It's August, the final stretch of the summer movie season, and the earth is tired. Tired of teetering on the verge of total destruction, tired of its ancient inhabitants being revived by snooping humans and tired of loud CGI explosions.
Zohan gets his butt kicked by a panda. Take that, Adam Sandler! A rotund and clumsy panda named Po (Jack Black) lives a boring life in the Valley of Peace. He obediently helps his father (James Hong) in the family noodle shop, but he dreams of becoming a kung fu master like his idols the Furious Five, a martial arts team lead by Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and Oogway (Randall Duk Kim). Shifu and the Furious ...
It's just amazing that Harrison Ford can do all those stunts while hooked up to an oxygen tank. And the walker doesn't slow him down at all.
M. Night Shyamalan's new thriller, "The Happening," is the funniest movie I've seen all year. If only the director were in on the joke.
Excuse me, have you seen a lion pass by here recently? He's about yay tall, looks like a symbolic savior?
And we're out of the summer gate at a Marvel-ous pace! "Iron Man," based on Stan Lee's Marvel Comics character, posted around $200 million worldwide in its opening weekend. This is well below the opening haul by "Spiderman 3" last year, but it far surpassed everyone's expectations. Still, "Iron Man" is a fairly typical blockbuster that benefited from being the first big release of the season. There are explosions and effects aplenty, the story is ...
"The Strangers" is the kind of movie that boosts sales of guns and home security systems. It could incite an explosion in self-defense class enrollments. At the very least, it will encourage you to chain the door and to use the peephole.
Summer has barely started, and already we have the season's first big flop. "Speed Racer," with its computer-created, kaleidoscopic graphics, looks like no film you've ever seen. But I remember thinking the same thing about one of the all-time worst uses of special effects, "Tron," which came to mind several times while watching "Speed Racer." Both place human actors into impressively crafted artificial worlds, and both become embarrassingly silly. The movie begins with a deluge ...
The 2008 summer movie season won't make us wait on the big releases, since most of the highly anticipated movies come out during May. It's impossible to predict how good the summer season will be, but there will at least be plenty of choices. Here's a dash through the prospects.
The 2008 Atlanta Film Festival has ended, and already the film world of North Georgia is less exciting. The awards have been announced and, in my opinion, almost none make sense - which makes this festival fairly typical of all film competitions, large and small. Nevertheless, my review of the event itself is overwhelmingly positive. Again, there is no way to cover everything, so here are a few more recommendations. <font ...
This year's Atlanta Film Festival is in full swing. It kicked off last Thursday with a gala opening night screening of "The Lena Baker Story" and will wrap up on Saturday with a screening of "The Visitor." Crammed in between are film industry workshops, appearances by filmmakers and actors, and best of all, loads of independent and foreign films. Here are some of the high points among the films I've seen so far.
Film reviewers are the most fickle writers in existence, and they should not - under any circumstances - be trusted.
Stop me if you've heard this one.
O' Coen Brothers, where have thou been?
For the boys and girls on the 'nice' list
One thing I can virtually guarantee is "Man of Steel" will not receive a fair chance to succeed, either critically or commercially. And so much is riding on this movie.
"The Purge" suffers from an identity crisis.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are back in theaters trying to grow up again, and the result is about as good as the previous 10 times they've attempted it.
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