Despite trailers that promise a somewhat mindless action adventure, Luc Besson's 'Lucy' is actually a remarkably ambitious, smart, and well-crafted piece of science fiction that delivers both the action goods AND big ideas.
It's slightly tempting to try nitpicking her abilities after accessing increasingly higher brain functionality but doing so will likely only make you feel dumber so let's just leave the higher thinking to Lucy.
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…