There aren’t many wide releases in March, so this weekend’s three films will be the most released at any one time. First, it’s Disney’s big-budget blockbuster “John Carter,” which boasts the widest release, followed by horror film “Silent House” and a small-ish roll-out for Eddie Murphy’s “A Thousand Words,” but will any of them compete […]
This spring’s action movie slate deals mostly in science fiction. Two of 2012’s first blockbusters come out this month including “John Carter” and the highly anticipated adaptation of “The Hunger Games,” and dare I forget “Wrath of the Titans” at month’s end. There’s also a sci-fi prison escape film as well as Jason Statham’s latest.
The independent horror/thriller scene delivers a number of options in smaller theaters these next couple months, but there are a few mainstream films to note, namely Joss Whedon’s much-delayed “The Cabin in the Woods” and John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe in “The Raven.”
Animated sequels have yet to disprove that timeless adage about movie sequels, but they’re giving it a real go. DreamWorks Animation hasn’t always gotten the formula right (the “Shrek” movies got worse and worse), but even “Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa” had entertainment to offer. “Kung Fu Panda 2” marks the studio’s third try at […]
March begins with a pair of “X” films—sort of. “The Lorax” will finally appease families who waited all winter for a new animated effort with mainstream appeal and “Project X” will try to unleash the epic party animal in us all. But who has the “X” factor to make it to the top of the […]
For the first time since last fall, contemporary comedies are finally ratcheting it up. If this is your genre, you should have a busy spring. March features a few, with “21 Jump Street” the most notable, but April has a different comedy (and truthfully a different style of comedy) opening every weekend.
The spring usually brings us one or two great family movies every year. Last March, “Rango” premiered; a few days ago, it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Will “The Lorax” or “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” from stop-motion masters Aardman Animation be in for a year-long Oscar campaign? Also, a fairy tale […]
Another year in the books, but what a more unusual journey. I could be sitting here this fine Monday morning with spit and ire for Brett Ratner’s production job and Eddie Murphy’s hosting duties, but thankfully fate (and Ratner’s mouth) had other plans. It would’ve certainly given the ceremony a unique flavor, but I have a […]
The 84th Academy Awards offered minimal surprises, as the silent film “The Artist” took home five awards including three of the biggest prizes: Best Director, Best Actor and Best Picture. “Hugo,” nominated for 11 Oscars, tied “The Artist” with five wins, but all for technical achievements including both sound categories, Best Art Direction and a […]
Happy Oscar Day! Below is my full list of predictions in the event that you care or want to know what the safe picks are for potential use in an Oscar pool. The nominees for each are listed followed by the prediction and a link to my post breaking down the category. My total award […]
Perhaps the most unexciting category at the Oscars this year is Best Picture. Only two films were even in the conversation to begin with, and the momentum turned toward squarely toward just one of them in January. Now for the diatribe. Maybe it was just the poor selection of Oscar-caliber films, but the new Best […]
The humor of “Wanderlust” and hippie communes share a similar mantra: embrace it or get the heck out. “Role Models” director David Wain and comedian Ken Marino have written a genuinely funny movie, only one that’s kind of pasted together like a spontaneous collage of humorous characters and moments rather than strung together with any […]
Last year, being a veteran filmmaker meant nothing, as Tom Hooper walked away with an Oscar for what was his third major project (and second film) ever. That looks to be the case again this year despite even more veterans.
After a hot start to 2012, the box office appears to have cooled off again in anticipation of what I’m guessing will be a very eventful March. This weekend’s options include a Navy SEAL film touting itself as the most realistic war movie ever, Tyler Perry’s latest drama, a thriller starring Amanda Seyfried and a […]
In the acting categories this year it’s been all about the ladies. The powerhouse performances of 2011 were all of the female persuasion. The Best Actress in a Leading Role category is maybe stronger than it’s ever been this year and I gave my thoughts on Best Supporting Actress and Actor yesterday.