An average, slightly disappointing and too grim follow-up to the first… MoreAn average, slightly disappointing and too grim follow-up to the first two riveting 'Hunger Games' films about the expansion of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) into a public relations figure for the rebels, and how The Capital led by a corrupt rule (Donald Sutherland) looks to squash whatever progress they make. The acting as always is top-notch, but the decision in where this film goes with the plot just is not as interesting as compared to the previous films. We have seen many movies before deal with the subject of public relations before, and in a much more convincing, better way than this movie, including in the first two films. Once the film leaves this part of the plot behind it gets more interesting, but ultimately I can't give this movie a recommendation because of how bogged down it gets because of this direction it takes in its first half of duration.
A flawed though ambitious adaptation of the story of Moses (Christian… MoreA flawed though ambitious adaptation of the story of Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton), and how they begun as basically brothers, but how God's will propels one to fight for the freedom of his people, and the other for the survival of his kingdom. While far from director Ridley Scott's best work (that belongs to "Alien" and "Black Hawk Down"), this is certainly a decent admission into his filmography. Sure, there are some gaps in the storyline (to be fair, it is a tough one to fit in under a three hour frame) and the middle section is slow-paced given the nature of the development of the story, but ultimately this movie is not bad by any means. This is a better realized version of a Biblical story than "Noah" was, and even though the film has problems (God being portrayed as a little boy is a big error), the mere scope and look of the picture and the time it takes place is fascinating, even if in the end it does not earn an automatic recommendation.
An arresting, extremely fascinating look documenting the divulging of… MoreAn arresting, extremely fascinating look documenting the divulging of sensitive government information by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and how he and the United States reacted once it became public. You do not have to agree with the politics of the situation to still be utterly hooked by what is put on the screen. It is no secret that the government spies on its citizens and has way to much access to what we do in our own time. Whether you agree with Snowden's decision or not, this is still a very well-done movie with the intent to inform the public that invasion of privacy is a very real thing that is only getting worse over time.
A meticulously constructed near-masterpiece about a dirty businessman… MoreA meticulously constructed near-masterpiece about a dirty businessman (Oscar Isaac) who begins to see his empire collapse from under him, and he suspects those he does business with are primarily responsible for it. This is a period piece about a calm, quiet character who approaches everything with a clear mind despite being under immense pressure. Isaac's rock-solid, confident performance is the driving force behind this movie, as he is a presents a rare individual that is unlike anything we've seen from these kinds of stories. The last act of the film has a scene in it that encapsulates the movie's message as a whole, and its rare we see this kind of skill behind the camera from a gifted, fairly new big movie director like J.C. Chandor.
A formulaic, flawed story concerning the father of computer science,… MoreA formulaic, flawed story concerning the father of computer science, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), his closeted homosexuality, and the impact his work had on saving lives during the days of WWII. While Cumberbatch is a talented actor and a bonafide star in the business, he plays it too strong here. But the main problem this movie has is a major hole near the end that is factually untrue, which serves as nothing more than a rope to tie the story nicely together despite being completely made up. It is an interesting story, but it is a shame the makers of this movie sacrificed the integrity of the story itself for their own incorrect rendering of it.
An arresting, disturbing documentary on the Church of Scientology told… MoreAn arresting, disturbing documentary on the Church of Scientology told by former members who decided to leave at different points in time for various reasons. This is an interesting perspective for a documentary concerning the subject of religion, especially one that is so prevalent in Hollywood. The filmmakers do an excellent job collecting many different stories and viewpoints from those they speak to, and the result is a horrifying exercise of religious exploitation of power. The manipulation and abuse that infects this religion is very concerning, and it will be especially fascinating to watch the public's response to this movie once more people get the opportunity to watch it.
An intriguing, original film chronicling an embattled actor (Michael… MoreAn intriguing, original film chronicling an embattled actor (Michael Keaton) who is trying to jump start his fledgling career one last time by directing, writing, and acting in a sprawling Broadway play with a temperamental actor (Edward Norton). While I personally do not believe this film should have won "Best Picture", it is still a fine film due to incredibly strong and personal performances from both Keaton and Norton. It does get a little impressed with itself at times, and has about ten different endings before concluding on a ambiguous note, but overall it is still a good movie that deserves to be seen thanks to strong directing and an unpredictable script that keeps you guessing throughout.
An intriguing though at times very plodding film concerning a very… MoreAn intriguing though at times very plodding film concerning a very ambitious man (Klaus Kinski) who is inspired to try to build an opera house in the jungles of South Africa. Director Werner Herzog does a fabulous job capturing the lower-class and primitive working status of these areas, but wisely avoids this being an exercise of "fish out of water" with Kinski's character. The film does go on too long, but it does remain interesting even when it starts to lose steam in the middle portions. Kinski's bug-eyed bewilderment and passion are perfect for this character, and he is the biggest reason of all this film is a success and viewed by many people to be a masterpiece.