The Pavement Psychologist
Whatever the piece may ultimately lack in substantive story, it definitely compensates in character, both in the literal sense of the solid work writer-director Idris Elba coaxes from the whole cast and in the already distinctive personality of his still-nascent filmmaking voice, which promises to only polish and sharpen right along with his skill on subsequent projects.
Iron Man Three
All sleek and shiny and looking the part on the surface but hollow at the core.
A sense of class extends to the whole of the production, but this is no overly austere history lesson.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The film not only functions well as a thriller and an exploration of post-9/11 paranoia and prejudice, but a thoughtful look at fickle, knee-jerk human psychology of judgment in the wake of tragedies.
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
An all too sobering reminder of how, in the purported land of the free, any voices deemed radical and hence dangerous can lead the powers that be to find any remote angle to silence them by whatever force and means they deem necessary.
However much earnest commitment and passion that the cast lend to their roles, it ultimately cannot overcome the routine structure and approach to the overall execution.
Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Tyler Perry's ambitions with the complicated topic are quashed by his more simplistic storytelling habits.
If the film may not make complete sense by the end, much less moment to moment, that appears exactly the point.
There is no performance here more committed than that of the lead, who brings tremendous focus to a character that is, ironically enough, in an ongoing struggle to maintain his.
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