Star Trek: Enterprise—Season Four (2001)
If not everything works in
's Season Four, it's certainly the most consistently entertaining and well-written season of the show, a bitter irony for a show that was doomed to cancellation.
A throwback to the fear-mongering science fiction of the past...the lab-bound likes of
The Andromeda Strain
, circa the paranoid '70s.
Rio 2 (2014)
was pretty generic to begin with, and the follow-up doesn't fly far from the nest...[it's the] vocally virtuosic amorous aria, "Poisonous Love," that is the picture's hands-down highlight.
Draft Day (2014)
This combo of 'inside football' and Capra-corn fable of being one's own man in the face of total opposition...amounts to a corporate training film full of Trump-card koans...
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
never strays far from preposterousness, the picture's real-world implications give its high-flying action at least a tug of gravity.
August: Osage County (2014)
Absent the electricity of live-wire live performance, the play's paucity of depth becomes more obvious. What's left to carry the day are a nasty streak of black comedy and the redoubtable acting ensemble.
Bad Words (2014)
Doesn't seem to know what to do with itself once it gets where it's going...And yet, it's hard to throw on the trash heap, because Jason Bateman.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
The play of light and dark elements in what's arguably Akira Kurosawa's most broadly appealing and entertaining picture...explores a dichotomy of the idiocy of greed and the rewards of sacrifice.
Though Coogan's the avowed funnyman, twinkly-eyed Dench makes beautiful comic music with him...and though Dame Judi's the classically trained tragedian, Coogan holds his own when matters get serious.
The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) (2013)
Plays at times like a more conventional, less daring version of 1972’s
...On its own merits, Sorrentino’s film ain’t half-bad, but it’s no Fellini picture.
Ma vie en rose (1997)
About the unimaginative struggle to maintain conventional respectability, and the transgender child who is having none of it...
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
The state of the Muppet union remains strong...self-reference sits comfortably along hip pop-cultural references for the 'rents: stylish parodies and retro musical numbers along with vintage Muppet gags...
The Lunchbox (2014)
The picture belongs to world-class actor Khan. I'll wager right now that there won't be a better performance all year, though it's not the type to win awards.
Need for Speed (2014)
Like throwing a pile of car parts at the wall to see what'll stick. Spoiler: nothing.
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Both blood-bathetic and deliriously entertaining high camp...will appeal mainly to meatheads, but those with a tolerance for over-the-top violence may appreciate it on other levels.
Tim's Vermeer (2013)
Earns its keep by being informative and briskly entertaining. It helps that the likeably wry Jenison is such an interesting character in his own right, a true Renaissance man...
To look into García's face is to see the movie, a loving character study, in miniature at any moment: Gloria refuses to be your stereotype or a writer's stock character. She's complicated, like you...
The Wind Rises (2013)
As much as it deeply understands the artistic mindset of a driven creator, it also acknowledges the darker implications of a genius' tunnel vision.
A bit like its own villain, Mount Vesuvius: massive, full of hot air, and brainless.
King of the Hill (1993)
King of the Hill
—or to discover it—is to realize how seldom American cinema deems it worthwhile to tell a child's story with anything approaching serious psychological intent.
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When you watch the last ten minutes of the film, and all that is me, you think, 'That’s why I did that.' But when you’re in it, it’s like...'when’s this going to end?'
The Devil Wears Prada
It’s an incredible thing to sit as far as I’m sitting from you, and have this incredible noise come at you. And that human beings can make these sounds is remarkable.
Rob Minkoff & Tiffany Ward—
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Looking at it from the perspective of today, you can’t help but look at them then and say they’re the original
. It’s an alternative family, and what’s wrong with that?
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
It’s very funny when you tell...the studio...'We have a second movie.' They can’t comprehend it...they were like, 'Ha ha! Must feel like that, right?'...'No, we literally have a second movie. We've cut it, if you want to watch it.'
Richard M. Sherman—
Mary Poppins, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
[Walt Disney] pulled the car off to the side, and stopped the car, and he says, 'You're not going to give your royalties on this song away! It's going to put your kids through college!'
Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nelisse, & Brian Percival—
The Book Thief
[Rush:] Hans has a kind of natural emotional intelligence for he senses a spark of life and isn’t going to engage in therapy like 'Are you feeling grief?'. He’d rather play the accordion and say 'I understand something about you.'
Bruce Dern & Will Forte—
[Dern:] A couple years ago, I got tired of performing. And I just wanted to be human beings in movies from now on. I want to be real people. I don’t want to perform. I want...an hour and forty-five minutes of moment-to-moment behavior.
Dallas Buyers Club
Staying in character—it was just an obvious thing. For me, there were so many physical attributes. So many emotional things to keep track of. I couldn’t imagine, like, letting go of all that.
All is Lost
The sort of ability to put total and complete trust in a bunch of young yahoos for a guy who’s accomplished as much as [Redford] has was kind of shocking—that he makes decisions to kind of expose himself.
12 Years a Slave
The point of change, I think, for Solomon that makes him very distinctive and distinct from a lot of people and a lot of us...is that he recognizes that he is actually in a fight for his mind.
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