'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' just doesn’t feel relatable. It all just feels pretty false, the movie unwilling or unable to capture the simple reality of the bad day.
It seems to have trouble with the limits of feature filmmaking, the movie settling for blunter storytelling as it tries to fit its narrative into a palatable runtime.
There just doesn’t seem to be much that specifically drives 'Dark House.' It feels as if the filmmakers just drew a bunch of random horror related words out of a hat and pasted them together to form the script.
'The Trial' is compelling enough, but it remains an uneasy proposition. It's laudable that it even attempts to tell this kind of story, but it's kind of disappointing that it leaves so much of this premise unexplored.
The movie sticky at points, but it is always dramatically compelling, thanks in large part of a terrific central performance. 'Kill the Messenger' is mostly worth seeing for Jeremy Renner, who once again shows audiences a frightening capacity for self-destruction.
'Awakened' has so little to offer that everything has to be stretched out to a breaking point.
The film takes a powerful, sobering look at the psychosis involved in the quest to be the greatest.
The movie presents a stunning, one-of-a-kind aesthetic that builds off elements of Mexican myth and legend.
The film wrestles with a pretty intriguing idea: the morality of monstrous acts in times of great desperation. Or at least, that’s the idea in theory. In practice, the film just isn’t equipped to explore the complexities of that theme. In its stead, it presents a rather bland, bloodless narrative that turns genocide into an act of heroism.
The film settles for what’s obvious and what’s righteous. While that makes the movie correct, it doesn't make it compelling.