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New DVDs released on Tuesday, December 9.
Not since 1977 have such an unlikely handful of misfits stepped forward to save the universe from evil. Taking a page straight out of the original “Star Wars” (or Episode IV: New Hope) playbook, “Guardians of the Galaxy” delivers a fast-paced story combining camaraderie, humor and even some sexual tension between the main characters. This richly talented group comes together to make “Guardians of the Galaxy” a funny, playful and marvelous summer hit.
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This Sunday night’s 86th Academy Awards show on ABC should be one of the most exciting in recent years. Last year’s awkward host Seth MacFarlane has been replaced by daytime talker Ellen DeGeneres, making her second appearance. This year, we also have at least a handful of great films all competing for the 8.5- pound golden statuette.
Everything about the film ‘American Hustle’ is over-the-top; the ensemble cast of Hollywood heavyweights, disco music, the wardrobes - even the hairstyles. Viewers get another exceptional comedy-drama from Director David O. Russell (‘The Fighter’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’). The script provides a complex storyline and is about much more than just a shell game played by con artists in 1978. ‘American Hustle’ is about characters, control and relationships draped under comb overs, behind tinted glasses and inside polyester suits. With 10 Oscar nominations (tied with ‘Gravity’ for the most), including all four acting categories, look for ‘American Hustle’ to have a big Oscar Night.
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The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards. The show airs Sunday, March 2 on ABC.
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 Feb. 24, the long awaited Super Bowl of the movie season will be held as the Oscar’s will be hosted on ABC. This year’s Oscars have plenty of intrigue with some obvious snubs, but overall plenty of deserving nominations that should make for a competitive night.
The Oscar season is customarily kicked off by the Academy president and a random star solemnly announcing the nominees in a drab ceremony. The Academy decided to shake up tradition this year, however, in one of the most cheerful Oscar mornings we’ve ever had. Seth MacFarlane, director of “Ted” and this year’s Oscar host, announced the nominees Thursday morning alongside the invaluable Emma Stone, who had the funniest bit at last year’s Oscar ceremony. MacFarlane and Stone made for an outstanding duo, engaging in playful banter about each of the categories. Even when one of their jokes didn’t quite hit the mark, MacFarlane and Stone still looked like they were having a genuine ball on stage. That’s more than can be said about Anne Hathaway and James Franco when they hosted the Oscars two years ago.
It was a slow weekend at the theaters, and while “The Words” poor opening ($5 million) didn’t do much to boost the lackluster box office numbers, its value came in another form that can be found on Hollywood’s current endangered list: creativity.
Very rarely do I walk out of a movie and not have an opinion. For better or worse, regardless of whether or not I absolutely loved it or wholeheartedly hated it, I almost always have an opinion immediately.
While November’s “Breaking Dawn- Part 2” movie is already drawing plenty of attention, September appears to be packed with good possibilities.
If you watched television in the 1980s, then you probably remember "The A-Team," the NBC series that ran from 1983 to 1987. Even if you didn't tune in for the weekly escapades of this fugitive team of ex-military operatives, you undoubtedly recall the series' distinctive theme music and Mr. T's trendsetting mohawk. It's that familiarity, no matter how small, that the studio hopes will lure audiences into the theaters. When will they ever learn?
Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox, The A-Team stars (from left to right) Bradley Cooper as Face , Sharlto Copley as Murdock, Liam Neeson as Hannibal and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as B.A. Baracus.
courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox, Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) thinks she's in love with cable news cameraman Steve (Bradley Cooper). Complicating things is the fact that he thinks she's crazy.
PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor. 100 min. Two and a half stars out of four.