Elevated by the presence of Morgan Freeman, Lee Tamahori's "Along Came a Spider" is a solid but routine crime thriller. Focusing on Alex Cross, the brilliant profiler, the film follows as Cross and company take on kidnappers who have targeted a prep school. The film follows typical plot beats, but, as Cross, Freeman keeps things compelling.
A mystery revolving around the abduction of a Senator's daughter, the narrative does enough to engage its audience. Predictable patches alternate with solid thrills,…
Veering from smart and satirical to ribald and rude, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's "The Interview" is a surprisingly enjoyable comedy. The film, the subject of international fervor upon its cancelled theatrical release, is a fast-moving, engaging, and committedly performed romp that is at its best when it is at its wittiest but still entertains when it sinks to the lower levels of comedy.
Revolving around a talk-show duo who are invited to North Korea to interview the nation's leader,…
"Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.
Anxiety. Sadness. Anger. Loneliness. Longing. Rage. Whimsy. Exuberance. Love. In the space of 90 or so minutes, Paul Thomas Anderson's serio-comic drama observes all of these moods, emotions, and movements. Like an allegory of the mind and heart, Anderson's put-upon everyman communicates these shades while the film captures life's mental, emotional journey though the narrative lens of a single character and the stylistic canvas of a remarkable film.
On the surface, "Punch-Drunk Love" is about a business man whose life…