It seems that we are going to finally have a turn at seeing the movie the government of North Korea didn’t want anybody to see. “The Interview” comes out on DVD this month. Nor is it the only attraction that will grace the New
The first fully animated feature to come to Manhattan in 2015 is Lucasfilm’s “Strange Magic.” Two kingdoms, one of magic, one of mystery, have been separated for ages. The magic kingdom is ruled by butterfly fairies, the mysterious bog is ruled by the Bog King.
For people my age there is substantial irony in the recent commercial success of European thrillers and action movies. When I was young, continental directors were too sophisticated to make anything so low as shoot-’em-ups. Hitchcock had to come to America to make the
In the movie “The Boy Next Door,” Jennifer Lopez (remember her?) stars as a teacher of Classics at a public high school. When you get over all that is unlikely in that statement, we’ll go on to other implausibilities associated with this new Rob
It took seven years to bring Paddington Bear, the marmalade loving children’s book character from darkest Peru, to the big screen. “Paddington” stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Henry and Mary Brown. The risk-averse Henry Brown and the compassionate Mary are on opposite
Johnny Depp is back on the big screen in his sort of shambling comic film, “Mortdecai,” directed by David Koepp, who gave us the undervalued “Stir of Echoes” and “Ghost Town.” As is the case in those very entertaining movies, Koepp relies heavily on an
Chris Hemsworth stars as improbably physical computer hacker Nick Hathaway in director Michael Mann’s “Blackhat.” Serving time for hacking some bank computer systems, Hemsworth finds a way to use his skills by hacking over a cellphone. The unrepentant Hathaway carries his hacking attitude in
One used to read the term “half-baked” every now and then. Ideas were said to be “half-baked,” for example. Now that we no longer do anything near an oven ourselves, I wonder if this descriptive term means much to us. If you want to know
The large crowds of people going to see Clint Eastwood’s newest directorial project, “American Sniper,” seem to be enjoying it thoroughly. On its first Friday in town the 4 o’clock show sold out, the ushers all told me I was in for a treat,
No, 2014 wasn’t a great year for the movies. Only one summer blockbuster did continuing business—”Guardians of the Galaxy.” The serious movies for people over the age of 30 were mostly cinematic wastes of time. The juvenile comedies weren’t very funny. Even to juveniles.