So Sony Pictures’ OTHER holiday movie will have to tote the load that it was to have shared with “The Interview,” a film the studio pulled from release after North Korea’s ranting threats against the studio, theatergoers and America in general.
I like George Clooney’s take on all this, Hollywood refusing to rally around the studio that was under assault, media complicity in publicizing the hackers’ embarrassing releases, etc.
The assault on Sony continues with what seem like irrationally bad reviews for “Annie,” which I found to be a cheerful, kid-friendly and clever updating of a stale musical that’s devolved into a cornball cliche. They did a good job — Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz and Ms. Wallis made a perfectly charming lead. What, they’re not allowed to update “Annie” or alter a musical to make it work for modern kids?
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth years to a close in decent fashion. I found it OK, the best of this non-trilogy/trilogy. Reviews are mixed, leaning slightly positive.
Then there’s the desultory “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” I am stunned that this got as many positive reviews as it did. Attribute that to affection for the late Robin Williams, who was on half-speed here. It’s a lifeless movie, three decent laughs in the whole thing. Blah.
The only movie for grownups who aren’t Hobbit fanboys and fangirls is “Goodbye to All That,” and it’s a winner. The screenwriter of “Junebug” steps behind the camera and finds a screwball dating scene awaiting a careless man who has to start over after a divorce. Winning performance by Paul Schneider, several funny players (Heather Graham, Melanie Lynskey). It’s in limited release, so hunt for it.