‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ is a guilty pleasure; ‘Brave’ disappoints.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ***
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov; rated R
Directed by Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrew & Steve Purcell; rated PG
‘Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’
Although July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, it doesn’t mean that the holiday fun will be in short supply in the southern New Jersey and Atlantic City region.
If you had told me that the second sequel in an animated film series would blow away Tom Cruise having fun playing a pampered rock superstar, I would have been highly skeptical.
Ridley Scott, welcome back to the genre you helped define and expand with Alien and Blade Runner. Prometheus, featuring sumptuous 3-D landscapes and a new Ripley-like protagonist embodied by Noomi Rapace, is an intelligent summer blockbuster that explores our place in the universe and the notion that spirituality and science can co-exist.
Even before a character declares that Snow White is “The One” — that is, the only person with a chance to defeat the evil queen and restore harmony in the kingdom — there was a Matrix/Keanu Reeves vibe to the central performance of Kristen Stewart in the title role of the new Snow White and the Huntsman. Stewart’s Snow White is such a likable presence she makes the animals bow in her presence and even takes on a violent, unhappy troll (she’s the troll whisperer!), which is great, but it doesn’t give a performer much to work with. Goodness is not nearly as...
There is no movie review this week because, frankly, the choices went from re-releases (Titanic 3D) to unappetizing sequels (American Reunion) to recycled ideas (Mirror Mirror). Go ahead and tell me it is my job to go see crap movies so I can tell my readers they are crap movies. Point taken.
There is something so sad about a movie that wants to be funny and isn’t. 'Dark Shadows' is exhibit one, another collaboration between director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp, a union that has produced excellent results in the past ('Edward Scissorhands,' 'Alice in Wonderland') and some misfires (Sweeney Todd).
Here is my first impression of The Amazing Spider-Man. It has a terrific cast, headed by Andrew Garfield as Spidy and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, that really captures the angst of being a shy high school loner and the joy of embracing newfound abilities.