Author Archives: rogerinorlando

Producers Guild goes for “Birdman,” “Lego Movie” and “Life Itself”

The PGA is widely regarded as the surest of sure fire Oscar indicators, and if so, that means “Birdman” is the favorite come Academy Awards night. It took the two top awards at Saturday’s Producers Guild honors. But “The Lego … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Leave a comment

Box Office: Another “Sniper” weekend, J.Lo opens well, Depp bombs

“American Sniper” looks to have tallied another 50-$61 million this weekend, after yet another massive Friday. It’s a certified smash, a rare one in Clint Eastwood’s canon, and should have cleared $150-$175 by the end of its run. “Wedding Ringer” … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Leave a comment

Movie Review: “Strange Magic”

“Strange Magic” is a cartoon fantasy cooked up from a half-baked idea from George Lucas. The hook in that this tale of fairies fighting goblins over a love potion is that every minute or three, some fairy, elf or goblin … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Leave a comment

Movie Review: “Mortdecai”

As you might have guessed from the daft and something-short-of-hilarious TV ads, “Mortdecai” is an extended inside Anglo joke that most of us aren’t in on. Rather. But for a certain sort of Anglophile, one who recognizes the attempted homage … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | 2 Comments

Movie Review: “The Boy Next Door”

Universal’s “The Boy Next Door” is almost so bad it’s good. Well, at least they got the “bad” part of that equation right. A risible stalker thriller predicated on the absurd notion that Jennifer Lopez is still a movie star, … Continue reading

Posted in previews, profiles and movie news, Reviews | Leave a comment

Movie Review: The vast sea and burning sun are the enemies in “Against the Sun”

Three downed Navy airmen stuck on a raft in the middle of the Pacific in World War II for weeks on end. It’s a familiar movie narrative, at least in part, because it happened more than once, even happened to … Continue reading

Posted in previews, profiles and movie news, Reviews | Leave a comment

Movie Review: Aniston is the frosting, the plate, the whole reason to see “Cake”

A comedy that barely flirts with funny and a grim weeper that never quite raises a tear, “Cake” has one thing going for it — Jennifer Aniston. And if she didn’t get the Oscar nomination that might have seemed certain … Continue reading

Posted in previews, profiles and movie news, Reviews | Leave a comment

Movie Review: “Black Sea”

His hair is thinning and his features are thickening, and Jude Law is evolving into a more interesting actor as this happens. He’s more at home in tough guy roles such as “Dom Hemingway.” The gritty submarine thriller “Black Sea” … Continue reading

Posted in previews, profiles and movie news, Reviews | Leave a comment

Movie Review: McGregor goes dark for “Son of a Gun”

You’ve never seen Ewan McGregor quite like this — all sadistic, ruthless and what not. In “Son of a Gun,” he plays Brendan, an escaped convict who busts out of the joint, does a job and is double-crossed. And Brendan … Continue reading

Posted in previews, profiles and movie news, Reviews | Leave a comment

Movie Review: “Song One”

It’s common Hollywood practice to follow an Oscar win with a trip to big budget land, where the paychecks, the trailers and and the impact on the culture are potentially huge. So Sandra Bullock did “Gravity” right after “Blind Side,” … Continue reading

Posted in previews, profiles and movie news, Reviews | Leave a comment