Instead of the bygone damsels in distress — yes we’re talking about you Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty — the female royals of “Frozen,” Disney’s latest animated wonder, are feisty, forward and independent.
A child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in “Black Nativity,” a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes’ popular musical to life onscreen.
In the 17 years since “Swingers,” Vince Vaughn has cultivated the comedic persona of an obnoxious and insensitive boor, so it may come as a surprise to learn that “Delivery Man” reveals a softer side entirely.
The recipe for “Philomena” seems tricky at best: Take a shocking and tragic tale — a true one, involving the Catholic Church, no less — and make it into a film that’s part serious drama, part jaunty road-buddy movie and part comedy.
Lance Armstrong didn’t just repeatedly lie about doping during his seven Tour de France wins, but he maintained and even flaunted those lies through ill-gotten power — and he still believes his own hype.
The post-apocalyptic “How I Live Now,” based on the 2004 young adult novel by Meg Rosoff, feels something like “The Hunger Games” sprinkled with a liberal dose of “Pretty in Pink” or any basic teen coming-of-age story.
After viewing “The Sacrament,” I believe the film must belong in the category of “best ones,” because it disturbed me – almost as much as the fact that several small children were in the audience to view the movie.