For the second week in a row, a movie fails to live up to the superlative in its title. "Oz the Great and Powerful" was neither great nor powerful, and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a far cry from incredible.
"Oz the Great and Powerful," a prequel to the iconic 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz," is being framed as a huge gamble for Disney.
Another week, another folk tale hits movie theaters.
"Snitch" offers one of the oddest casting pairings we've seen for a while. I never thought I'd see Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon sharing the screen together in an action movie, but surprisingly, it ends up making sense.
Steven Soderbergh has built one of my favorite careers of all time. Few directors have ever or will ever match the quantity, quality and diversity of his work.
First of all, let's get one thing straight. "Warm Bodies" is not a zombie movie.
If Dustin Hoffman ever decides to quit acting, he could have a fine second career as a director. "Quartet" is Hoffman's official directorial debut, and it is a joyous film.
This being the last column in which I will mention the 2012 year in movies, it's time to make some observations.
Now that the nominees have been announced, the Oscar discussion shifts to predicting winners.
And the hits just keep on coming.
One of the year's most controversial films is, in my opinion, also its best.
This week we begin our annual look at the movies likely to compete for best picture at the Oscars, as well as the actors who might take home a statue. Studios use the award season as low-cost publicity, so this series also serves as a winter preview since some of these films will hopefully make it to area theaters over the next month or two.
Fans of crime writer Lee Child (pen name of Jim Grant) were livid when they heard Tom Cruise would be cast as Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation, and rightly so.
Quentin Tarantino. The name inspires a wild mixture of reactions.
Confession is good for the soul, so here goes. I do not like the musical "Les Misérables."
The British drama "The Railway Man" is based on the memoir of the same title by Eric Lomax, and the best thing I can say for the movie is it makes me want to read the book.
It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.
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