In the wake of a string of atrocious big-budget bombs for Tom Cruise--and a title that makes it sound like a '70s soap opera--I was fully prepared to hate this movie. I was hoping it would be so bad I could walk out, get a little payback for having to sit through Oblivion. However, I should have known that if any movie star can weather the storm, it’s Tom Cruise. After countless maybe-I’ll-rent-it releases, he finally picked a winner.
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If you’re waiting for the Skyfall line at the box office to die down, here’s what's hot on DVD
Rather than waste my time (and yours) on the Nth installment of the Resident Evil franchise or Finding Nemo 3D—which, by the way, is very similar to the original except that everything really comes at you—I thought I would help you out with some rental options. Here’s what’s out on DVD right now:
Let me start off by saying I don’t think there are many more likeable actors in Hollywood than Emily Blunt and Jason Segel. If any two people can pull off a mediocre romantic comedy, it’s these two. And this really isn’t a mediocre romantic comedy. It’s a terrible romantic comedy and a great romantic comedy rolled into one. If Jason Segel is on anybody’s holiday shopping list, somebody, for the love of God, get him an editor. Foul language, in and of itself, is not funny—well it’s a little funny—but there needs to be a joke there, too.
I know I sound like a broken record when I say romantic comedies are formulaic: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back. A deviation from this formula leaves filmmakers with a dissatisfied and disgruntled audience. Then comes Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. It is most definitely a romantic comedy and to some extent, it sticks to the formula. At the same time, however, it is refreshingly original.
Movie spring has sprung. We may have three more weeks on the calendar, but at the Cineplex, the new season has arrived. Here are the highlights:
Play: “Kind Sir”
Any movie with a romantic component—this one is a romantic thriller—lives or dies by the chemistry between the two stars. This film’s leading actors have it in spades. The other component is the plot: What is the obstacle keeping our young lovers apart? That gets a little trickier, because in this case, it would appear to be God. So I guess now would be a good time to talk about a little thing called ‘willing suspension of disbelief’—you’re just going to have to go with it.
It may not officially be spring yet, but the weather thinks it’s spring and so does the cineplex. Awards season is over, and now it’s time to kick back with a trough of popcorn and a bucket of soda and watch some stuff blow up. An ongoing theme in this spring’s movie releases seems to be changing the course of fate/stopping the dominoes from falling…hmmm.
The Oscar race is heating up and these films may be late to the gate but they are definitely not lagging behind. It may be awards season, but it is also holiday season, and the family-friendly film is well represented.
It’s hard to believe summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the temperatures’ dropping and the cineplex is brooding. Gone are the days of eating your body weight in popcorn and watching stuff blow up. It’s awards season. And frankly, after some of this summer’s action offerings (The Expendables, Takers), I could use some headier stuff. Here’s what to look forward to:
Well, this movie really has it all. The cast reads like a guest list to an Oscar party. The setting is breathtaking. The dialogue is intelligent and the chemistry palpable. So, they have done it: They have proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is no way to make a believable werewolf story. If they still can’t create a respectable wolfman with all the effects technology makes available today, no one can.
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday, March 7. This year, like every year, the nominations brought some No-Brainers, some Surprises and some Snubs. The Academy also shook thing up by going with the old 10 best picture nominees format—no doubt to help DVD sales, but that’s the cynic in me. Let’s take a look:
I thought I knew the plot going into the theater. The story of Victoria and Albert is one of the great love stories of all time. What I did not realize was how many people were conspiring against her politically, royally, socially and romantically. The fact that these two crazy kids ever got together in the first place is nothing short of miraculous.
Some say that St. Louis in recent years has been experiencing a renaissance in theater, but I’m not entirely sure about that. While matching the second definition of ‘renaissance’ in my Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as ‘a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity,’ it doesn’t necessarily jibe with the third definition of ‘rebirth, revival.’
If I could give you one indication of what I thought about this strange and quirky comedy it would be this: The producers, who also made Little Miss Sunshine, the fantastic 2007 road trip comedy starring Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin, didn’t jinx themselves. This is another wonderful, touching, well-acted and, above all, funny film starring a laundry list of my favorite actors.
Coming attractions…The FOX THEATRE has announced the line up for its 2008/2009 U.S. Bank Broadway Series. Highlights include SPRING AWAKENING (winner of the 2007 Tony Award for best musical), Disney’s MARY POPPINS, Oprah Winfrey’s THE COLOR PURPLE, Fox Theatrical’s own LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL, CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY and A CHORUS LINE. Off-series shows include Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Stomp, Hairspray, Riverdance and Rent, which will star two of the original Broadway cast members in lead roles, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp.