It's hard to imagine anyone who liked the first "300" scoffing at follow-up "Rise of an Empire," a well-made but equally cartoonish action epic that takes an intriguing historical setup and reduces it to as much machismo as can be crammed into 102 minutes.
A man claiming to be a former roommate of Kurt Cobain is offering up a bevy of items for sale on Craigslist. The seller says the items were left behind after Cobain moved out of their shared apartment: "Hey Seattle what's up, I used to live with Kurt Cobain back in the 90s and I have been holding on to a bunch of his stuff that he left in a box when he moved out. He owed us rent."
As long as the concept of watching "Taken" on a plane doesn't completely revolt you, "Non-Stop" might just be the perfect movie to get you past the influx of inept action flicks that have cruised through theaters in the last couple of months. Though it's every bit as ridiculous as you probably expect it to be, "Non-Stop" is a competent bit of action mayhem.
To say that it could have been a whole lot worse isn't quite the same thing as saying that "Pompeii" is a good movie. To director Paul W.S. Anderson's credit, "Pompeii" does build a level of excitement that might seem out of reach after a clunky beginning, yet we're still saddled with too many bland and familiar elements to make it anything more than a toss-away tale of Hollywood run amuck.
Wrapped inside the lunacy, there's a fun little B-movie at the core of "RoboCop," a sci-fi action film that has more ideas than many will expect and a concrete understanding of what it's supposed to be. True to the satirical bend of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original, this "RoboCop" digs deep into a society struggling to figure out the robot age and comes up with an entertaining movie.
Even as one of director/actor George Clooney's least sophisticated films, "The Monuments Men" is still a well meaning movie of occasional inspiration - even if it ultimately sinks itself by being stuck in between polar opposite tones. Two parts light-hearted comedy and one part a somber reflection on the devastation of WWII, here's a movie that would have fit better in the decades after the war.
Borrowing more ideas than it actually creates on its own, new comedy "That Awkward Moment" is a crystal clear example of what not to do in an adult-intended rom-com. While trying to emulate the raunchy comedies of yesteryear, "That Awkward Moment" takes a talented cast and loses itself in transparent attempts to imagine what audiences are looking for.
Beneath the 93 minutes of cheeseball fight sequences, painstakingly dull dialog and cheap-looking special effects that make "I, Frankenstein" look like an outdated video game, there is only one positive takeaway: here is a movie so bad that at least we won't ever have to put up with a sequel.
Ever since James Bond exploded in the early 1960s, spy-thrillers have been a mainstay of the action genre, with plenty of excellent films to go along with the expected and frequent clunkers. It turns out "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is neither, yet it delivers a light and fun bit of escapism that borrows from the best of the genre and has a likable enough lead to invest in the story.
Leave it to director Spike Jonze to make one of the most unique and thoughtful films of the year, a ballad of desperate humans looking for love in all the wrong places. Anchored by an excellent performance by Joaquin Phoenix and inspired voice work by Scarlett Johansson, "Her" is a funny, visually rich and exciting film peppered with existential conundrums.
Even with a bloated runtime and some undeniable rough edges, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is a harrowing trip into Wall Street madness - an all-out rollercoaster ride into a life of jaw-dropping debauchery and excess. Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort, a real life scam artist, sees his duty in life as making him and his flunkies as much money as possible.
There is plenty to like about "American Hustle," director David O. Russell's comedy/drama about a group of low-level scammers mixing it up with the FBI and the mafia in the late-1970s. The cast is top-notch and the outfits and ridiculous hairdos are seemingly an exact match for the era.
If nothing else, it's good to see Will Ferrell back in a role where he can be funny, even though that's not nearly enough to make "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" an all-out success. For every joke that "Anchorman 2" gets right, there are two more than fall completely flat, with several being excruciating enough to keep an eye on the nearest exit.
It should come as no surprise that "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a great looking movie filled with dazzling effects, startling creatures and beautiful landscapes for our heroes to traverse. But even though director Peter Jackson exudes his usual visual flair and delivers a couple knock-out action sequences, the territory is so familiar that it often feels like we're just going through t
Ordinary people have never been as funny as when they're in an Alexander Payne movie, and that trend continues with his superb comedy/drama "Nebraska." With a soulful performance from Bruce Dern and some of the sharpest dialog you'll hear in a comedy, "Nebraska" is both a hilarious satire of everyday America and a searing drama about father and son.