Sam Claflin

Movie Review: Adrift (2018)

The resiliency of the human spirit is pummeled by a squall of sentimentality in Baltasar Kormákur’s based-on-a-true-story survival drama Adrift, which long vacillates between prettily photographed seafaring and soggy backstory. The movie opens thrillingly in the chaotic aftermath of a storm that has left a luxurious sailboat in ruins and protagonist Tami (Shailene Woodley, “Allegiant”)…

Movie Review: My Cousin Rachel (2017)

My Cousin Rachel is a smart and evocative exercise in wrongfooting. Right from the beginning — or possibly the end — Roger Michell’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel expresses doubt and ambiguity, as narrator/protagonist Philip (Sam Claflin, “Me Before You”) asks “Was she? Wasn’t she?” By the end of the film, any answered questions…

Movie Review: Me Before You (2016)

Me Before You belongs to a much-maligned genre. It features young adults and is based on a novel aimed at that demographic (like “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Twilight”); its focus is a young woman’s experience of a complicated relationship with her fellow generic archetype (like “The Notebook” and “Dear John”); the relationship features…

Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

For those who believe sequels are and integral part of the filmmaking process, I present the following recent exhibits: “The Hangover Part II,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ted 2.” Yes, I realize there are also other examples where the sequel bested the original, such as “The Godfather Part II,” “Superman…

Movie Review: The Quiet Ones (2014)

The phrase “inspired by true events,” once powerful enough to instill fear into any teenager, now holds little bite in the world of horror. At this point, we’ve all become far too jaded at the idea of a “true story,” especially since most of these tales turn out to be little more than “Hey, there…

Movie Trailer: The Quiet Ones (2014)

If ever you find yourself asked to participate in an experiment in which the goal is to summon an angry spirit from bad energy derived from an emotionally broken child, run away. I assure no good can come of it. It’s really too bad then that the students in Lionsgate’s The Quiet Ones were never…

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