A surprisingly solid, light-toned romantic drama, Martha Coolidge's "The Prince & Me" offers an engaging experience that rarely falls victim to cliches that may have marred its appeal. A contemporary almost-fairy tale, the film is delivered with memorable grace and charm.
Revolving around Julia Stiles' American college student who finds herself pursued by a literal prince, "The Prince & Me" follows the two on the slow-developing eventual romance. Part fish-out-of-water story, part modern royal fantasty, the narrative musters all of its elements…
"Superstar," the big-screen adaptation of the adventures of Saturday Night Live's Mary Katherine Gallagher, is a goofy, eye-roll inducing comedy whose upbeat spirit makes it, at least, somewhat watchable. Starring the Molly Shannon as the awkward and irrepressible Catholic school girl, the good-natured comedy may take some patience to fully endure, but it provides its fair share of fun.
Bruce McCulloch's film, detailing the romance and talent show-related trials and tribulations of SNL's teenaged queen of clumsy, is a silly,…
"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…