Benjamin Walker


The King’s Daughter

The King’s Daughter has a lot of strikes against it.  It wrapped in 2014, and it shows.  It’s a shameless Pirates of the Caribbean wannabe, with the romantic lead resembling an Orlando Bloom-Johnny Depp mashup.  The other performances are broadly mannered.  The overlit locations look as if they belong on stage or on a television show.  And, the effects are a little hokey.


Shimmer Lake

Shimmer Lake is Coen Brothers-lite, yet it aspires to be a film worthy enough to stand beside those famous quirky noirs from the Academy-Award winners.  That would require Oren Uziel’s movie to be outrageous, which it isn’t.  An unfortunate discovery considering the leads are terrific comedic actors.