If a big, dumb action movie knows it's a big, dumb action movie and revels in that fact, is that preferable to a big, dumb action movie making the mistake of thinking it's significant, relevant art?
To some, marriage is a word; but to others, it is a sentence. That's why, in the newly released movie, “Say Yes” (101次求婚), it takes 101 proposals to get the girl of your dreams.
The genders have been reversed but the supernatural, star-crossed teen angst remains firmly intact in “Beautiful Creatures,” which clearly aims to pick up where the “Twilight” franchise left off.
“Promised Land” is an engaging and entertaining — if preachy — look at Big Energy and fracking — the land-and-water-wrecking practice of drilling and pumping water and chemicals into the ground to extract natural gas from shale.
“Oz the Great and Powerful” aims for nostalgia in older viewers who grew up on “The Wizard of Oz” and still hold the classic dear, while simultaneously enchanting a newer, younger audience. It never really accomplishes either successfully.
Aspider crawls up the leg of 18-year-old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) early in Park Chan-wook's English-language debut, “Stoker,” and she regards it passively, intrigued.
Michael Haneke takes a subject you don't often see in movies and probably don't even want to see — the slow, steady deterioration of an elderly woman — and handles it with great grace in “Amour.”
A playful, elegantly made little horror film,“Mama” teasingly sustains a game of hide-and-seek as it tantalizes the audience with fleeting apparitions of the title character while maintaining interest in two deeply disturbed little orphan girls.
Imagine a “Twilight” where the panting, flirting teens were in on the joke, where the gulf between them was more about communication skills than supernatural schisms.