Category Archives: Adventure

A popular topic that has been bobbing about the internet these days: Will the summer of Hollywood’s sequel and prequel box-office discontent bounce back with the arrival of “Finding Dory,” Pixar and Disney’s double-dip back flip into the same animated pool of undersea beings that propelled 2003’s wondrously endearing “Finding Nemo”? Therefore, it is a relief to note that the follow-up has p......
Felix Thompson’s “King Jack” recognizes that adolescence is a food chain, but doesn’t do much about it. Its primary focus is on someone in the middle of these power dynamics: Charlie Plummer’s title character, also known now as “Scab.” He’s an outcast of sorts with no friends, living in a working class New York suburb with his mother Karen (Erin Davie) and older, teasing brother Tom (Christ......
I removed my eyeballs from my head as soon as I got back from “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and cleaned them in a sink. I could have left them in and only cleaned the fronts, but I didn’t want to take any chances. They’re still in there, soaking. I am touch-typing this review. Wish me luck. “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” in which Mia Wasikowska......
Yes, there is a new blue-eyed Jesus in town, the latest in a long line that includes Jeffrey Hunter(“King of Kings”), Max von Sydow (“The Greatest Story Ever Told”) and Willem Dafoe(“The Last Temptation of Christ”). In these days of heightened sensitivity to race when it comes to casting, some might take exception to this creaky tradition that lives on in the form of Scottish—born Ewan McGr......
Based on the video game franchise of the same name, “Ratchet & Clank” makes a concerted effort to undermine and joke about the common, generic elements of its story and its characters. It’s filled with establishing subtitles, naming some alien planet and then subtitling the subtitle with, say, a countdown to the dastardly villain’s inevitable speech that will lay......
It’s a tale of two royal sisters, one of whom discovers in a fit of rage that she has the ability to shoot ice from her fingertips—so she exiles herself to a faraway land in the mountains, where she creates her own kingdom and builds her own army. She even wears decadent gowns in various shades of pale blue and pulls her hair back in elaborate braids. Seriously. This is what “Winter’s War” ......
I saw the newest Disney version of “The Jungle Book” in the company of my enthralled 12-year-old son, and there were moments when I envied him—but not too many, because the film is so surefooted in its effects, so precise and simple in its characterizations, and so clear about what it’s trying to say about the relationship between humanity and nature, that it made me feel ......
Presented almost entirely from the first-person perspective of the title hero, “Hardcore Henry” is a sensational, feature-length beat-’em-up. Henry, a robotically-enhanced amnesiac who fights a group of mercenaries who have kidnapped Henry’s wife Estelle (Haley Bennett), finds various inventive uses for bricks, knives, grenades, and many guns. But do we really need t......
The latest example of what I call an emperor’s-new-clothes film is “Neon Bull,” by Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro, which escorts us into the world of northeastern Brazil’s vaquejada rodeos. It was a buzz-generating hit at last fall’s Venice and Toronto festivals, and it does have one inarguable strength: a kind of anthropological interest, which is rendered with what one must assume is ......
First, a confession: I have never played any incarnation of “Warcraft.” I’m just going to put that out there right now—be up front about it. We’re all friends here. We should be honest with each other. So I went in with an open mind to “Warcraft,” the movie based on the video game, and I’m reviewing it purely on its own merits as a stand-alone entity. Many of you out there may read this and......