Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom is a noble enough cinematic endeavor

3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

Released in the immediate aftermath of its subject’s death, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has the unenviable task of standing as cinematic testament to perhaps the most vital political figure in African history.

Close enough is the time you could be forgiven for thinking that the film’s publicists may have bumped off the ninety-five year-old Mandiba for the sake of a publicity coup.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is long on aspiration if a little short on poise

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has been in the movie pipeline for a while.

Based on a short story published in 1939, this particular version of the tale has been in development hell since the mid-nineties.…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug loses its treasures amid ersatz

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 

Like a winged beast from the North, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is upon us.

Its predecessor, An Unexpected Journey – Peter Jackson’s first film as director since 2009’s The Lovely Bones and our first return to Middle-Earth in nine years – was notably not one of my favorite films of the previous year.…

The Butler is content to carry water

 3 Stars (3 / 5)

2013 has been a year for many things.

Hostage crises in Algeria and North Korean nuclear tests, 3D printers and a meteor explosion over Russia. Meanwhile, the NSA’s been spying on everyone and Justin Bieber has been taking up the headlines in “Teenage-Boy-With-Unlimited-Power-Behaves-Like-Dickhead Shock”.…

Spike Lee’s Oldboy is a criminally bland remake

2 Stars (2 / 5)

 

There are many films that have no reason to exist besides turning an ill-conceived buck.

Transformers 4, for instance – now with 100% more Mark Wahlberg – or the upcoming Terminator reboot – as if the series’ timeline wasn’t convoluted enough already.…