With Don Hall and Chris William's "Big Hero 6," Disney takes a PIXAR-free journey into the world of science and superheroes and crafts itself a winner. Beautifully animated, warmly emotional, and electrically fun, the film is a family-friendly sci-fi/action/adventure that never condescends and always entertains. It is a fleet-footed, buoyant, and rich piece of work.
A hero quest peopled with young scientists who dwell in the metropolis of San Fransokyo, "Big Hero 6" follows young Hiro and his medical companion,…
Jennifer Kent's nuanced and chilling "The Babadook" is a horror film that works as well on a figurative level as it does a on a level that is visceral and concrete. The tale of a storybook monster who preys on a single mother and her son, the film is rewarding in its metaphors and thrilling in its onscreen horrors. It is an emotionally charged, sophisticated, and expertly crafted genre outing.
Kent, from her own screenplay, tells the story of a…
"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…
"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.