dir: Charlie Bean/Paul Fisher/Bob Logan
scr: Fisher & Logan & Tom Wheeler & William Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Hilary Winston & Fisher & Logan & Wheeler & Wheeler and Dane Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Band of ninjas take on, then team up with, their ultimate nemesis, who happens to be their leader's dad. Mines the traditional father-son dynamic for comedy, but it's also bothersome, implying that a woman could never do "dad" things like play catch or drive a car. Despite legitimately funny gags, it's the first of the LEGO movies to feel forced, phoned-in.
dir: David Gordon Green
scr: John Pollono, based on the book by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter
I'm not sure what the movie wants me to feel by the end, though. For two hours, it confronts the American obsession with making heroes out of victims, our insatiable need to throw survivors on the media hype pyre. Yet by the end, his acceptance of himself as a symbol allows him to find a sense of responsibility lacking in his life? I guess. Doesn't quite reach the Flags of Our Fathers level of discourse regarding Americana.
Thoughts on Battle of the Sexes, Good Time, Home Again, and more...after the jump
dir/scr: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
dir: Angelina Jolie
scr: Jolie & Loung Ung, based on the book by Ung
dir: The Safdie Brothers
scr: Ronald Bronstein & Josh Safdie
dir: Jang Hun
scr: Uhm Yoo-na and Jo Seul-ye
dir: Ritesh Batra
scr: Nick Payne, based on the novel by Julian Barnes
dir: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
scr: Simon Beaufoy
This also might be the best performance Emma Stone has given, as it not only fits right in her light comedy wheelhouse, but allows her to play the complicated co-plot (nothing sub about it!) of a woman realizing and accepting her love of other women. In this, she is aided by her comfortable chemistry with Andrea Riseborough, the sensuous camerawork of Linus Sandgren, and of course the score by Moonlight composer Nicholas Britell, who has perfected the sound of time stopping as your heart beats faster. There's even an original song by Sara Bareilles!
dir/scr: Justin Chon