"Ruby Sparks" is a gift for anyone who thought wit had disappeared from American movies and proof that some people in Hollywood still know how to write a great screenplay. The truly remarkable thing is that the script was written by the film's lead actress, Zoe Kazan.
"Total Recall" is a tiresome movie. Perhaps that's because the summer movie season is waning and we've grown tired of loud action that isn't grounded in a worthwhile story. Or perhaps the memories of the 1990 movie of which this is a remake are still too fresh. Or perhaps we're just tired of remakes altogether. But despite outstanding visuals and solid performances, "Total Recall" isn't engaging or suspenseful. It's also the latest Philip K. Dick ...
"The Watch" was filmed largely in Atlanta, particularly at EUE/Screen Gems studio. That is, unfortunately, the only reason to see it.
(Please read the following review in a fearful whisper.) I have hunkered down in a fortified bunker in an undisclosed location in order to write this review. See, my response to "The Dark Knight Rises" is not completely positive, which has turned out to be dangerous to one's health. When early reviews began to appear on RottenTomatoes.com, the fanboys verbally attacked the reviewers who didn't praise the movie as the best ever. Even though none ...
The release of "The Dark Knight Rises" tonight at midnight is a significant movie moment.
How do you know a movie is mediocre? When the five minute short that precedes it offers more ingenuity, complexity, and development than the 94-minute feature film.
Peter Parker is back! Again. A mere five years after the most recent, Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy ended, Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures are rebooting the franchise. That's a very quick transition from one reboot to another, and the movie has a difficult time overcoming the lingering memories of the previous trilogy. Not that the filmmakers didn't try. Marc Webb ("(500) Days of Summer") takes over as director, and one of the best things I ...
Hollywood seems to finally be getting the message that it's not only comic book fanboys who like to go to the movies this time of year. This summer, some smaller dramas and comedies are managing to squeeze in among the blockbusters.
Let's play "Name That Studio." I'll give you the basic story elements of "Brave" and you guess which studio produced it.
"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.
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.
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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