The new movie “This is 40” is emotionally very effective. Viewers will remember it and will probably want to talk about it later. The story is about a load of troubles of different sorts that married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) find almost
A general admission ticket to see a movie on a Friday or Saturday evening at the local movie house now costs $10. So the films had better be pretty good. Luckily “Jack Reacher,” the new Tom Cruise movie, is pretty good. It is a detective story
I can’t imagine that there would be much controversy over whether or not the new movie “The Guilt Trip” is a success. Moviegoers may be bored by it, irritated by it, made uneasy by it, or left utterly unmoved by it. But there was
In “Rise of the Guardians,” DreamWorks Animation’s adaptation of William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood books, Jack Frost is a boy without a past. The first thing he remembers is darkness and fear. After the dark came the light of the moon that
When Peter Jackson agreed to tackle J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” a collective sigh of relief went out across the world of “Lord of the Rings” fans. This time, Jackson decided to make a single, relatively short novel into three full-length movies. The
December is often a strong month for new DVD releases. Folks buying Christmas presents apparently buy some movies available for the first time on home viewing media. The studios compete, offering potential gifts drawn from lists of recent general-release movies. So if you can’t
After seeing “Playing for Keeps,” viewers may leave the theater shaking their heads. This is the only new movie in town one weekend during the Christmas season? Was there something wrong with the lighting? Why did Uma and Zeta Jones look so odd in that?
Marcus Dunstan directed “The Collection,” a movie sequel he co-wrote with Patrick Melton. The two of them had gotten in on writing some of the later sequels of “Saw,” a horror movie mostly set inside an old industrial building. The “Saws” that Dunstan and Melton
Don’t let them tell you we don’t ever see any “independent” movies at the local twelve-plex. This weekend one auditorium there was given over to showings of “Killing Them Softly,” which will answer just about any description of the genre. It is obscure.
The previews for director Ang Lee’s new film, “Life of Pi” suggested it would be a sort of “Castaway,” only with a Bengal Tiger. Zookeeper Robinson Crusoe on a raft. As it turns out, about half of the movie is just what was in
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