Male bonding film ‘Klown’ not for the easily offended
Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen star in “Klown.”
★★★ 1/2 (out of four)
2012, Dir. Mikkel Norgaard, R
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Director: Simon West.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth.
The plot: Mr. Church reunites with the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them in enemy territory.
Genre: Action, adventure.
Director: Chris Butler.
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick.
The plot: A boy who can speak with ghosts saves his town from a curse.
Genre: Animation, adventure.
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“The Dark Knight Rises”
★★★★ (out of four)
“The Dark Knight Rises” (which clearly should have been titled “Gotham Rises,” I’m just sayin’) picks up exactly eight years after the events of the last film. The city of Gotham is marking the anniversary of the death of former district attorney Harvey Dent, who, according to the official story, was betrayed and murdered by Batman before the masked vigilante went underground as a fugitive. The weight of this lie has done a number on Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), who has vanished from the public eye and lives out his lonely days as a shut-in.
The film has been given a lukewarm recommendation by a majority of published critics, but many others have labeled it as Pixar’s first true misfire, and even its defenders seem half-hearted at best. But don’t be fooled by the overly cynical (and possibly sexist) nay-sayers — “Brave” represents Pixar at its best (or close to it, anyway), and is surely one of the most rewarding times you’ll have at the movies.
Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 8:01 am
Last week I offered a few brief thoughts on some cultural issues surrounding the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., and events that have taken place since then suggest that I failed to address one of the key questions surrounding this tragedy: Is it safe to go to the movies anymore?
Anecdotal evidence, punctuated every few days by fresh reports of someone being arrested for making criminal threats and/or carrying a gun into a theater, leads me to the conclusion that, at least for a while, some moviegoers will be wary of engaging in their favorite pastime for fear of becoming the victim of random acts of violence. Domestic box office returns for “The Dark Knight Rises” in particular suggest that its earning potential has been impacted by its now-infamous status — the film has made an obscene amount of money, of course, but it is performing below expectations, and will ultimately earn less than its predecessor despite the benefit of increased ticket prices, more screenings and a wider fan base.
Friday, August 10, 2012 8:01 am.