A one-man show, dependent entirely on Hardy's performance as a man whose personal and professional lives are in danger of crashing down around him.
Posted Jan 31, 2014
It's still packed with bone-smashing violence, but at 148 minutes, it's packed a lot more loosely.
Posted Jan 31, 2014
The guys have terrific chemistry, the acting is above average for the genre, and the women are surprisingly fleshed out and not just stereotypical girlfriend material.
Posted Jan 30, 2014
Sensible and restrained, full of drama but not with histrionics.
Posted Jan 21, 2014
David O. Russell's American Hustle is slick, surprisingly funny, and actually makes the horrendous styles of the 1970s look kind of appealing.
Posted Jan 14, 2014
It doesn't matter whether you are for or against military involvement in Afghanistan; this is a film that captures the bond between those who serve.
Posted Jan 13, 2014
The film gets by on its cast of fine actors doing charismatic work, and that's enough to recommend it. But it's a shame Wells couldn't capture the extremes of the play -- the hilarious highs as well as the devastating lows.
Posted Jan 13, 2014
The film falls into the trap of reducing a great man's life to a series of plot points.
Posted Dec 20, 2013
Unlike An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leaves audiences excited about the next chapter of the saga.
Posted Dec 12, 2013
A respectable biopic that's perfectly watchable and charmingly photographed, but that could stand to loosen up a bit.
Posted Dec 10, 2013
Solid performances from Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson, and Willem Dafoe do save this gritty drama from being completely unworthy of viewing.
Posted Dec 6, 2013
A magnificently acted and gently moving two-hankie drama.... Judi Dench's central performance is unreservedly endearing.
Posted Nov 26, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is not only a solid entry in the franchise but stylistically a much better movie than the film that launched the series.
Posted Nov 19, 2013
Engaging story about bright, inexperienced artists working through their tumultuous formative years.
Posted Nov 16, 2013
A bittersweet, rustic-colored drama... Authentically moving and tender.
Posted Nov 12, 2013
...meticulously made, sporadically captivating, and yet palpably overlong...
Posted Nov 10, 2013
Thor: The Dark World is a case of so many characters, so little for them to do.
Posted Nov 7, 2013
Paints the whole picture [of young love and heartbreak] with devastating, blissful accuracy.
Posted Oct 31, 2013
It's all style, no substance, and a prime example of how a bad script can shackle a first-rate cast.
Posted Oct 24, 2013
Even if it's not great as a movie, it's intriguing as a reflection of an experience familiar to most viewers.
Posted Oct 18, 2013
A likably blunt glimpse into the geek microcosm.... Funny, uneven story about a misfit among misfits.
Posted Oct 11, 2013
Two-time Oscar winner Hanks will most likely find himself busy come the 2014 Oscar season as he gives a brilliant tour-de-force performance in this gripping thriller.
Posted Oct 10, 2013
The filmmakers unnervingly convey the killers' methodical yet ultimately random cruelty, and they do it without being exploitative.
Posted Oct 8, 2013
A breathtaking film that's visually stunning, emotionally heart-wrenching, and has heart, soul, and even a bit of humor.
Posted Oct 3, 2013
It's not necessarily the events Sedaris describes that make his essays enjoyable; it's the words he uses to describe them. Without his voice, the story falls flat.
Posted Oct 1, 2013
...an intriguing yet uneven look at life in a rarely filmed corner of the world.
Posted Sep 27, 2013
Easily [Ron] Howard's most visually impressive film, Rush is a turbo-charged action drama that's highly entertaining.
Posted Sep 26, 2013
I'd go as far as to rank A Single Shot among Sam Rockwell's Top 10 performances.
Posted Sep 19, 2013
Full of humanity and compassion and populated by rich characters, this is a soothing balm after a steady diet of raucous, bombastic fare.
Posted Sep 10, 2013
What it all comes down to is that Riddick is the film you expect it to be and not much more.
Posted Sep 6, 2013
If a friend gives you a free ticket, turn it down.
Posted Aug 29, 2013
An unadorned, sepia-toned mood piece, with an ambling pace to it.
Posted Aug 26, 2013
The only way to make The World's End any better would be to actually see it in a theater that serves beer.
Posted Aug 23, 2013
There's so much tender, relatable emotion in these characters and their experiences, and so much underlying goodness in them.
Posted Aug 21, 2013
The film is resonant and largely satisfying, but in a smaller, more cerebral way than many of its genre.
Posted Aug 21, 2013
The film version isn't likely to win over many who haven't read the novels.
Posted Aug 20, 2013
Kick-Ass 2 is a complete and utter nasty disappointment
Posted Aug 15, 2013
We're the Millers too often settles for the tried and true, taking the easy way out when being bold would have better satisfied the audience.
Posted Aug 11, 2013
There are occasional clever moments in Elysium, but overall it's a film on a mission and subtly be damned.
Posted Aug 8, 2013
There's nothing about Maniac to set it apart from the countless other films about countless other psychos who kill countless other women.
Posted Aug 5, 2013
Ultimately a waste of unexpected chemistry between [Mark] Wahlberg and [Denzel] Washington.
Posted Aug 2, 2013
Benefits immeasurably from its piercing lead performances, stumbling only in its over-eagerness to make its points.
Posted Jul 26, 2013
This is a brutal yet strangely beautiful film, designed to inflict blunt-force trauma on the viewer while practically daring us not to laugh at the outrageous evil perpetrated by its villains.
Posted Jul 23, 2013