Oz the Great and Powerful - Fantasy - James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams
Incredible Burt Wonderstone - Comedy - Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Steve Carell
March 15th - The Call - Thriller - Abigail Breslin, Halle Berry and Morris Chestnut
March 22nd - Admission - Comedy - Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen and Lily Tomlin
April 12th - Oblivion - Action, Sci-Fi - Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo
April 12th - Scary Movie 5 - Comedy, Horror - Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen
April 19th - jOBS - Drama - Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, Matthew Modine
April 26th - Pain & Gain – Action - Rebel Wilson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Ken Jeong
May 3rd - Iron Man 3 - Action, Sci-Fi - Robert Downey, Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle
Great Gatsby - Drama, Romance - Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher
Star Trek Into Darkness - Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi - Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
May 24th - The Hangover III - Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong
50 Shades of Grey is a terribly written book about an abusive relationship masquerading as an erotica book about BDSM, and its popularity utterly confounds me. And I absolutely do not think it should be a movie. I just hope that every young actress they ask has the same reaction Emma Watson did, because who the hell wants that on their filmography?
Neil Blomkamp would still love to do a movie version of Halo. Let's hope this happens soon. In the meantime check out "halo 4 forward unto dawn" on Netflix.
I don't even know why they're going to bother. Most theaters refuse to book NC-17 movies at all, even if a bunch of older women might come flocking. And if it's rated R, well, what's the point?
Because I love the Star Trek franchise, and the first JJ Abrams film, I went to the midnight showing. I have a very short review of the film with big spoilers, so don't read unless you want to be spoiled/
SpoilerI thought the sequel really lacked a lot of things that made the first film work. There was no breathing room to let any of the emotional scenes pack a punch, and I felt the writing really left a lot to self-referential nods to the Trekkies out there. I also thought it lacked subtlety, and when I saw that they had four writers, I just thought to myself "wow...it took four writers to write this?" I know for Sci-Fi films, you have to have a suspension of disbelief, but there was just too many things that just didn't make sense. Also, there was just way too many cliches going on this time around. The pacing was off too. I felt they tried too hard to make you care about some of the characters, but when you don't allow any build up and breathing (quiet) scenes, then there's no pay-off. Like, I know where they're going with the Spock/Kirk thing and making Spock overly emotional, but I think that was simply a bad choice and way out-of-character. IMO, they should have maybe cut down the crazy emotional Spock scenes by 75% and it would have had the same impact if the surrounding characters recognize what a big deal it is for a Vulcan to show that much emotion.
I also shouldn't hold it against this movie, but I hate the way the Khan storyline worked here. I thought the way the Original Series and the Wrath of Khan film did a much better job with that. Again, I blame the directing and writing because I think they focused way too much on having wall-to-wall action, that the depth was just missing. Also Spock's "Khan!" scene was sort of blah and of course, the editing was so it didn't have any impact either other than to make the Trekkies happy that there was a "Khan" scene.
In terms of acting, I still don't get the point of having Carol Marcus in this movie other than being a future love interest for Kirk and bearing his child, but with the lame Spock/Kirk inversion crap, I wouldn't be surprised if she ended up having Spock's baby instead in this alternate universe. I also, don't know where they're going with the Uhura and Spock relationship, but it was just boring this time around. Karl Urban is a HORRIBLE Bones. He doesn't get the character at all, and he's extremely one-note. Not every other cast member plays their character the way they were originally portrayed, but at least they look like they're still trying to play them in a way that isn't obnoxious or a walking cartoon.
Overall, I'm disappointed after the excellent first film and the promise of 4 years in anticipation, JJ Abrams direction and the four writers it took to make this film decided to go the Michael Bay route and only give us a typical summer film.
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I went to the midnight showing, too. Before going I joked that I would probably be the only girl in the theater with a bunch of guys who to Michigan Tech. That ended up being literally true I was, in fact, the only female in the entire theater. I was actually surprised; I've made that joke before for midnight showings of geek or superhero movies but it never ended up being true. Two of the Tech guys walked in right before it started and actually did a double take when they saw me. I laughed, I'm sorry. I couldn't help it.
I'm not actually a real Trekkie, I just loved the 2009 film a heck of a lot, I adore the cast in its entirety, and I love midnight showings (but one day I will watch the series, I'm sure of it!). So, my standards would not be as high as the review above mine. I liked it. I agree that it was not as good as the 2009 movie. It was more frenetic, the emotional scenes were too short in between lots of actions so they never had the impact they were meant to, and it would have been better if they'd just slowed it down for longer stretches of time a couple times throughout the film. That said, I did love it. This is how an action film should be done, and the cast was once again wonderful. I could watch Chris Pine charisma at me every day. I agree with whomever mentioned Abrams' obvious fetish for flares and Chris's blue eyes I spent a huge portion of the movie just thinking to myself, "wow, his eyes are really blue." If that was one of the things Abrams wanted us to walk away from the film with, he succeeded. The blonde girl was a totally blah addition I could have done without. The beginning and endings both smacked way too much of magical technobabble, which is not something I'm always a huge fan of in sci fi films or television. But overall it was a fairly solid film. It could have been better, but I really enjoyed it. Oh, and Benedict Cumberbatch is a total BAMF but I think we all knew that already.
