Drew worked as as a City Paper editor from 2006 to 2012. He now writes about food, drink, movies and music locally and nationally. Check out more of his writing, plus pictures of dogs, cats and tacos, at drewlazor.com.
Wartime as a setting does not automatically make a film “meaningful,” something that everyone failed to explain to Sergio Castellitto, whose inexplicable melodrama features more forehead-slapping moments than a screening of Showgirls.
[Grade: B-] Considering that Markus Zusak's World War II-era bestseller is narrated by Death, it seems almost too demanding to hope for subtlety in Brian Percival's adaptation, with its yearning Masterpiece Theatre stares and tear-duct-attacking John Williams score.
[Grade: B-] Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut converses in all the familiar martial-arts phrases, and while its straight-ahead approach frequently toes into cornball territory, there’s a real sincerity to the action.