For Buster Keaton, few would argue against "The General" as the ideal “staring point.” Its accessibility remains crucial to its status as a classic no film-lover should bypass.
Hanks’ script is an example of economical storytelling and the end result is a thrilling 75 minutes of the kinds of things one expects from well-made submarine movies.
The overpolished screenplay and overuse of directorial flourishes hamper the viewer’s enjoyment of what should have been a pretty straightforward caper-style crime film.
Epic in scope and respectful in presentation, it makes up for any factual inaccuracies with the depth and power of its characterization.
Can’t make up its mind whether it wants to be a popcorn thriller or something with an existential bent, and isn't fully satisfying as either.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Drugs, Sexual Content)
Director: John Crowley
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Willa Fitzgerald, Ashleigh Cummings, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Oakes Fegley, Peter Jacobson
Although this stripped-down regurgitation of the story is faithful to Donna Tartt’s novel in the broadest sense of the word, it lacks elegance and depth.
The movie’s charm comes from its ability to conjure up the innocence of the twilight of childhood; its humor arises from the adult perspective of certain not-so-innocent things.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-05-31
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Mayhem, Destruction, Profanity)
Director: Michael Dougherty
Cast: Kyle Chandler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, Sally Hawkins, Bradley Whitford, Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, David Strathairn
An overlong, loud spectacle that owes as much to Transformers as kaiju.
There’s something enormously refreshing about the openness and honesty found in Keith Behrman’s coming-of-age film, "Giant Little Ones."
Simply directed but rich in detail, "Gloria Bell" has no deeper themes or motives beyond documenting a slice of the main character’s life.