There’s lots to like in Judd Apatow’s latest directorial outing, “This is 40”, which manages to always feel very personal to Apatow himself while for the most part being accessible and enjoyable to anyone even close to 40 years old.
As a film, “Jack Reacher” reflects the aims of best-selling author Lee Child, who created the character in the mold of classic loner, knight errant types of westerns and other literary and film traditions. You’ve seen this type of hero, and this type of movie before, but when it’s done well, as is in Reacher, it doesn’t matter. it’s still enjoyable.
Director Joe Wright’s new adaptation of “Anna Karenina” is a triumph, if for no other reason than his dizzying camera work and bold art direction, as well as a powerhouse performance by Keira Knightley, inject vigor and energy into this oft-told classic of Russian literature.
“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.