Nei­ther a fam­ily-friendly com­edy, nor an ac­tion flick, Snitch re­quires lit­tle of its star other than a look of per­pet­ual con­ster­na­tion. John Matthews (Dwayne John­son) vol­un­teers to go un­der­cover for the DEA to get the crim­i­nal sen­tence re­duced for his 20-year-old son (Rafi Gavron), a first-time of­fender who has been caught in a drug sting. John starts to sus­pect that he’s dis­pos­able and that if he doesn’t watch out he’s go­ing to end up stuffed in­side a me­tal drum filled with acid in Juarez. Jon Bern­thal is fine in his role as Daniel, the not-quite-re­formed ex-con who in­tro­duces John to the un­der­world. Daniel is the clos­est thing to an ac­tion hero here, with John­son do­ing ev­ery­thing in his power to seem like the clue­less fam­ily man who’s never picked up a gun be­fore. Snitch is pro­tein-and-starch film-mak­ing at its util­i­tar­ian best. – Wash­ing­ton Post In a jewel box of a theatre, the cur­tain goes up, the mu­sic swells and the cam­era it­self swoons as the play­ers take their places in Joe Wright’s in­ge­nious , in­tox­i­cat­ing adap­ta­tion of Leo Tol­stoy’s novel, in which the dense tale of love, adul­tery, pol­i­tics and aris­to­cratic man­ners has been bril­liantly re-imag­ined as light opera. Wright stages Anna (played by Keira Knight­ley) with equal parts pre­ci­sion, play­ful­ness and pas­sion as lively tableau vi­vant gives way to tragic waltz. While Wright’s self-con­scious the­atri­cal­ity and doll­house aes­thetic con­jure com­par­isons to Baz Luhrmann and Wes An­der­son, he out­strips both those film-mak­ers in moral se­ri­ous­ness and ma­tu­rity. Anna Karen­ina poses some of life’s tough­est ques­tions, but with nu­ance and sen­su­ous­ness that make even its most pro­found truths le­vi­tate on flights of soar­ing imag­i­na­tion and pure po­etry. – Wash­ing­ton Post No, we didn’t re­ally need to know how Oz got its wizard. But, as re­dun­dant as Sam Raimi’s pre­quel might seem on the sur­face, it turns out to be an al­most-clas­sic: a cheer­ful, fam­ily-friendly fan­tasy which de­liv­ers as an af­fec­tion­ate pro­logue to The Wizard of Oz, but which works just as well as a spec­tac­u­lar stand-alone ad­ven­ture. James Franco stars as the Kansas fairground ma­gi­cian who fol­lows the yel­low brick road. – The In­de­pen­dent

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