"Alice in Wonderland" constitutes a meeting of three long-established, distinctive brands. Disney produces, Tim Burton directs and Lewis Carroll provides the story. It's the sort of pedigreed project that generates excitement and high expectations. Which means someone's going to be disappointed.
The tagline for "Cop Out" might just say it all: "Rock out with your Glock out."
"Shutter Island" is set in 1954, during postwar years in which the economy boomed, WWII veterans struggled to cope with unimaginable trauma and psychological theory and practice started to creep into the American consciousness.
Stop me when you've heard this one. A boy leads a mundane existence throughout childhood, then during his early teens he learns a secret about his parents and discovers he possesses supernatural abilities. So the lad is whisked off to a hidden world where he will be educated and trained along with scores of other kids with similar powers, all the while fighting a mysterious villain. No, this isn't a synopsis of "Harry Potter and ...
The latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel gets a jump on the Valentine's Day competition this week.
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 ...
"American Hustle" is now officially one of the buzziest films of the awards season.
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