“The Way Back” represents an exquisite example of style over substance, of vast visuals dwarfing the characters and nearly swallowing the story whole.
Don't be fooled by the title of Shu Qi's (舒淇) latest film “A Beautiful Life” (不再讓你孤單), a romantic tragicomedy that lures you into a false sense of security before pulling the chair from under you. What promises to be a light and airy romcom comes crashing down halfway in and a completely different film begins.
2011/6/17, 4 Comments
Gorgeous and ambitious, pretentious and baffling, tightly controlled yet free-flowing, “The Tree of Life” is unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Both geographically and dramatically, “The Human Resources Manager” covers a lot of territory.
Based on the autobiography of the same name, “Mao's Last Dancer” (末代舞者) is the biopic of Li Cunxin (李存信), who at the age of 11 was plucked from his impoverished village in northwestern China to study ballet in the capital.
Bollywood storytelling, in all of its butt-numbing glory, is much in evidence in “My Name is Khan,” an India-to-America odyssey with a “How Others See Us” message.
Playing the other woman in “The Other Woman” is an uncomfortable fit for Natalie Portman.
“Beastly” is just as superficial and obsessed with looks as the characters and the mindset it rails against, which would seem like a bitter, frustrating irony if it merited the emotional reaction to care that much.