Another Marvel movie, another set of mixed reactions.
The Atlanta Film Festival runs from March 28 to April 6 with most events taking place at the Plaza Theatre or 7 Stages theatre. This year's festival offers dozens of narrative and documentary features showcasing the diversity of the global independent film movement as well as a variety of film-related events intended to support Georgia's indie scene.
"The Muppets" became a surprise hit in 2011 and rescued America's favorite puppet franchise from the brink of obscurity.
"Divergent" will inevitably be compared to the Hunger Games franchise, thanks to its totalitarian themes and teenage girl protagonist played by a talented, emerging star (Shailene Woodley).
No one other than Wes Anderson could have made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Subversive films are rarely as polite and amusing as "Tim's Vermeer," an amicable little documentary about Tim Jenison's quest to "paint a Vermeer."
It's that time of year again, when for one night Americans remember that a place called Hollywood still exists and bask in the irresistible glow of the most glamorous show on Earth.
With the Academy Awards only four days away, it seemed an appropriate time to revisit the Oscars of years past.
"In Secret" might have been a much better film had the filmmakers acted as boldly as the characters.
Before I write anything about "The LEGO Movie," a disclaimer: I love LEGOs. My son loves LEGOs. My wife and I would be embarrassed by how many LEGO bricks currently reside in our house if they hadn't facilitated so many family memories.
Hollywood studios have, since their inception, placed their faith in the star system. Put enough A-listers in the cast, and ticket sales will follow.
The funniest unintentional laugh in "Labor Day" is the way adaptor / director Jason Reitman treats this eye-rolling, melodramatic romance novel as if he's got his hands on the works of Dostoevsky or Tolstoy.
As far as I can recall, I have never written a spring preview, because the season has always been nothing but a dumping ground for movies the studios knew wouldn't fare well against the competition during any other time of year.
If you are keeping track, and I know you are, I included three documentaries in my top 20 for 2013. Those were not anomalies but rather an indication of what a strong year it was for documentary film. As those films now move to home video, here are some you should track down.
"Life is very long."
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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