15 movies that shouldn’t suck this season
Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins stars in “Thor.”
15 movies that shouldn’t suck this season
Rutger Hauer stars in “Hobo with a Shotgun.”
- New films
Director: Wes Craven.
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox.
The plot: Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has
put herself back together thanks in part to the self-help book she
authored, returns to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour.
Reconnecting with her family and friends, her appearance also
brings about the return of Ghostface.
Director: Carlos Saldanha.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway.
The plot: When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town
Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an
adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.
Genre: Animation, adventure
- Film roundup
★ (out of four)
“Sucker Punch” is not just a “bad movie.” We see bad movies
every week, and we forget about them and move on. “Sucker Punch,”
on the other hand, will live on in infamy long after you and I are
dead. Beyond just wasting your time and boring you out of your
skull, this is a film of such mind-bending awfulness that it could
conceivably change how you approach the very art of filmmaking. It
is bad on a very fundamental, very rare and almost theoretical
level. I cannot recall the last time a film actually made me feel
as though I had just been violated.
★★★★ (out of four)
Imagine if Quentin Tarantino decided to make a Western-themed,
animal-populated, animated reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s
“Yojimbo” by way of Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown,” and you’ve got a
pretty good idea of what “Rango” is all about. Like a
kiddie-friendly version of “Pulp Fiction,” the movie approaches its
story from a deep-meta, borderline-postmodern perspective, and
successfully filters an entire genre through the lens of pop
consumerism. This is the Western reinvented as interactive
entertainment, tailored to an audience that has been inundated
since birth by the romantic myths of pop culture.
“Hall Pass” is easily their funniest, most charming and most
genuinely heartfelt comedy since their 1997 magnum opus. Many of
the funniest gags involve raunch-flick staples like pot brownies
and public masturbation, but the filmmakers often get a surprising
amount of mileage out of familiar material. The story moves along
at a brisk place, and the Farrellys resist the temptation to turn
their buddy flick into a mere reworking of “The Hangover.”
Where to begin? For starters, the film takes the deadpan tone of
a serious, old-school epic, making it feel like the most lifeless
and uninspired adventure movie of 1957. (Watching Macdonald’s film,
my mind couldn’t help but wander to Neil Marshall’s similar but
vastly superior “Centurion,” which, in contrast, embraced its
tawdry nature with infectious enthusiasm.) There is no rousing
spirit or good-natured fun to be found in “The Eagle,” which is a
slow-moving, dreary affair that has the attitude of an Old
Hollywood production without any of the actual spectacle.
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 8:10 am
Time just keeps slipping away. It seems like just last week we
were looking ahead to the promising pre-summer releases, and now in
about a month’s time the summer movie season is set to kick into
high-gear with the new “Pirates” movie. I suppose it’s just as well
that these past couple months have passed in a blur, because
frankly there wasn’t too much worth getting excited about. Save for
“Rango,” I never encountered anything truly worthwhile — and last
week’s “Sucker Punch” provided one of the most physically painful
and soul-crushing movie experiences I’m ever likely to have. So
yeah, I’m ready to look ahead to greener pastures. In that spirit,
here are 15 upcoming movies (compared to the usual 10) that I’m
counting on to alleviate the cinematic doldrums for the foreseeable
future. Gotta look on the sunny side.
“Hobo with a Shotgun” (April 29, limited) —
With such a catchy and delightfully reductive title, this
exploitation ode — inspired by a fake trailer that hit the Internet
a couple years back — looks to be this year’s “Snakes on a Plane.”
The presence of Rutger Hauer as the shotgun-wielding hobo only
sweetens the deal.
Arts and Entertainment
Friday, April 8, 2011 8:10 am.