A jaw dropping visual marvel, but not much of a cinematic essay or tone poem, the gorgeous, but somewhat hollow documentary Aquarela would be a lot more impactful in a shorter or even broader form.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan doesn’t play like a work from one of the most confident filmmakers in the world today. It comes across more like three films of varying quality stuffed uneasily and unconvincingly into a single package.
The effectively simple and fast paced survival thriller Ready or Not offers up one final blast of giddy, gory fun just as the summer is wrapping up.
An eye opening and humane examination of the ways the modern global economy and shifting workplace attitudes have impacted the middle and lower classes, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s documentary American Factory should be required viewing for anyone who ever questions why unions or labour movements are necessary and vital.
Instead of playing a ripe premise for camp value, The Divine Fury takes itself pretty seriously. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
A sleek and pleasingly silly bit of late summer action and machismo, the Chinese action thriller Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy will scratch the itch of anyone who wants to watch something with a ridiculous plot, hard boiled performances, and a handful of impressive set pieces.
A cheap, shoddy, ugly looking, basic thriller with wooden dialogue, thin characters, and all the energy of a slug that’s been doused in salt, Survival Box might think that it’s saying something about human nature, loss of civility, and the potential fall of humankind, but really it’s as useless as a bag of fingernail clippings.
There have been thrillers about miners trapped underground before, but perhaps none as visceral and stripped down as writer-director Eddie Mensore’s Mine 9.
Although it’s a slight cut above its sleeper hit predecessor, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is still a standard, unsurprising shark attack flick.
If you have no moral objections to watching a trio of potty-mouthed twelve year old boys delivering jokes most forty year olds and frat boys would think twice about making, the energetic and relentless comedy Good Boys will make for an enjoyable, but exhausting experience.