More of the same in ‘Paranormal Activity 3’
“Paranormal Activity 3” is now in theaters.
- “Paranormal Activity 3”
★★ 1/2 (out of four)
2011, Dirs. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, U.S., R
“Paranormal Activity 3” is rated R for violence, profanity,
sexual situations and drug use.
- New films
‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson.
Starring: Kal Penn, John Cho.
The plot: Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner
buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by
inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas
Director: Brett Ratner.
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller.
The plot: When a group of hard working guys find out they've
fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they
conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
Genre: Action, comedy.
- Film roundup
★★★ 1/2 (out of four)
Meet Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a laid-back 20-something radio
journalist whose life is finally starting to get on-track. He finds
fulfillment in his job, he has a loyal best friend, and his
relationship with his girlfriend appears to be moving forward. Adam
is content, but his world begins to crumble after a routine doctor
visit to address some unexplained aches and pains leads to the
revelation that he is suffering from a rare form of cancer. The
survival rate, he learns, is roughly 50 percent. But Adam is young
and otherwise hearty, and appears to have a strong support system
to help him through his time of need. However, as Adam’s body
degenerates from the chemotherapy treatments, he finds that some of
his relationships may not be as strong as he thought.
“Moneyball” tells the true story of how Oakland Athletics
general manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) revolutionized
the way major league baseball teams select lineups, leading his A’s
to a historic 20-game winning streak in the 2002 season and turning
the world of pro ball on it ear in the process. A former would-be
all-star who once discovered at some cost that scouts’ ability to
spot true talent is not infallible, Beane is determined to prove
that the team-selection process in place since the game’s inception
is antiquated and, in a modern context, almost completely
“Drive” is such a film, and in what surely must be a miracle, it
has not been abandoned on the arthouse circuit. On the contrary, it
is playing in multiplexes across the U.S., and as of press time was
the second-highest grossing film in general release (behind the
re-release of “The Lion King,” naturally). To see a film of this
caliber performing so well in wide release is inspiring, and goes
to show that there is in fact a demand for this kind of thing among
“mainstream” audiences. Studios should take note — and give
director Nicolas Winding Refn (winner of the best director award at
this year’s Cannes Film Festival) the money and creative control to
do absolutely whatever the hell he wants from this point
A fast-paced procedural documenting the likely effects of a new
worldwide epidemic, the film has all the hallmarks of a
sophisticated Soderbergh production: a gritty feel and urgent tone;
plenty of jump-cuts and carefully edited montages; a sprawling cast
of A-list actors in modest supporting roles, etc. But also present
is the odd and unsettling remoteness that Soderbergh typically
displays when he’s in studio mode. Everything is so precisely
staged, each camera angle and edit so obviously and meticulously
tweaked, that Soderbergh’s true filmmaking voice often seems in
danger of disappearing into an abyss of overly polished,
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 7:51 am
Apologies for my absence last week, but I’ve been down with a
pretty debilitating flu (the symptoms of which will probably
continue for some time, as I tend to take terrible care of myself
when I’m sick). But I’m trying not to let it ruin the festivities
of Halloween week, and I managed to drag myself to a screening of
the latest “Paranormal Activity” entry. Despite the glowing reviews
and word of mouth it’s been receiving, I found it to be quite
My advice, given the lack of quality first-run horror this
Halloween: Stay in and watch a classic. Personally, I’ve got John
Carpenter’s original “Halloween” on standby, along with “Henry:
Portrait of a Serial Killer,” “Don’t Look Now,” “Sleepaway Camp”
and the Peanuts and Garfield holiday specials — all time-tested
classics that are guaranteed to get the job done. But whatever your
plans are, please enjoy, and have a happy and safe Halloween.
Friday, October 28, 2011 7:51 am.