The Spectacular Now is as effortlessly charming as its lead character, Sutter Keely, played by actor Miles Teller in his debut lead role. it’s flawed, certainly, but the film’s earnest, honest portrayal of love, relationships, and self-discovery in late adolescence is well-crafted enough to allow forgiveness of the film’s shortcomings.
“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.
“Side Effects” is well-acted, elegantly shot, and riveting through its first hour, but after one or two too many plot twists in the film’s later acts, the whole thing feels entirely too clever for its own good.
“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.
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.