In “Poltergeist,” the new reworking of the 1982 ghost-in-the-TV Tobe Hooper cult classic chiller, when Mom (Rosemarie DeWitt), “There’s nothing to be afraid of,” you know, of course, here’s loads to be afraid of, like crappy special effects and a story almost entirely devoid of thrills or chills.
The George Miller 'Mad Max' films lived, died and now live again courtesy of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” an out-of-control reboot that recreates Max Rockatansky’s dystopian world and then races like hell through it, laying rubber all the way.
Ethan Hawke plays Tom Egan, an Air Force pilot with 3,000 hours logged in F-16s, now stationed in Las Vegas behind a drone control console. As his frustrations grow, the psychological effects of the job wear on Egan who doubts the morality of long distance death.
Chances are good if you are interested enough to buy a ticket to the new Alex Gibney documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” you already know most of the information contained within.
“Far From the Madding Crowd” is a vibrant soap opera, complete with love triangles, pregnancy, suicide, lovesick neighbours, crimes of passion, marriage proposals, missed opportunities, bad decisions, broken hearts and petticoats.
In the old days, monsters were usually found in places like Transylvania or in remote castle laboratories, recognizable by protruding fangs or giant, square green heads, but Frankenstein and Dracula are now symbols of an older kind of scare fare.
"Monkey Kingdom," the new film from Disneynature, begins with "(Theme from) The Monkees" on the soundtrack. The actual monkeys in the film - a tribe of toque macaques - however, don’t sing, but they do monkey around.
"Dancing with the Stars" has brought dance into the very center of popular culture. Each week b-listers don sparkly outfits and strut their stuff to huge ratings. Whether it's the Cha Cha Cha or a Quickstep or the Paso doble, dancers are rated and celebrated by a panel of judges.
“Danny Collins” begins with a flashback to 1971. The title character is an up-and-coming folk singer promoting his first album. His Chime Magazine interviewer is clearly a fan, telling the young singer that soon he would he rich, famous and have more women than he’ll know what to do with.
“The Clouds of Sils Maria” contains fine performances from its leads, Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz, some delicious irony, and some razor sharp commentary on the state of modern celebrity. What it’s missing is entertainment value.
“The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet” should come with a whimsy overload warning. The off kilter tale of a boy genius, suicide and a road trip across the United States is so twee it makes Wes Anderson look stodgy.
"Last Knights," the new feudal lord drama starring Morgan Freeman and Clive "The man who might have been Bond" Owen, is set in the manly world of honour, loyalty and revenge. It plays a bit like "Game of Thrones," but without the dragons or the nudity.
The beauty of the "Fast and the Furious" movies is their simplicity. The high concept of the new film can be summed up in a handful of words-a dead man's brother seeks revenge on the Toretto gang-but fans don't flock to the films for the story, they come to see the wild celebration of muscle cars, muscle shirts and muscle heads, and in this, "Furious 7" does not disappoint.
'Insurgent,' the second in the 'Divergent' trilogy, takes one of the oldest dramatic tropes—the fear of the 'other' - and blows it up into a teen epic about dystopia, guilt and artfully tossed pixie haircuts.
With the release of 'The Gunman' Sean Penn joins the ranks of middle-aged actors looking to Neesonate their careers. Liam Neeson famously made the leap into action movies later in life, a move that has revitalized his career and generated millions of box office bucks.