‘Captain Phillips’ and other new movies, reviewed
All Rights Reserved. Photo by Hopper Stone Captain Phillips (PG-13) ‘Captain Phillips,’ a taut, finely crafted, superbly acted maritime thriller, is just one of a wave of fabulous films heading our way. Its autumn, my friends, a time of falling leaves and soaring cinematic standards. Hallelujah, and pass the buttered popcorn. Ann Hornaday The Summit (R) Because The Summit jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing. Michael OSullivan When Comedy Went to School (Unrated) At first, the movie sets out to prove that the mountain resort was the seminal location for mid-century Jewish comedians to get their start. But after so many detours into other terrain, the movie feels muddled and unwieldy. Stephanie Merry The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (R) Wright and Mackie have small parts, playing a homeless veteran and a pimp, respectively. Like all the other grown-up actors, their work is fine and tightly focused. But its Brooks and Dizon that youre not likely to forget. They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances. Michael OSullivan Escape from Tomorrow (Unrated) As a social critique, ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ is weak. At times, the filmmaker seems to suggest that Disneys mechanistic manipulation of the imagination after all, its park designers are called imagineers is stifling original thought. Michael OSullivan Machete Kills (R) Bad acting, narrative illogic, inattention to character development and storytelling so choppy that the film seems to have been edited with a, well, machete are what you expect from a movie like this, which originated as a fake trailer incorporated into the 2007 film Grindhouse. Michael OSullivan Romeo and Juliet (PG-13) ‘Wherefore art thou Romeo?’ remains, as do the plays other most famous lines, but screenwriter Julian Fellowes, the creator of ‘Downton Abbey,’ has dumbed down much of the remaining dialogue. Does that mean it will appeal to a broader audience? Its possible cursing ‘zounds’ is so 1597, after all but replacing existing text with old adages about the road to hell being paved with good intentions or striking while the iron is hot comes across as lazy. Stephanie Merry A.C.O.D. (R) The cast is uniformly strong, with standout performances from Lynch, OHara, Jenkins, Poehler and Howard. Jessica Alba also makes a nice, if brief, appearance as a fellow child of divorce with whom Carter almost cheats on Lauren. And Winstead brings surprising depth to a small role, in which she has little to do except wait for her boyfriend to grow up, or to at least let go of his cynicism about love. Michael OSullivan We Are What We Are (R) The films rendering of emotion is sensitive, and the acting uniformly fine, with an unrecognizable cameo by Kelly McGillis as the Parkers nosy, doomed neighbor.
Now hes obsessed with his heavy-metal superstar idol, Sammi Curr, who is killed in a hotel fire. Eddie becomes the recipient of the only copy of Currs unreleased album, which when played backwards sends a message of destruction and as Halloween approaches, Eddie begins to realize this isnt only rock n roll its life and death and he must draw the line to thwart this mission. Hocus Pocus Hocus Pocus is the three stooges of witch movies, its fun, charming and entertaining and definitely safe for the family. It stars Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all. Its The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown This 1966 TV show is still a classic and one that I continue to enjoy watching each Halloween regardless of whether there are any small children around.The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. Creepshow Creepshow is not for the young kids this one you will want to reserve for the tweens. If you know any Twilight fans try and convert them over to true horror with Creepshow. Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A.Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen. Monster Squad Monster Squad is one of many great teen buddy flicks where youngsters team up to take on the bad guys when the adults are oblivious. The Gate, Monster Squad, Goonies, The People Under the Stairs all fall into this category and are great films. Monster Squad fits into Halloween perfectly and was the one you all chose for this list. 12-year-old Sean Crenshaw and his best friend Patrick are die hard monster fanatics.
This movie season, it’s all about survival
Sofia Vergara plays a madam with rage in her eyes and bullets in her machine-gun bustier. Trejo remains a leather-vested stalwart amid the madness. But if Machete Kills succeeds at the box office, Rodriguez will test Trejos solidity by sending him into space, in a third Machete film. Rodriguez hypes his yet-to-be-made sci-fi sequel in a trailer attached to Machete Kills. Reached by phone during a recent publicity stop in San Francico, Trejo is exceptionally good-humored and game about answering The Bees free-ranging questions. Here are excerpts from the conversation: Nepotism after the fact: Trejo met Rodriguez during the casting process for Desperado. Rodriguez cast Trejo in a supporting role in the film, shot in Acuna, Mexico. My family came down to visit me in Acuna, from San Antonio, and that is where Robert is from, Trejo said. My uncle started talking to Robert, and we realized (Trejo and Rodriguez) are second cousins. So it has been divine intervention all the way. On supposed typecasting: I remember somebody asking me about being typecast, I said What? Well, you are always playing the mean Chicano dude with tattoos. And I thought about it, and I said, I am the mean Chicano dude with tattoos. 3 prisons, 1 tattoo: The tattoo on my chest was started in 1965 in San Quentin. A guy named Harry Super Jew Ross did the outline. And then I got kicked out of San Quentin, they sent me to Folsom. (Ross) said, Dont let anybody touch it; let me finish it. I got to Folsom and then he came there, and he did a little more. And then there was a big riot in Folsom and they sent me to Soledad. …
Movies: ‘Machete Kills’ star Danny Trejo on typecasting, tattoos and going shirtless at 69
That’s the second lost-at-sea drama released this month, nipping at the heels of Captain Phillips , where Tom Hanks faces down ruthless Somali pirates. Then there’s the technological marvel Gravity , an unnerving two-hander in which Sandra Bullock and George Clooney drift helplessly through space for 90 minutes. Why so many survival movies and why now? It would be counterintuitive to craft an all-encompassing explanation for the serendipity of these movies’ release dates, as they were actually produced at vastly different times. However, it does hint at a predilection for certain types of stories in the fall. Anyone who sees movies throughout the year knows that fall is when things start to get really interesting at the multiplex. Studios tend to unleash their highest-quality products just as Oscar season starts to rev its glitzy engine. You won’t find too many lightweight comedies or superhero spectacles opening at a theater near you. And for the people who put movies in theaters, the idea of artful, sophisticated narratives usually goes hand in hand with brooding dramas, big ideas and show-stopping performances. The marketplace grows more competitive each year, so it’s no surprise that each survival movie released this month comes from a different company: 12 Years a Slave is a Fox Searchlight release, Captain Phillips hails from Sony, All Is Lost is being jointly distributed by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, while Gravity comes from Warner Bros. But it’s not just a commercial scheme. These movies provide ideal acting showcases. In 12 Years a Slave, much of Northup’s horror over being suddenly thrust into a dangerous, hate-filled environment in which he must keep his literacy a secret comes through in Ejiofor’s frantic expressions.