It doesn't have enough chills to be horror, it doesn't have enough depth to be art. The Carrie remake is an exercise in squandering story and cast, and neither the screenwriters nor director Kimberly Peirce should be let off the hook for the disjointed, pedestrian failure they've thrust upon moviegoers.
Kick-Ass 2 is scattered in its storytelling, in its themes, and in its problematic approach to violence. Fortunately, it has a great cast selling the hell out of the story. Chloe Grace Moretz is excellent, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is almost as strong, and every other key actor elevates his or her material.
Remaking the celebrated Swedish cult film Let the Right One In with the same thoughtful, meditative vibe, similar directorial style and pretty much the exact same story might seem like a dumb idea—the original is damned good on its own, and screw people who think reading subtitles is too much work. But Matt Reeves creates an excellent film that stands proudly beside its Swedish original. Mostly he can thank his excellent lead actors, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz.