BY ZAK WITUS
Overall, it’s the cinematic version of vanilla pudding. “The Giver” doesn’t build on or revise the major or minor dystopian classics. Instead it regurgitates them partially digested for a younger audience.
BY AKSHAY SETH
There can be solace in thinking on the ways all those tiny pieces fit together, prop each other up to create a persona as iconic as many of the movies it inhabited.
BY AKSHAY SETH
This subversion is present in every breathing crevice of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” as is a complete disregard for the many markedly recognizable tropes used to guide films like “Man of Steel” or “The Dark Knight” trilogy.
BY JACOB RICH
So the film is not a movie for great acting. That’s not the end of the world. But does great action make up for the not-so-great acting? Surprisingly, no.
BY ALEC STERN
Unlike its seasonal companions, this smart, engaging thriller is in a unique position to not only entertain but also spark a dialogue, encouraging its audience to remain informed and educated on both sides of the decades-old struggle, just as the series strives to do.
BY BRIAN BURLAGE
What makes this film so special is how so many scenes evoke this crazy yet very real sense of humanity.
BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO
“Boyhood’s” ambitious scope is undeniably rewarded. It’s a portrait of a family in motion, and it captures all the messy, ambiguous emotion that comes with it. More than that, it taps into a very poignant knot of emotion within the viewer. After all, how many movies have so artfully grappled with the persistent wash of time (twelve real years) in just two hours and 40 minutes?
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