Simon Abrams

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  • While Michael Winterbottom's ambitious true-crime thriller The Face of an Angel questions society's fascination with real murder investigations, the film's drama isn't psychologically complex enough to provide thoughtful answers. Based on...

  • Tepid ghost story Insidious: Chapter 3 tries and fails to emphasize character-driven drama over cheap, jump-scare-intensive thrills. Writer-director Leigh Whannell takes more time to focus on his characters and their feelings in this...

  • Teen action-comedy Barely Lethal is this summer's best film with a truly unfortunate title. Don't let the obnoxious marketing ("Click. Clique. Bang" -- really?) fool you: Despite an out-of-left-field donkey-punch joke, Barely...

  • At the start of documentary character study Sunshine Superman, TV producer John Long describes a typical conversation with friend Carl Boenish, a skydiving and BASE-jumping pioneer, as a flurry of "stream-of-conscious" associations. Long's...

  • Absolution is an unconvincing showcase for Byron Mann, a new action star to whom Steven Seagal halfheartedly tries to pass a torch. As sidekick Chi, Mann has as much screentime as Seagal's John, a conscientious assassin who tries to...

  • While zombie drama Maggie seems intended as a showcase for Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting range, the star's performance is smothered by the film's deeply affected style. Schwarzenegger plays Wade, a taciturn farmer whose daughter Maggie...