Steven Spielberg’s War Horse  is big and gorgeous in ways that reminds of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. But while it often delighted my eye, it felt empty. Not even a deep cast of British actors could bring it to emotional life.
In Martha Marcy May Marlene  writer/director Sean Durkin delivers a moody, almost unbearably creepy look at a survivor of a Manson-type cult. And along the way he gives us a new star: Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister of the Olsen Twins.
A confession: Matthew McConaughey irritates me in most of his romantic comedy roles. But in The Lincoln Lawyer  we get the McConaughey I love. Here he plays Mick Haller, a fatally flawed character who oozes amoral charismatic and oily self-confidence.
Just when it seemed the whole comic book/superhero thing had burnt itself out in a conflagration of too much money and not enough inspiration, along comes Captain America: The First Avenger  to make us remember why these movies can be so much fun.