Even with absurd spectacle, the action genre features characters that get things done, which makes up for an oftentimes hollow plot.
The latest ‘Hunger Games’ installment, ‘Mockingjay: Part 1,’ suffers from a drawn-out plot and a contrived, though suspenseful, conclusion.
Keaton, Stone, and Galifianakis deliver strong performances in Inarritu’s high concept, self-aware statement on the superhero genre, ‘Birdman.’
David Ayer’s ‘Fury’ falls into the conventions of all war films before it—with nothing new to contribute.
‘Left Behind’ crashes and burns, thanks to a bad cast, weak plot, and unrealistic special effects.
Flicher’s ‘Gone Girl’ adaptation exhibits the director’s ability to handle dark themes and a complex screenplay, but doesn’t live up to ‘The Social Network.’
Although Liam Neeson’s action-thriller ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’ tries to be different, it’s more or less what you’d expect from the ‘Taken’ actor.
Wes Ball makes his directing debut in the ‘Hunger Games’-esque dystopian drama ‘The Maze Runner.’