Kin can’t make good from a wonderfully bad Franco
Movie review: Kin
The Baker boys' debut feature may not be fabulous, but somewhere in this wannabe young adult franchise lies a message about the power of guns, and how it transforms one’s place in the American social order.
Juliet, Naked strips romance down to nagging self-doubt
Movie review: Juliet, Naked
Director Jesse Peretz brings alt-rock authenticity to Nick Hornby’s story of a singer-songwriter who fell off the map, only to be rediscovered by the long-suffering partner of an obsessive fan. Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd offer pure performance, but it’s Rose Byrne’s quiet navigation of personal desire that redeems the ego-fest.
Alpha to um, mega
Movie review: Alpha
Albert Hughes’s magical, 3D vision of post-Ice Age Europe forms the backdrop for a fictionalized account of how one generation of early humans domesticated the wolf.
Mile 22: 22 miles a minute and going nowhere
Movie Review: Mile 22
Mark Wahlberg plays a black ops specialist who meets his match in Iko Uwais’s cop-turned-double agent in Mile 22, a thriller that stalks, but never closes for the kill.
Dog Days lifts a leg on Hollywood hydrant
Movie review: Dog Days
A fluffy version of Crash for canines features the lives and leashes of various Angelenos intertwining, without once pausing to smell its own assumptions.
Puzzle puzzles but finds an odd fit
Movie review: Puzzle
Marc Turtletaub’s English remake of an Argentine art-house favourite is a pretty box of carefully crafted small moments that form a big picture of a still life.
The Spy Who Dumped Me: Somebody Dumped Something
Movie Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon’s star in the cinematic equivalent of a girl turd - a predictably offensive but innately apologetic piece of digested genre that's almost funny, until you realize it stinks.
The Rock hits Skyscraper, doesn’t break window
Movie Review: Skyscraper
Dwayne Johnson holds everything together by one hand in a predictable popcorn pleaser that turns Titanic on its side and accidentally stumbles into political metaphor. Yet, for all the non-stop action, the movie placed third in its opening weekend.
Leave No Trace Gets Lost on Purpose
Movie Review: Leave No Trace
Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie take on the weight of a father and daughter looking for a place to call home in world that wavers between ambivalence and hostility.