I introduced my summer preview by saying Hollywood is counting on 2012 to be the year that audiences return to theaters in greater numbers. The movies are big in scope, feature amazing talent, and are based on reliable characters and properties.
"Lawless" offers gunfights, drama, some comedy, and strong performances. That should be the makings of something great, but these elements do not mesh. Instead, they produce an uneven, disappointing movie.
I'm a big fan of movies without pretense, movies that embrace rather than try to hide what they really are.
Goodbye, Jason Bourne. Hello, Aaron Cross. Universal Pictures and producer Frank Marshall have prolonged the life of the Bourne franchise, and even though none of the primary characters, star players, or directors that built the trilogy return, everything in "The Bourne Legacy" seems familiar. Too familiar, in fact. As the movie poster tells us, there was never just one operative in the secret, experimental government programs, engineered by Dr. Albert Hirsch (Albert Finney), that turned ...
The opening scene of "The Campaign" effectively sums up the strategy taken by all modern American political campaigns.
"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.
"American Hustle" is now officially one of the buzziest films of the awards season.
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