The Next Three Days (review)

How do you manage child care while doing all the footwork required to plan your wife’s prison break? It sounds ridiculous, and it should be ridiculous up on the screen. But Russell Crowe makes it work in ways that far exceed any expectations we should honestly have for such a preposterous potboiler of a concept.

cinematic roots of: ‘Takers’

In *Takers,* a gang of elegant and mostly nonviolent bank robbers, led by stylin’ Brit Idris Elba, break one of the rules that has made them successful, and so risk getting caught by diligent cop Matt Dillon. This flick sprang from (among other films)…

Unleashed and Crash (review)

With its clear and obvious choices — think Eddie Izzard’s ‘cake? or death?’ bit — *Unleashed* really is a fairy tale next to *Crash,* where half the time when you think you’ve got a grasp on what’s the ‘right’ thing to do and the ‘right’ way to live, you turn out to be wrong, even if the other guy is wrong, too.