A breezy celebration of animated canine exuberance, "101 Dalmatians" is a joyfully rendered, fully engaging Disney adventure. Part family-friendly caper, part easy-going romance, and part life-and-dog-death rescue flick, the film entertains with its well-imagined narrative and mix of light and dark tones. Easily earning is reputation as a classic, "101 Dalmatians" is an iconic romp.
The story of a dog, his mate, his human, and their extended family, "101 Dalmatians" finds that family imperiled thanks to a woman bent on…
"Johnny English," Peter Howitt's James Bond spoof starring Rowan Atkinson, provides everything an audience might expect from a Bond spoof starring Rowan Atkinson. It is a goofy send up of spy flicks, dutifully assembling an array of physical gags and verbal wit delivered by the comic actor. Just because it meets expectations, however, does not mean the comedy is exactly memorable, and the film manages only to make for a forgettably fun experience.
With its story about a bumbling special…
"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…