Fantastic Four

The rebooted Fantastic Four movie shows that no one involved in its creation understands the Fantastic Four, superheroes, cinema, story, or joy. The previous pair of FF movies were a flawed attempt at adapting a colorful family of superheroes; this film renders its characters colorless, not a...

Blue is the Warmest Color

Director: Abdel Kechiche Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos Review: 4 stars (of five) Controversial as all hell, winner of unprecedented accolades at Cannes, and clocking in at a solid three hours long, Blue is the Warmest Color is not the easiest film to review. In short, the actresses are excellent and the direction is, in many ways, wonderful. But at the same time that Abdel Kechiche does marvelous things with a constantly roving, claustrophobically intimate camera, his storytelling choices are often a bit bewildering. Start with the running time: The film is patently self-indulgent. There are scenes that are not needed, and...

The Counselor

Writer: Cormac McCarthy Director: Ridley Scott Starring:  Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz Review: 4 stars (of 5) One of America’s most important living writers, Cormac McCarthy (whose novels became the films The Road and No Country for Old Men)...