Delving into a phenomenon, documentary filmmaker Dana Nachman explores the
startling flashpoint of the rise of a movement surrounding the granting
of one 5-year-old cancer patient’s wish to be Batman for a day.
Screenwriters/producers Scott Neustadter and
Michael H. Weber have made a name for themselves in Hollywood as the
teen-to-YA dramedy guys, having worked together on (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars.
Chris Columbus, as a director, has bounced
around the spectrum, although he tends to give audiences movies that are
heavy on manufactured whimsy or
seemingly sure-fire adaptations that never quite take off as they should in his hands.
Expertly merging the
lofty romantic notions we’ve come to expect from stories of lovers blown
apart by the winds of war, veteran television director James Kent captures the literary nuances likely infused in the autobiography of
Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow) takes audiences on a journey into the seemingly barren spiritual and emotional divide between a mother (Jennifer Connelly) and the now-adult son (Cillian Murphy) she abandoned much earlier in the child’s life.
The line, “I ain’t got the time, and if my daddy thinks I’m fine …” from Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough single, “Rehab,” became her way out of going to rehab for a drug problem that apparently everyone close to her saw but could do nothing to prevent. Listening to the song now, it all seems so obvious, and maybe the song itself was her way of crying out for help.
The Despicable Me sidekicks get their own franchise offshoot, which is explained as a prequel to their time with criminal mastermind Gru (Steve Carell), when they were lowly but eager underlings in search of a super-villain with the right stuff to lead them to nefarious glory.
The latest narrative take on the question of immortality unfolds in the new film from Tarsem Singh (the music video wunderkind who then directed The Cell, the surreal journey into the mind of a serial killer with Jennifer Lopez, before slipping into the slightly less trippy loop with The Fall and Immortals).
After the last lackluster outing (Terminator Salvation) in this
groundbreaking science-fiction adventure series (with its first two
installments helmed by James Cameron, which explains the early success),
the producing powers that be tapped Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) to return the franchise to some semblance of its past glory.