Movie Reviews

“Thor: The Dark World”

“Thor: The Dark World”

Why do we have a Thor? In the Marvel pantheon — now Disney’s plaything, natch — we find no more dullsville lunk among the top-tier characters. He’s back in a second disposable movie, “Thor: The Dark World,” in which Chris Hemsworth’s shaggy locks almost distract you from his faux Victorian delivery and the fact that, […]

“All Is Lost”

“All Is Lost”

See “All Is Lost” thirsty. Or peckish. The film is such a sensory ride — predicated on simple bodily states of feeling cold, or soggy, or fatigued, or sun-battered, or going mad with fear — that a bit of forced empathy can only sharpen the experience. This is the rare disaster movie told about one […]

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

The harrowing, haunting “12 Years a Slave” follows the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was living in upstate New York in 1841 when kidnappers drugged him and sold him into slavery. Shanghaied and unable to prove his identity, Northup was shipped to Louisiana, held in bondage and forced into labor. He […]