Movie Beat – 02.21.14

3 Days To Kill – Kevin Costner is an agent assigned to killing, torturing and blowing-up parts of Paris. I wonder what on his resume landed him the job? He wants out, but his boss (Amber Heard?) wants him to take one last job. He does. Bad idea. His family gets involved, badder idea. He takes his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) along with him. Baddest idea. What will his wife (Connie Nielsen) think? Directed by that three-lettered Charlie’s Angels guy, McG, and in wide release from Relativity Media.   Almost Human – Two years ago, Mark (Josh Ethier) was abducted … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.21.14

Movie Beat – 09.27.13

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner is one of America’s greatest treasures. His words dance across the page with like a hot summer breeze on a muggy summer evening. Can these words be transcribed to the screen? Possibly in meaning and spirit, maybe not in the literal sense. Writer-director-star-art project enthusiast James Franco is certainly going to give it a shot. Adapting one of Faulkner’s novels about brothers taking their mother to her final resting place and the difficulties before them and the secrets behind them. Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Danny McBride, Ahna O’Reilly, and Logan Marshall-Green co-star … Continue reading Movie Beat – 09.27.13

LINCOLN & A ROYAL AFFAIR

It’s the end of the year, and that means that the theaters are loaded up with movies that are all vying for spots on Top Ten Lists and those all important Oscars nominations. Films about important things are seen as important films, and if they can crib from important moments in history, then it raises their prestige even more. History is a lot more fun if we can recognize our favorite actors. There are two films currently in release, one American, one Danish, that are both historical dramas focusing on a major moment in their nation’s history: in America’s corner, Lincoln, … Continue reading LINCOLN & A ROYAL AFFAIR

Movie Beat – 11.09.12

The weekend is upon us, and here we have ten new films out in cinemas for our viewing pleasures. Which one catches your eye? Citadel – Creepy kids and agoraphobia, what a lovely combination. Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) suffers from chronic agoraphobia ever since he watched a pack of feral children attack and kill his wife. Now, they seem intent on killing his daughter. Tommy teams up with a priest (James Cosmo) to try and learn what drives them, and the answers that lie within The Citadel. Ciaran Foy writes and directs his feature debut, which looks like it will scare the pants off … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.09.12

LOOPER

Looper is writer/director Rian Johnson’s third film and his second teaming with actor Joseph-Gordon Levitt. It might also be his most successful. Johnson is a genre director, or at the very least, a student of genre and tries his best to recreate it with his own stamp. Brick (2005) was film noir set in high school, The Brother’s Bloom (2008) a con man film. Looper is science fiction, but doesn’t waste too much time with science. Looper’s present time is 2044. Thirty years in the future, time travel will be invented and then immediately outlawed. Only a crime syndicate has … Continue reading LOOPER

Movie Beat – 09.28.12

The Hole –Two brothers (Chris Massoglia & Nathan Gamble) looking for excitement in the sleepy town of Bensonville discover a trap door covering a hole in their basement. Once opened, the hole brings their inner most fears to life. Their next-door neighbor (Haley Bennett) becomes involved and the two brothers have to work together to close the hole once and for all, reconcile growing up, and deal with an increasingly distant mother (Teri Polo). Joe Dante’s 3-D family horror film sees a limited engagement on 9/28 from Hole LLC., followed by a DVD release on 10/2. This is how a studio … Continue reading Movie Beat – 09.28.12