Has anyone seen the trailer for Now You See Me? It looks like it has a ton o potential. I'd post a link but I'm on my stupid phone.
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
This movie was all action and zero story development.
I'm a die-hard Trekkie, so I was curious how J.J. Abrams was going to reinterpret the whole.
SpoilerKhan storyline. I liked the Spock-Krik reversal, but it was totally obvious that the story would end on a positive note and there was no emotional impact. The most powerful scene from "Star Trek II" was Spock's death and memorial with the bagpipes -- J.J.'s interpretation cheapened it a bit
I agree that Alice Eve was pretty forgettable and Karl Urban was just a farce. I did enjoy seeing more of Simon Pegg, who I love (and who regrettable skipped Monday's premiere so I couldn't meet him).
I didn't mind the Easter Eggs, as they probably would've gone over most people's heads. I talked to J.J. briefly and producer Ricardo Orci at length about including these elements, and they both said they only tried to work them in where they could. It definitely felt more like space comedy than space drama.
I went to one of the National Theatre broadcasts last night (fantastic play, This House, can't say enough good things about it). However it was playing on a screen next-door to Star Trek. I adore all things Trek, am planning on seeing the film in a week or two when the crowds die down ... but did it need to be so freakin' loud that it drowns out everything else in the building? Grr. Tho to be fair, I blame the movie theatre managment for not plotting the screens better.
Another film I have to recommend is The Angel's Share, which I saw on my recent trip to Portland. I found it somewhat uneven, but I still really enjoyed it. It's sort of 2 films in one. The first half is very typical Ken Loach, and what I went in expecting from the film: gritty, violent, the depressing circumstances of non-working-class youth and the almost inevitability of gangs. Then about half way through it turns into somewhat of a modern fable, farfetched but highly entertaining. But through it all are characters you really care about and root for. It was not a perfect marriage, but still an effective merging of two ideas under one umbrella.
Famed russian director Alexei Balabanov has died of natural causes at the age of 54. He was not well known outside his country but has quite a following withing his own country. R.I.P.
Trailers for smaller movies that have just been released. Black Rock is at the top of my list, as are The English Teacher and 33 Postcards. The latter was released in Australia in 2011, but is just getting a limited release in the U.S. now. But it looks good! Frances Ha is a maybe for me. I'd be interested in hearing what anyone has to say about it if they happen to catch it. Pieta looks quite good, but maybe too dark for my tastes. Another one I'd like to hear a review of from anybody who sees it. But then I read every review y'all post here anyway!
May 17 - The English Teacher (Comedy drama with Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane)
May 17 - Black Rock (Thriller with Kate Bosworth)
May 17 - 33 Postcards (Drama with Guy Pearce)
May 17 - Frances Ha (Comedy drama, new cast. From imdb.com: “A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.”)
May 17 - Pieta (Korean drama. From imdb.com: “A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.”)
May 17 - State 194 (Documentary. From imdb.com: “A look deep inside Israel and Palestine at the men and women trying to seize a historic opportunity to end the conflict and make implementing the two-state solution a reality.”)
May 17 – The Expatriate (Action thriller with Aaron Eckhart)
May 17 - Augustine (French drama with Vincent London. From imdb.com: “A look at the relationship between pioneering 19th century French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient, a kitchen maid who is left partially paralyzed after a seizure.”)
May 17 - An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Animated comedy drama. From imdb.com: “A quixotic artist hypothesizes about why he feels bad when a mystery girl stands him up. The event prompts him to ask: what's the content of a momentary feeling? Is it the sum of your experiences? And perhaps more importantly, are your experiences the sum of you?”)
It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.
We went and saw Star Trek tonight. I did not care for it. Too many corny moments. I rolled my eyes a lot during this film. However, I should be honest and say I have never seen even one full episode of Star Trek so I know nothing about the characters or all of the little hidden jokes that were probably what had my eyes rolling.
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
However, I guess it's not fair since the original series was a tv show and therefore could dedicate episodes in building up the crew relationships, and had it been Shatner and Nimoy doing those scenes, with their history, it would have worked even if it made Spock out-of-character a bit.