Despite its many impressive elements, "Unbroken" plays incomplete and unbalanced. The film has made a decision not to tell all of Louis Zamperini's riveting true story, and that choice costs it in the end.
Biopics about American war heroes are a Hollywood tradition going all the way back to Gary Cooper starring as the legendary World War I sharpshooter "Sergeant York" and World War II's highly decorated Audie Murphy playing himself in "To Hell and Back." "American Sniper" is squarely in that...
"Selma" is a necessary film, even an essential one, with more than its share of memorable performances and vivid, compelling sequences.
What's the point of doing a 10 best list if you put only 10 films on it?
I try not to publicly argue with film legends, even those who are no longer alive. But when Mae West famously said that "too much of a good thing can be wonderful," she clearly was not considering a film critic's lot in December.
Marvelously colorful, casually inventive and completely wacky, "The King and the Mockingbird" just might be the best animated film of the year. Though it's making its American debut in 2014, this French film is a treasure that took decades to reach the screen and even more years to finally...
J.M.W. Turner, arguably the greatest of British painters, was an uncommonly difficult man, and "Mr. Turner," the exceptional film Mike Leigh has made about him, does not do things the easy way either.
If you've waited till the last minute to get DVD presents for the holidays, here's another collection of swell items guaranteed to please the movie buff in your life.