REVIEW: John Wick

Photo: Summit Entertainment

Photo: Summit Entertainment

Chris Luckett

It’s always a bold move for an action movie to name itself after its lead character, especially if the character isn’t known to audiences yet. A title is the first and sometimes only chance studios get to describe or sell a movie to audiences, and whether it’s John Carter or Jack Reacher, a name alone tells nothing to an audience. Such action movies need to be good enough to deliver if audiences go in sight unseen. Thankfully, despite the generic title, John Wick is one of the better action movies of the fall.

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REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Chris Luckett

Wes Anderson is the most visually distinctive film director since Stanley Kubrick. Other than his first film, the six that followed — Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom — all looked similarly idiosyncratic to the point of being immediately identifiable, even just by a still frame, as “Andersonian.” His eighth feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is at once a typical Wes Anderson movie and also something much more.

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