The film had a surprisingly tight production schedule that included just one week of on-set preparation prior to filming. That time included the usual rehearsals, but little physical or weapons training for the film’s abundant action and chase sequences. O’Brien said that was by design.Full Story
The film elects to withhold the answers to many of its key questions about the characters and their plight to maintain a sense of mystery. That’s fine in theory, but forcing moviegoers to wait until the next installment to this degree isn’t a valid excuse.Full Story
Benson’s screenplay is deliberately paced and dialogue-heavy, even in its combined state, alternating between moments that are playful and contemplative. Visually he shows some inventiveness, including a beautifully composed final shot that hints at what the rest of the film might have been.Full Story
Predictability isn’t necessarily a damning quality for a movie. If it were, there’d be no such thing as a good romantic comedy. It’s possible to take comfort in a formula, so long as the lead characters are singular creations or even just that the dialogue is zippy enough to keep matters moving along toward their obvious resolution.
Yet the moment I knew I’d switched from indifference to dislike of This is Where I Leave You was when two adult brothers, because of a misunderstanding, began to fight. Of course one of them chases the other out of the family home and on to the front lawn. And of course the rest of the family and friends who have gathered for a funeral follows them outside to watch. I scribbled in my notebook at that point, “the fight will come to an abrupt end when a family secret is blurted out.” Because of course.Full Story
Here’s a movie that skates by on the charm and chemistry of its lead actors. It’s such a delight to watch Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, longtime colleagues on Saturday Night Live, riff off one another that I didn’t mind the ho-hum nature of the film’s story-lines.
This is a drama, not a comedy, as the countless shots of Hader and Wiig as grown twins Milo and Maggie looking despondent make abundantly clear. But it’s the lighter moments when the newly reunited siblings just hang out and goof off together that bring the film to life.Full Story
Having reshaped his body from that of the pale, well-fed aristocrat he played on PBS’ popular Downton Abbey series into the taut, muscular form of a special-forces soldier, actor Dan Stevens stars as a mysterious stranger who shows up at the small-town New Mexico home of the grieving Peterson family.Full Story
“I’m aware of the situation. I’m also aware that a lot of people that cross the border do a lot of the work that nobody else is going to do in this country. I think there should be a path to citizenship for those who have been here.”Full Story
The German film, based on a hit novel in its home country, recounts the tale of an adolescent woman with a strange fixation on body fluids.Full Story
Like in his film Bullhead (2011), Belgian director Michaël Roskam centers his new film The Drop on a particular kind of loner.Full Story
“It’s never been my interest to make artwork that is propagandist,” Sachs said during a recent stop in Dallas. “I’m interested in how politics and culture affect human life. This film contains events about contemporary politics, but it’s universal. It talks about human truths.”Full Story