Browsing all articles from May, 2014.

Maleficent

Maleficent 

**1/2 The main reason to see Maleficent, the new revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty featuring heavy doses of girl power and even more CGI, is its most special effect, a silky smooth performance by Angelina Jolie as the titular, anti-heroic villainess in spite of herself.  Heretofore known for vanity and wickedness, Jolie’s fallen angel of sorts […]

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past 

* * * 1/2 Forget about it being a summer franchise picture, because X-Men: Days of Future Past is a thoughtful and thematically dense anti-blockbuster, a movie full of ideas that largely eschews huge action set-pieces through most of its running time in favor of a surprisingly compelling story about the fear—and extermination—of the other, […]

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Chef

Chef 

* * * 1/2 The very definition of a crowd-pleaser, Jon Favreau’s Chef is as amiable and enjoyable a comedy as in recent memory, and one that ultimately works on sweetness and a solidly charming performance from its writer/director/star, whose film has real heart and big laughs.  Chef Carl Casper (Favreau) is a once-famed guru […]

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