Although the subject matter has import and gravitas, much of the donning-Nazi-costumes and narrow-escape footage registers as much less than convincing, sometimes presenting a level of broadness that recalls “Hogan’s Heroes.”
The Railway Man is an earnest, intense drama about the torture of a British Army officer at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, and the victim’s vengeful confrontation with his torturer half a century later.
The fantasy sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, made it three weekends in a row in first place at the box office by earning an estimated $26-million in its third weekend of release.
It’s another science fiction thriller that’s awkwardly big and clunky instead of attractively modest and spunky.
Scarlett Johansson’s last movie was Her and all we got was her voice. We never saw her. Her latest might have been called She. Or, possibly: It. And we always see her.
The box office leader remained the same on this movie weekend.
This grim, character-driven drama goes completely bonkers and hyper-gothic in the late going.
The narrative is carefully structured to include an appropriate payoff, but along the way is feels strangely and surprisingly farfetched.
‘Rio 2′ is not the triumph its predecessor was. But if the sequel is not quite the equal of the original, it’s in the ball park.
It plays like conjured movie-movie behavior that couldn’t possibly happen in real life. Even though it did.
Think of him as an analog operative in a digital universe, an old-fashioned superhero in a new-fashioned world, a square peg in a roundup of the usual suspects.
A Biblical drama led the way at multiplexes over the weekend.
It’s a lead performance to crow about.
It’s not an act of sabotage, but it is an act of extravagant and aggressive borrowing — to no avail.