Sam Eifling

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

At two-and-a-half hours, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has ample time to wander in and out of several versions of itself. There’s the first 45 minutes or so, a deadly-dull stretch of dreary plodding that amplifies the most boring parts of the first film. Then the next 45 minutes or so, a slightly more engaging […]

“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 […]