The Happening was supposed to be Shyamalan's take on Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The only thing that got snatched was more of his own appeal.
A Fistful of Dollars is a samurai movie moved to the frontier. It loses nothing in the transition. And it gains the best staring in film history.
Primal Fear reuses courtroom thriller tropes without revising them. But the cast makes them live again, at least as the ultimate TNT cable drama.
Paddington 2 sparkles with manners and a belief in beauty. Everyone was opening the doors for each other on the way out of the theater.
The first Harry Potter film is not an epic but an invitation. Dark as a forest. Nice as a librarian. Warm as a fireplace.
Frank Abagnale conned the world out of millions of dollars and himself out of a normal life. Catch Me If You Can cons us into loving him for it.