“American Made” makes many points about government, drugs, and society, but one rings particularly true: that imperialistic nation-building has done little good and much harm for American citizens.
All of this makes “Blade Runner 2049” sound like a movie of a thousand ideas. In fact, it is a movie only of recycled ideas, reminding me of a dozen films and videogames that it imitates.
For two hours, “Logan Lucky” offers many great jazz-like riffs on the familiar melodies of the heist-movie plot. Its reworkings of those melodies bring new delights to the tired notes of heist films, including “Ocean’s 11” and its two sequels. It also reminds us, while altering those melodies, how much we like those worn-out old plots.
The Dark Tower destroys, through its reductive vision, creative possibilities for good fantasy storytelling.
In an era of superhero movies galore, Dunkirk reminds us again of real human fragility and fear.
This movie asks us to side with the apes, to root against the human army that they face, and to feel elated at the prospect of a planet full of sentient apes, without sentient humans.