Poor Steven Spielberg. He’s running the Dreamworks movie studio’s live-action unit, or so one reads. They don’t make very many movies, so each new one is very important to the company’s financial health. Anyone who watches “Need for Speed,” their most
Based on the graphic novel “Xerxes” by Frank Miller, “300: Rise of an Empire” is less a sequel to the 2006 film “300” and more an attempt to tell the concurrent story of the Athenian general Themistokles. The story begins with Queen Gorgo (Lena Headley) narrating the victory
When producers and directors get ready to give the public a new version of “The Nutcracker” or “Hamlet,” they may be tacitly asserting that they liked something in the original quite a bit and thought other things in it could be improved or updated. What
OK. So Tom and Mary have just left the movie theater and have gone on to a party. There they got to talking with their old friends, John and Diane, who asked about the film. “It was the usual sort of thing,” Tom said. “So
Late winter is probably a decent time to stay home in the evening and watch movies recently released on home viewing media. That is, unless there’s basketball going on. Among the titles appearing on the new DVD shelf last month were a couple of
If you go to see the new film “Pompeii,” pay the extra money and see the three-dimensional version. This is a visual movie first, foremost, and altogether. And certainly the historic occasion gives the movie lots of opportunities for spectacular visuals. As you’ll remember,
All good action movie fans know the Luc Besson formula. The French writer and director, who got his start with surprisingly Hollywood movies like “La Femme Nikita” and “The Professional,” now has a scheme for making successful shoot ’em ups based in Paris (or at
Bob Walkenhorst wrote, “Some things are classic/Some things are just old.” The new movie “Endless Love” is a very simple romance, so straight-forward a cliché that it would be irritating except that after the first reel most viewers really won’t be paying attention.
The new re-make of the 1985 movie “Robocop” is topical. It is about ethical questions involved in the public discussion of the use of remote control “drone” weapons. It is easy enough for director Jose Padiha to get to the issue by telling the story of
Remember Eva Marie Saint? She was the female lead in two legendary motion pictures, “On the Waterfront” and Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”—Cary Grant tosses her onto the top bunk in the railroad car sleeping compartment in the last scene of the latter movie.