May and June flicks worth anticipating this season
Prometheus (June 8) — Director Ridley Scott is back in space in this prequel of sorts to Alien that features a fabulous cast — Noomi Rapace (the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron.
Rock of Ages (June 15) — The film adaptation of the hit Broadway show stars Tom Cruise as a 1980s-era rock and roll god, directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), with Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta and Alec Baldwin.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 22) — I bet you just thought he just won the Civil War. With a title like that and a fantasy plot about vampires triggering the War Between the States, I had to pick this for my must see list. Benjamin Walker has the title role.
Magic Mike (June 29) — A drama about male strippers based on Channing Tatum’s pre-acting career as a “male exotic dancer” and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh? Really? The beefcake line-up is impressive: Tatum, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Adam Rodriguex and Matthew McConaughy in the “Cher” role as the owner-performer at the club.
Film columnist Lori Hoffman has earned awards for her critiques in 2010 and 2011 from the Local Media Association, which includes thousands of entries from members across North America. Read more of her work on film and other topics at the Atlantic City Weekly blog, Atlantic City Central.
As a stand-alone film, Retaliation is a mindless collection of action-set pieces, only one of which is visually interesting, a ninja battle that takes place with trapeze artists/soldiers flying across the face of a mountain.
It is time to look at the summer movie schedule in July and August. 'The Avengers' got us off to terrific superhero start.
Joss Whedon, the man behind beloved TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, has unleashed a ton of unadulterated popcorn movie fun with his marvelous multi-superhero extravaganza, The Avengers. It’s everything you would expect from a comic book adaptation that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it delivers plenty of action along with an equal amount of superhero temper tantrums.
Nicholas Sparks novels have been turned into movies that give teenage girls a chance to enjoy dreamy teen heartthrobs who prove their mettle as believers in true love. The best one was The Notebook, which gave Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams their first major film roles. The rest haven’t been so bad (A Walk to Remember, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Last Song) but they haven’t been so great either. The Lucky One falls right into the same slot, enjoyable in spots, but with a few too many contrivances. Zac Efron, who took his Disney TV stardom...
In trying to figure out why Michael Mann's Public Enemies is so emotionally cool despite a sizzling topic -- the life and times of Depression-era gangster John Dillinger -- I thought of two movies ab...
What the Harry Potter movie series has accomplished is something that has never been done before. The James Bond movies had high and low points. The Star Wars trilogy had major issues when its three prequels were added. The Lord of the Rings only had to maintain its quality over three films (granted, with a new one on the way).
Are you kidding me? It took Kiteman longer to get from the top of Veteran’s stadium to home plate to deliver the first pitch for the Phillies in 1972.
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.
A decade after the disappointing sequel Men in Black II, Will Smith — with a big assist from Josh Brolin and writer-director Barry Sonnenfeld — has delivered an enjoyable third film in the series.