The best tornado movie?
One Hour Photo + Taxi Driver for the social media age (though, to be clear, it never approaches the quality of the latter). Plaza, improbably finding a sensitivity in her unhinged protagonist, turns in her strongest performance to date. The film is admirable in how it identifies the vulnerability in most of its principal characters. It's also quite funny. Surprisingly polished for a feature directorial (+ co-writing) debut, even if it ultimately has nothing new to say about its topic.
Among the stupidest films I've ever had the displeasure of seeing. There are maybe fifteen minutes of competent filmmaking craft (which comprise the bulk of the trailer), and they expire well before the midpoint. Mostly, Tusk displays a complete lack of understanding in basic storytelling concepts: pertinent exposition, suspense vs. surprise, effective flashbacks, and, uh, story logic. Smith shows his hand far too early and then spends the remaining time putzing around with mundane eccentricity and narrative redundancy. While Tusk…
It's hard to believe the first major motion picture about Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn't made until 2014, but its arrival couldn't have come at a better time. To say race relations in the United States have been strained recently is a vast understatement. While much progress has been made since the days of the Civil Rights Movement, there is still plenty left to accomplish. Selma, with immense skill, illustrates that reality.
The exclusion of opening credits immediately tells the…