"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.
Note: Jeff Marker's weekly movie review column will return next week.
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."
We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre "Hoo Hah!" Something about his Oscar winning turn in "Scent of a Woman" unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed up as that mountain of hair he keeps teased about his head.
In June of 1964, three civil rights workers, two white and one black, went missing in Mississippi. Later found murdered and buried in an earthen dam, the case captured national attention and sparked a massive FBI investigation.
"The Wedding Ringer" is "Wedding Crashers Redux," a "Hangover Lite" that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart's persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps "Ringer" work as a bromantic comedy that feels like a romantic comedy.
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