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The look may be similar and many of the key personnel are back, but this “Hunger Games” prequel does not feel like it’s part of some big cultural movement.
Martin Scorsese’s latest requires patience, a formidable bladder, a substantial attention span, an eye for detail, and the ability to think critically. If you can supply those, you will greatly appreciate the best film to have been released this nearly half-done decade.
“Across the Spider-Verse” has its sights set on the kind of acclaim reserved for the rarest of sequels. You know the type. “The Godfather Part II.” “Toy Story 2” and “3“. Sequels that expand and enrich the mythology established in the original film, without simply repeating beats.
The admirable instincts of writing-directing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein turn an aspiring spring tentpole that from all appearances looks like another misguided IP franchise nonstarter into a genuinely enjoyable crowd-pleaser.
By centering on a quiet, underprivileged black youth at three stages of his upbringing, A Thousand and One invites inevitable comparisons to Moonlight, 2016’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, that it cannot favorably withstand. Still, there is enough substance to qualify this as a compelling debut for a promising new voice.
Although “Avatar: The Way of Water” is clumsy when it tries to be profound, it pushes the medium on a technical level and is sure to add another Visual Effects Oscar to the distinguished mantle of New Zealand’s Weta Workshop. Continue reading Avatar: The Way of Water movie review and rating by DVDizzy.
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