In Theaters

Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R/MCW, 10/1 issues

index*When a film works, the critical tendency is to praise the director and move outward from there, but the palm-sweat intensity of Sicario feels more like a triumph of brilliant actors and collaborators over a gaseous auteur.

*My Sicario review was reprinted in this week’s Monterey County Weekly.

*The Walk only exists only for the Twin Towers tightrope sequence, and while it’s certainly lucid and entrancing IMAX 3-D experience, director Robert Zemeckis spends 90 minutes grasping at straws just to get us there.

*Ridley Scott’s sci-fi plodder The Martian respects the concept of intelligence; if only it respected the viewer’s intelligence.