The flood of bogus "reality" TV has cheapened the value we place in the kind of carefully, even lovingly, filmed nature films like The Last Lions, an intensely up-close look at the life of a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs.
Aladag's gripping film is not a sermon or lecture on honor killing. The term itself is never uttered. And yet the message is clear: In this society, women have the same rights as animals and are treated worse.
Kaboom is an enjoyably snide look at that generation that is coming to be known as Millennials, for which hooking up is as casual as eating lunch. They may have social consciences, but they don't let it get in the way of a good party.
With The Way Back, Peter Weir jumps the tracks, making a movie with amazing scope but little drama. The level of tension in the film is like a toothache -- constant, gnawing but not particularly enjoyable.
The Green Hornet is a mixed bag -- not an abject failure, but still, not a film that recognizes its own strengths. It gets away with a lot -- and is often more entertaining and enjoyable than it has any right to be.