“The Book of Life,” an energetic animated film rife with Mexican folklore, is brimming with visual delights. The movie commands color so effectively that it’s easy to forgive some narrative hyperactivity.
“Fury” is on one level one of the great war/action films, a face-first plunge into the blood, guts and terror of combat. But it also shows how combat dehumanizes the individuals who must do the dirty work.
“The Green Prince” is a narrative documentary thriller that effectively employs many elements of a John le Carré spy novel: international intrigue, arresting twists and turns and characters with complicated motivations.
It’s too bad this broad, heavy-handed tragi-comedy undercuts many of its most thought-provoking moments, further evidence that after this, “Young Adult” and “Labor Day,” director Jason Reitman may never come close to “Up in the Air” again.
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Consider the phrase "Rockwell crackles." It's often turned up in reviews of Sam Rockwell's film performances over the years, in Amber Wilkinson's plug for his latest, "Laggies," in London's Daily Telegraph newspaper, for instance.
Shailene Woodley, a young actress so engagingly real on camera that she can do no wrong, gets a lot wrong and a bad film out of her system with "White Bird in a Blizzard," an overwrought coming-of-age mystery drama that is an embarrassment for most everyone involved.
"Cheerful" and "triumphant" aren't words that come to mind when you think of Alzheimer's, the debilitating illness that destroys memory, mind and body. But darned if country star Glen Campbell doesn't manage that in "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me."
The King County medical examiner has confirmed that a body found in a ravine in the Seattle suburb of Auburn is that of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in "August: Osage County," "Frozen River" and "Django Unchained."
The new World War II film "Fury" starring Brad Pitt battled to the top of the weekend box office, pulling in an estimated $23.5 million in the U.S. and Canada and pushing "Gone Girl" out of the No.1 spot.