World War Z
The Bling Ring
Jack the Giant Slayer
21 And Over
This homey construct is warm, exactingly crafted and painted with pop-country tones.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A film that always chooses optimism and wishful thinking over realism.
| Original Score: 2/4
In its murky light, the film is filled with details that seem utterly true...
| Original Score: 3/4
The Kids Are All Right cuts the same corners as this movie, it just uses a better knife.
Deftly combining low-key romance and gentle humor, the director, Ella Lemhagen (working from Michael Druker's 2008 play), stares down prejudice with a nudge and a wink rather than a soapbox.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The stuff of time-tested trite melodrama...
| Original Score: 2/5
There aren't many surprises to what follows, but one is never bored, thanks to the innate charms of Skarsgård and young Ljungman, both of whom have such sweetly hopeful smiles that it's hard not to wish them eternal happiness.
Delivers a formulaic-sounding conceit with enough unpredictability and downplayed sentiment to earn the heartwarming emotions that might too easily have arrived on cue.