Jude Law’s performance — which starts at 11 and stays there — may well go down in history as one of the most colorful low-lifes ever committed to film. It is doubtful that the movie itself will be so fondly remembered.
This homage to the Camino, a world-famous path designed to enhance spiritual enlightenment, plays less like a profound journey and more like a vacation video with good production values.
If Johnny Depp seemed overexposed by the time the third Pirates of the Caribbean lumbered into theaters, thats nothing compared to Transcendence. Depps star power cant quite provide the oomph needed to make this intriguing idea soar. Its a competent but curiously flat drama. More shrugs than thrills.
If you’ve missed Nicolas Cage and the special qualities he brings to movies, “Joe” is a good place to get reacquainted. It’s a case of unlikely casting, and yet he couldn’t be better in it.
Quiet, cryptic and never less than creepy, “Under the Skin” is sci-fi that doesn’t do the work for you. There are no explanations. No character rattles off a paragraph or three of exposition and backstory.
Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap you will find the fright film spoof “A Haunted House 2,” a scattershot, anything-goes affair that’s unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid. Aggressively stupid.
The cuteness factor is certainly off the chart in “Bears,” a captivating chronicle of two newborn Alaskan brown bears in their first year.
If you want a dance drama, Duane Adler is the man for the job. But here he’s venturing into another genre: unintentional comedy.
Heaven Is for Real is based on the true story of a 4-year-old Nebraska boy who after major surgery tells his father a local minister that hes been to heaven. Although there are immediate doubts, people begin to accept the story when the youngster reveals information he only could have been given by those who died before he was born.
What “Oculus” has going for it is a slow, steady build-up of tension, leading to a final act that makes up in pure intensity what it lacks in originality. In a genre that so often relies on gore and lazy jump scares, that goes a long way.
Draft Day one of the best recent films about football shows almost no football. Instead, this sharp and gripping drama delves into the backroom machinations that control the nations most popular team sport.
In Ritesh Batras beguiling romance The Lunchbox, a virtual relationship blossoms not through a sexy operating system as in Her, or modern-day epistolary as in Youve Got Mail, but the old-fashioned way, through carefully written notes delivered by hand every day.
Rob the Mob is the entertaining true story of a couple in Queens, N.Y., who came up with an insane way to make big money back in 1992: They started robbing Mafia social clubs.
Donald Rumsfeld smiles, spins and passes the buck as he spars with Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris in “The Unknown Known.”
This sequel to the breezy, Oscar-nominated hit from 2011 is convinced that more equals better. More characters, more montages, more singing, more dancing, more preaching — it’s certainly more exhausting.
“The Raid 2” is the most violent movie ever made. The exploding heads, slit, gurgling throats and claw-hammer crunches and tears are so excessive as to make the works of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and torture porn king Eli Roth seem almost quaint in retrospect.
In general, the film feels like all setup and no punch line.
The new Captain America is better than the last two Bond pictures and rivals Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol as the best pure action movie of the decade. And it has something to say, too.
How you feel about “Cheap Thrills” will depend on how much creative debasement you can stand to watch.
“Particle Fever” is a gripping documentary about the most exacting and expensive scientific experiment ever conducted, and one that may be among the most significant.