No doubt about it folks, we are in the age of the R-rated sex comedy. This explosive trend among movies stems from filmmakers and producers’ never-ending pursuit of making the rare comedy that costs little but rakes in obscene amounts of money. “No Strings Attached” fits the exact profile of a film quite literally strung [...]
Last weekend we watched “The Green Hornet” top the box office with ease. The task is not so simple for this week’s entries. One film was a postponed would-be Oscar contender and releases in just 650 theaters. The other’s best shot lies in the hands of spotlit actress Natalie Portman as it releases in between [...]
We’ve seen trailers from “Green Lantern” and “Thor” this upcoming summer as well as some scattered images from “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but “X-Men: First Class,” the summer’s second superhero movie, has remained relatively quiet. Well, now that shooting is almost finished, we finally have an onslaught of photos and great quotes from director [...]
Stop the presses because we have official “The Dark Knight Rises” casting news. After tons of rumors of Christopher Nolan searching for two female leads, he’s found at least one, and it’s for the role of Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. Academy Awards darling (and this year’s host) Anne Hathaway will played the role originated by [...]
Natalie Portman has long been a respected actress, but coming off a Golden Globe win and on the brink of a second career Oscar nomination, the 29-year-old has finally hit her stride and could quite possibly become one of the more in-demand actresses of the next decade.
A harrowing portrait of a teenager forced to be an adult out in the Ozarks, the epicenter of crystal meth activity, “Winter’s Bone” feels more harsh and real than any other film that brief summary evokes. Debra Granik’s film seems unequivocally true, so while I’m sure Daniel Woodrell’s novel paints an extremely accurate portrait of [...]
The first successful box office weekend of 2011 featured newcomers “The Green Hornet” and “The Dilemma” atop the box office with the former establishing itself as the unquestionable leader with $33.7 million. More interestingly, this is the most successful opening for a superhero comedy, a genre that typically receives cult following and makes its money [...]
Continuing its sweep of most critics’ awards and major ceremonies, “The Social Network” won the most film Golden Globes last night, taking home four honors from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Score. See the full list of winners after the jump.
When Seth Rogen got his paws on rights to turn the masked crimefighter radio and TV series “The Green Hornet” into a movie, we figured to have it pegged. Rogen would deliver an action comedy “Green Hornet” universe stuffed with his brand of immature moron humor. The only question was whether that combination would work [...]
If you can call it a “big January weekend,” the middle of January tends to hold the most appealing/promising films of the month. We saw “Cloverfield” here a few years back and “The Book of Eli” last year. This weekend we get the long-awaited “The Green Hornet” and the date comedy “The Dilemma” with Vince [...]
Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise doesn’t come out for a good year and a half, but already Sony/Columbia has released an image of Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) as our new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. See the full image after the jump.
With Seth Rogen’s latest in theaters this weekend, I thought I’d offer up my review of “Knocked Up,” written June 28, 2008. Judd Apatow delivers again in what is easily his most poignant comedy while still staying true to the antics of his usual band of characters. “Knocked Up” is able to still deliver a [...]
It’s tough to be funny in the 21st Century. Doesn’t it seem that almost every big movie comedian of the last ten years becomes either annoying or keeps playing the same character way too quickly? I challenge you to find a prolific comedian with an immaculate record, especially north of the year 2000.
Forgetting anything ever happened and just straighten up that tie, Mr. Bond: the next film is back on, or so MGM intends, as the once-financially beleaguered studio has announced the 23rd movie’s going to get rolling toward the end of this year and come out on Nov. 9 2012.
From an outside perspective, two counts of unoriginality can be charged to “The Crazies.” One: it’s a remake of a George Romero film from the ’70s; Two: it adds another quarantined disease zombie movie to the pile that proliferated this past decade. Yet Breck Eisner’s version does so many little things right. He keeps “The [...]