If nothing else, "Fury" is a movie that certainly lives up to its title. Writer/director David Ayer's latest, a WWII film about a close-knit tank unit, dives headlong into the gore and brutality of a global war winding down amidst a shocking backdrop of slaughter and inhumanity.
"The Judge" follows a long line of movies that have used the courtroom as a battleground, though even with a top-notch cast it struggles to get through a meandering narrative that simply tries to tell too many different stories.
Don't let the routine premise of "Gone Girl" fool you. Though there have been plenty of thrillers about husbands and wives, "Gone Girl" isn't really like any of them, blazing off into new territory with the dark satirical vision of director David Fincher and the cynical wit of novelist Gillian Flynn.
Utilizing the old cliché of less being more, Michaël R. Roskam's "The Drop" takes a good cast led by Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini and turns it into a mostly compelling gangster tale, delving into the lives of low-level hoodlums looking to avoid irrelevancy.
With an IMAX release to celebrate its 20th anniversary, iconic Tom Hanks vehicle "Forrest Gump" is back with all of the memorable rock anthems and one-liners that made it a cultural icon when it was released in 1994. Though it has grown no less sentimental, "Forrest Gump" two decades later plays like a mostly clever period piece that doesn't need to be as deep as it intends.
If the preview for director Roger Donaldson's "The November Man" made you feel like it was going to be a lazy R-rated James Bond experience, the movie itself does little to suggest otherwise. With Pierce Brosnan in the lead as a scorned special agent with a quick trigger finger, "The November Man" shows a little bit of promise before ultimately melting into an incomprehensible mess.
Even as an obvious rehashing of the same elements from the first entry, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is still a richly stylized and entertaining noir experience that is better than your average sequel. Thanks to a great cast and Robert Rodriguez's creative camera, here's a movie that avoids being the bland regurgitation of noir storylines that it appeared destined to be.
Even within the buddy comedy genre not particularly known for sophistication, "Let's Be Cops" manages to not only redefine the idea of low-brow but also make two very funny actors as unfunny as possible. Here's a movie that easily wins the prize for most obvious comedy idea of the year, as it's a sloppily tossed together bit of high-concept Hollywood that seems to be going through the motions.
There is a time and place for movies like "Into the Storm," though that place may not be the big screen. Even with some decent special effects and even a couple of well-placed cheap thrills, "Into the Storm" is a straight-to-TV release masquerading as a real movie, delivering neither the silly fun of "Twister" nor the goofy theatrics of the D-movies it clearly idolizes.
Marvel's latest cinematic entry, "Guardians of the Galaxy," is an exhilarating bit of light summer fun that is a nice antidote for over-pumped action movies that take themselves way too seriously. Built around a funny performance from Chris Pratt, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is an action-comedy that does the comedy quite a bit better than the action.
Enormous leaps in logic and all, "Lucy" is a silly but ultimately fun sci-fi B-movie that knows how absurd it is but plunges forward anyway. With Scarlett Johansson proving that she can be an action hero on her own and some nice moments with Morgan Freeman, here's a movie that counters the sleep-inducing, special effects dominated action blockbusters that have plagued theaters all summer long.
Ever since Cameron Diaz starred in breakout comedy hit "There's Something About Mary," she's been one of the go-to actresses for adult-geared comedy - for better or for worse. With "Sex Tape," we end up with a promising idea gone completely sour, an amalgamation of lazy jokes and flat-out wackiness that might be difficult to engage with for anyone sick of the tired routine of sex jokes.
Thanks to a smart and exhilarating first half and powerful finale, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the best action movie of the summer in a year of more than a few mind-numbing duds. Improving on some of the flaws of the intriguing reboot "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Dawn" digs deep into the characters and comes up with a sophisticated sci-fi action epic.
The problem with Melissa McCarthy's new comedy "Tammy" isn't that she's forgotten how to be funny; it's that the filmmakers are incapable of seeing her on-screen as anything other than a cartoon character. And so we drift from one lazy joke to another, cramming in as much slapstick as possible and going where many, many other comedies have already gone before.
When the most unrealistic thing that happens in a movie isn't the flying dinosaur robots, there's likely a fundamental problem. Though director Michael Bay gives it his usual all-out effort, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is another irredeemable mess of dimwitted dialog, soul-imploding action sequences and loud noises crammed together in an effort to beat audiences into submission.