What a harrowing film. Rob Reiner does such a terrific job of amplifying the scares with a strong focus on Kathy Bates's unhinged Annie Wilkes. Every jump scare where she pops up out of nowhere, and every wide angle shot magnifying her distorted perception lands with the right amount of psychological terror. This is a clean, simple story by Stephen King, concentrating on the dynamics between Annie and James Caan's Paul Sheldon with glimpses of the investigation into Paul's whereabouts…
How Kelly Reichardt manages to make such slow-burn dramas feel propulsive and urgent is a feat. She takes her time with each frame, letting the action find the camera, and leaning into the setting to inform the stakes. Here, it’s the search for water for a caravan of settlers that has veered off the main trail, and Reichardt and crew do a wonderful job creating an immersive world that takes us right back to the 1800’s. The aridness, the toil…
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The rivalry between Batman and Superman felt thin, which is an issue since the whole movie rests on this premise. Acting was wooden. Jesse Eisenberg was miscast as Lex Luthor. The monster at the end completely took me out of the movie - it was a villain better suited for the X-Men universe, not the grounded universe in which Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent reside. There were some cool action sequences, though.
Taut, straightforward action-thriller with just enough dramatic flourishes to make it memorable. Aaron Schneider and crew do a solid job building out an entire film (mostly) taking place on a boat, and while the plot stays relatively simple, he infuses enough style to keep things feeling tense. The one obvious weakness might be Tom Hanks' attempt at exposition involving his character's relationship with the role played by Elizabeth Shue, no doubt meant to help us sympathize with our protagonist but…