Saturday, March 28, 2015

Movies

It's probably not a good date if it ends with your face in a chloroform-soaked rag, your wrists strapped to the arms of a chair, being wheeled into a desolate underpass. But Hugh (Jake Weary) - who seemed like a nice guy, really, he did - has his reasons.
John Boorman's Queen and Country begins with a flashback: a fleeting scene from his beautiful, spirited childhood reverie, 1987's Oscar-nominated Hope and Glory. The boy hero, Bill, is abuzz with elation. Thanks to a Nazi bomb, school has been closed. He and his friends have been liberated - free to run amok in the rubble of the London Blitz.
Now that the serial killer has become a prime-time staple in shows such as Criminal Minds, Hannibal, and The Following, the prospect of yet another movie about a psychopath dehumanizing, torturing, raping, and killing women evokes little more than a yawn.
What were Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence thinking? Seriously? The two immensely talented actors had already blazed and crazed and ballroom-danced together in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle when off they go to the Smoky Mountains for Serena, a Depression-era drama about timber barons - adapted from the PEN/Faulkner-nominated novel by Ron Rash, with Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier calling the shots.
It's a pretty good week for DVDs because of hobbits, monsters, and Mr. Bean. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Grade B-: Forces come together to claim the riches that had been guarded by Smaug.
Home is an energetic, obvious animated comedy packed with the sort of low humor and silly laughs that drive very small children wild.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has confirmed she is quitting the Fifty Shades of Gray franchise, and will not return to helm the two planned sequels.
Ben Stiller turned down an offer to direct Good Will Hunting because it starred then-unknown actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
The inaugural Women's Film Festival was born in an odd place: a ladies room.
 
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