An old-school video game villain named Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C.
Reilly) lumbers around smashing buildings that the game’s hero Fix-It
Felix (Jack McBrayer) repairs for points and acclaim. But, one day,
Ralph desires to have a life beyond where he stays during off-hours —
the muddy trash heap right across from Felix’s skyscraper filled with
friends and family — and he goes off the grid to earn a gold medal.
The Beastie Boys have denounced a lot of their early work. Maturity and a social conscious apparently do not allow for songs about Wiffle Ball-bat rape and giant penis stage props. So it was a bit of a shock when it was reported that the Boys’ Adam Yauch is working on a short film based on the trio’s first huge hit, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).”
The low-fi craze mumblecore, with its casual, hip camera techniques and sometimes barely audible improvised dialogue, has dominated Sundance, SXSW and other U.S. indie film festivals for the last few years. 'Cyrus' seeks to expand on that success, thanks to filmmaker brothers Jay and Mark Duplass and the summer's most unlikely hero, Jonah Hill. Grade: B.
Scattershot and comically unbalanced, 'Cirque du Freak' is a wannabe fantasy horror film that feels like it was shot underwater. Teenage best friends Steve (Josh Hutcherson) and Darren (Chris Massoglia) buy their way into a troop of freaks performing one show at their local small-town theater. 'Cirque du Freak' is an obvious grab at the current vampire-crazed teen audience spawned by the Twilight franchise. Grade: C-.