The Forgiven’s thematic simplicity is a strike against it, but my primary complaint is a narrative one: the film simply fails to hold your attention.
Black Panther is a kind of inversion of the typical Marvel film; what works here is what doesn’t work about most of its compatriots and – sadly – vice versa.
Rogue One resists the mythic fairytale storytelling of its forebears while needing that same myth to justify its existence.
Denis Villeneuve’s optimistic sci-fi ambitions are undermined by a trite, often clichéd screenplay.
On the surface, this gritty boxing drama looks an awards season hopeful. Southpaw features a stellar cast headlined by Jake Gyllenhaal – replete with sweaty washboard abs. Unfortunately the film is a disappointing bore. Gyllenhaal puts in a commendable performance as champion pugilist Billy Hope, but the plot plods along, punch-drunk from decades of flogging…