Friday, February 24, 2017

Movie Review

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"The Amazing Spider-Man" is appropriately titled.

This is one swinging "Spider-Man," especially if you see the Marvel Comics-based movie in the Imax 3D format.

Spider-Man's web-spinning and zinging from skyscraper to skyscraper is a sight to behold.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" has several sequences which are tantamount to an aerial ballet.

As for other aspects of "The Amazing Spider-Man" not so amazing.

The storyline utilizes the oft-used mad scientist turned monster plot.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Much has been made that with "Brave," a Disney animated feature for the first time has a strong female protagonist.

What about "The Little Mermaid"?

What about "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"?

Well, there were those seven dwarfs hanging around.

The difference here is that in "Brave" the young damsel is no "Cinderella" waiting for or seeking her Prince.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Writer-director Woody Allen's latest film, "To Rome With Love," rewrites that sage advice, to wit: When in Rome, do as the Americans do.

Allen has assembled an international cast for the generically-titled "To Rome With Love" (not to be confused with the 1969 - ' 71 TV show starring John Forsythe), his latest romp through European capitals following, "Midnight In Paris" (2011), which grossed $56,473,065 and received an original screenplay Oscar.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Moonrise Kingdom" is the cinema discovery of the 2012 summer movie season.

"Moonrise Kingdom" captures youthful summer vacation adventures. It's a rare cinema experience you don't want to end and could see again and again.

"Moonrise Kingdom" is a throwback to 1980's cinema: the pre-teen world view of "Stand By Me"(1986); the rambunctiousness of "Raising Arizona" (1987); and the charm of "A Christmas Story" (1983), "Back to the Future" (1985) and "The Princess Bride" (1987). It's "The Wonder Years" (1988) with twists.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

According to Greek mythology, Prometheus created mankind. He was learned in architecture, astronomy, mathematics, navigation, medicine and metallurgy. According to myth, in a dispute with Zeus, god of all gods, Prometheus gave fire to mankind.

It is not known whether Prometheus gave movies to mankind. For that we have 19th century myth-makers, the Lumiere brothers of France (1895), and Thomas A. Edison of the United States (1891) to thank.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fans of "Men in Black" are in on the jokes in "Men in Black 3."

The jokes are plentiful in "MIB 3," which cleverly weaves its time-travel plot in with 1969 events, places and personages, including the launch of Apollo 11, which landed NASA astronauts on the moon, at then Cape Kennedy and pop icon Andy Warhol and his happenings at The Factory.

"MIB 3" is an entertaining summer popcorn movie which boasts a spot-on performance by Josh Brolin as the young Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones, who also appears in the movie in contemporary scenes).

Friday, June 8, 2012

One month into the summer movie season, it's safe to go back into the movie theater.

It's adult swim with "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," already an Oscars contender.

The wonderful, life-affirming, delicious comedy regales us with seven retired English men and women lured to the resort of their brochure dreams, which leaves a lot to the imagination once they arrive in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The comedy and life lessons in "What to Expect When You're Expecting" are not unexpected.

The romantic-comedy, directed by Kirk Jones ("Everybody's Fine," "Nanny McPhee," "Waking Ned Devine"), is based on the best-selling nonfiction self-help book by Heidi Murkoff with a screenplay by Shauna Cross ("Whip It") and Heather Hach ("Freaky Friday," TV's "Legally Blonde: The Musical").

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Director Tim Burton reteams for the eighth time with Johnny Depp in the reimagining of "Dark Shadows," a television show cult favorite from 1966 - '71.

Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a vampire who likes to vamp, as in make quips.

The story begins In 1752 when Barnabas Collins was turned into a vampire by a curse from Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), the chambermaid whose love he spurned.

Two centuries later, it's 1972 and Barnabas is unearthed and returns to Collinwood Manor, Collinsport, Me., where his dysfunctional descendants are trying to maintain the ancestral home.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

"The Avengers" are back with a vengeance.

That they're all back makes for competition for screen time. Even the Imax 3D screen on which I saw the "Avengers" didn't seem big enough.

"The Avengers" brings together the Marvel Comics superheroes of previous big-screen blockbusters. Well, most were hits.

There's Nick Fury, leader of the S.H.I.E.L.D. superhero team, played with eye-patch solemnity by Samuel L. Jackson.