Hard as it is to pick one scene that captures everything that is so delightful about the endlessly entertaining The Muppets,
let me go with this one: During the climactic live Muppet Show revival
at the end, Camilla — beloved chicken of Gonzo the Great — and several
poultry friends perform a version of a certain recent, ubiquitous Cee Lo
Green hit. The tune is sung entirely in “buck buck” noises, without
King (George Clooney) comes from a distinct lineage. In terms of his
own narrative, that of the new Alexander Payne film The
Descendants, he is a modern-day land baron,
the trustee of a family that owns the last and largest untapped
acreage in Hawaii. But King is a simple man with a wife (Patricia
Hastie) in a coma and two daughters, Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) and
Scottie (Amara Miller), who knows that paradise is a dream world for
fools. Grade: A.
Williams delivers an Oscar-worthy performance playing screen siren
Marilyn Monroe. The vehicle is director Simon Curtis' thoughtful
adaptation of Colin Clark's diaries. At the age of 23 Clark worked as
third assistant director to Laurence Olivier for his 1956 romantic
comedy The Prince and the Showgirl.
2006 Happy Feet incorporated live-action actors to surreal effect and presented a
hard-to-miss allegory for tolerance of “alternative lifestyles”
that inspired outrage from the likes of Glenn Beck and Michael
Medved. Happy Feet Two is, in its way, also utterly distinctive
from the great mass of contemporary animated fare — yet it’s also
far too frantic and muddled to work as simple storytelling.
a series that has been all about the waiting and the longing, it's
only fitting that Part 1 leaves audiences twisting in the
breeze again. But there could have been some real payoff here, enough
to actually add to the highly anticipated clash of the monstrous
titans to come.
Writer-director Drake Doremus graduates from the micro-niche ranks into indie world with Like Crazy, the Grand Jury Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. With works like Moonpie (2006), Spooner (2009) and Douchebag
(2010), which screened in dramatic competition at Sundance, in the
rearview, it would seem that Doremus would be poised for a breakout.
Almodóvar proves himself an apt technician at sustaining suspense in
the thriller genre. Antonio Banderas returns to work with Almodóvar
for the first time in over 20 years, since his memorable performance
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!.
The years have been kind to Banderas, who brings his A game to a
deliciously diabolical role.
Sandler tightens his embrace of broad family hijinks with this story
about a set of adult twins (Sandler plays both brother and sister,
yeah!) who bicker, bicker, bond, bicker some more and then bond one
last time during their annual holiday gathering. The movie kicks off
(and ends) with real-life twins engaged in a bit of filmed back and
forth about their relationships. The off-the-cuff banter and some of
the contrasting visual juxtapositions contain the real gems lacking
in what gets sandwiched in between.
the producers of 300 comes this neo-mythic tale of Theseus
(Henry Cavill), the mortal chosen by the gods to lead the fight
against Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), a ruthless king intent on awakening
the vanquished titans to defeat the gods and destroy all of humanity.
Sean Durkin introduces Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) as a member of a
commune, one of the compliant women who have surrendered to the
domestic duties, the listless routine, the second-class status, and
the waiting to share the bed of Patrick (John Hawkes), the
paterfamilias of this clan
Director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Dustin
Lance Black have as a subject one of American history's most
enigmatic, polarizing figures in J. Edgar Hoover, and yet J. Edgar
almost never offers the buzz of discovery. It's merely a 50-year
kaleidoscope of American history, with the founder of the modern
F.B.I. serving as Forrest Gump.
Whether they admit it or not, the horror
genre has a special place in the heart of most movie buffs. That
affinity is usually traced back to childhood, a period during which we
are far more open to spooky, supernatural occurrences; the terrifying
possibility of a crazy guy in a mask wielding a chainsaw; or the
likelihood of a maniacal, blood-thirsty leprechaun cracking jokes and
(John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) aim to save 3-D effects and Christmas
in their latest adventure, but first they’ve got to unite after
drifting apart. Cho and Penn have lost their stoner bromantic mojo.
Steve James is apparently incapable of making an uninteresting
documentary, even when his subject matter might presumably be
thoroughly played out. James, who has already garnered enough
film-festival awards to merit multiple mantelpieces, tackles
Chicago's soaring crime rate, and in particular the work of
CeaseFire, a community-based interventional program founded by
epidemiologist Gary Slutkin.
Fast paced and fluffy,
Tower Heist is a spectacle-laden comedy with widespread
appeal. Even Alan Alda's Bernie Madoff-styled antagonist gets a soft
treatment so as not to offend the "1 percent" of potential
audience members his evil character represents.