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If Dirty Harry were shorter, heavier, sassier and a woman, then he might have been Melissa McCarthy in The Heat, a very funny new film that irreverently puts a bullet in the head of stereotypical cop-buddy movie conventions.
The latest addition to the Fast & Furious franchise is just like the tie rods on a ‘72 Buick … no, not really. I don’t pretend to know or care anything about cars unless they have a flux capacitor attached and I couldn’t tell a ‘69 Dodge Charger from a Ford Escort, so I come at the Fast & Furious 6 with an admitted disadvantage. I still had fun watching this film though, but probably not for the same reasons as most of its hardcore fans.
(StatePoint) This year’s summer blockbuster season is shaping up to be a big one, full of some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.
While The Hangover Part III may seem like a retread of very familiar ground, this “final” film in the Hangover trilogy completely abandons the trademark formula that typically sets Phil, Stu and Alan up to figure out what the heck happened the night before. Instead they are still recovering from the debauchery that occurred in the first film from 2009. Nevertheless, this is still a very funny movie.
On paper, J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” is one of those movies that should have crashed and burned. A reboot of a beloved franchise with younger, lesser-known actors stepping into the shoes of an iconic cast of characters. The fact that Abrams went on record stating that he was never a huge “Star Trek” fan didn’t bode well either. Against all odds, though, Abrams not only produced a great “Star Trek” picture, but quite possibly the best “Star Trek” ever made. That’s right, even better than “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
Even though “The Great Gatsby” has gotten the movie treatment several times in the past, no film adaptation has ever really stood out as the definitive version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel. Director Baz Luhrmann’s film is certainly the most visually arresting interpretation of “The Great Gatsby” ever produced. Catherine Martin, who previously worked with Luhrmann on “Moulin Rouge,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Australia,” deserves multiple Oscar nominations for her hyper sets and eye-popping costumes. As wonderful as Luhrmann’s “Great Gatsby” is to look at, the enchanting visuals are also ironically the movie’s downfall. In the midst of the art direction, costumes, and music, the story and characters that made Fitzgerald’s book a classic, become a mere afterthought.
Along with Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Iron Man 3” is one of the rare superhero threequels that doesn’t disappoint. While Jon Favreau remains an executive producer and co-star, he passes on the directorial duties to Shane Black of “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Black maintains all the action, humor, and character development that made Faverau’s first two films so enjoyable, while also incorporating his own unique signature.
"Oblivion” is another movie that seems better suited for a video game than a motion picture. Watching the characters engage in endless shoot outs and explore vast, abandoned terrains, all you want to do is get your hands on a controller. Since a movie is unequipped with game play, though, you’re forced to sit back and merely observe the story. Then again, most modern video games have more three-dimensional characters and smarter plots than “Oblivion.” This science fiction mystery from director Joseph Kosinski isn’t completely without some good ideas, elevating it above “Transformers” schlock. It’s just unfortunate those ideas never meld into anything that intriguing.
Just about all the actors in “The Big Wedding” are severely typecast. Diane Keaton is a high-strung, divorced mother like in “Something’s Gotta Give,” Robert De Niro is the father of somebody getting married like in “Meet the Fockers,” Amanda Seyfried is a blushing bride like in “Mamma Mia,” Robin Williams is an eccentric minister like in “License to Wed,” Topher Grace is a deadpan, quick-witted nice guy like in “That ‘70s Show,” and Katherine Heigl is a needy single woman like in every movie she does. Even though the actors are in their comfort zones, not a single person feels natural in “The Big Wedding.” That’s probably because the film doesn’t understand its own characters or their motivations. Nobody behind the camera has any idea what they’re doing, resulting in one of the most awkward romantic comedies of recent memory.
“42” is far from the first movie to explore racial tensions in sports. We’ve seen this subject depicted in other good films like “Remember the Titans” and “Glory Road.” There are plenty of recognizable figures on display here, such as the underdog nobody believed in, the one man willing to take a chance on that underdog, and the ignorant antagonists that wish to see that underdog fail. Familiarity aside, though, “42” executes just about everything wonderfully. This is a good-hearted picture, carried by sincere performances and passionate direction. Not only is it an inspiring story about overcoming prejudice, but an all around rousing baseball movie too.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
AMC Loews Foothills
Pacific Rim: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG-13) 2hr 11min
10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm
Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) 1hr 41min
9:30am, 11:55am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:15pm
9:45am, 3:45am, 5:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:45pm
19:30am, 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm
111:45am, 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:15pm, 9:45pm
9:30am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:45pm, 10:30pm
11:55am, 2:35pm, 5:15pm, 7:55pm, 10:35pm
White House Down (PG-13) 2hr 17min
1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm
Monsters University (G) 1hr 42min
11:15am, 1:50pm, 4:25pm, 7:10pm, 9:45pm
World War Z (PG-13) 1hr 55min
11:20am, 2:05pm, 4:55pm, 7:35pm, 10:15pm
Man of Steel (PG-13) 2hr 23min
9:45am, 12:55pm, 4:10pm, 7:25pm, 10:35pm
This Is the End (R) 1hr 47min
3:35am, 6:15pm, 11:25pm
Now You See Me (PG-13) 1hr 56min
Tower Theatres (no online tickets)
10:45am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm
9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm
10:00am, 11:40am, 12;30pm, 2:10pm, 3:00pm, 4:40pm, 5:40pm, 7:10pm, 8:10pm, 10:30pm
12:20pm, 2:50pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:20pm
9:10am, 10:50am, 12:40pm, 2:20pm, 4:00pm, 6:05pm, 7:40pm, 9:30pm, 10:50pm
10:30am, 1:50pm, 4:45pm, 7:50pm, 10:40pm
10:10am, 12:50pm, 3:40pm, 6:30pm, 9:20pm
10:40am, 1:40pm, 4:50pm, 7:45pm, 10:40pm
9:50am, 3:50pm, 10:10pm
Century Theatres Oro Valley
11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:50pm, 3:10pm, 4:30pm, 5:50pm, 7:10pm, 8:30pm, 9:50pm
10:15am, 11:35am, 4:25pm, 7:00pm, 10:35pm
10:45am, 12:00pm, 1:25pm, 4:05pm, 5:25pm, 6:45pm, 9:25pm, 10:35pm
10:25am, 12:05pm, 1:55pm, 3:35pm, 5:20pm, 7:05pm, 8:50pm, 10:30pm
10:35am, 1:30pm, 4:20pm, 7:15pm, 10:05pm
1:05pm, 4:15pm, 7:25pm, 10:25pm
11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm
10:50am, 1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm
2:50pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm, 9:20pm
10:40am, 12:55pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, 7:45pm, 10:00pm
10:35am, 4:00pm, 9:35pm
1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm
12:55pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm
10:30am, 12:45pm, 3:00pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm