Movie Reviews - Page 6

‘Carol’ Review: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara Dazzle In This Magnificent Love Story

by Erin Whitney November 19, 2015 @ 9:49 AM
The Weinstein Co.
Few films create a sumptuous experience you want to live in and soak up. They give off a swirl of emotions that you long for, like breathing in the scent of a lover’s sweater, filling your lungs and hoping to save a piece of that memory. That’s the kind of experience Carol concocts, a love story of sublime subtlety where the smallest encounters have the most consuming impact.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2’ Review: Half of a Story, All of the Boredom

by Matt Singer November 18, 2015 @ 9:42 AM
The good news is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 contains less scenes of people sitting around and waiting for things to happen than The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.

‘Creed’ Review: An Old Franchise Flies High Again

by Matt Singer November 18, 2015 @ 7:55 AM
New Line
“The way I imagine it, after the fight, he’s riding home in a cab, with the roar of the people chanting ‘Rocky!’ still in his ears. And he just drops over dead. In other words, he has achieved everything possible and he dies when he’s on top. I don’t think people want to see Rocky when he’s 80.”

‘Trumbo’ Review: Bryan Cranston Plays the Blacklisted Screenwriter In This Gaudy Pick-cha

by Erin Whitney November 6, 2015 @ 3:02 PM
Hilary Bronwyn Gayle
When the first trailer for Jay Roach’s Trumbo dropped this past summer, I thought I was getting a brief peek at what would become one of fall’s most buzzed about biopics and with an Oscar-worthy leading role. After all, it stars Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo, the politically undeterred Hollywood screenwriter blacklisted for his Communist beliefs during the Red Scare. A movie about movies with a great cast, what could go wrong? But that’s just the thing with biopics, especially ones about Hollywood, which face the risk of mistaking homage for pastiche.

‘Spectre’ Review: For James Bond, Everything New Is Old Again

by Matt Singer November 3, 2015 @ 8:41 AM
Spectre is amusing and stylish, but just barely. And its fixation on validating Bond’s worth in 2015 through a Snowden-esque subplot about a worldwide security network feels particularly inappropriate given the fact that so much of the movie is spent looking to Bond’s past, rather than his present or future.

‘Suffragette’ Review: Carey Mulligan Fights For Women’s Rights in the Lifeless Historical Drama

by Erin Whitney October 23, 2015 @ 2:55 PM
Focus Features
It’s 1912 and Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), a 26-year-old mother, is working as a laundress at a London factory, the same one she’s worked at since her early teens. Like the many other women in the sweltering warehouse, Maud works a third more hours than her husband (Ben Whishaw) and the other male employees, and makes considerably less. But this is the 20th century, a time where women were expected to do no more than birth children and bring home an income to feed those children. In Suffragette, screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) and director Sarah Gavron take us back to that era to remind us of the fight that eventually earned women the right to vote in the U.K. in 1928.

‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ Review: This Spooky Franchise Is Finally Busted

by Matt Singer October 23, 2015 @ 8:27 AM
Before every long-running horror franchise finally ends, they always return one last time to claim a final victim: their most loyal audience. It’s pretty clear Paranormal Activity — and maybe the entire found-footage horror subgenre — is out of gas, but here’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension anyway, ready to milk a few more bucks out of the last surviving souls who are still invested in its convoluted mythology, and complete the series’ transformation from elegant simplicity to desperate gimmickry, with the addition of 3D to the mix.

Review: ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ Is, Sadly, Not Even the Best Worst Movie of the Year

by Erin Whitney October 20, 2015 @ 9:56 AM
Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter is probably best enjoyed as one of those 9th grade date movies. The ones where you pick the next non-sold out showing of a movie starring familiar actors to make out during, thus not suffering from missing plot points. I did this once with Van Helsing, the 2004 vampire equivalent of The Last Witch Hunter.