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In this age of revisionist, modernized Disney fairytales, where we've learned that some of our favorite characters really aren't what they seemed, the striking thing about the studio's sumptuous new live-action Cinderella may not be what it is, but what it isn't.

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Given that conformity is the scourge of the Divergent series and much of its young-adult ilk, it's a shame that the films, including the new Insurgent, do so little to stray from well-worn YA paths.

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If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what's going on - when of course you haven't a clue - that's also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn't it? To make you feel like you totally get what's about to happen - "Oh yeah, I've seen this in tons of movies," you think - and then, boom. That's not what happens at all. See, you lost your focus for a second.

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Neill Blomkamp's Chappie is a curious Frankenstein.

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In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman's "Swingers" (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for the mainstream American comedy: from romantic ("The Break-Up") to bromantic ("Old School"), pretty good ("Wedding Crashers") to very bad ("Fred Claus") to frankly unnecessary ("Delivery Man").

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Within the warped wardrobe of the Wachowskis latest sci-fi extravaganza, Jupiter Ascending, there are some fantastical feasts of intergalactic ridiculousness. Channing Tatum as a combination elf and speed skater.

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When we first see Michael Keaton in Birdman, Alejandro G. Inarritu's bracingly inventive and accomplished new film about fame, relevance, self-worth and lots of other intense stuff, he's sitting in his white undies, in the middle of a dressing room.

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Curious? The posters for "Fifty Shades of Grey" coyly ask.

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A mere six months after releasing the Four Seasons drama "Jersey Boys," Clint Eastwood has again lapped his younger directing colleagues with his second film of 2014 and his best movie in years.

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That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in.

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