“Skyfall” misses the boat on so much of what makes Bond Bond that it seems Mendes and company went out of their way to confound people’s expectations. This might have been less jarring in a reboot featuring a new lead actor, but audiences have responded well to both of Craig’s previous outings and such a sharp departure is both confusing and disheartening.
Rating: ★★★ out of ★★★★★ (OK)
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It would be a mistake to assume any bestselling author could make such a painless jump to directing, but Chbosky clearly has the innate ability to tell a story regardless of the medium. I went in expecting something twee, in the vein of “Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” but what I got was an affecting drama that’s darker, more subversive, and less clichéd than its ad campaign suggests.
Rating: ★★★★ out of ★★★★★ (Very Good)
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