Remember when Mel Gibson was just a plain old movie star? Gibson made his mark as a charming, sometimes goofy/sometimes glowering action star, and we liked him. But then came preachy Mel, then drunk anti-Semitic Mel, then adulterous yet somehow still devout Catholic Mel. "Edge of Darkness" is Gibson's first movie role in about seven years, and it marks the return of the actor we ...
Imagine if Archie Bunker were a world-renowned biochemist. That's basically the character Harrison Ford plays in "Extraordinary Measures," and he brings much needed comic relief to an otherwise fairly somber movie.
It turns out, there's a fine line between "lovely" and so syrupy sweet it's silly.
"Youth in Revolt" is, in so many ways, a typical January release. Movies in the first month of the year are always like leftover holiday candy - a bit stale, but hey, this is the only food we have left in the house, so why not?
Hollywood's 2009 campaign to pull us away from shopping and egg nog and into theaters doesn't offer as many new releases as last year. But several fine films already playing or finally coming to our area should make this another strong holiday movie season.
"Invictus" teams director Clint Eastwood and actors Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in a film about Nelson Mandela, one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century. That combination should be monumental - literally, a monument to heroism and courage.
"The Princess and the Frog" marks a return to the lush, hand-drawn fairy tales that once defined Walt Disney pictures. All the elements are there: beautiful animation, a princess, wishing on a star, endearing secondary characters and a journey that leads to an epiphany.
Characters in Wes Anderson's movies ("Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums") constantly ponder their circumstances in existential terms. They relate the failure or success of the moment to their identity and often speak as if they know precisely where they are in the story we're watching.
Bella and her beast returned to theaters last week. If you're already a "Twilight" fanatic, you have no time to read this because you're rushing to see it for the fifth time. After which you will passionately ponder switching allegiance from Team Edward to Team Jacob. Good luck with that. If you were one of the many people disappointed after "Twilight," the good news is that "New Moon" features less cringe-inducing dialogue, much more story ...
Everybody run for your lives - it's a Roland Emmerich movie! Director Roland Emmerich loves to destroy the Earth. He used aliens to devastate much of it in "Independence Day," trained "Godzilla" to tromp all over New York City and blanketed the world with snow in "The Day After Tomorrow." Apparently, Emmerich found all those scenarios limiting, because in "2012," he goes for the terrestrial jugular by tampering with the very core of the planet. How ...
"The Men Who Stare at Goats" begins by issuing the statement "More of this is true than you would believe," the same way many films tell us their story is based on true events.
Happy birthday, Jesus. Hope you like nightmares.
Unless you've been in a sensory deprivation chamber for the past month, you've heard there's some horror movie named "Paranormal Activity" ruling the box office. It was made for, like, $10 and has grossed $1 billion or something.
It seems the makers of "Astro Boy" wanted to combine every science fiction theme into one movie.
The trailer for "Where the Wild Things Are" manages to dazzle our senses and evoke a host of emotions. Ironically, by the end of the film itself I felt almost nothing.
"Mayan Blue" is an atypical Georgia film. Most of the crew either come from or live in North Georgia, yet the film was shot entirely in Guatemala and features an abundance of breathtaking underwater cinematography.
Sandwiched among the usual superheroes and science-fiction epics comes a very odd summer tentpole release, an extravagant, big budget adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary masterpiece, "The Great Gatsby," directed by Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge!", "Romeo + Juliet") and in 3-D.
Last week we looked at the upcoming movies for summer 2013 in the action and drama categories. This week, we finish the season's preview lineup with a peek at family flicks and movies to make us laugh.
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