“Killing Them Softly” is a slick film about grimy people. It’s occasionally brilliant, and features performances that are practically earmarked for Best Actor Oscar consideration, but the film as a whole is sloppily edited and heavy-handed in terms of tone and message.
“Lincoln” is all but a shoe-in for multiple Oscar nominations: it’s packed full of lyrical writing from screenwriter Tony Kushner, memorable performances from talented character actors, and many opportunities for Daniel Day-Lewis to show once again why he’s the premier method actor of his generation.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2” is easily the best film in the series. It utilizes the long-established chemistry of the cast to maximum effect as it builds towards the stunning battle sequence that makes up its climax, and even the most Twilight-disinterested movie goer can and will find themselves emotionally invested in the drama, whether they want to be or not.
“Skyfall” is gripping, thrilling, visually-stunning entertainment, thanks to the deft direction of Sam Mendes, a solid, nuanced performance by Daniel Craig, and perhaps the most compelling depiction of a Bond villain in decades by Javier Bardem.
In many ways, “Flight” comes at you like many other stories about the fear, denial, and mistakes that are a part of alcoholism and addiction. But having Denzel Washington in the lead and director Robert Zemeckis at the helm make all the difference in piloting this morality tale to memorable heights … and depths.
As a film, “Cloud Atlas” is as ambitious as any you’ll ever see. Thoughtful, meticulously detailed, and full of memorable cast-against-type performances, it’s also dauntingly long and frustratingly difficult to follow.
Director Ben Affleck’s “Argo” is masterful – it’s a riveting work of film that completely immerses you in the tensions of a particular time and place in world history through recreations of iconic images and memorable performances from an all-star cast.