I must say I was underwhelmed by the latest chapter in The Hunger Games film saga, Mockingjay Part 1, which catches back up with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) after a major event occurs in the narrative's last installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
A fan of the books, I eagerly awaited the all three movie versions and was flush with joy and relief upon seeing the visual treatment of the film adaptations for books one and two. Whereas my mind’s eye could imagine only so much of the eerie juxtaposition between the subjugated districts and the ruthless Capitol, the films stepped in (and stepped up) to satisfy. Seeing the bleak conditions of Katniss’ coal-covered world of District 12 next to the Capitol’s over-the-top, opulent monuments filled with its apathy-ridden, ridiculously dressed residents was just what this reader needed.
The debut trailer for Strange Magic has been released, which is based on a story by George Lucas. Oddly, the film comes out January 23rd, and this is the first anyone’s even heard of this project. Unfortunately, this trailer isn’t doing it
Late Phases shows its cards early, establishing a sketch of a main character and the monster he’s pitted against. The setup shows promise with a no-nonsense, bloodthirsty, practical effects werewolf stalking a retirement community, but instead of using the unique setting for metaphor and/or mayhem, the film grinds in its transitions between tame terror and flaccid drama. The man-in-suit is amusing for all the wrong reasons, while the dime-store theater is stretched well beyond its depths. It all makes for an experience that taxes one’s patience instead of their nerves. There’s little that elicits a reaction other than boredom, save a few unintentionally laughable dialogue selections and perplexing story choices.
In theory, a story about a man who is trying not to poop for a week doesn’t sound like enough material for a feature length film. Fortunately, Angus Sampson’s The Mule proves that theory wrong by presenting a funny and incredibly gripping crime story. Sampson and co-writer Leigh Whannell (who also star in this film), have been firmly planted within the horror genre, however this release proves they can easily transition to any other type of film with ease.
The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 has been released, which features the gang from the first film heading to the acapella world championships. The film marks Elizabeth Banks‘ feature directorial debut, and stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson,Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Katey Segal,
The first trailer for Disney’s live-action Cinderella has been released, which stars Lily James in the titular role, along withHelena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother andCate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother.
Cinderella is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow
Normally, when I hear about the next romantic comedy I have very little interest to actually see that film, but Sean Mullin‘s upcoming Amira & Sam has peaked my interest. The film stars Martin Starr as an Army vet looking to reconnect
Historically, horror comedies have always been something of a mixed bag. It’s a tough endeavor to juggle the scary bits with the humorous bits, and while some have completely nailed it, others have crashed and burned. Fortunately, Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound falls into the former category, delivering a spooky, inventive horror film that doesn’t sacrifice story for ham-fisted comedy.
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The Peanuts Movie, which brings Charlie Brown and company into the 21st century with a brand new CG animated adventure. Normally, I would scoff that this whole thing, but I’m really into the
To promote an upcoming UK screening of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice, a new trailer has been released, which is apparently cut by Anderson himself. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna Newsom.
Films about debilitating diseases can be uplifting like The Theory of Everything, sentimental like The Notebook, unexpected like Amour or surprisingly funny like The Intouchables. Some films put the disease front and center while others treat it as part of a character. How the film handles and tackles the drama surrounding the disease can make or break it. The latest film from the directing team of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice, is a film that looks at Alzheimer’s Disease, and unlike the aforementioned films, it never rises above being a heavy-handed “disease-of-the-week” TV movie.