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“300: Rise of an Empire” is pretty much “300” right down to a new anachronistic war song, despite a change in director and even more CGI muscles.
This film literally watches paint dry, but it’s deft and thorough in showing what can happen when art meets science – twice.
This animated flick throws a lot of pieces at the audience – including a little Lego Batman voiced by Will Arnett – but it’s mainly sharp, smart and clicks along snappily.
A good meal can solve a lot of things. Leftovers like in Jason Reitman’s uneven romantic hash, with a convict on the run who can really cook, not so much.
After gathering a cast of 10 for a rushed shoot of the intricate script of the horror film “Ten,” Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein have pared things down for their sci-fi second film, “Magnetic.”
Think about this for a moment: a ’40s-styled crime caper teeming with rodents that’s scored to K-pop.
There’s plenty of thespian timber and uncorked rage in this austere melodrama about familial dysfunction, but it’s a pretty nasty business in which great actors never really cohere as an ensemble.
This year the best we saw ranged from the lurid colors of “Spring Breakers” to the stark black and white of “Nebraska,” and we learned that blue is not just the color of violent caprice, but the warmest color.
The true-life “Wolf of Wall Street” is smart, mean and makes a pointed political statement while rolling in the excess of its characters.
The visual craftsmanship is a wonderment, but the story is silly, the shrill voiceovers detract and the educational facts are well-intentioned but a bit random and ill-conceived.