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.
The latest Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-film is a terribly uneven effort. It has its moments of charm, but they’re far outnumbered by bland performances, shallow characterization, and worn-out clichés.
“Her” is an unflinchingly, unapologetically complex and challenging film, and it’s an acting tour de force for Joaquin Phoenix, who carries this film from start to finish with a performance that’s charming, sad, creepy, and endearing all at once.
Last Vegas is hardly the finest work to ever come from the ensemble cast it features, and it doesn’t aspire to be. Instead, it aims at delivering a whole of charm and fun, and thanks to that veteran cast of screen legends, it succeeds.