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.
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.
"Iron Man 3" is a fine movie as long as you turn off your brain completely. If, however, you view it with even a casually critical eye, you will see a movie full of choices driven by commercial goals rather than what serves the story, characters or even its devoted fan base.
Summer 2012 was unquestionably the best tentpole season Hollywood has offered in years. Summer 2013, however, is wildly unpredictable. While we don't yet know which will hit and which will miss, here are the movies people will be talking about during the warm months. Stay tuned for more next week!
Michael Bay has made a comedy ... sort of. Bay, director of such touchstones of subtlety as "Bad Boys," "Armageddon" and the Transformers franchise, tries his hand at comedy with "Pain & Gain." The results are predictable in many ways, because Bay brings the same Red Bull-and-vodka-injected-intravenously, taste-be-damned attitude to comedy that he brings to action. I did not predict at all, though, just how dark this dark comedy would get. "Pain & Gain" is ...
The audience for Universal's science-fiction blockbuster, "Oblivion," is small and easy to define.
Legendary Pictures' biopic "42" opens this Friday, timed to coincide with Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day, when the league commemorates Robinson's major league debut and the end of the color line in baseball.
Genre filmmaking can be like a great conversation. If both the filmmakers and viewers know the conventions of the genre, it's like they share a common language.
A feature film "Free China: The Courage to Believe" will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at The Arts Council's Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville.
For the second week in a row, a movie fails to live up to the superlative in its title. "Oz the Great and Powerful" was neither great nor powerful, and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a far cry from incredible.
"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. Hot on the heels of the modestly performing "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" comes "Jack the Giant Slayer," an attempt to expand the old English tale into a big budget epic. "Jack" comes with some giant-sized names attached, particularly Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie (the directing and writing duo behind "The Usual Suspects"), but you'd never guess that from the shoddy production values and uneven tone. The ...
"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. Yeah, Happy Valentine's Day, Mother Russia. But is it "A Good Day to Die Hard," a good time to be had by all as Bruce Willis takes his fifth shot at "shootin' all the scumbags"? Naaah. Loud and tedious, "Die Hard" No. 5 is a shaky-cam/Sensurround blast of bullets and bombs, digital explosions and death defying feats of defying death. Not a decent villain ...
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.
Nothing about "Fast & Furious 6" makes sense. The initial premise, every aspect of character development, and every plot point are all ridiculously, shockingly mindless.
"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.
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