Movie News & Reviews

Movie News & Reviews

‘The Promise’ is too fictional a take on Armenian genocide

Horrible human tragedies — unthinkable calamities involving millions of people — dwarf everything else. If you have a movie about the Holocaust or, as in the case of “The Promise,” the Armenian genocide, the historical event takes precedence. To take unimaginable human suffering and combine it with the standard conventions of movie fiction somehow feels discordant, at best; and at worst, grotesque. “The Promise,” directed by Terry George, is hardly grotesque, but by the end, it feels like a failed manipulation as it tries to make us care about fictional character while remembering the real-life horrors of the Ottoman government’s murder of 1.5 million Armenians in the 1910s.

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Tedious ‘Free Fire’ misfires badly

Ben Wheatley’s tedious and tiresome tribute to gunplay, “Free Fire,” is a self-indulgent and meaningless exercise in genre and style. It is seemingly born from the idea that it would be a real kick in the pants to outfit a posse of great actors in ugly ‘70s duds and have them relentlessly shoot at each other in a crumbling factory for an hour and a half. That’s it. That’s the whole idea. Some fun.

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‘Sleight’ fuses superhero story with a tough coming-of-age tale

By day, Bo (Jacob Latimore) is a street magician, wowing passersby with sleight of hand for tips. By night, he slings party drugs in the clubs and on the streets of Los Angeles. He’s also the protective guardian of his sister, Tina (Storm Reid), so they are two orphaned siblings against the world. In “Sleight,” director J.D. Dillard has created an unlikely superhero origin story, executed with the style, themes and budget of independent cinema.

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