Red Sparrow never gives fateful or conspicuous weight to all the breadcrumbs that point toward its long game.
Last night during the Golden Globe Awards, 20th Century Fox premiered a new trailer for the spy thriller Red Sparrow.
When its tone slides firmly back into the murk, it’s hard not to see DC’s notion of heroism as borderline nihilistic.
It ends up with blurry action that often looks digitally faked and a fractious plot that’s stuck over-explaining itself.
The film is simultaneously exhilarating, gorgeous, and tedious, operating as a weird fusion of auteur project and craven franchise start-up.
The film’s notion of a caste system is crudely reductive in the manner of a routine future-shock thriller.
An origin story, apologia, and harbinger of a second expanded universe of overpopulated action bonanzas.
The film is a complication-smoothing take on Jesse Owens’s elegant riposte to Hitler’s racism at the 1936 Olympics.
Criterion’s new 2K Blu-ray adeptly demonstrates why Karel Reisz’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman is ready for its (redux) close-up.
Bille August’s film is a protracted, soporific trip into Portuguese history that would like to be a romantic thriller.