GLASS

How do comic books work? M. Night Shyamalan knows, and he’d really like you to know. Not how comic books work; Shyamalan wants you to know that he knows how comic books work. It’s an important distinction (though I’m not sure why) but whatever it means to him, it’s just one of the many problems hampering his latest, and hopefully final, installment in the Eastrail 177 trilogy: Glass, a movie nineteen years in the making that could’ve benefitted from twenty. Shyamalan’s backdoor trilogy began in 2000, back when comic book franchises were still just a whisper. Hot off the heels … Continue reading GLASS

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

There are treasures deep in the misty mountains of the Congo; untold riches that the Belgian king will stop at nothing to find. Fortunately, there is a man who will sell out his tribe and his way of life to lead you to these treasures. All you have to do is bring him the man. The man they call Tarzan. Set partly in London and mostly in Congo circa 1890, The Legend of Tarzan is the long-awaited sequel to the smash hit that launched the careers of Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie. The movie propelled them into bed and into … Continue reading THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

“Manners maketh the man,” Harry Hart (Colin Firth) calmly informs a group of ruffians as he latches the pub door closed. Few actors can embody that line quite like Firth — an actor who built his entire career around a classic attitude of a respectful demeanor and impeccable style — but what Firth has up his sleeve in Kingsman, is outlandish violence and crude humor. At least he kept the suit. Kingsman: The Secret Service, which opens Friday, Feb. 13, concerns a group impeccably dressed, well-mannered British agents who have been protecting the world from evil and villainy in secret since … Continue reading KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

Movie Beat – 04.04.14

Afflicted – Derek Lee and Clif Prowse have a plan. They are going to take a year off, travel around the world and film every last second of it. What will they do with all that footage? Upload it to the Internet of course! They rig themselves with cameras and take off. Everything goes according to the plan for a day or two and then they meet a beautiful and tempting woman. Sounds a little Old Testament-y, but that woman does something to Derek and now he has powers well beyond his control. What happens to Derek and what will … Continue reading Movie Beat – 04.04.14

Movie Beat – 02.14.14

About Last Night – Two guys (Kevin Hart & Michael Ealy) and two gals (Regina Hall & Joy Bryant) are living in Los Angeles and trying to find love and companionship. The guys are best friends, the gals are roommates, and their lives will become inseparably tangled when they start dating. First Bernie and Joan start dating, then Danny and Debbie hook-up. Then Debbie and Danny break it off, so that means Bernie and Joan need to spend sometime apart as well. Love sure can be complicated. Written by Leslye Headland based on the play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” by … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.14.14

Movie Beat – 01.17.14

Big Bad Wolves – If it takes a criminal to catch a criminal, then it takes a maniac to strike fear into the heart of a maniac. A father who is seeking revenge and a cop seeking justice decide to operate outside the law on a teacher they suspect is the man responsible for a series of murders. Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Dov Glickman, Menasheh Noy, and Dvir Benedek star, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado write and direct, and Magnolia Pictures gives this a limited release.   Devil’s Due – Ah found footage! What luck that the couple … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.17.14