New Releases - Film (25)
As a lover of the written word, I was intrigued when I first heard about “The Words.” The idea of a movie built around the nature of authorship and the siren’s song of literary fame and fortune sounded pretty good to me. But then a simple, fundamental question occurred to me - can they actually make this interesting?
For me at least, the answer was “yes.”
Let’s be clear: Right now, we’re in the process of watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt become a movie star. He’s pulled supporting roles in epic Hollywood blockbusters (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception”) and led the way in more intimate fare (“50/50,” “500 Days of Summer”).
So why, you might ask, is he doing a movie about bike messengers?
August’s end also marks the end of the summer movie season. This means that the last couple of weeks of that month are the repository for many of the studios’ also-rans. These are films that don’t fit the blockbuster bill, nor do they warrant inclusion in the fall’s lineup of more sophisticated movies. Calling it a wasteland is probably harsh, but not overly so.
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How many action stars can comfortably fit in a film?
Sylvester Stallone seems bound and determined to find out with “The Expendables 2,” the second installment in Stallone’s ongoing deconstruction of the 1980s action film. The first movie felt like a bit of a novelty, but for this second one to succeed, Stallone was going to have to take things to the next level.
5 out of 5 - Read full review
2012 is an election year, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see politically themed movies make the scene over these next few weeks leading up to November. What is surprising – at least a bit – is who fired the first satiric salvo of the season.
It’s Will Ferrell.4 out of 5 - Read full review
The “Bourne” franchise has been incredibly popular over the past decade. All three films have managed to be both commercial and critical hits – nine figure box office takes don’t combine with rave reviews all that often. Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne (loosely based on the novels struck a chord. He was a hero that matched up well with the uncertain, gray-area-laden mood of the first few years of the 21st century.
Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:12 by Allen Adams
Current conventional wisdom (or what passes for it in Hollywood, anyway) indicates that there’s very little room in the Cineplex for original ideas. It’s all about creating and maintaining franchises or else buffing a modern sheen onto repackaged old ideas, so the fact that Hollywood rebooted a movie like “Total Recall” isn’t nearly as surprising as the fact that it took over 20 years for them to get around to it.
By any measure, Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents this country has ever had. They don’t put you on Mount Rushmore for being a slouch. But according to “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” there’s a whole lot more to the legend of Honest Abe than America could have ever dreamed.
4 out of 5 - Read full review
It has become common in critical circles to look down on the works of Adam Sandler. Sandler’s man-child antics have lost their luster for film critics around the world; those who watch movies for a living have grown tired of Sandler’s never-changing shtick. And with good reason – with very rare exception, the films that Sandler and his Happy Madison production company have produced have been getting steadily worse over the past decade-plus.1 out of 5 - Read full review
It’s always sad when a long-standing cinematic collaboration begins to run out of steam. It happens to the best of them, whether it springs from creative differences, personal issues or just overstaying their welcomes.
I hate to say it, but I think the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp pairing may have reached its sell-by date. The duo’s latest collaboration is “Dark Shadows,” based on the gothic soap opera that originally aired in the late 1960s.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work.
2 out of 5 - Read full review
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