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.
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.
"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.)
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.
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.
The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.
The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.
"The Last of Robin Hood" is the latest in what has become a series of films taking a revisionist look at Hollywood history. It has a certain amount in common with "My Week With Marilyn," for instance, since they both attempt to offer insight into the real person behind a cinematic legend.
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