The kind of modest indie enterprise that satisfies mostly because it's about a character type familiar from real life but all too under-represented at the movies.
It's somewhat impressive that this latest feature by the prolific Butcher Brothers renders an inherently repulsive idea farcical enough to bounce jokes off of.
An even more sapphically tilted variation on "Big Chill"-type dramedy than "The Intervention" earlier this year, with a similar emphasis on shaggy humor over sometimes less well-tuned dramatics.
"Midnighters" operates in the bad-things-keep-getting-worse mode of grotesque suspense mellers from "Blood Simple" to recent Aussie Sundance breakout "Killing Ground."
While the potential is still there for a musicalized "R&M" to improve upon its source, as "Legally Blonde" did, at present this loud, effortful stab at a crowdpleaser goes in the opposite…
A precisely engineered chamber piece that will sharply divide audiences with both its coolly distanced style and incendiary yet somewhat baffling content.
This macabre Christmas movie seems destined to become one of those Yuletide perennials for people who like their holiday-themed entertainment as perversely un-wholesome as possible.
A pulse-taking of America in a moment of shellshocked unity that now seems more remote than the terrorist plot itself.
This culture-clash snapshot provides a moving if also mysterious portrait of fragile mental health snapping tether entirely amidst an alien environ of blithe hedonism.
Very much in a jukebox musical, complete with the usual sense of everything else reduced to a flimsy excuse for familiar songs shoehorned into the nominal context as best they can.
"Camera Obscura" is best in its first half, when assured direction and strong lead performances create an insinuating atmosphere of suspense that may or may not be supernatural in origin.