Tomorrowland is both an indictment of the Hollywood Dream Factory and a paean to its power, a film that aspires to inspire. It’ll play great with the 8-to-14 demo, though their parents may heave a sigh or two.
Mad Max: Fury Road doesn’t exactly feel like a narrative feature film. There are no character arcs to speak of. The plot is about as barebones as can be: Get from point A to point B, and don’t die. Dialogue is minimal. Motivations are obvious and unchanging and largely unexplored, which isn’t a problem given the production’s interest in the basest of instincts—the eternal social struggle between freedom and slavery.
Maggie opens with Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) searching a ruined American city for his daughter. In snippets of overheard radio chatter and newspaper headlines, we gather that a virus that turns people into zombies has overrun the world. The disease acts slowly; on average it takes eight weeks for the infected to turn into the undead.
Plot points throughout Daredevil, currently streaming in its entirety on Netflix, discussed below.
Plot points of Avengers: Age of Ultron are discussed throughout.
I realized the other day that what most annoys me about the films that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe—the Avengers series and the stand-alone movies about its members—is the complete and utter lack of stakes.
Goodfellas, hitting its silver anniversary this October, closes out the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. Martin Scorsese’s manic masterpiece about gangster life still holds up 25 years later.
Alex Garland’s new film, Ex Machina, uses a compelling, well-contained story to examine society’s growing anxieties, something he’s made a habit of doing throughout his artistic career.
Since last we saw the dudes and dudettes who populate the Fast and Furious franchise—charitably described by your humble reviewer in 2013 as “James Bond flicks for the Ryan Lochte set”—much has changed, both in the series and in real life.
It Follows is the best throwback to ’80s slasher flicks since the Me Decade ended. Eschewing the self-aware humor of Scream and Cabin in the Woods and skipping the camp qualities that marred so many of the reboots and re-imaginings and homages of recent years, It Follows embraces the horrifying nature of unstoppable, implacable evil.
Even for an action movie, The Gunman is ridiculously, almost courageously, dumb. It’s also boring. So it’s got that going for it.