Tales From the Script

“The Book of Life” Depicts the Afterlife as an Endless Fiesta, At Least for Some

By James Scott | Saturday, October 18, 11:53 am
Del Toro offers a visually stunning romance, as it celebrates Mexico's seasonal Day of the Dead.

Pitt Shares Screen, and Glory, with Vintage Armor in “Fury”

By James Scott | Friday, October 17, 11:48 am
World War II is the war that will never end -- at least, in Hollywood.

Downey and Duvall Headline Familial and Legal Melodrama in “The Judge”

By James Scott | Saturday, October 11, 11:54 am
Duvall and Downey sparring are 24-carat, but I can't claim everything about The Judge is pure gold.

Universal Resurrects King of the Undead as Action Hero in “Dracula Untold”

The real Dracula was not a vampire, but was just as bloodthirsty, and possibly even more so.

Fincher Goes Hitchcock and Then Some in “Gone Girl”

David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel is deeper and darker and smarter than any other film you'll see this year.

“Annabelle” Has More Personality Than Her Victims

Who in their right mind would even have that hideous doll in their house?

Fuqua and Washington Resurrect TV’s “The Equalizer”

It would be nice if all bigscreen remakes of '80s TV series were as smooth and classy as this one.

More GEN XX-ers Fight to the Death in “The Maze Runner”

If you don't ask questions, you won't get answers you don't like.

Parks Schools Long in Canadian and Pinnipedal Etiquette in “Tusk”

Subtle dialogue scenes can be more frightening than some crazed slasher jumping out of a closet every few minutes to punish teenagers for having sex.

Elba Schools Henson in the Meaning of Old Adage “No Good Deed”...

Subtle thrillers that take more than half the film to build suspense are fairly rare these days.

Too Many Zombies, Not Enough Time in “Z Nation”

Once upon a time, the entire notion of the living dead was too threatening in its social implications to ever be considered mainstream. Now it's on TV every week.

Hardy gets a Puppy, Bids Farewell to Gandolfini in “The Drop”

I didn't even know there WAS a Chechen Mafia.

Indiana Jones Meets Blair Witch in “As Above, So Below”

I applaud films which are shot in the locations where they're supposed to be happening.

Gleeson Walks the Walk to “Calvary”

Is martyrdom itself a form of suicide -- and, if so, can Catholicism reconcile the two?

“Axanar”: The “Star Trek” Movie Nobody Knew They Were Waiting For

Star Trek is the only science fiction that postulates a positive future for humanity.

Moretz Ponders Mortal Options in “If I Stay”

Medical science has done all it can; the decision to live has to be hers alone.

“The Giver” Finds Teens in Yet Another Future Dystopia

Devotees of the novel might object, but the cinematic concessions don't bother me.

“Let’s Be Cops” Is an Even Worse Suggestion Than You Imagine

I wouldn't suspect police officers typically encounter hilarity on a daily basis

Actors Follow Effects “Into the Storm”

"Found footage" doesn't work if the camera ostensibly recording the footage is represented as destroyed or irretrievably lost during the course of the action.

You’ll work Up an Appetite On “The Hundred-Foot Journey”

Food always brings disparate cultures and their peoples closer together.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Return to the Big Screen, With a Bigger Budget

Mammals definitely get the short end in this movie, which maybe is the point.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” Takes Us Back to a Galaxy Not Very Far Away, and Right Now

Obviously, the Dark Lord with the giant spaceship, rumbling orders to destroy whole worlds, is the bad guy, just like he was in 1977.

Boseman Brings Back the Funk in “Get On Up”

While not looking anything like him, Chadwick Boseman becomes James Brown in an uncanny performance of undeniable power and energy.

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