A jewel in Disney's animated crown, Ron Clements and John Musker's "Aladdin" is a true delight. Exuberant, alive, and completely entertaining, the adventure-fantasy combines a raucous sense of humor, iconic voice performances, and now-classic songs into a joyful blast of cinematic color and hand-drawn energy.
Taking on the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp, "Aladdin" finds the titular scamp stealing to survive, outrunning the sultan's enforcers, and falling for a princess who is out of his street-rat league. Throw…
A terrific jolt of popcorn-cinema electricity, "Captain America: Civil War" is an intelligently layered and thoroughly entertaining spectacle. With its riveting action, perfectly placed cast, and commitment to push its characters and their universe in meaningful narrative directions, the film effortlessly reaches the highest standard for 21st century blockbusters.
Focusing more on the Avengers than Captain America himself, "Captain America: Civil War" finds Marvel's enhanced humans forming sides when world governments attempt to pull the heroes under bureaucratic oversight mechanisms…
"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.
A marvel of cinematic sound and fury, George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" weds brilliant, blistering action to soulful politics and a rivetingly textured future-world landscape. A film that is as explosive and it is smart, the fourth chapter in Miller's Mad Max cycle stands as a magnificently imagined, remarkably rendered, and kinetically staged spectacle. It is a hyper-charged and invitingly excellent work of popular art.
In a future undone by war and rebuilt by madmen, Miller's film bursts into…