Personalities, classes, and races clash as Madea and her niece Eileen travel to the Southern town of Buck Tussel to spend Christmas with Eileen's daughter
''American Hustle, Russell's brilliant, swirling amphetamine high of a movie about deep-dish chicanery in the late 1970s, makes good on Silver Linings' promise.''
With Inside Llewyn Davis, [The Cohen's] have made a film that is almost spooky in its perversity: a lovingly lived-in, detailed tribute to the folk scene that -- hauntingly -- has shut their hero out.
''In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Katniss has become a star, a lightning-rod symbol of the early stirrings of a people's rebellion. But she's still the superwarrior girl next door; she wears her rebel impulses lightly, if not politely.''
''The actors are winning, especially Taye Diggs as the now-struggling Harper, Regina Hall as the ex-stripper Candace, and the great Morris Chestnut as football star Lance. But The Best Man Holiday is an eggnog that's sticky-sweet and heavy at the same time.''
''Thor: The Dark World, a watchable but technologically overscaled slab of Marvel boilerplate, is far from a great superhero movie it's more like the diagram for one.''
''Despite being 40 years old now, the Carrie story lives quite comfortably in the 21st century. Here's the problem, though. The original film had King's ingenious plot, but it also had De Palma's voluptuous operatic style, which gave the story the quality of a daydream-turned-nightmare.''