As Oscar Night looms, another nominee for Best Foreign Language Feature arrives, along with a heist thriller, supernatural fantasy and underdog sports drama.
Jordan's Foreign Language Oscar nominee Theeb
includes some powerful moments in its circa-1916 story about a Bedouin boy trying to survive, though it misses opportunities to provide more context for global-scale conflict vs. local loyalties.
Eric D. Snider mocks the expensive but cheap-looking fantasy of Gods of Egypt
(pictured), and laments the melodramatic story and weak performances in the bipolar-characters-in-love story Touched With Fire
MaryAnn Johanson wonders what happened to the risk-taking sensibility of director John Hillcoat in the forgettable heist drama Triple 9
In this week's feature review, Eddie the Eagle
proves uninspired in hitting every "inspirational sports movie" bullet point.