Thrumming, enigmatic strokes drive this riveting followup from Alex Garland, whose 2014 directorial debut, “Ex Machina” put sci-fi fans and cineastes alike on their toes. “Annihilation” moves them to the edge of their seats.
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Much will be made of Clint Eastwood’s decision to use non-actors to play themselves in “The 15:17 to Paris,” a story of American heroism abroad. But this film might better have made a riveting 30-minute dramatic recreation instead of a full-length flick with backstory.
A meandering and frustrating series finale is turned into something worthwhile primarily by director Wes Ball, who has a vision for how the “Maze Runner” dystopia should look and an ability to maintain both a kinetic sense of actions and solid character beats.
This Steven Spielberg flashback to tumultuous times of government transparency and freedom of the press as hot-button issues is not only a nostalgic and cautionary rewind, but a haunting reflection of where we find ourselves today.
“The Greatest Showman” shouldn’t work, it doesn’t work. But damn it if I totally didn’t spend the workday following my viewing humming all of the songs in my cubicle.
In Alexander Payne’s near-future “Downsizing,” dwindling resources have triggered a worldwide movement to conserve and cut back without sacrificing the lush life – by being shrunk down to five inches.
It’s an unenviable task to have to take over the reins of a franchise from J.J. Abrams, the creative wunderkind who helmed “The Force Awakens,” but Rian Johnson proves more than game to go where Abrams has taken this trilogy and beyond.
With “Coco,” the animators at Pixar have brought their warmth and character-grounded spectacle to the undead with a fervor that far outweighs many of the studio’s previous masterpieces.
For all the weighty topics it covers and ideas of the good and evil that lie within all of us, even the most noble, the greatest fault of “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is how unfathomably safe it is.