The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Director Peter Jackson must do "spectacular" in his sleep. Even with the thinnest of premises - this second Hobbit movie is reportedly based on a mere five chapters of that children's book - Jackson can spin a nearly three-hour film that's chock-full of stunning action sequences and extended bits of special effects wizardry.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire "Catching Fire" hits all the necessary plot points but it registers none of the atmosphere of terror that this dystopian tale requires. And it's so thin on characterization that none of the relationships resonates either, no matter how dramatic the emotions or desperate the circumstances.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club Actor Matthew McConaughey often plays good ol' boy hustlers but he's never played one quite like the real-life Ron Woodroof, a Texas bad boy who revels in sex and drugs, gambling and booze. His life takes a drastic turn one day in 1985 -- and that's what the movie "Dallas Buyers Club" is all about.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Captain Phillips Tom Hanks plays Captain Phillips, an ordinary man who finds himself in a nightmare situation. His enormous ship (with its crew of twenty) suddenly finds itself at the mercy of a quartet of scruffy, scrawny young men armed with little more than AK-47's and a lifetime of desperation.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Gravity "Gravity" may be the best movie ever made about being up in space.
I don't mean inside a space station. For most of this movie, the astronauts are outside. Whether tethered or strapped in jet packs, these astronauts are floating through space with nothing between their spacesuits and the great empty beyond of outer space.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Don Jon It's a daring move for a first time writer and director. Joseph Gordon-Levitt tackles a potentially dark subject with lots of humor. Not so much humor that it becomes a comedy, mind you, but enough that prevents it from becoming just a sad-sack downer.