As “Lincoln”‘s end credits roll, you feel vaguely dissatisfied and disappointed that the film never achieves the emotional greatness that it might have in the hands of a different director.
“Guys and Dolls” is like a baseball team with a five-run lead in the ninth. It’s yours to lose. If you put together a talented, versatile cast with this material, you almost certainly will produce a winner.
“Cloud Atlas” is irresistible, a visual and sensory marvel with a winning mix of charm and humor to offset the darkest violence and mayhem within the sobering tale.
Yes, Ben Affleck took some liberties in “Argo” for the sake of the dramatic arc and a kickass, intense finale. But mostly, the story is so bizarre that it hardly needed enhancement.
For performers and audience members alike the Shalin Liu setting is as much a part of the experience as the music. It has quickly transformed the intimate hall into a destination location for a growing number of admiring artists.
“The Master” is not easily pigeon-holed as a film but one can argue that it is, at its core, a brilliant anti-war movie.
“Ruby Sparks” is more than a sweetly moving love story with a happy ending; to their credit, the filmmakers add some disturbingly nightmarish edges to its “Pygmalion” meets “Frankenstein” plotline.