The true-life story of American Olympic runner and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, Unbroken is an inspiring tale of human endurance. But on the whole, it fails to impress as a movie. Directed by Angelina Jolie, this film is as visually stunning as it is bereft of character development and heart.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a fitting conclusion to Jackson’s six-movie Tolkien extravaganza. Where Jackson faltered from time to time in trying to capture the magisterial sweep of Tolkien’s grand saga of Middle Earth and the Ring of Power, The Battle of Five Armies very seldom falls short of Tolkien’s standard.
The latest and third big-screen installment of the Hunger Games films, The Mockingjay Part One, is a well-produced and entertaining blockbuster guaranteed to make a bundle of cash at the box office, even if the ending leaves the viewer hanging in the same manner as Star Wars' The Empire Strikes Back.
The documentary Blue investigates the motives and methodology of the environmental movement and finds it to be less about the good of the Earth and more about control of it.
The Judge is a film that explores the complicated relationship between father and son, made even more complicated by external factors. Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall captivate audiences, drawing them into the inner workings of this relationship and compelling moviegoers to root for this father and son to find redemption. The film tells a wonderful story with strong Christian elements of sacrifice and forgiveness.