NEW IN THEATERS
- Larry Crowne
- Monte Carlo
- The Perfect Host* / 50%
- Terri* / 80%
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon / 62%
* = Limited Release
- Barney's Version / 80%
- Beastly / 16%
- Season of the Witch / 7%
- Sucker Punch / 22%
- The Warrior's Way / 32%
% from Rotten Tomatoes
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I have managed to go 23 years without seeing the original and now we are getting a remade "Footloose." The 1984 version put Kevin Bacon on the map and showed the world a new way to dance. I wonder if this one will leave any such impressions. Personally, I was not interested at all until I learned Craig Brewer was in the director's chair. He's the man who taught audiences around the world that is it hard out there for a pimp in the gritty, but good, "Hustle & Flow." That and his follow-up film, "Black Snake Moan," dealt a lot with music. Tis fitting his third film will too, while adding a whole lot of dancing. That said, after seeing the trailer, I became uninterested again. Though, Dennis Quaid seems great like usual. "Footloose" probably ain't for me, but maybe for you. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this preview certainly falls in the category, "You've seen the trailer, it feels like you've seen the movie." Put your right foot in on October 14th.
I am not a fan of baseball, but I am a fan of Brad Pitt. The guy seems to become a better actor every year and yet he has always been great: capable of comedy and dependable for drama. In "Moneyball" Mr. Pitt plays Billy Beane (who the King of Pop almost wrote a song about), manager of the Oakland A's who tries a new tactic to lead his team to success. Phillip Seymore Hoffman, one of our greatest living actors, is utterly wasted in this trailer. Let's hope such is not the case for the film. You wouldn't think so, because director Bennett Miller ("Capote") certainly knows what Hoffman is capable of. Jonah Hill co-stars. And what the heck is Bobby Kotick doing in this movie? This one flies into theaters on September 23rd, will you be catching it?
Other than a few visceral moments and the names of our leads, "R" really doesn't tell us much. I like that. My thoughts were led to "Un Phrophete (A Prophet)," a phenomenal French film from 2009 that also takes place in a prison. Grisly reality ensued and looks to be found herein as well. I am intrigued and weary, perhaps the best way to approach provocative foreign films. This Denmark drama is currently in limited release.
The teasers for the upcoming "The Muppets" have been pretty good so far. The latest pokes fun at the new Green Lantern movie, though the Swedish joke at the end just misses. Also new is the first actual trailer with plenty of promising moments, althoug I am starting to get the impression that the bits with Jason Segal and Amy Adams (two fine actors) might bog things down a bit. We want the Muppets. Having said that, I do thoroughly enjoy the Chris Cooper role. See Kermit and the gang in theaters everywhere on November 23rd.
Toss of the Week: From director Kevin MacDonald, of whom I have yet to see a film (and he does both doc and scripted), comes "Life In A Day." My professors have taught me how documentaries are capable of exalting the everyday and giving a voice to the voiceless. Such wonderful qualities! It is films like this that make me appreciate the world I live in and its most-interesting occupants.
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A good list will have you jumping up and down clapping with glee and/or venting with fury. Strong reactions are a measure of their success. Check out TIME's "The 25 Best All-TIME Animated Films" for some likely cheering and booing on your part. Only one film from Studio Ghibli? Quite a few of these just had me asking my screen, "Really?" I feel the need to revisit their top choice... Truth be told, I have never given that film an entire active viewing.
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Deadline reports that Quentin Tarantino has selected Jamie Foxx to star as the title character in "Django Unchained"! He will join Waltz, DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson in the exciting Western.
Deadline also reports that Clint Eastwood is approaching Leonardo DiCaprio with possibly staring in his remake of the musical, "A Star Is Born," in which he could potentially play opposite Beyonce. What a fascinating couple! However, I don't think I have ever heard Leo sing. Eastwood is currently directing Leo in the J. Edgar Hoover biopic. It seems like DiCaprio is everywhere these days! This could make at least five films he'll be in over the next two years.
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Early Monday morning, Bleeding Cool posted a big story. In a recent interview Tom Hanks was asked whether or not Pixar was working on "Toy Story 4." Hanks responded, "I think there will be yeah. Yeah, yeah. They’re working on it now. There you go." I wonder if Pixar wanted the cat out of the bag this soon. It will be most curious to see how this story develops. Back last summer, in my review for "Toy Story 3," I addressed this very question for the "Toy Story" series: Will there be more? "With all these declarations, a question remains: will this be the final "Toy Story"? All I can say is... Pixar is smart. They'd be wise to let it be (taking a lesson from 'Seinfeld' NOT 'The Simpsons'). On the other hand, Pixar is certainly capable of producing another gem and I'd be lying if I said I didn't want any more toy stories. The concept they've engineered and this world they've created is limitless (yes, infinite and beyond). This concept and creation actually began the year I was born (in 1988) with the wonderful, Academy Award winning, animated short, 'Tin Toy.' Many of you may have seen it, the rest of you can see it here. Whatever the princes of Pixar decide to do, all I can say is... Pixar is smart."
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Over the weekend we witnessed a fall from grace. "Cars 2" became the first Pixar film to obtain a "rotten" status among critics on the review syndicate, Rotten Tomatoes. The score. In fact, before this day all Pixar films had received a 90% or above (see below), except for the first "Cars." But at least that was still deemed "fresh" at 72%.
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OR THE COOL
To continue the Pixar theme of today's issue, allow me to share with you a neat feature. Rotten Tomatoes, always excellent at delivering timely articles, has posted "Total Recall: Pixar Movies," wherein they cover each of the acclaimed studios feature film release over the years beginning with the original "Toy Story" in 1995. What a track record! Even though I am bemoaning "Cars 2," a film I have yet to see, I still say you'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger Pixar fan than me. I am hopeful and thrilled for the "Monsters, Inc." prequel and their all-new film, "Brave."
Oh! About that... While this should technically belong above in the Trailer Round-Up section, I decided to save it for here. Check out the awesome teaser trailer for "Brave"! In less than a year it will be out!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then by that logic a film must be worth millions! After all, every second of film is a least 24 pictures, called frames. Mekado Murphy of The New York Times has used many words to dissected a frame from the new "Transformers" movie, in theaters this week!
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