I feel like the makers of Les Misérables attempted to solve a problem few people other than myself even consider a problem, and by doing so, created more problems that made the movie unpleasant to watch.
As the years go on, critics will return to the first entry in The Hobbit trilogy with a more favorable tone than they have approached it with thus far, and will be embarrassed for having rated it barely above George Lucas' thoroughly execrable Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
You've no doubt heard about a little movie called Zero Dark Thirty, which suddenly is the controversial odds-on Oscar favorite. The controversy has to do with a couple of scenes of torture -- or "harsh interrogation techniques," as the Orwellian Bush-era new-speak had it.
At the conclusion of The Fellowship of the Ring, I was completely on board for the next two pictures, completely invested in the world that had unfolded over the previous 170 minutes. This time around? I'm not entirely sure whether I'll stick it out for the next two films.
An icon of the baby-boom generation, Barbra Streisand, teams up with the free-spirited shlub-star of the Millenials, Seth Rogen, in The Guilt Trip, a movie whose wit is never as sharp as its heart is warm.
You know the walk of shame? That's the idea in movies that when someone has a one-night stand, they walk home the next morning, certain everyone is aware of their bad decision. You should think about the walk of shame you have to make back to Redbox after renting a lame movie.
This film will spark debate. Is it hideously demeaning? Does it trivialize slavery? Should Hollywood introduce one of America's most heinous, genocidal institutions to this generation as a 180-minute joke?
As with Inglourious Basterds, in Django Tarantino once again seems to speak directly to the heart and from the minds of the characters he is writing for, and taps into the imaginatively creative and fantastical outcome that makes this a great movie experience.
You might not know how to play chess. Or you might think chess is boring. But that shouldn't stop you from seeing a documentary about some special middle school kids who are pretty good competitive chess players and anything but boring.
Any Day Now is one of those movies that should get people talking, whether it's about the issues it raises or the performance it contains. It's one of the year's gems and worth the effort to track it down and see it.
Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson is half a good movie. When it focuses on the quirks and manipulations of international events, it crackles and pops -- and when it turns its attention to the soap-operatic romance, it settles into a dull hum.
Coming home from school for the holidays, it is obvious that there is something in the air. Is it my family's excitement at having me home? The love from all our family togetherness? No! It's the beginning of Hallmark's endless Christmas-themed holiday movie season!