Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) sure knows how to set the
bar a notch or two higher, just to challenge himself. He follows up his
Academy Award winning film by diving headlong into an adaptation of a
beloved musical and pushes his all-star cast (featuring Hugh Jackman,
Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway) to record their vocal performances
'Wolverine' arrives at an interesting moment in the history of the comic-book blockbuster. 'The Dark Knight' raised the stakes with its quagmire of moral complexity, and the filmmakers here seem to be trying to learn some of its lessons. But after 107 minutes, it doesn't appear that they learned enough of them. Grade: C.
Baz Luhrmann's well-over-two-hour 'Australia' isn't as bad as the Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay dog 'Pearl Harbor,' largely because it stars quality actors with legitimate romantic appeal, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. But it's still a long way from great, because Luhrmann — like Bruckheimer and Bay — doesn't have the right taste to do this kind of film right.