Try as it might to straddle the line between dark comedy and goofiness, the Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore-starring "Duplex" is only marginally successful. Danny DeVito's film about a couple trying the take over their elderly tenant's apartment is full of bleak wrinkles and silly hijinks, and, while the two comic notes come in full force, they rarely engage. Still, the film is watchable, but it never stands out.
"Duplex" has a solid narrative set-up: a young couple is beset…
"Pixels," the Chris Columbus-directed, Adam Sandler-starring comedy-adventure that has received copious amounts of hate on Letterboxd, is, truly, not worthy of the disdain. It is a fun, if inconsequential, comedy that features lively 1980s throwbacks, a mostly restrained Sandler, and an engaging energy. While the aggression lobbed at the film is entertaining, it is also misplaced. "Pixels" is a harmless piece of fluff.
"Pixels" finds the Earth imperiled by aliens attacking in the form of video game characters from the…
"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.
"Whiplash," Damien Chazelle's 107-minute-long ode to mentors, musicians, and motivation, is a taut and mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. A quick-moving and engrossing drama that explores the roles of teacher and learner, parent and child, Chazelle builds a film that brims with energy and emotion, bursts with authentic character beats, and soars with a percussive and narrative brilliance.
With its powerful performances, crackling direction, and riveting story, "Whiplash" is a truly great piece of work.
Chazelle's story is built around Miles…