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.
Part of an Al Pacino double-feature at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Manglehorn, from director David Gordon Green
was the more nuanced showcase for Pacino, an actor for whom “nuance”
can sometimes be a curious word for a foreign language with no direct
Boaz Yakin started out as an indie upstart director to watch with the urban chess thriller Fresh in 1994 followed by A Price Above Rubies in 1998, but since then has pursued more mainstream fare like Remember the Titans and Uptown Girls (with a brief harder flirtation thanks to 2012’s Safe starring Jason Statham).
The Thunder Buddies — John (Mark
Wahlberg) and Ted (voice work by writer-director Seth MacFarlane) — are
back and seeking to establish personhood for Ted so that he and his new
bride Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) can have a baby together (a grown woman
wants to have a baby with a teddy bear — don’t ask).
Curiosity dominated the critical
conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven
Soderbergh teamed up with Channing Tatum, the lantern-jawed heartthrob
who danced his way into our pop cultural consciousness in Step Up (and starred more recently in Foxcatcher and the ongoing 21 Jump Street franchise).
Director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) has been rather
quiet since Brown Sugar back in 2002, with only one other feature as a
writer-director (2010’s Our Family Wedding) and a screenplay credit for
Talk to Me in 2007.
As a parent of two teenage daughters, I’m not
sure I was ever all that convinced I needed to get a bird’s eye view
inside the minds of teenage girls, but directors Pete Docter and
Ronaldo Del Carmen provide a deft and loving glimpse into the life of a young girl named
Celebrating 40 years of Saturday Night Live, this documentary from Vietnamese-American filmmaker Bao Nguyen (documentary shorts A Tree Falls in the Forest, Julian) focuses on the early years of the show.
Executive producer Steven Spielberg helmed the first two installments in this gigantic franchise based on Michael Crichton’s books, but for the second time, his hands are off the reins (Joe Johnston directed Jurassic Park III in 2001), allowing someone else to take a crack at taming the genetically modified beasts at the dino theme park.
The gang from HBO’s loveable series is back
and finally on the big screen. Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian
Grenier), with Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny
(Kevin Dillon) in tow, seeks to maintain his level of fame and fortune
in the ruthless world of Hollywood by helming his debut feature for the
studio headed by Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), his former agent.