In a summer of retreads—in which mid-budget, unmemorable sequels (Ride Along 2, The Conjuring 2) and bloated, forgettable sequels (Independence Day: Resurgence, X-Men: Apocalypse) battle for scraps—it’s nice to get something tiny, something new, something borrowed, something true.
Free State of Jones begins as a meditation on the horror of war before sliding into a rousing defense of the fight for freedom before tapering off as a rather mediocre history lesson about the ineffectiveness of reconstruction.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon—and you’ll surely know that this is Nicolas Winding Refn’s movie, as Nicolas Winding Refn’s name is prominent in the credits and Nicolas Winding Refn’s monogram appears on the title card—feels less like a narrative feature than an almost-two-hour-long music video.
Finding Dory is the sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo. In that film, a clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) teamed up with a blue tang named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) to rescue his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who had been captured while on a school trip.
I’ll give Warcraft this much: It has the courage of its convictions.
Weiner is a documentary about failure—unremitting, unrelenting, personal, professional, and moral failure. Failure of the sort you rarely get to see in real time.
At a certain point in X-Men: Apocalypse, the titular villain hijacks the brain of renowned telepath Professor X (James McAvoy) and uses it to control every nuclear missile operator on the planet. En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) wants to destroy the world—or, rather, to cleanse it of the meddlesome humans who have dirtied and defiled it—and, to that end, has the military men fire their nukes into the sky.
“Has it ever occurred to you that today looked at from Jane Austen’s perspective would look even worse?”
Shane Black’s scripts are like clocks: intricate and delicate with numerous small pieces working together to produce something delightful.
If you want a business journalist to do his job, strap a bomb to his chest and point a gun at his head on live TV.