"Rock of Ages" is proof that whatever is edgy and threatening initially will someday become mainstream and benign, especially if it is adapted it into a Broadway musical.
"Prometheus" is a better overall film than "Alien." Now that I have blasphemed in the eyes of diehard "Alien" fans, let me explain and qualify.
The Madagascar franchise has always been silly and madcap, but with "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," the series takes a turn into the downright absurd.
Fairy tales are the new vampires. As the vampire fad fades, a different (notice I didn't say "new") cultural trend is taking over: fairy tales made for more mature audiences.
(Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back, and that's an extremely mixed blessing. One story binds all of "Men in Black III," but in terms of action, comedy and general quality, it plays like two completely different films. The first act is so bad I can hardly believe those scenes actually made it into the final cut, but the rest of the movie is loads of fun and surprisingly emotional. More than anything, ...
Ever since January, when Variety and the Hollywood Reporter each ran pieces making similar proclamations, the prevailing wisdom in the industry has been that if the 2012 summer slate can't bring people to the theaters, nothing will. Thus, 2012 has become a make-or-break year for American movie theaters and Hollywood along with it.
At first glance, this seems to be the week when Hollywood hits bottom. The big releases are "Battleship," based on a board game played with pegs, and "What to Expect When You're Expecting," based on a pregnancy guide.
The summer movie season has just begun, and we have our first disappointment. Whether it be because you're a fan of the original television series (there might be a few of you) or because you're a Tim Burton fan (probably even fewer of you) or because it's another chance for Johnny Depp to create a memorable character, there seem to be many people looking forward to "Dark Shadows." Alas, you are about to fall victim ...
To paraphrase that immortal bard, MCA from Beastie Boys, we've been coming to where we are from the get-go.
All animated family movies try to please both kids and parents, but no studio does it as well and as consistently as Aardman Animations.
Oh, Luc Besson, what shall we do with you? The French director/writer/producer made an international splash back in the '80s and '90s with a series of highly stylized, tautly written and briskly paced action movies: "Subway," "The Big Blue," "La Femme Nikita," and "Leon: The Professional." Besson wrote and directed all of those films and seemed poised to stake his claim as a heavyweight auteur. Then came "The Fifth Element" in 1997. This big budget, ...
As a horror movie, "The Cabin in the Woods" is pretty good. As a movie in general, it's an ingenious, devilishly witty sleight of hand. The movie's arrival is heralded by the most mundane, cliché marketing material possible. The title refers to the central device of "Evil Dead," the "Friday the 13th" franchise and any number of other slasher movies. And just ponder the cobwebs clinging to this worn-out synopsis: "Five friends go for a ...
I'm one of the few people who were curious to see where Warner Brothers might take the "Clash of the Titans" franchise.
The 2012 Atlanta Film Festival kicked off last Friday and ends in grand fashion this weekend. The festival offers a full range of narrative and documentary features and shorts, low budget productions and higher budget films using the festival circuit to generate buzz, and films of all kinds from around the world.
"The Hunger Games" have officially begun. This science fiction movie based on Suzanne Collins' incredibly successful young adult novel is arriving with the kind of anticipation usually reserved for Marvel or DC Comics superheroes. Thanks to massive sales of Collins' books (24 million in print so far) and some brilliant social media marketing, "The Hunger Games" movie has already sold more advanced tickets than any other nonsequel in history, according to ticket retailer Fandango. Industry ...
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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