Saturday, August 31, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
In a near-future dilapidated world a veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America.
A sci-fi road-movie adventure has a star cast and some good visuals, but the story is obscure and the ending quite unsatisfying.
Maltin BOMB: "Incoherent plotting makes this attempted sci-fi epic a complete fizzle."
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool and falls in love with its narcissistic director.
A major tragedy unfolds amidst a wonderfully chosen cast, but somehow the gloomy story doesn't manage to grip.
Halliwell*: "Good on atmospherics and the detail of backstage bitchery and theatrical ambition, but flawed in its wider ambitions of a girl growing to maturity in circumstances of betrayal, this is a broken-backed melodrama: the first half belongs to Grant's ambiguous director, the second to Rickman's reckless leading man, but the innocent girl at its centre is not a strong enough character to hold it together as a satisfying whole."
Maltin**1/2: "Unfocused but rarely boring drama...The photography - more stylized bleakness from NAKED's Dick Pope - is a plus."
A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.
The cast shines in an otherwise drab character study that makes you feel like you're watching a therapy group discussing their depressions.
Maltin**: "Hoffman's directorial debut is MARTY-lite, a cloying character study...Based on a play Hoffman performed Off-Broadway, the film is slow and just as tentative as the people it portrays."
A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job and her students is forced to return to her job to make enough money for a boob job after her rich fiancé dumps her.
Indeed, it's a teacher with a bad attitude and surprise: a heart somewhere inside, but the humor is only partially successful, otherwise quite bawdy.
Maltin**: "Heavy-handed, obvious (and crass) comedy paints every adult as a clueless idiot and has all the actors mug like crazy - except Diaz and gym teacher Segel - which would be OK if the film were funny. It isn't."