There’s nothing surprising or especially interesting - anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of politics will find the terrain familiar and a little stale.
A dead-on portrait of a lost soul who may never quite find herself but who makes an uneasy peace with what the world has made of her.
To the extent that "Venom" works, it’s as a comedy not an action/adventure superhero film.
With solid performances and a sensitive screenplay, "The Valley" offers a window overlooking a heartbreakingly common situation whose signs remain elusive.
The film’s nihilistic last act will leave some viewers cold but, from a pure storytelling perspective, the movie engages throughout.
Frears hasn’t just made an historical recreation; he has made a movie containing a message with universal implications.
On a purely visual level, "Valerian" is a top contender, but as a complete motion picture experience, it falls considerably short.
Screenwriter Max Landis has reduced Mary Shelly’s cautionary tale to a bad comic book, bereft of soul and intelligence.
Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan is his own worst enemy in the choices he makes bringing "The Visit" to the screen.
U.S. Release Date: 2015-07-29
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Director: Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley
Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steel Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Catherine Missal, Charlie Day
As with all episodic comedies, this one is hit-and-miss but there are enough "hits" to keep most viewers entertained.