Out of the Furnace offers amazing performances within a cumbersome story
If you're going to aim for Shakespearian heights of characters and storytelling, you'd better deliver the goods.
The Great Beauty tells a truly Italian story
Enough, already, about the comparisons between The Great Beauty and practically every movie made by Federico Fellini.
And not surprisingly, Jason Statham kicks James Franco's ass in Homefront
Hey! Jason Statham finally found a thing that works!
Disney shows it gets what it's like to be a young girl with Frozen
Oh my goddess. Where did Frozen come from?
Jennifer Lawrence and company raise the stakes in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Vince Vaughn's latest isn't what you'd expect
Vince Vaughn isn't very funny in the latest Vince Vaughn comedy, and it's his best movie in years.
Well-known stories headline this winter's movie season
Maybe we've got enough stress during the holiday months that we need something on-screen that we know.
12 Years a Slave mixes indelible moments with conventional drama
Near the halfway point in 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) — a free black man in 1841 upstate New York who was drugged, abducted, stripped of his identity and sold into Southern slavery under the name Platt — makes the mistake of striking back at a white overseer (Paul Dano).
In The Motel Life, standing by your family matters above all else
If you've been wondering what Dakota Fanning has been up to, the once precocious, blonde child star is all grown up, done with her small role in the Twilight movies, and has veered into indie film territory.
Thor: The Dark World muddles in disjointed complexity
Imminent universal destruction.
Mother of George explores fertility issues through the guise of Nigerian culture
It's the plight of many a Western working woman — waiting too long to have a child, enduring that pain of not being able to do what is so essentially female.
Ender's Game proves overly simplistic on the big screen
I haven't even read the book.
Desert Runners succeeds in explaining why someone would run 155 miles in five days
These people are bonkers, right?
All Is Lost showcases a quiet, primal struggle for survival
We never learn the name of the grizzled yachtsman (Robert Redford) whose eight-day fight to survive on the open sea is chronicled in J.C. Chandor's magnificently primal All Is Lost.
Muscle Shoals explains why some of the best American music was made in a small Alabama town
For a sleepy small town (population 12,000) nestled on the Tennessee River in the northwest corner of Alabama, Muscle Shoals has an unrivaled reputation in American music.
The Fifth Estate makes it hard to root for Julian Assange
Any protagonist in any movie has got to have at least some little something that draws you to him. I mean, c'mon, even Hannibal Lecter exuded some charm when he wasn't ripping the faces off of people.