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The new film, The Monuments Men, depicts the efforts a little known team of soldiers whose mission it was to save and protect historically important cultural artifacts and buildings in the European theater during World War II. It’s a very interesting prospect for a movie, but unfortunately the end result is more sleep inducing than a high-school history class.
With an all-star cast, poignant vision, and heartrending plot, director Steve McQueen’s newest masterpiece, “12 Years a Slave,” is sure to cause a buzz come Oscar season. The film opened on Friday, and is already drawing in viewers by the thousands.
I’m a big fan of both director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) and writer Cormac McCarthy (The Road), so I was very excited when I heard that Scott was directing McCarthy’s first original screenplay, “The Counselor.” Although the film didn’t turn out to be quite the masterpiece I was expecting, it’s still better than your average crime-thriller, with some wild and unexpected eroticism thrown in to boot.
I, for one, am officially fed up with movies about zombie outbreaks, mutant outbreaks, virus outbreaks, and outbreaks in general. To be fair, the end of the world/global epidemic genre can still be done well. The best recent example actually isn’t a movie, but “The Walking Dead: The Game,” which packed in more drama, thrills and heartfelt character development than the AMC TV show of the same name. Such compelling characters and genuine terror are missing from “World War Z.” It’s surprisingly hollow, surprisingly bland, and, most unforgivable of all, surprisingly boring.
1. TURKISH RIOTS ENTER FOURTH DAY
In an op-ed in the New York Times, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy in order to prevent getting breast cancer in the future.
“Killing Them Softly” is about as far away from a feel-good movie that you’ll likely get this year. Relentlessly violent and candidly cynical in tone, this is easily among the angriest cinematic representations of 21st century America. But beyond its precipitous bleakness, does the film at least leave us with an encouraging, hopeful message? Nope, there’s no light at the end of this tunnel here. It’s just utter darkness from start to finish.
It's a good night for popcorn and the couch with the DVD "Moneyball." Brad Pitt's theater hit came out in the Red Box this week, and looks to be a good one to sit down with the family and watch.
It's hard to think of anybody who is more passionate about movies than Quentin Tarantino. He directs, writes and produces great movies. It's just what he does, and his latest work, "Inglourious Basterds," reinforces it.
Courtesy of Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures, Eli Roth as Sgt. Donnie Donowitz and Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino's new movie, "Inglourious Basterds."
courtesy of Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures, Eli Roth as Sgt. Donnie Donowitz and Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino's new movie, "Inglourious Basterds."
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Taraji P. Henson (left) stars as Queenie and Brad Pitt (right) stars as Benjamin Button. Dazzling special effects work make Pitt's character, who ages in reverse, appear as an 80-year-old man in a child's body.
Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence. 96 minutes. Three stars out of four.