James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is terrific. It is terrific science fiction, terrific entertainment; it is an altogether terrific ride. It is the type of film that has audiences wanting to step in line and see it again immediately after seeing it the first time, and then counting down the days until its blu-ray release. There has not been a film this fun in years.
A fast, fizzy sci-fi cocktail, "Guardians of the Galaxy" tells a story consisting of…
Steeped in musty, dusty atmosphere, Richard Hough's "The Legend of Hell House" is well-appointed horror film whose sets and characters may be more interesting than what happens in those sets to those characters. The film starts slowly but interestingly, has a meaty middle, but ends with a whimper. Still, it is a sturdy piece of 1970s horror.
Based on Richard Matheson's novel, the film is a now-typical haunted house story where a group of individuals gather to either debunk or…
"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.
If the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a portrait of the artist as eternal wanderer, then their "Barton Fink" is a portrait of the artist as eternally distracted. It is, that is, until it becomes an indictment of soulless, brainless Hollywood product that then turns turns into a Faustian Los Angeles-is-hell allegory before returning to its meditation on the artist. To be sure, "Barton Fink" has a lot on its narrative plate. Although that mix of ideas, metaphors, symbols,…