. 0 comments
Emotional impact is not the first quality one thinks of when the subject is science-fiction adventures. Yet that’s one of the qualities that sets “Gravity” apart as a stratospheric achievement. Not just a futuristic drama, it’s also a universally human ...
Movie review: "Prisoners"
Published 9/19/2013 at 7:31 p.m. 0 comments
“Prisoners” is a mystery told with such skill that just when you think you’ve figured it out, it finds new blind alleys for us to visit.
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