Browsing all articles from September, 2013.
* * * * Rush is exactly that—a thrilling movie ride that steps on the pedal from the opening scene and speeds through a breakneck 123 minutes. Directed by Ron Howard with a dynamism and vigor absent from his respectably commercial previous films, here is a movie that gets everything right—a superb coalescence of cinematography, […]
* * * 1/2 stars Prisoners is a child abduction drama with a crusading conviction all but gone from the modern Hollywood thriller. I’m not sure that alone marks it for greatness as some recent Telluride notices were quick to coronate—but it is certainly a bluntly effective tool. Directed by Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villenueve (Oscar-nominated for […]
* 1/2 James Wan inadvertently created some big shoes for himself to fill by directing this year’s instant classic ghost story, The Conjuring. One of the year’s nicest surprises, the super scary chiller—depicting a haunting and possession as a master class in elegant lighting, sound design and rising dread—offered strong evidence that Wan […]
* * * * (opening 30 minutes) * * ½ (the rest) Pitch Black writer/director David Twohy returns to the series he created with Riddick, a partly visionary, mostly routine outing starring Vin Diesel as his signature brawny, bari-toned anti-hero. This time fugitive Riddick is stranded on a barren planet fending off ferocious canines […]