With "X-Men: Apocalypse," Bryan Singer once again assembles a superhero film worthy of standing among the canon's best works. Following his superb "X2" and his exhilarating "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the director creates a comic book epic that bursts with speed, color, and personality. Blending cinematic electricity with the soul of the film's panel-paged source material, this sixth film featuring Marvel's collective cadre of mutants makes for a soaringly appealing experience.
Revolving around a millennia-old quest by the powerful…
Likely to give an audience whiplash as it moves from goofy comedy to semi-serious drama, Michael Apted's "Critical Condition" makes the most of its tonal clutter to create something somewhat entertaining and mildly thoughtful. Starring Richard Pryor as a con-man masquerading as a doctor, the comedy takes some time to find it rhythm but eventually becomes a mostly enjoyable experience.
Revolving around Pryor's con-artist, "Critical Condition" follows the character as he is swept too deeply into his latest lie and…
"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…