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Daily Archives: January 6, 2013
Here’s one thing the movies get wrong pretty consistently — the reaction of seemingly rational people upon seeing the supernatural, the impossible, the miraculous. “Red Lights” is a promising psychological thriller that gets that detail just right.
Canadian actress-turned-director Sarah Polley landed Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman for her first directorial outing since the Oscar-nominated “Away From Her.” Unfortunately, the mopey anti-romance she stuck them in didn’t take advantage of their full talents, and the … Continue reading
Sally Potter’s latest, “Ginger & Rosa,” featuring Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Timothy Spall and Christina Hendricks
So Sally “Orlando” Potter’s latest is a poetic coming of age piece set during the alarming nuclear fears of the 1960s. Looks intriguing, and that cast is pretty sure-handed in picking good pictures. “Ginger & Rosa” has already opened in … Continue reading
A decent-enough opening weekend of the year at the box office, with the lone “new” wide release doing $23 million, at 3D ticket prices. “Texas Chainsaw 3D” wins with a $23 million take. “Django Unchained” is holding audience better than … Continue reading
It took decades of increasingly mediocre TV series and Data-dull movies to beat Star Trek to death. But J.J. Abrams brings it all back to basics, and back to life, with a rousing “How Scotty Met Sulu” prequel about how … Continue reading
As frightening as the word is, you don’t put “cancer” in a movie’s title if you want people to come see it. Thus, the serio-comic “I’m With Cancer” was renamed “50/50.” Those are our hero’s odds of surviving the malignancy … Continue reading
It’s interesting to track the growing cinematic sophistication of those preaching/filmmaking brothers of Sherwood Baptist Church from “Facing the Giants” to their breakout hit “Fireproof” to their latest film. Writer Stephen Kendrick and writer-director-actor Alex Kendrick have mastered building suspense, … Continue reading
Bad timing allowed “What’s Your Number?,” a mildly raunchy romantic comedy about a woman lamenting her sexual history as she resolves to finally save herself for Mr. Right, to come out mere months after the too similar “Bridesmaids.”
Whatever its shortcomings, director Jim Sheridan and stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts deserved better than the give-away-the-store trailer that Universal delivered for “Dream House.” Screenwriter David Loucka? Oh yeah, HE deserved a trailer that drops the film’s … Continue reading
Emilio Estevez wrote, directed and took a supporting role in “The Way,” an easy-going road picture that plays right into his father, Martin Sheen’s wheelhouse.