“Papillon,” from director Michael Noer and starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek, is a meticulous and heartfelt ode to the remarkable true life of its title character. It’s also been done before, and doesn’t quite measure up to the previous effort.
“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee’s latest joint, is certainly not subtle about making its point. What it is, though, is compelling, as both a period film and a scathing indictment of extremism in modern America’s discussion of race.
With plenty of charm and genuine romantic spirit, a touch of magical realism, and a shining performance from Blake Lively, “The Age of Adaline” is as compelling a film love story as we’ve seen in theaters in a long time.