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.
At this point, it’s fair to say that Liam Neeson is the hardest-working man in showbiz. It’s not even close.
I’ve argued before that critics should know their blind spots. So I should acknowledge one of mine before we get started with this review.
I couldn’t help thinking of New York Times columnist David Brooks while watching the Will Smith caper flick Focus earlier this week.
Let’s be totally honest: The only legitimate reason to watch the Oscars is to see which couture gown America’s Sweetheart Anne Hathaway is wearing.
If Kingsman: The Secret Service were a cocktail, it’d be one part hero’s journey, one part spy spoof, and one part super-stylized action flick, seasoned with a dash of ultra-reactionary bitters and served in a double rocks glass, ice-cold.
Jupiter Ascending is a totally nuts, lavishly costumed, deeply funny, completely campy, ridiculously dense space opera that is, more or less, about evil businessmen trying to destroy the Earth and about love saving it. It is so nuts and lush and weird that there is almost no chance it will find an audience in theaters. It demands repeat viewings. It practically screams Basic Cable Classic.