The series suggests that winning hearts and minds is a naïve pipe dream, a strategy more fit for TV than for electoral politics.
All the feminist virtue-signaling in the world can’t conceal the film’s creative conservatism.
The way the film shuttles through its 90 minutes, it’s as if it’s been stripped of its most crucial narrative parts.
The deconstruction of corporatized play culture gets run through the sequelizer machine, with predictably acrid results.
The film aims only to shock, refusing to deliver anything in an intriguingly post-ironic way in the process.
Women deserve a better vehicle for demonstrating the power of female solidarity than this empty money grab.
The film is so concerned with launching a mature teen-targeted franchise that it often forgets to have some fun.
For a film about the violent overthrow of the status quo, Mockingjay – Part 2 is terminally conventional.
Magic Mike XXL plays like the party bus whose road was charitably paved.
The film’s script, by Oren Moverman and Michael A. Lerner, is slavishly adherent to biopic formula and clunky affirmations of Brian Wilson’s legacy.
Stronger than its predecessor, which didn’t quite go as far in terms of representing these women in a wider context.
The film’s problem is familiar to sporadically involving crime procedurals: It’s just good enough to inspire wishes that it were better.
A movingly authentic exploration of a working-class milieu and the traumas that ripple through a town in the wake of a tragic accident.
As a metaphor for the way we respond to the media, the film succeeds most when it revels in ambiguity.
This manic, loving parody of toy bricks and the pop culture associated with them receives a fittingly overstuffed disc from Warner Home Video.
Appreciation of the film lies, perhaps aptly, in the pieces built on a pillaged foundation.
If The Hunger Games found its urgency in the horrors of kid-on-kid fatalities, Catching Fire finds it in the collapsing of a societal facade.
The film’s form doesn’t distract from the content, and lets the characters speak for themselves.
Allegedly containing the largest cast in history, Movie 43’s cornucopia of A- and B-listers never come together as a true ensemble.