"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.
I love that Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter role is in a Hammer Films production. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Hammer was known for making cheap, exploitative horror films, many of which starred Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee. Lesbian vampires, ritual killings and ridiculous twists on classic monsters were all standard parts of the Hammer repertoire. Radcliffe and "The Woman in Black" now enter a Hammer pantheon that includes titles such as "Frankenstein and the ...
The Academy Award nominations have been announced, and studios are beginning to seize the Oscar buzz and re-release their films into more theatres. Hence, "The Descendants" is finally coming to Gainesville.
"The Grey" is one of the most intense movies to come along in a while. Writer/director Joe Carnahan's movie is half survival tale, half horror film and thoroughly riveting.
How about this for strange casting? "Haywire" features Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Bill Paxton.
January has apparently become thriller month on the movie calendar. The next few weeks will be dominated by high action, often violent, gritty action movies, including "Underworld: Awakening," "Haywire," "Red Tails," "The Grey," and "Man on a Ledge."
"Young Adult" is a rare, genuinely original comedy. Director Jason Reitman re-teams with screenwriter Diablo Cody - that's the duo that gave us "Juno" - for a sardonic look at a former high school bombshell wallowing in the depths of delusion.
We've looked ahead to the Oscars in recent weeks, but we all know the Academy voters miss the mark as often as they hit it. And one of the funnest things about this time of year is debating what was best about the cinematic year that was. What follows is not an awards forecast, but my own list of the films that merit mention.
The Southeastern Film Critics Association has named "The Descendants" the Best Film of 2011.
"War Horse" should be great. Steven Spielberg directs. It's based on a Michael Morpurgo novel that has already been adapted into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Lee Hall ("Billy Elliott") and Richard Curtis ("Notting Hill," "Love Actually") collaborated on the screenplay. The cast, which includes David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Kross and Niels Arestrup, is international and incredibly talented. The horse of the title is a spectacular specimen. So why is ...
All of the films we've highlighted thus far have been art house fare, destined to reach only limited release. But the Academy Awards, unlike critics organizations and other awards shows, don't often stray too far from the mainstream. They tend to choose well-crafted and crowd-pleasing movies.
"American Hustle" is now officially one of the buzziest films of the awards season.
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