Friday, January 10, 2014
5 films to avoid in theaters, and 5 must-sees
The Wolf of Wall Street and Her are at the top of our list.
The bad news:
The Legend of Hercules -- This action story dwelling on the early days of the half-man half-god is labored and bloody.
The Truth about Emanuel -- A conventional ending wastes this thriller’s promising setup, a psychological puzzle about a teenager and her new neighbor, a new mom who needs a baby sitter.
Divorce Corp. -- This documentary about family court has a cautionary message, but lack of balance and follow-up undercuts the outrage.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones -- The fifth chapter in the series isn’t so much a sequel as a spinoff. This sharp left turn takes the films’ mythology in strange and not entirely satisfying new directions, including a crazy time-travel element.
47 Ronin -- Keanu Reeves comes off as bogus in this samurai story, despite the fantastic visual effects.
Her -- Joaquin Phoenix plays a man deeply in love with his operating system in Spike Jonze’s latest.
August: Osage County -- This sharp-tongued adaptation of cruelty, big scenes and shocking revelations is theatrical and has an all-star cast.
Lone Survivor -- Writer-director Peter Berg brings an ill-fated 2005 Navy SEAL mission into harrowing focus in this war film that pulls no punches.
The Suspect -- Corruption hides the truth in this violent South Korean action film about spies, conspiracy and murder.
The Wolf of Wall Street -- Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s bacchanal of stock swindling is relentlessly entertaining, if a little too long.