Slick, hectic and varying degrees of silly, "Curse" is earnest one minute and overblown the next.
Arriving around the 50th anniversary anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, Stanley Nelson's docu offers a sturdy recap of the titular organization's short, tumultuous history.
These are too many complications drop-kicked into the narrative with too little depth, tonally veering from straight suspense to comedy, absurdism and mawkishness.
"Air" is confidently executed, but neither its middling plot twists or ditto atmospherics ratchet up as much tension as Edo Van Breeman's score tries to evoke.
Pic's main problem is that [Bosworth] lacks the villainous authority required to make Mike Le and Amy Kolquist's tricky if undercooked screenplay work.
Despite a certain monotony to this elemental chase and its frequent bouts of hand-to-hand combat, "Northmen" rarely risks curdling into camp.
Revelations are so densely packed into "10 Cent Pistol's" sometimes confusing flashback structure that they carry less punch than they ought to.
Well-crafted horror that compensates (at least to a point) for its lack of original ideas with nice atmospherics and judicious restraint.
Despite slick energy on a modest budget, the more original ideas and sensibility that might've made "Stung" something beyond a decent formulaic time-filler are lacking here.
Ben Hickernell's modest but engaging feature is a good bet for fests on the hunt for upbeat, inspirational fare.
The pathos that should underlie this world of privilege isn't as vivid as the rather bratty, arch, self-satisfied surface of the protagonists' insular society.