March 25, 2015
“Home” is an energetic, obvious animated comedy packed with the sort of low humor and silly laughs that drive very small children wild.
March 24, 2015
Kevin Hart finds himself shoehorned into a Will Ferrell buddy comedy in “Get Hard,” a politically incorrect romp that only rarely romps.
March 16, 2015
Chris Rock’s acclaimed “Top Five” comes to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday. Rock wrote and directed the film as well as playing the main character, a comedian-actor who is trying to launch his new, very serious film while being shadowed by a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson). It’s a huge leap above previous Rock directing efforts “I Think I Love My Wife” and “Head of State.”
“Don’t do anything stupid,” the old CIA pal (Ray Winstone) growls to his retired “Company” assassin friend.
Taylor Lautner squanders a little more of his “Twilight” heat on “Tracers,” a B-movie thriller built around the urban obstacle course sport of “parkour.” It’s a stunt-heavy chase picture with some arresting camera work, but not much else to recommend it.
“Insurgent” doesn’t seriously diverge from the “Divergent/Hunger Games/Maze Runner” formula until its final act.
March 11, 2015
Derek Zoolander and Hansel are so hot right now. The airheaded male models played by Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the 2001 couture comedy “Zoolander” are set to catwalk their way back to the big screen Feb. 12, Paramount Pictures announced Tuesday.
March 10, 2015
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:
“Run All Night” is a first-person shooter thriller for the Grecian Formula generation.
Universal today is releasing a 30th-anniversary edition of “The Breakfast Club” on Blu-ray, and it raises an important question about language.
Of all the Cinderellas that Disney could have updated, how on Earth did they settle on this one?
March 5, 2015
The best acting job in “Unfinished Business” is turned in by Vince Vaughn. He spends the 91 minutes of this seriously laugh-starved comedy trying to pretend he doesn’t want to strangle Dave Franco.
Wrongheaded in conception, eye-rolling in execution, “Chappie” is a childish blend of the cute robot goofiness of “Short Circuit” and the bloody-minded mayhem of “RoboCop.” It never finds its sweet spot and never, for one moment, works.
March 3, 2015
Anthony Hopkins ferments a fine rage, perhaps at the “dying of the light,” in “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken.” As mega-rich Dutch brewery mogul Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, his quicksilver flashes of temper are worthy of other Hopkins creations, even the demigod Odin in the “Thor” movies. Freddy Heineken was a man used to ordering people around, used to firing people, used to getting his way. He might labor to present calm, unworried face to his kidnappers. But inside, he was seething, plotting and trying to reason his way out of the fix he found himself in back in 1982.
“Mr. Kaplan,” which was Uruguay’s contender for the best foreign language film Oscar, is about an elderly Jew who ponders whether he “inspired” anyone, if he’s “accomplished anything memorable.” Jacob Kaplan (Héctor Noguera) decides the answer is “no,” and results to do something about it.
“Ana Maria in Novela Land” is a comedy spoof that introduces us to the wonder that is Edy Ganem by hurling her into the world of Latin soap operas – telenovelas. She plays both an obsessed young fan and blogger about one such soap, and the vampy diva pursued by two men on the small screen in “Pasion sin Limites” (“Passion without Limits”), a show she is so obsessed by that it’s cost her more than one job.
“Write what you know,” the old novelist’s adage goes. So Adam Carolla co-wrote, co-directed and stars in a movie about a has-been/never-quite-was comic whose glory days were more than a decade ago and whose “partner,” back in the day, went on to bigger and better things.
It wasn’t that long ago.
There aren’t many bubbles in “A Year in Champagne,” an unfussy, unadorned infomercial for the product of that one magical region in France, the only place in the world that can produce sparkling wine that calls itself “Champagne.”
March 2, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" dethroned "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.
The clash of cultures has been rubbed off the marigolds in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Most of the characters are back – those who didn’t die off – in this sequel comedy about British retirees lured to India where their money goes further and the elderly are, as a general rule, revered rather than cast aside. But they’ve all turned so ... nice.