Screenwriter Max Landis has reduced Mary Shelly’s cautionary tale to a bad comic book, bereft of soul and intelligence.
2015 has seen its share of sequels; perhaps surprisingly, "Creed" is among the best.
Although not without moments of sadness and tragedy, "Brooklyn" is sublimely uplifting and life affirming.
U.S. Release Date: 2015-11-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Mahershala Ali, Sam Claflin, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Natalie Dormer
"Mockingjay Part 2" fails to satisfy as either a traditional sci-fi adventure blockbuster or an exploration of the dark side of war.
"Spotlight" is a Valentine to investigative journalism and a stark reminder of where we’re headed now that this brand of writing has become an endangered species.
It might be possible to make a gripping film about the 2010 mining disaster but "The 33" isn’t it.
Overplotted and at least 20 minutes too long, the film opens big, slogs through its middle act, and recovers for a rousing conclusion.
To those with even a limited exposure to Peanuts over the years, this will feel like a homecoming.
For the filmmakers, one tone-deaf mistake at the end doesn’t undo this compelling behind-the-scenes peek at how buffoons get elected and men of substance become political roadkill.
"Room" is honest and challenging but it’s more uplifting than one might expect from a film with such a horrific backstory.