A nicely twisty thriller replete with Hitchcockian elements that is spoiled by the string of thriller clichés resulting in a lackluster ending.
Has problems beyond its inability to stick the ending but that’s the one that ultimately sinks it.
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content)
Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Tyne Daly, Saul Rubinek, Brendan Gleeson, Jonjo O’Neill, Grainger Hines, Zoe Kazan, Bill Heck, Tom Waits, Henry Melling, Liam Neeson, Stephen Root, James Franco, Chelcie Ross
Strikes an effective balance between satire and homage and mines the most common ore of the old-time Westerns.
Despite featuring strong performances and containing some individually potent scenes, the film’s style keeps the viewer at arm’s length.
An imperfect thriller but one that expects the audience to pay attention and that doesn’t pander to the least common denominator.
By adding cumbersome elements to the narrative, it ultimately detracts from the core human story.
An old-fashioned character piece, more dramatic than comedic in tone but leavened with occasional humor.
U.S. Release Date: 2018-02-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown
It sloughs off the generic label that adheres to many films of the genre, providing an experience that is by turns exciting, emotional, and funny.
An opportunity to re-examine ‘70s attitudes through the lens of ‘10s perceptions, "BlacKkKlansman" is equally entertaining and disturbing.
A compelling film with much to say about subjects like gentrification and race – things it approaches with a mix of wit and seriousness.