Three of the best actors in the business put on a master class in mystery thriller in “Before I Go to Sleep,” a lean, twisty-turning tale in the “Memento” style.
A gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal rarely blinks in “Nightcrawler,” turning himself into a chilling human special effect.
Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” has made a big splash since hitting the festival circuit earlier this year.
Bill Murray’s best movies are “Groundhog Day,” “Lost in Translation” and “Broken Flowers,” in that order, and while “St. Vincent” doesn’t crack the Murray Top Three for me, it’s a prime showcase for his skill set.
The children in “Men, Women & Children” are teenagers – high school students who are 15, 16, 17 years old – which means they grew up with texting and online chatting and role-playing video games.
This bit of heroics isn’t “what I wanted to do,” Brad Pitt’s battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. “But it’s what we’re doing.”
The real crime of “The Judge” is that the blazing comet that is Robert Downey Jr. and the ever-interesting Billy Bob Thornton play opposing attorneys in a heater case in which the great Robert Duvall is the defendant
“Kill the Messenger,” the film about journalist Gary Webb’s shocking newspaper stories that connected the Reagan Era CIA to America’s crack epidemic, shows just how hard it is to film investigative journalism as a drama, and get it right.
“Left Behind” is Rapture-fiction as a dull zombie movie where the living dead are non-believers.
“Gone Girl” is David “Zodiac” Fincher’s seriously twisted, twisty-turny adaptation of Gillian Flynn’ …
There’s something about stop-motion 3-D animation – the not-quite-real textures of skin and hair, the quite real cloth and metal, the subtle gloomy lighting effects – that says “spooky.”
The dynamic among adult siblings is one rarely explored in mainstream films