Techno-thriller “The Circle” gets the techno part down well. It’s the thriller part it lacks. That said, I’m a big fan of the sub-genre and enjoyed this film more than its iffy reviews and disappointing opening weekend box office might suggest.
“Arrival” has largely received very good reviews and was nominated for, or received, awards, but I will be a maverick here. Although I’m a fan of the genre, I didn’t care for this sci-fi flick for the reasons I enumerate below.
It’s impossible to not compare “Allied” with the award-winning 1943 classic, “Casablanca.” That’s because “Allied” is set in 1942 French Morocco during the African campaign of World War II. The comparison is unfortunate, though, because “Allied” can’t possibly live up to such lofty expectations. Still, it’s a worthwhile film, ably directed by Robert Zemeckis, even with its shortcomings.
Given friends’ rave reviews about “Sully,” I was surprised to have left the theater just a bit disappointed. It was good, and I’d recommend it, but it likely won’t be in my DVD/BluRay collection unless and until it’s in the cut-out bin.