Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" is an electric yet low-key drama whose sometimes upbeat, sometimes downcast emotions bubble forth from recognizable thematic and narrative landscapes. Light-toned, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but, at times, searingly real, the film takes on the nature of family, coming of age, and finding who, what, and why things fit into particular lives. It is a potent and engaging piece of work, serving as a love letter, however caustic or tender, to the modern family unit.…
With his goof-ball persona toned down and her wide-eyed charm turned up, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore put their chemistry to work, once again, in Peter Segal's "50 First Dates." A romantic comedy that succeeds based on its comic concept and upbeat heart, the film is an entertaining and enjoyably warm piece of work.
Sandler stars as a man who falls for a woman who comes with a bit of an obstacle to forming a relationships: she has no short-term…
"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…