Jared Leto is clearly intended to make this take on the yakuza underworld palatable for U.S. viewers.
Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer understands violence and vengeance as self-perpetuating cycles.
Thor: Ragnarok is the flamboyantly roller-disco entry in an already uncomplicatedly cartoonish side franchise.
The pitiless ending of writer-director Kôji Fukada’s haunting morality play houses a perverse silver lining.
Martin Scorsese crafts a versatile, multifaceted work that encourages serious reflection and contemplation.
It’s too pallid and diffuse, and so the development of its mood and characters suffers as a result.
This botched vision accepts the warrior’s nobility at face value and sees the story merely as a springboard for high-flying action and CGI special effects.
What’s most insulting about Battleship isn’t its awfulness, but that everyone involved knew it was a terrible concept from the get-go.
With some notable exceptions, Marvel Studios-produced films usually plateau at a glossy but totally indistinct level of mediocrity.