Serial-killer drama Hounds Of Love is hard to watch, and even harder to shake

B+

In trying to understand what would make someone commit such a heinous crime as serial murder, you run the risk of minimizing—or, just as bad, fetishizing—those crimes. Hounds Of Love, the debut feature from Australian writer-director Ben Young, avoids these traps by leaving its physical and sexual violence mostly off…

Doug Liman’s wartime sniper drama The Wall hits its mark when trusting its action

B-

Directed by Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow) from a script off of Hollywood’s famous Black List of un-produced screenplays, The Wall presents America’s protracted war in Iraq in primally simple terms: two U.S. soldiers fighting (and maybe dying) for reasons they can’t articulate, pinned down by an enemy they can’t see or…

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn score a few good laughs in the flimsy Snatched

C+

Here’s one to watch, laugh at, and forget. Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer), dumped by her musician boyfriend right before a planned (and non-refundable) vacation for two in Ecuador, opts to bring along her overprotective mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), only to get herself and her mom kidnapped for ransom on their first…

The Workaholics guys brought weed and guns to their new Netflix movie trailer

Having finished up their shifts on Comedy Central’s Workaholics, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson—plus their behind-the-scenes comrade, Kyle Newacheck—are moving on to bigger, more violent things. Last year, we reported that the quartet were teaming up with Seth Rogen for their first film, Game Over, Man!.…

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is a dull blockbuster that sends up dull blockbusters

C+

The legendarium of King Arthur and the Knights Of The Round Table is rich in symbolism, mysticism, and visions, and so any attempt to narrowly rewrite it for modern tastes ends up coming across as a failure of imagination. Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur was the last costly wannabe blockbuster to ask what Arthurian legend…

It’s all Cate Blanchett all the time in the 13 monologues of Manifesto

B

Manifesto may require a cheat sheet. Indeed, press received one during a screening of the new film by German installation artist Julian Rosefeldt, which stars Cate Blanchett in 13 different roles. Actually, “roles” may not be precisely the right term. Blanchett plays archetypes—each existing in a different…

With Paris Can Wait, Eleanor Coppola takes viewers on an endless, tedious vacation

D+

Professional groove reclaimant Diane Lane is at it again. After decamping for Tuscany and falling out and in love with Richard Gere, Lane rejoins her exploration of life’s many paths toward revitalization in Paris Can Wait, which imagines the process as something very much like tourism. Anne (Lane) is in Cannes with…

What was our blush response to the Blade Runner 2049 trailer?

Sean O’Neal: Clayton, today is a day I’ve been both anticipating and dreading possibly more than my own demise. Today we saw the first trailer for Blade Runner 2049—a sequel to the 1982 film that I’ve spent most of my life obsessing over from the moment I first caught the lesser theatrical version with grudging…