“Admission” is NOT your typical run-of-the-mill rom-com, and that’s a good thing. It’s smart, original, and it sacrifices the goofiness you might expect from a Tina Fey-Paul Rudd collaboration for earnestness and genuine drama.
Gerard Butler kills lots and lots of terrorists threatening the White House and the president in “Olympus Has Fallen”, the latest stylish bloodbath of an action film from director Antoine Fuqua. If that’s your thing, you’re very likely to enjoy the film, which for the most part is well staged and slickly produced.
Director Sam Raimi and the screenwriters of “Oz the Great and Powerful” appear to be well aware of the fine line needed to walk in creating a new work while still paying homage to the original. For the most part, the latest 3D wonder from Disney works.
Though it is uneven and it drags in the early going, “Jack the Giant Slayer” is a charming, fun fantasy adventure that if anything at all should restore some of your faith in Hollywood’s ability to make a good movie out of a classic fairy tale story.
“Snitch” is by far Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s most entertaining film in years. Tightly written, well-acted and directed, and featuring an A-list cast surrounding Johnson, this inspired by true events thriller is intense from start to finish.
“Amour” is a brutally honest portrayal of old age, of how quickly and silently the afflictions that cripple our elders can strike and rob them of their vitality and their very identity. But it’s also a story about an enduring love increasingly rare in our world of marriage on a whim and divorce via the internet.
Monotonous and uninspired, “A Good Day to Die Hard” relies far too much on audiences’ love of Bruce Willis’ seemingly-indestructible John McClane and his irreverent antics and one-liners, and puts too little effort into telling a good story or making any other characters even remotely interesting.