Is there anything new under the sun? Apparently not in the southern California sun, at least. This week's two biggest releases are both nods to '80s movies. "Footloose" attempts to remake the Kevin Bacon star vehicle, while "The Thing" is a prequel that rehashes some of the best scenes of John Carpenter's 1982 movie of the same title (which was itself a remake of the 1951, "The Thing From Another World"). Carpenter's movie opens with ...
Rather than my usual review, I offer an infomercial instead. Are you tired of watching somebody else make money off lame movie ideas? Sick of working hard for little pay while folks in Hollywood earn so much for being so bad at their jobs? Wish you were on the receiving rather than the losing end of the Hollywood box office? Well, now you can be! Hollywood studios churn out uninspired yet profitable product all the ...
"50/50," which the marketing has told us is about a young man with cancer, opens with a point of view shot of a jogger choosing music on his iPod, which in a way says it all. This is a movie about how the iPod generation handles a disease that strikes terror in the hearts of every sentient adult.
"Moneyball" is a thinking man's sports movie, although it's less about the sport than about "the game," the culture and business that drive professional baseball.
We must be close to autumn. How can I tell? Not because the leaves have begun to turn, and certainly not because cool breezes suddenly greet me as I leave the house in the morning.
The word "sobering" was coined for movies like "Contagion." Director Steven Soderbergh's latest tells the story of an unknown virus that spreads across the world at an alarming pace and threatens to wipe out much of the population. That idea is anything but new. The list of movies based on an out of control viral epidemic is long. "The Andromeda Strain," "The Stand," "Outbreak," "Twelve Monkeys," "28 Days Later," "28 Weeks Later," and hundreds of ...
I saw "Our Idiot Brother" this week. At least, I think I did. I remember buying the ticket - yes, I have the stub to prove it. I remember driving home. In between, I seem to remember some pictures moving, but that's about as much of an impact as the movie makes. The protagonist, if he can be called that, is an organic farmer so perhaps it makes sense that this movie leaves virtually no footprint. ...
Lo and behold, there are reasons to go to the movies this fall. After one of the worst summer seasons in memory, a veritable slew of worthwhile movies hits wide and limited release over the next few months.
"Conan the Barbarian" is a movie without fear. It isn't afraid to exploit its actors, it isn't afraid of being too violent and it certainly isn't afraid of offending someone.
The young cast members of "Glee" recently completed a concert tour, and now we get some limited chances to see their vacation slideshow. Although, I guess these days it would be their vacation vlog.
Haven't we seen a raunchy, stoner comedy with some action sequences and slapstick thrown in? Yes. Yes, we have. "30 Minutes or Less" is the latest in the endless series of guy movies that use foul language and genitals for most of their jokes. If that reaction seems unfair, maybe it's because I'm still suffering from the drill bit hangover that has knocked me around since I saw the 40-year old funny people in the ...
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" might be the best of this summer's blockbusters, which no one in the world saw coming.
"The Change-Up" is a body switch comedy. For anyone, say, 30 years of age or older, that statement alone might be enough to make you stay away.
"Cowboys & Aliens" is the most efficient movie title I've encountered in quite some time. In just three words, it summarizes the entire plot. "Cowboys & Aliens" consists solely of some cowboy characters who do what we expect movie cowboys to do - ride horses, punch each other, shoot at people, spit, etc.; and alien characters who do what movie aliens usually do - fly spaceships, abduct people, snarl, drip mucus, etc. Both groups of characters offer ...
The "Smurfs" television series first aired in the U.S. in 1981. Since I graduated in the late '80s, I supposed I should feel nostalgic about a Smurfs movie.
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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