Ben Is Back is more unpredictable and slyly entertaining than its earnest-sounding premise might suggest.
The innate imperfection of canine hair gives Wes Anderson’s lovingly crafted dioramas the illusion of life.
Too much is at stake, leading to formulaic plot filler and exposition that snuff out the spark of the early scenes.
Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s Office Christmas Party generally smacks of trying too hard to earn its laughs.
The endless set pieces grow wearisome in their reliance on prior choreography, though on occasion something impresses.
There’s a gallows humor to the death sequences that giddily invites our applause, but the film also wants us to be appalled by how and when death can come to us.
The film feels liveliest when considering what happens when scientific research collides with the individual egos and desires of those producing it.
Free of Harrison Ford’s noble-beyond-belief portrayal of Jack Ryan, The Hunt for Red October remains the best Tom Clancy adaptation to date.