Has difficulty wedding its collage of ideas with a compelling narrative.
Its greater ambitions don’t make it a better movie - just a longer and more pretentious one.
Unable to generate an honest emotional response, the filmmakers resort to cheap trickery and heart-string rending music.
U.S. Release Date: 2016-07-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Director: Matt Ross
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Frank Langella, Ann Dowd, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell
Director/writer Matt Ross offers moments of genuine power and pathos that make it easy to forgive the missteps.
Just because a movie uses the word “intelligence” doesn’t mean it has any.
"The Conjuring 2" proves that, with a sufficient investment of time and energy, sequels don’t have to be unsatisfying cash-grabs.
U.S. Release Date: 2016-05-06
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Daniel Bruhl, Emily VanCamp
Those who attend this movie expecting to see a superhero smack-down won’t be disappointed, but anyone partial to Captain America’s saga may feel shortchanged.
As a race-against-time, Jason Bourne-inspired adrenaline cocktail, "Criminal" offers a couple of hours of popcorn-munching entertainment.
"Creative Control" looks more interesting than it is
"Concussion" isn’t always brilliant but it’s compelling enough that the lesser scenes are easily ignored.