Melissa McCarthy delivers a superb performance in this latest release, The Boss. Directed by McCarthy's real-life husband, Ben Falcone (Tammy), this is guaranteed to be one of the funniest movies of the year.
As a fan of science fiction films, I often feel that originality within the movie industry can be at a disappointing low. Whether we are presented with remake after remake, or ideas that just seem so far fetched that they almost belong in the comedy category of our Netflix account, science fiction pictures can at times be tough to pass off as great films.
How do you tell a story like 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and do it justice?
Based on a book which is based on a true story, we're taken to Benghazi, Libya where we follow a team of military veterans hired on as contractors to provide security for a secret CIA base and consultants to a U.S. ambassador residing nearby.
The Look of Silence, an emotionally searing new documentary from director Joshua Oppenheimer is a disturbing and incredibly impacting experience. In his previous film, The Act of Killing, Oppenheimer explored the contemporary aftermath of the Indonesian communist genocide of the late 1960's.
Grandma is indeed a tearjerker, but one free of the overwrought sentimentality that bogs down other entries in the genre. Structured like an addictive novella, the premise is quickly established and we're on our way. At a brisk 75 minutes, there is little time for narrative hesitation.
The films of Roy Andersson are not for everyone, in the same manner that the films of another Anderson, Wes, are also not for all tastes. Is there a connection between these two filmmakers? No, not really. Well, perhaps. Let's see. Their visual styles are both immaculately composed and dryly funny. There are few filmmakers as visually arresting as these two, but they bear little else in common. One did not influence the other.
As cold and uninviting as its subject, Black Mass is a competently made and star-studded look at the true life and crimes of legendary Boston mobster, James "Whitey" Bulger. The admittedly chilling source material somehow never manages to deliver any chills. Contemporary audiences have seen too many faceless characters shot to death in films to be shocked by sudden bursts of violence or even copious amounts of blood.
After a one night stand with a call girl (Imogen Poots), a famous theater director (Owen Wilson) makes her an enticing offer: $30 thousand to quit turning tricks. The call girl is also an aspiring actress and quickly transforms this opportunity into a potential Broadway career. Unfortunately, the execution of this plan (and the accompanying film) is more miss than hit.
A small-town stoner named Mike (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) learns he's actually a lethally trained sleeper-agent after his CIA handlers decide to terminate his contract (and life.) Suddenly on the run with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart, Twilight) the couple fight to stay alive while employing killer talents that Mike didn't even know he had.
Depressed film editor Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) is stuck working on a rather trashy Italian crime thriller, a film far beneath his talents. While Ciso's professional life crumbles, his personal life follows suit. His wife (Paz De La Huerta; Enter the Void) is rapidly losing respect for him. It isn't long before the film's cast and crew start dying and The Editor himself becomes the prime suspect in their murders.