New Reviews at RogerEbert.com for the week of August 08, 2014
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This sweetly pleasing combination of ingredients would have been perfectly suitable if the film didn't take a wild and needless detour in the third act. That's when it becomes an even less interesting movie than it already was, in spite…
Given our national interest in all things weather-related, "Into the Storm" feels like an inevitability, almost a cinematic obligation to the country's latest obsession, and it's about as creatively inspired as that description makes it out to be.
I was pleasantly surprised by much of "About Alex," a film that features a stronger-than-average ensemble for this subgenre even if it too often succumbs to predictable, traditional turns of Screenwriting 101.
Its conscientiousness is marred, I think, by a sentimentality that compels director Pieter Gasperz and writer Sabrina Gennerino to stretch a narrative metaphor way farther than could be reasonably tolerated.
In many respects, "Guardians," directed and co-written by indie wit James Gunn, and starring buffed-up former schlub Chris Pratt and Really Big Sci-Fi Blockbuster vet Zoe Saldana (here dyed green as opposed to her "Avatar" blue), is a fun and…