Archive for September, 2011

Under Review: ‘Warrior’

— by ADAM POYNTER — Everybody loves an underdog and in director Gavin O’Connor’s latest film, “Warrior,” we have two — and they are estranged brothers. Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton) is a high school physics teacher who has a bank about to foreclose on his house and[...]

Two Clips from ‘Take This Waltz’

— by CHERRY BELL DAMASCO-FARRINGTON — In Sarah Polley’s romantic drama “Take This Waltz,” starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman, we witness Louis (Rogen) and Margot’s (Williams) marriage take an unexpected turn when Margot meets he[...]

‘The Great Gatsby’ Begins Production

Principal photography began this week on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “The Great Gatsby,” the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel from writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive[...]

Eddie Murphy to Host 84th Academy Awards

— by SEAN GERSKI — If I sat down and thought of who I wanted to host the Oscars, I don’t think Eddie Murphy would have popped into my mind. However, once I heard he was the front-runner for the post, I was actually rooting for him to get it. If he’s on his game, […][...]

Trailer: American Reunion

— by ALEXA MILAN — It’s been eight years since Jim, Michelle, Stifler and the gang last graced the big screen, but they’re about to head back to theaters for one more slice of “American Pie.” After the quest of high school friends to lose their virginity[...]

Under Review: ‘Where Soldiers Come From’

— by BEV QUESTAD — The landscape of northern Michigan is bleak and cold. Jobs are scarce and people are just scraping by in wooden houses that long ago needed repainting. This is ripe ground for enlistment. A boy cynically remarks, “What else is there to do?” Led by Cole, three frien[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘The Double’

— by CHERRY BELL DAMASCO-FARRINGTON — At first glance, the trailer for “The Double” gave me the “tried and true” feeling that some film plots give me. It starts off with an assassination in a very public setting and we come to find out that it was a U.S. Senator a[...]

Two Clips from ‘Straw Dogs’

— by CHERRY BELL DAMASCO-FARRINGTON — We’ve seen James Marsden and Kate Bosworth together before in another remake/attempt at a reboot of a franchise (“Superman Returns”) and they have teamed up once again for the remake of a 1971 psychological thriller that starred Dus[...]

Under Review: ‘Guzaarish’

— by BEV QUESTAD — I loved this film. Presented with lush colors and textures with an ancient mansion on verdant grounds in Goa, India, I was captivated. The accompanying story, deep and moving, evokes great respect and a lot of questions. This is my last film review written from Banglad[...]

Under Review: ‘Off the Boulevard’

— by LYNN TACKITT — In the past, I have overlooked documentaries and never given them much thought. They didn’t seem to strike a long enough chord to make it through the entire film. Don’t get me wrong; I respect people enough to have a passion and want to get the word out enough to [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Truth Seekers’

— by ALEXA MILAN — Choices, perceptions, thoughts, beliefs. Those are a few of the building blocks that make us who we are, and the threads that connect the characters in the ensemble drama “Truth Seekers” to each other and the world. Written, directed and produced by Gaylord[...]

‘Star Wars’ Blu-Rays Feature More Alterations

— by JOSUE SANCHEZ — All six “Star Wars” movies are ready to hit the store shelves again on Sept. 16, this time as ultra-super-remastered Blu-rays, but you probably already knew that. That’s why this article isn’t about the Blu-ray release for the movies. Instead,[...]

Under Review: ‘No One Killed Jessica’

— by BEV QUESTAD — Bargaining is the way of life, the centerpiece of business, in the traditional cultures all over the world, but most famously in the Middle Eastern-Subcontinent regions. Depending on what’s said and what the bargaining is over (an extended Visa, perhaps?), the Wester[...]

Filming Underway on Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo,” directed by and starring Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Gone Baby Gone”). The film is being produced by Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Based on true[...]