Nappily Ever After comes off soft because the obstacles are easy. That can happen when there is too smart and complex for the world she lives in.
Clock is light on the psychology and heavy on the magic and mythology. Clock is a pre-teen film that only wants to lightly scare and not traumatize.
Merritt, Mathew McConaughey and the rest of the cast deliver believable performances. White Boy Rick just never elevates itself beyond its own squalid dreams.
Feig delivers some darkly funny stuff but not enough serious mystery. There is no Hitchcock bounce, just Feig wasting his voice on something that doesn’t suit his style.
Director Dan Fogelman (the show runner for the similarly themed television series This Is Us) knows that much of Life Itself will lend itself to complaints of manipulation to those critics who seek meaning in film but refuse to see …
The Wife is Glenn Close’s movie, her defining moment. By showing her character as a gracious loser and spouse she comes out the winner.
Juliet, Naked is a good tune to listen to for the late September cinema blues.