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 ...
"21 Jump Street" is one of the first great surprises of 2012. At this point, we've seen so many movies try to reboot '80s televisions shows ("Charlie's Angels," "A-Team," "Miami Vice"). Most of those movies have been varying degrees of bad, and the 80s revival as a cultural wave has definitely crested. Why, therefore, would we expect anything different from a reboot of "21 Jump Street," a series that only ran from 1987-1991? The first ...
"John Carter" bears all the telltale signs of a troubled production. Unmotivated actions, logical leaps and undeveloped subplots litter the red planet's landscape from beginning to end.
A few months ago, the show "Follow the Money" on the Fox Business Channel took aim at "The Muppets" movie. The anchors and some "expert" condemned "liberal Hollywood" for "depicting a successful businessman as evil."
The Academy Awards justify their existence this week. Not because the Oscar statuettes will finally be doled out this Sunday. After all, does anyone actually watch the Oscar telecast live anymore? You will more likely browse red carpet photos on imdb.com and view the acceptance speeches on YouTube. No, the best reason for the Academy to continue holding the Oscar ceremony is that it occasionally brings films to midsized cities like ours that otherwise we ...
"This Means War" is a gift for those who haven't yet celebrated Valentine's Day. It's perfect for a couple's night out and works despite being a by-the-numbers mishmash of standard Hollywood devices.
The "Journey to the Center of the Earth" franchise is back, but it barely resembles the 2008 Brendan Fraser starring vehicle.
"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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