Swerving around many of the cliched potholes modern day biopics about famous performers all too frequently and gleefully drive over at full speed, Judy smartly profiles its larger-than-life subject and talent at a couple of fixed, well chosen points in time rather than mounting a standard riches to rags tale.
What does it say when something as dreadful as The Fanatic turns out to be only the eighth worst movie of Travolta’s perpetually tarnished and only occasionally elevated career? It says that this talented actor officially needs to burn his entire career to the ground and start from scratch yet again.
A fun, stylish, energetic, and endearingly low budget throwback to the likes of Tuff Turf, Dangerously Close, Class of 1999, and the works of the late Dan O’Bannon Canadian director Jovanka Vuckovic’s Riot Girls is a refreshing genre cinema rarity.
A corny Chinese anthology tearjerker that starts off somewhat novel and enticing before growing wearisome and boring, Midnight Diner has a good heart, a proven concept, and no desire to pull back on the emotional manipulation whatsoever.
Overstuffed, but still breezily enjoyable and refreshingly relaxed in its approach, the theatre world-set comedy Before You Know It is a gentle, satisfying bit of entertainment to usher viewers from the warm days of summer and into the chilly autumnal season.
Yet another film to add to the pile of comedies that fail to capitalize upon or expand the short form sketches they’re spun off from, Between Two Ferns: The Movie is at its funniest when it sticks to what it does best.
One of the most original, moving, subtly funny, and disarmingly entertaining foreign language films of the year is Chinese filmmaker Teng Congcong’s debut feature, Send Me to the Clouds.
Rambo: Last Blood might promise a grand send-off to one of cinema’s most iconic action movie characters, but it’s not much of a Rambo movie.
A misguided, aimless, and frequently irritating send-up of tinseltown egotism from the late 1960s until the early 1980s, director and star James Franco’s Zeroville feels like the work of a feverish cinema studies student on death’s door after overdosing on caffeine pills, everclear, Iggy and the Stooges records, and Martin Amis novels.
Downton Abbey, the movie, has an overall savviness and willingness to entertain as broadly as possible without betraying the complexity that made the series alluring to so many viewers in the first place.