New Reviews at RogerEbert.com for the week of July 11, 2014
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"Rage" is pretty wretched, a dull, lifeless thing even in spite of its efforts, old-school grindhouse picture-style, to put an exploitation-nihilist spin on the dad-with-action-movie-skills-on-the-rampage boilerplate.
There are moments of tenderness and honest human emotion buried in the frustrating "A Long Way Down" but one has to work far too hard and give far too much credit to the over-qualified cast to grab at them.
What makes the difference with this movie is its almost seductive sense of space. The color palette of "The Empty Hours" mixes subdued blues and grays with skin tones of tan and walls of white; the visuals are as relaxed…
A lukewarm attempt to portray the so-called affliction, set against the backdrop of the 2008 economic crash and President Obama's election, "Affluenza" thinks it is deep when it is merely trite. It illuminates nothing.