[Grade:B+] In the most miraculous career resurrection not precipitated by Quentin Tarantino, Matthew McConaughey has abruptly transformed himself from half-forgotten shirtless rom-com himbo to an expertly sleazy, electrifying screen presence.
[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] With its angry teen heroine (Saoirse Ronan) pining for an older, frequently shirtless boy (George MacKay) in an England riven by civil war, How I Live Now almost begs to be dismissed as a Hunger Games knockoff.
[Grade: B+] In following their son, Idris, and another black boy, Seun, into Manhattan’s storied Dalton School, the couple frame the film as an exploration of how race functions in the halls of the country’s elite institutions.
[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.