I expected this movie to be something else. The synopsis describes it as a hostage thriller. But I should’ve known that Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire couldn’t be that simple. This is a movie about facts fighting theories, a crumbling environment, corporate greed, and a tiny dose of aliens.
Dreamworks Animation has always looked out for the adults who take their children to movies. From Shrek and The Bee Movie, to How to Train Your Dragon and the movie which spawned the spin-off, Madagascar, the studio makes smart and funny animated movies, all the while possessing enough heart and emotion to not just tug at the heart strings of children, but their adult counterparts as well.
Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ is a well-plotted mystery thriller filled with tough-guy talk, a simmering romance, and exciting action. But along the way to becoming the fun, disposable piece of Hollywood trash that it is, it has a scene or two that may turn the stomachs of those still reeling from the tragic school shooting last week.
The boys return with the next-to-last podcast before the holiday break. This week, Trey discusses the Kansas City Film Critics Circle’s annual awards voting, Eric and Trevan jump into Jack Reacher, the latest from Tom Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, and everyone dives into Judd Apatow’s This is 40 before moving on to Tom Hooper’s take on Les Miserables. [...]
‘The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael’ collects some of the impassioned New Yorker critic’s best writing — essay-length diatribes on specific movies and trends.
SXSW 2011 is underway and contributor George Hickman is filing his reports each day as the festival and its several world premiere movie events and panels continue. Here are a couple mini-reviews of new films at SXSW this year. Blacktino (minor rock fist down) “Blacktino” is a local Austin production and was the debut feature [...]
Knowing that one of legendary director Werner Herzog’s (“Aguirre: The Wrath of God,” “Fitzcarraldo”) favorite subjects is the futility of man to overcome nature, I went into his newest documentary “Grizzly Man” expecting a sobering story of a conservationalist do-gooder who tempted fate one too many times and ultimately lost out to nature. What struck [...]