Sylvester Stallone was always a better actor than Arnold Schwarzenegger. That burning question, for those old enough to have asked it and deluded enough to have never figured it out, is answered once and for all in “Escape Plan,” a vintage prison escape movie in the classic Sly and/or Arnold mold.
Seeing a film you love is fun. But seeing a film you love and then immediately being able to ask the filmmaker how he did it is Film Festival Fun.
The Tallgrass Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday with a gala screening and kick-off party at Botanica. Festivities and films continue through Sunday night.
Emotional impact is not the first quality one thinks of when the subject is science-fiction adventures. Yet that’s one of the qualities that sets “Gravity” apart as a stratospheric achievement. Not just a futuristic drama, it’s also a universally human drama about the need for hope in desperate situations.
“Rush” is a Formula One racing drama of almost irresistible forward momentum. The on-track action is blistering, the filmmaking sure-footed (even as cars fishtail into catastrophic crashes), the characters bigger than life.
“Prisoners” is a mystery told with such skill that just when you think you’ve figured it out, it finds new blind alleys for us to visit.
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones revisit some blasts from their pasts in “The Family,” a violent action comedy about a mob family in France thanks to the witness protection program.
“The World’s End” feels like a grand last hurrah, a victory lap for those “Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the Dead/Spaced” mates Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and their writer/director-partner-in-crime, Edgar Wright.
It’s a strange, quirky little movie about a slacker nicknamed “The Dude” who spends his time drinking White Russians, bowling and wearing his bathrobe.
Denzel Washington teams up with that king of movie-buddy chemistry, Mark Wahlberg, in “2 Guns,” a jokey-bloody action comedy that could use more jokes and less blood.
Just as “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” proved women can excel in buddy comedies, “The To Do List” establishes that female characters can serve as more than mere conquests in a teen sex farce. They can be the carnal conquistadors, who are as vulgar, one-track-minded and hilarious as the guys from “American Pie.”
On a scale of one to 10, Duncan rates himself a six, after being prodded to pick a number by the bully whos driving.
Somewhere along the line somebody must have had a crazy idea about this movie, that maybe for once the Wolverine required a decent script, and it shouldnt rely only on action, audience goodwill and the sight of Hugh Jackman with his shirt off. And so a team was assembled, made up of people who have made some very good movies.
Sadie knows. The dog always knows not to go into the haunted house.
Sheer madness. That’s what this is, this movie that Guillermo del Toro just HAD to make and for which he abandoned “The Hobbit.”
The story of the Lone Ranger has been told many times, on radio, in adventure novels, in a TV series and in several unsuccessful films. Surely it has never been given such a strange rendition as in the latest failed movie adaptation. The film is a bloated, incoherent would-be epic that stumbles like a horse that stepped in too many plot holes and came up lame.
“Despicable Me” had two big things going for it: heart and humor.
“The East” is an espionage thriller of sorts set in today’s ecological political landscape, where we continue to find the Earth’s resources depleted or damaged by toxic waste as the result of practices by major corporations.
Surprisingly entertaining, even fitfully exciting, World War Z is primarily an exercise in expectation management. Forget those trailers suggesting a rock em, sock em, blow-it-all-up extravaganza or a Grand Guignol of cannibalistic grotesquerie by way of those titular Zs; i.e., face-eating zombies.
In her films, writer/director Sofia Coppola likes to show characters that are symbolically lost in a haze. They’re listlessly adrift, headed for a destination they’re not sure about.