Holiday movies don’t come any more Christmasy than “Black Nativity,” a heart-on-its-sleeve musical fable of family friction that radiates holiday spirit.
“Out of the Furnace” comes from director Scott Cooper, who gives this melancholy melodrama a strong sense of place and a relentless deterministic pull.
An animated princess is nothing new on the toon landscape. But “Frozen” defrosts two princesses for the price of one.
The impressive runner up spot went to the debuting animated attraction, Frozen, which took in a robust $67-million.
Bruce Dern delivers a career-best performance in a career-best role as a cranky geezer wrestling with his own mortality.
Vince Vaughn plays a good-natured slacker who finds that his donated sperm has fathered hundreds of children.
This first sequel delves deeper into the resonant themes introduced in its predecessor, expands the mythology, reflects the horrors in its titular “entertainment,” and further fleshes out the primary characters.
Its box-office hammer was only half as powerful as it was last weekend, but the fantasy sequel, Thor: The Dark World, made it two first-place finishes in a row.
This movie, for better and worse, has the holiday spirit: it makes the audience giddy with pleasure even as it overstays its welcome.
‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is the loosely-based true story of stubbornly resourceful Ron Woodruff’s struggle to survive as an AIDS patient.
‘The Book Thief’ is an exploration of the horrors of Nazi Germany for a youthful PG-13 audience.
Thor: The Dark World debuted with an estimated whopping $86-million and a runaway first-place finish on its initial box-office weekend.
Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts was a good choice to play the lonely and alienated princess during the last two years of her life.
Like its predecessor, it has a sense of humor, but is still too self-important.
“About Time” is an affable romantic fantasy-comedy that casually accepts the existence of time travel without getting all bent out of shape or self-congratulatory about it.