Hollywood's "Diversity in Summer" strategy continues with the release of "Larry Crowne," a romantic dramedy about middle-aged characters, which should provide very welcome counterprogramming to this week's other big release, the obnoxious, idiotic "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
Pixar, the studio that brought us the "Toy Story" movies, "Finding Nemo," "Ratatouille," etc., has never released a "bad" movie. "Cars 2" doesn't change that.
"Mr. Popper's Penguins" is "a Jim Carrey movie." Not that there's anything wrong with that ...
"Super 8" is a summer blockbuster that isn't based on a comic book or in 3D. How's this for a welcome change?
Nobody does a cinematic love letter better than Woody Allen. "Manhattan" is the greatest example of this, of course, but "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" exuded Allen's affection for Spain.
When Dreamworks released "Kung Fu Panda" in 2008, no one predicted its success. "Shrek" was still the studio's favorite franchise, and American animation studios had encountered little success translating Asian themes.
Let's be honest. The usual summer genres look pretty lame for 2011. I'll gladly admit I'm wrong, but few of the movies made to give us our action, comedy, and romance fix show much promise. "Thor" and "Pirates 4" have already underwhelmed. The trailers for "Cowboys & Aliens," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and "Green Lantern" all look laughably bad. The "Transformers" franchise is back - enough said. "Cars 2" is a sequel ...
It makes perfect sense that "On Stranger Tides," the fourth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, would be in 3D. After all, 3D is little more than Hollywood's way of pillaging and plundering audiences' hard-earned money, so the format is appropriate for a movie about pirates.
"Bridesmaids" is an improbable movie for numerous reasons.
For those of us who hate the 3D trend, Marvel Entertainment and Paramount Pictures have given us the perfect gift. No movie demonstrates the problems with 3D better than "Thor."
With the release of "Fast Five," I guess the summer movie season is upon us. And by "upon us" I mean it is set to trap us in a headlock, strap us to the hood of a muscle car and drive really fast until it crashes into something. Repeatedly.
"Hanna" is the sort of movie that leaves an impression. That much I expected from a movie about a teenage girl assassin.
Going to "Rio" is an experience as diverse as rainforest foliage. The movie is fun enough, but the trip begins with some egregious, loathsome marketing.
Hollywood continues to remake the 80s, and continues to do it badly.
"Source Code" could easily have been released during the '70s, the era of high concept science fiction and paranoid thrillers. Director Duncan Jones manages to update those formulas, though, into a smart action movie that fits perfectly into 2011 America.
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.
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