By the end, Venom‘s full-tilt embrace of action effectively undermines Tom Hardy’s flashes of actorly idiosyncrasy.
Its future setting is an empty pretext for a banally convoluted and sentimentalized show of emotional restoration.
The film adopts a half-hearted variation on A Beautiful Mind’s gimmicky approach to grappling with a man’s mental illness.
As in Gillian Robespierre’s prior collaboration with Jenny Slate, the film’s studied amiability becomes obnoxious.
Its wackiness is only occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s still executed with good-natured breeziness.
Still one of the most fun sugar rushes of the year, The Lego Batman Movie arrives on home video with a shimmering, chromatic video transfer.
According to Brian Shoaf’s Aardvark, a man’s psychosis boils down to an extreme case of sibling rivalry.
Gifted’s notes are crowded out by the screenplay’s plot machinations and emotional manipulations.
The film is an unbroken chain of one-liners, sight gags, and pop-culture references, and the hit-to-miss ratio is high.
The film feels most real, even at its most absurd, when focused on the idea of closure as a kind of fantasy.