A man in plain clothes walks alone through the dim, narrow cobblestone streets of a small Italian town. His name might be Jack or it might be Edward. He is handsome but otherwise unremarkable, able to blend into crowds easily.
I can't remember when I've been so happy for a summer movie season to end. It may have been the hottest summer on record outside the theater, but it was ice cold inside. As in, usually the air conditioning was the best part of the movie.
"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" defines its audience from the moment the studio logo appears. The earth spins into view rendered in blocky Atari graphics, then "Universal" wraps around it in lettering reminiscent of the original Donkey Kong or Pac-Man games.
A movie titled "Dinner for Schmucks" pretty much requires me to use some food metaphors, and rather than try to sneak them in as if it's far more clever than it really is, let's just embrace the cliché, shall we? Here's a review of the movie as if it were a seven-course meal.
Transitioning from teen idol to serious adult actor is tricky business, and "Charlie St. Cloud" is obviously part of Zac Efron's attempt to make that move. He recently starred in a Richard Linklater movie called "Me and Orson Welles" which earned strong reviews and zero box office. He then catered to his demographic with "17 Again." And now, he gets to lead a serious, heart-rending rather than heart-throbbing drama.
If you're reading this in a public place, pause and look around you. Chances are, you just saw someone reading Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Or maybe one of its sequels, "The Girl Who Played With Fire" or "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."