A rare misstep for director Zack Snyder
“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” is now in theaters.
- “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”
★★ 1⁄2 (out of four)
2010, Zach Snyder, U.S., PG
- New Films
The following movies start Friday, Oct. 8:
“Life As We Know It”
Director: Greg Berlanti.
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel.
The plot: Two single adults (Heigl and Duhmael) become
caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die
in an accident.
Genre: Comedy, drama.
Director: Randall Wallace.
Stars: Diane Lane, Scott Glenn.
The plot: The life story of Penny Chenery (Lane), whose
racehorse, Secretariat, won the Triple Crown in 1973.
Genre: Drama, sport.
- Film Roundup
★★★★ (out of four)
“The Town” is no “Gone Baby Gone” — the material isn’t as
potent, for one thing, and it’s missing the provocative, layered
mystery that helped make Affleck’s first film such a treasure. As a
straight-up character-based thriller, though, it’s hard to find
fault with “The Town.” The story, involving a network of bank
robbers operating out of the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown, is
compelling, and the heists are executed with verve and intensity.
And as in his first film, writer/director Affleck displays a
peerless knack for capturing the shifting rhythms and moods of a
city. He’s been compared to a young Martin Scorsese in this regard,
and in terms of handling an old-fashioned narrative with the steady
confidence of a veteran, Affleck is also racking up favorable
comparisons to Clint Eastwood. They may smack of hyperbole, but
these praises are apt and richly deserved.
Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 12:00 am
Apologies to all for the once-again belated launch of the
Royale movie blog. I wish I had a great excuse, but the long
and short of it is that I failed to understand the actual process
of getting the front page up, causing an unfortunate delay. (I talk
a big game, but in the end I’m just an idiot like everybody
But all is well now, so I invite you to log on and join the
fray. We’re starting off with a discussion of our favorite film
scenes of all time — a great introductory topic, I think, and one
that I have quite inexplicably neglected to tackle in all my years
of writing this column. You’ll have to log on to see my personal
picks, but suffice it to say that early Spielberg rules all.
Saturday, October 2, 2010 12:00 am.