November is always an interesting month, cinematically speaking. The serious Oscar contenders rear their heads, the holiday family films are released, and a stray R-rated comedy or two makes an appearance for variety's sake. This November is no exception.
It's officially fall: School is in full swing, sweaters are coming out and thoughts turn to pumpkin-carving and apple-picking. I know it's fall for another reason: At the cineplex, the film previews have turned to all things sinister. You know what I mean. The trailer starts off with a girl entering a long, abandoned attic, and pulling drop cloths off Victorian furniture. Then she comes across an old charm/mirror/clock/masque and the violent montage begins. After a few lines of dialogue explaining the premise--the man murdered a dozen girls then disappeared/they thought she was a witch and burned her home with her in it/he walked into the old mine one day and never emerged—the credits pop up. Brace yourself. Then, there's one final scary shot of a face with yellow eyes (or a dead body sitting up). Yeah, yeah.
Summer is over—maybe not according to the calendar; but according to the cineplex, it is.
Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.
If I’m being incredibly optimistic, I would say studios are opting for quality, not quantity, this summer. We shall see. Here’s what’s coming to theaters in July and August...
The votes have been tallied, and we now have the names of the nine finalists for the 2014 Ladue News Charity Awards. The finalists are...
To get you in the mood for this Sunday's 86th Annual Academy Awards, we have LN's longtime movie critic, Debbie Baldwin, comparing notes with Brandon LaMew, who's been ranked No. 15 among Netflix's top film reviewers worldwide.
Well, we are mid-awards season—an underwhelming awards season at that—and we’re finally through January, notoriously the worst month of the year for movies. It’s gray outside and grim in the cineplex. Nevertheless, refusing to give up on a Hollywood that seems to have done nothing but disappoint over the past year, we look to the future. We cling to the hope that when the new buds appear, so will a new crop of movies--a bountiful harvest of action, comedy, drama and suspense. So, renew your Netflix account and Hulu Plus for the next couple of weeks, and then get excited to go to the movies.
There has been much discussion about The Sound of Music Live!, a recently aired musical special on NBC, which drew some 22 million viewers.
Well, if the Golden Globe nominations are any indication—and they usually are—it's shaping up to be a strange awards season. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced their picks for the best films, made-for-TV movies, television series and mini-series of 2013. Everyone seems to agree there were a few surprises, a few shocks, and more than a few snubs.
If all you really wanted for Christmas was a movie you could go to without contemplating asking for your money back, Hollywood may be able to help…finally. Here’s what coming in December:
The eleventh month is also the eleventh hour for award consideration. While one would think an Oscar-caliber movie would stay with a viewer, contenders seem to want their film fresh in voters’ minds. So with a few brain breaks for popcorn premieres November should prove to be a heady cinematic month.
With the early horses out of the gate and a smattering of expected disappointments out of the way, it’s time to get serious--awards-show serious. Here’s what to look forward to in October.
Way back in the days when I was a lad, Labor Day marked the beginning of the school year. Now, of course, school districts and universities get their fall semesters underway a couple of weeks earlier.
September is finally here. Finally. We can stop paying $14 to watch good actors sell themselves out and million-dollar budgets spin down the drain. What’s more, if the early offerings from Lee Daniels and Woody Allen are any indication, the fall should be brimming with Oscar-worthy films. The releases for September beg to differ. It’s not that there’s nothing worth seeing, it’s just that there’s nothing worth nominating--well, almost nothing. Here’s what’s coming in September:
You are invited to one of the year’s most glamorous events: a sneak peek behind Glamour: Costumes and Images from the Collection of Mary Strauss, an exhibition to benefit the Sheldon Art Galleries.
I don’t want to raise the bar too much after the abysmal cinematic summer we’ve had, but things do seem to be looking up. Here’s what’s coming in August:
Well, we’re almost out of the woods. We made it through the January bilge and a February with nothing but Oscar re-releases that were worth seeing. Spring break is almost over, and the studios know that the time has come to start releasing some movies that people actually will pay to see. Here’s what we have (hopefully) to look forward to this spring:
I’m not going to lie to you: We are in for a strange month of movies. December is typically peppered with Oscar favorites and holiday family fun, but this year is anything but usual.
It’s a fun time of the year, movie-wise. If you’re eagerly awaiting Oscar buzz, the moment has arrived. And if you’re excited for some holiday horror, there’s plenty of that, as well. But, if you’re waiting for some wholesome family fare…well, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Like November days, next month’s movies are moody and dark.
When you see previews for this movie, you see a shoot-‘em-up action flick or a car chase/revenge thriller when in actuality, this is a romantic comedy—a violent romantic comedy, but nonetheless. Real-life couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard co-star, and do most of the work behind the camera, as well. They also managed to assemble an A-list supporting cast for this quirky, engaging story.
It may be almost a month before the official start of autumn, but the kids are back in school, there’s a nip in the air and Hollywood is ready for awards season…or horror season—or both. Here’s what’s coming in September:
I know I sound like a broken record when I talk about the lack or originality in Hollywood, but prepare to be amazed. Lately, they aren’t even remaking movies, they’re just re-releasing them in 3D. Anyway, I hope you have plans for July, because you’re not going to be spending next month at the movies.
If you are in the mood for car chases and alien invasions, I have good news: I count no fewer than four alien-battling blockbusters this spring. If, however, you are in the mood for more substantial fare, you may be disappointed. Here’s what’s coming up!