★★★ Manhattan has ensconsed itself as a classic and in many ways is the quintessential Woody Allen film with its gorgeous visual style and Gershwin score. But despite being delightfully self-defeating and witty it is also emotionally and intellectually muddled.
★★★★☆ Frank Oz may find it disrespectful to the legacy he has been quietly cheapening for the past 20 years, but whether you’re a Muppet fan or not The Muppets is a must-see movie, and would make for a fitting close to the Muppet story if the Walt Disney Company had the foresight to quit while they’re ahead.
★★★★ Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) is content, at least outwardly. His relationship with his family – wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and daughter Hannah (Tova Stewart) – is full of happiness, his job in construction pays well and gives him access to a great health insurance plan, and he works alongside his best mate using huge machinery to drill holes into the Earth. His daughter is deaf but they’re working on learning sign language and, thanks to his health insurance, she’s getting a bionic implant soon. There’s little more a man could ask for in financially and socially depressed America.