Sabotage (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital), was supposed to be the movie that jump-started Arnold Schwarzenegger’s late-career resurgence. Arnold took a Skip Woods screenplay and sought out director David Ayer (End of Watch, the upcoming Fury) to rewrite the script and bring his eye for detail to the drug raids at the center of the picture. Unfortunately, Sabotage was DOA at the box office and not particularly loved by most critics. Arnold’s probably done as a leading man and that’s a shame. +Continue Reading
The headline quote is from director Darren Aronofsky, who’s made exactly the movie that interested him, one that doesn’t have much in common with the Old Testament story as it’s taught in
most all churches today. Noah (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital) has more in common with a movie like Thor than it does The Ten Commandments. It’s a pretty good action picture if you’re not going to get hung up on its lack of fidelity to the Bible. +Continue Reading
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters this weekend. Both this sequel and the Rise of the Planet of the Apes reboot that preceded it manage to pay tribute to the original series while at the same time abandoning the prosthetic makeup effects that were one of those movies’ most beloved and defining features. The apes in the new movies are some of Hollywood’s most impressive digital creations to date. +Continue Reading
Louis Zamperini passed away since we first wrote about Unbroken, the upcoming movie about his life scheduled to debut in theaters this Christmas. Zamperini got a lot of personal attention from director Angelina Jolie, but he’s going to miss out on the acclaim he deserved on the film’s release and his role as grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade. The first trailer for the movie has debuted online. +Continue Reading
If you’ve been caught up in World Cup fever over the last few weeks and want some more soccer in your life, The Class of ’92 documentary comes out on DVD this week as a Walmart exclusive. The film documents the raging success of a group of six young players who joined the Manchester United club in the English Premier League in the early 1990s. +Continue Reading
Fury, scheduled for release on November 14, is writer/director David Ayer’s new movie about a U.S. Sherman tank mission behind German lines in April 1945. Brad Pitt plays the tank commander Wardaddy and Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal play the other men in the tank’s crew.
I visited the set of Fury last November at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire about an hour outside of London. The disused (we were in Britain, that’s what they call it) airfield was built during WWII and the British countryside was standing in for Germany.
On the day we visited, Ayer was filming a tank battle. The actors weren’t on set, but we got a chance to talk with a lot of the crew and the military support team, all of whom were determined to bring an unprecedented level of authenticity to this portrayal of WWII. +Continue Reading
Earth to Echo (opening in theaters July 2nd) aims to be a family-friendly movie that appeals to kids by utilizing the kind of contemporary technology that’s part of their everyday lives with a nostalgia for ‘80s kid movies that should appeal to grownups.
Producer Andrew Panay approached director Dave Green and writer Henry Gayden with a simple day: adapt the “found footage” genre that’s dominated horror movies for the last few years to a family-friendly story. Earth to Echo is the tale of three young boys (soon joined by a girl to add some smarts and broaden the demographics) who set out to solve the mystery when they phones go haywire. The encounter a tiny alien they call Echo and then have to save the space creature from the adult world and help send it back home. +Continue Reading
Cheap Thrills is a black comedy about a regular guy (Pat Healey) who loses his job and ends up drinking with a long-lost high school buddy (a bulked-up Ethan Embry, a long way removed from Can’t Hardly Wait). They meet up with a wealthy dude (David Koechner, the great Champ Kind from Anchorman) and his hot wife (Sara Paxton) and the rich folks start daring them to do ever more outrageous things for cash. It’s available now on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD from Drafthouse Films. +Continue Reading
Journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger has just released Korengal, a followup to his Oscar-dominated documentary Restrepo, which followed men fighting in Afghanistan in 2007–2008. The new film is edited from footage shot at the same time they shot the film used in Restrepo, but Junger offers a much different take on the material in Korengal.
Junger made Restrepo in collaboration with photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed covering the uprising in Libya shortly after the Oscar ceremony in 2011. His life is the subject of Junger’s documentary Which Way is the Front Line From Here?, which aired on HBO in 2013. +Continue Reading
You could watch Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital) as a crime caper where hotel concierge M. Gustave H. (brilliantly played by Ralph Fiennes) tries to beat a false charge of murder and encounters a spectacular array of oddball Anderson characters. It’s really enjoyable that way, but there’s a lot more going on underneath the surface and the director doesn’t really want you to get the whole point until you’ve had a few days (or weeks or months) to think back on the movie. +Continue Reading