However bizarre The Village is, it's the characters that hold this film together. The pursuit of their desires can be uncomfortable and even sad at times, but their journeys are fascinating.
Written, directed, edited, and scored by Thomas Clay, 'Fanny Lye Deliver'd' is a marvel of historical accuracy. It isn't a happy film, but it is certainly an empowering one.
It succeeds due to the sheer amount of fun this adventure is. While it is sometimes lacking and could be a little tighter in its narrative, it's a return to the action-adventure genre that many have been craving.
While it may play out like a psychological thriller at times, it's a witty and fun film that may lack originality, but has plenty of energy and memorable moments that make for a confident debut.
While playing on familiar tropes, it's a delight to watch. The cast, comedy and setting combine into a beautiful coming-of-age story for audiences to delight in.
A special kind of film musical miracle, dazzling and bright and life-affirming, an adaptation that digs under your skin and sends bolts of electricity through your heart every time you think about it.
While it has more to offer than the first instalment, that still isn't much; it's not bad, just passable. It seems to fit into that era of 'RED' and 'The Expendables', but here in 2021, it doesn't offer much.
It's a filler movie these winter school holidays that will bore the kids and oldies alike. It's just nothing we haven't seen before and doesn't try to hold your attention in any way.
There's a tremendous amount of promise in the film from Jayden Stevens, and while it's certainly an ambitious undertaking, never comes together in the end.
This find will leave you exhausted from trying to do the work the film seemed disinclined to do itself, to imbue itself with the same life and passion and fury of its protagonist.
'My Zoe' can't escape how confused it is when looking beyond. For all the moral questions it asks of what could happen in the future, it is almost without a pulse when removed from the present.
While it isn't flashy or a reinvention of the genre, it has all the trappings of a heist movie - plot twists, backstabbing, funny one-liners, that one big set piece.
The number of real-world people coping with the same unenviable situation depicted on screen in 'Lapsis' continues to grow, and they get a sympathetic surrogate in the film's protagonist, Ray.
All the ingredients are there, all the tools are in place, and 'Breaking Bread' proves that with the right combinations and platforms, anything is achievable.
While, especially after 'The Conjuring 2', it's a letdown, this film is still leaps and bounds better than not only the 'Annabelle' films, but a lot of other horror out there.
It brings to life how a lot of kids view the world around them. Add fantastical elements like Matilda's powers and the message of believing in yourself and it's clear why it still resonates with kids.
The film stands the test of time as one of those teen movies that, since its release, has become almost a rite of passage. It's comforting and something we all crawl back to - it's a royal delight.
It's one of the simplest films in Disney Animation Studios' 50+ film line-up, but there is a reason children view it more than 40 years on and are still comforted by that silly old bear.
M. Night Shyamalan knows that what makes for lousy metaphysics can make for powerful metaphor, and he can create a deeply, surprisingly affecting film out of a little bit of smoke and brimstone.
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It's is one of the greatest action films of all time. It's fun, sexy, takes itself seriously when it needs to and not too seriously when it needs to.
As a piece of filmmaking, this isn't going to change anyone's life or get people fired up. It's just another on a long list of racially and politically motivated injustices within the American system.
It's one of the most successful finale films in history. The way it manages to send off all these beloved characters is a beautiful tribute; you can't help being swept up in the emotion.
Though it might be accused of giving another platform to this movement of hate, and isn't the fiery indictment of white supremacy you might expect, it shows how deeply racism is embedded into society.
A richly told and deeply vulnerable film. A transfixing tale of love's ability to consume you, the dark things it can make you say and the even darker things it can make you consider.
While the rhino horn trade is vitally important and is a story worth telling, there are ways to do it. This is sadly not that film.
This is one Disney film that is often forgotten about and rarely brought up, but it's a film that utilises its sadness to bring hope and beauty to its world.
It's a fascinating beast, and its relevancy to this day is astonishing. It's a time capsule film that perfectly epitomises the 90s. Dust off your old Air Jordans, and jam for this 25th anniversary.
It's said Africa taught the rest of the world rhythm, and 'TOPOWA!' certainly shows plenty of that. Radiating with positive energy, viewers will be forgiven for jumping out of their seats and leaning into the beat.