Earlier this month, GTN and about 30 other lucky outlets were invited to visit Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA, where we were given a sneak peek at the studio's latest animated feature Monsters University -- and let me tell you right off the bat, Pixar's marketing team sure knows how to theme-out a press event. Upon arrival on our first day, we were immediately welcomed by the Monsters U drumline and cheerleaders, as we entered Pixar's "campus quad," complete with all manner of sign-up booths and MU bulletin fliers.
If J.J Abrams has proved one thing with his 2009 reboot of Star Trek, it's that he has a knack for making even the most convoluted fictional lore accessible. He introduced himself to the world as the go-to guy for unravelling dense narratives and identifying their core beats, those moments that sing out universally even if they're grounded in the most ridiculous of sci-fi scenarios. He made newcomers happy. For the most part, he kept fans happy. It's no wonder he was tapped for Star Wars.
Pain & Gain is a true crime tale set in the 1990s about three Miami bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) whose scheme to bilk a millionaire client (Tony Shalhoub) out of his fortune and property quickly devolves into torture, mayhem and murder.
Even though, since it's release and subsequent Best Picture loss at the Oscars to Argo, many have retro-criticzed Zero Dark Thirty for skimping on characters and being less-than-accurate in its quasi-realistic approach to telling the story of the global hunt for Osama Bin Laden, it can't be denied that the movie isn't a genuinely thrilling, and sometimes uncomfortably unflinching, experience. The question is however: Is this movie you'd want to revisit over and over?
Ah, Scary Movie 5, where to begin...
When it was first announced that Anna Faris wouldn't be coming back to star in the latest Scary Movie, my expectations went from low to lower. I was never a huge fan of the series, but they were never offensively unfunny, especially with names like Faris, Marlon Wayans, Cheri Oteri, David Cross and Tim Curry attached.
The life story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, comes to the big screen in director Brian Helgeland's 42, a touching, but conventional biopic that never quite sheds its TV movie trappings.
Murderball director Henry Alex Rubin delivers his first scripted feature in Disconnect, a dramatic thriller exploring the lives of ordinary people -- strangers, neighbors and colleagues -- struggling to connect in today's wired world.
Oblivion may have one of the most exposition-heavy prologues ever committed to film. In solemn voiceover, Tom Cruise spends a full five minutes explaining that aliens have destroyed our moon, triggering earthquakes and tsunamis, followed by full-scale invasion. We in turn launch nukes and win the war, but in the process lose the planet, meaning that man must scarper to a faraway lunar colony, tail-between-legs.
You know the story of Jurassic Park so there's no need to recap it except to say: Amusement park. Cloned dinosaurs. Run for your life. In honor of the 20th anniversary of director Steven Spielberg's blockbuster adaptation of Michael Crichton's bestseller, Universal has converted the film and re-released it as Jurassic Park 3D.
Watching action-thriller The Expatriate – or Erased as it’s known in America – one wonders if Liam Neeson turned the lead role down. Because although Aaron Eckhart delivers a fine performance as former CIA agent Ben Logan, at times it feels as if he’s doing an impression of the big man.
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