Often divertingly colorful and busy to a fault, Aquaman seems to dare us to mock the world of comics’ most risible superhero.
A story of filth and fury and, eventually, of placidity and peace, Her Smell is Alex Ross Perry’s most chaotic and unmuffled film—until it isn’t.
When its tone slides firmly back into the murk, it’s hard not to see DC’s notion of heroism as borderline nihilistic.
It’s hard to tell who’s being lampooned and who’s being treated with sincerity at any given point.
The film’s pervasive flashbacks to childhood abuse and misbehavior come to feel manipulative and unnecessary.
One doesn’t doubt the filmmakers’ empathy for Lili even as one questions its sentimentality.
With this immaculate Blu-ray transfer of Magic Mike XXL, you’re invited to indulge the film’s multitudinous pleasures without shame or judgment.
Magic Mike XXL plays like the party bus whose road was charitably paved.
McG strips serves up a variety of slick, well-paced shoot-outs and car chases, but his technical skill can’t quite overcome the story’s lazy sense of humor and incomprehensible plotting.
The films that Robert Rodriguez emulates here are known for similar unexpected narrative turns, but the crucial value that he misses is their actual cheapness.