Charming and sometimes quirky The Perfect Family invests its fine acting force in a story that most moviegoers and TV viewers should already recognize. More of a Saturday afternoon TV matinée for the ladies, the film just didn’t do it for me. Although I did like Kathleen Turner’s performance it’s not enough to carry the film. Read more
The power that Marvel’s The Avengers has amassed from major hits by each of the sci-fi action heroes pushing the release of this film has reached near fever pitch, and it’s about time the super hero team came out to play. Wild, rowdy and fantastic this fabulous five kicks butt with an imaginative two hours plus that has me wanting more. If you are into adventure/action and fantasy then don your cape, grab your hammer, slide you arm into your shield and wear Hulk green in support of Marvel’s The Avengers. Read more
Shot in New Orleans and China, Looper is a time-travel action film starring Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt that will debut this September. The story depicts a time when crime syndicates can send their enemies back in time to be “taken out” by killers known as ‘loopers.’ This leaves no evidence of the killings in the crime syndicate’s present time. The story raises a moral time-travel paradox when hitman Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) working for the mob of the future recognizes one of his assigned targets (Bruce Willis) as his future self. Does he take him out? Will he cease to exist if he does?
At a recent Wondercon press conference, Levitt who has successfully broken free of his “Third Rock” image (he landed four film roles just this year), talked about his hitman role in Looper.
Asked what it was like to transform himself into a Bruce Willis character, Levitt replied, “It was about studying him and getting to know him. We’d hang out a lot. Yet there were a few really tricky moments. My parents came to the set. And when I was standing next to my mom, she kind of freaked out because I was a lot like myself but I looked totally different. Then a good friend of mine, Jerod, came to the set and said, ‘I can’t talk to you. I don’t like this guy.’ And that thrilled me because it meant that I had transformed enough to convince even my close friend that I was someone else.” Read more
Jason Statham has made a career out of violent action thrillers like Crank, The Transporter, The Expendables, The Mechanic and more. In his newest film Safe however, he tops any of his past films for action, acting and realism. The heart pounding adrenaline pumping movie is a must see for thrill seekers. Read more
Much like most of Jason Segel’s films the comedy runs high in The Five-Year Engagement with strong performances, good direction and a decent script. It’s another romance film, but this one does have an edge that keeps this ditty reasonably fresh. Take a date or a gang the laughter gets contagious so sit back and enjoy a break from social networking. Read more
Methodically delivered The Raven provides a suspense mystery that chills and thrills. Set in the mid 1800’s the Edgar Allan Poe based story has all the earmarks of a winning box office weekend. With excellent direction controlling fine actors and a sold script, the film moves to the top of my best of 2012. Read more
The romantic comedy Overnight now playing in theaters makes an attempted landing in laughter but comes up short of the runway. Although it has some surprisingly funny scenes, as a whole it’s a corny dud. Blame it on the script as I found no fault in the acting. Read more
Woo Woo Woo, Nyuck, Nyuck, Nyuck and all the sight gags you can handle are back and more impious than ever in The Three Stooges. The very cool film had me in stitches with inane comedy that hits the top of my laughter barometer. Although mainly a guy film, most all who can remember the knuckleheaded trio will love the insane comical antics that never seem to get old. Read more
With a mixture of tongue in cheek comedy and sci-fi action Lockout does an average job of entertaining male teens through adults. The fast paced film reminds me however, of Escape From New York another futuristic film that features some very mean characters and a lot of brutality. Lockout features some very mean looking characters so it’s hard to recommend it to the ladies. Read more
A kick to the head, a fist to the body, guns blazing, explosions rocking the hallways, knives slashing, bodies everywhere and that’s only the first 15 minutes of film The Raid: Redemption. With amazing choreography, realistic combat and creative cinematography the movie makes a big hit. Don’t look for an original story, but that’s not the attraction here. Read more
I am disappointed with the film Bully, not for the content but the lack of it. Centering on just a few examples, the documentary restricts opinions to those filmed and not the millions who have been affected by the awful demeaning acts of aggression. It’s a critical subject that feeds on the young making their futures bleak and uncertain. The absence of a ‘cure’ and only limited suggestions on how children can release themselves from the evils of bulling make this film weak, restrictive and quite powerless. The only benefit that comes from this film is awareness, but I guess it’s a start. Read more
Here’s a nice little comedy that should appeal to the ladies and gentlemen who accompany them. It’s called Life Happens and has a few twists I didn’t see coming. I enjoyed the performances by Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and especially Rachel Bilson. Catch it while it’s hot! Read more
Comedy runs rampant in the sequel American Reunion, with the whole cast returning from American Pie. Although the film does provide a lot of laughs, it may be somewhat hackneyed with each of the characters getting into similar troubles like they did in the original film. But, if it’s just a mindless feature you want to clear out the emotions from a dull and uneventful day, then this film will do the trick. Um, actually American Reunion also turned out to be good humor medicine for me. Read more
One of the most compelling true stories has opened in theaters. The World War II film is called In Darkness and tells the incredible real account of the attempted slaughter of Jews in a Polish city. Intolerable, painful and realistic the tragic attempted extermination shows the heroism of some Polish citizens who sacrificed their own well being for the sake of others. Read more
The web-shooting crusader returns to theaters this July as Andrew Garfield takes on Peter Parker’s role as Spider-Man. Peter is the outcast teen once again fighting for good–and the girl—this time heatthrob Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).
Now living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, Peter must unravel the mystery of his own past and win over his high school crush, Gwen. When Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase belonging to his father, he uncovers a secret that will ultimately shape his role as “Spider-Man” and bring him face to face with the alter ego of his father’s former partner–the Lizard. Read more