Uses tone, location, and a string of expert performances to leave an impression, even if the story itself is unremarkable.
U.S. Release Date: 2021-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Cooper Hoffman, Maya Rudolph, Christine Ebersole, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, John Michael Higgins, Benny Safdie, Bradley Cooper, Tom Waits, Sean Penn, Alana Haim, Skyler Gisondo
Sweet and romantic with plenty of offbeat quirks and unexpected beats while never becoming saccharine or artificial.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-01-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Ghoulish Images)
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, Michael Ajao, Synnove Karlsen, Rita Tushingham, Margaret Nolan
Because "Last Night in Soho" starts out so strongly, it makes the lackluster final act all the more discouraging.
Scott transforms "The Last Duel" into a deconstruction of chivalry and an exploration of the ugliest aspects of misogyny in the late Middle Ages.
"Lamb" is very much a visual experience, relying on tone to buttress narrative weaknesses.
This isn’t a “big picture” movie in that doesn’t seek to answer questions that are beyond its limited scope but, within the parameters established by director Rory Kennedy, it leaves few stones unturned.
The message is laudable and Luca’s heart is in the right place but its sledgehammer tactics make parts of the movie feel more like a homily than summer entertainment.
What starts out as an exercise in absurdist and surreal comedy turns into a serious examination of the artificial boundaries that divide humanity in the name of nationalism.
Both a tribute to the triumph of the human spirit and an examination of the difficulties of setting aside modern conveniences for primitive survival.
Works when viewed through the narrow lens of one character’s personal redemption rather than through a wider portal.