REVIEW: Darkest Hour

Image: Focus Features

Chris Luckett

Gary Oldman is one of the great chameleons of our time. Over the last three decades, he’s played Sid Vicious and Lee Harvey Oswald, Beethoven and Dracula, Commissioner Gordon and Sirius Black. Unfathomably, he somehow even convincingly played a dwarf in the otherwise terrible Tiptoes. He disappears into every role he plays, whether it’s a literary titan in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead or whatever the hell he was in The Fifth Element.

Despite it all, he’s never earned that coveted Oscar. (He received his first and only nomination just five years ago, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.) Barring any unforeseen circumstances, he’ll get his second when the Academy Award nominations are read in three weeks. Based on his stunning portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, he may very well win.

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REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the prequel reboot of the everlasting franchise first started in 1968, found a very interesting and engaging way to tell a modern, tragic allegory but wasn’t ever able to fully let make you forget you knew where the story ultimately had to go. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to Rise that takes place ten years later, has the same virtue and the same flaw as its predecessor, with better direction but a weaker script. Continue reading

REVIEW: RoboCop (2014)

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Chris Luckett

The 1980s are popular again at the movies, especially when it comes to remakes. (This weekend alone, three of the four new wide releases are remakes of ‘80s movies.) After having exhausted the catalogue of ‘80s horror movies to remake a few years ago, studios have been shifting the focus to remaking ‘80s action movies, like Clash of the Titans or Red Dawn. Now comes RoboCop, a remake that manages to be close to the original’s quality while not being afraid to deviate from its origins.

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