After months of waiting, Super 8 has arrived. Finally, I’ll get to see what that damn alien looks like. Then again, maybe not. It’s not like J.J. Abrams is big on closure. After spending years watching “Lost,” I still don’t know what the hell was going on. It was so hard to follow, like “Heroes” or “Will and Grace.” Hopefully, that’s not the case with Super 8.
Here’s a look at what’s playing.
See, even geniuses shit the bed once in a while.
Super 8 is a wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action.
Sadly, the helmer seems too smitten working with Steven Spielberg to recognize that his idol-turned-champion created the very paradigm that limits his passion project, forcing this modest nostalgia trip to function as a blockbuster.
Peter Debruge – Variety
Over all, there seems to be a lot to like about this film, provided you haven’t bought into the hype. If you set out with realistic expectations, you’ll probably enjoy it. But if you are already expecting a classic, be prepared for disappointment…just like my wife.
Woody Allen‘s latest film is finally getting a wide release. And that’s great news, if you like Woody Allen.
As a filmmaker, Allen has grappled with the temptations of repeating himself instead of forging a fresh path. You can feel that conflict here, and watching him work it out is exhilarating.
Peter Travers – Rolling Stone
Pure Woody Allen. Which is not to say great or even good Woody, but a distillation of the filmmaker’s passions and crotchets, and of his tendency to pass draconian judgment on characters the audience is not supposed to like.
Richard Corliss – TIME Magazine
If you’re OK with a guy banging his pseudo step-daughter, be sure and check out Midnight in Paris!
Troll Hunter is not your father’s troll hunting film. Unless of course you are very young, and your father worked on this film, in which case, it is.trolls. God, I’ve got to stop making such sweeping statements.
You’ll want to catch this clever movie before Hollywood ruins everything with a dumb remake.
V.A. Musetto – New York Post
Here’s what’s not so good in Troll Hunter: the actual troll hunting.
Noel Murray – AV Club
If you’re in the mood for something different, this film will certainly deliver. The premise isn’t for everyone, but with genuinely positive reviews, you can do a lot worse.