‘Prometheus’ gives philosophical approach to sci-fi
Michael Fassbender stars in “Prometheus.”
★★★ 1/2 (out of four)
2012, Dir. Ridley Scott, U.S., R
“Prometheus” is rated R for profanity, violence and disturbing imagery.
- New films
Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman.
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly.
The plot: A princess defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom.
Genre: Animation, action.
‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’
Director: Lorene Scafaria.
Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley.
The plot: As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone when his wife leaves in a panic.
- Film roundup
“Men in Black 3”
★★ (out of four)
“MiB3” was, I suppose, intended as a celebratory ditty, and a chance for Sonnenfeld to demonstrate that his years in the Hollywood system haven’t yet rendered him a permanent idiot. It fails on both counts, and although it is not without its (relatively) strong points, one can’t help but dwell on the question of how so much potential could be so recklessly squandered.
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012 8:11 am
So far, this has been the year of Every Bad Thing. International strife is intensified with each passing day. The world’s economies are teetering on the verge of collapse. No matter who U.S. voters elect as president, we all are completely screwed in one way or another. The list of horrible things that are occurring or await us is too ponderous to even attempt to enumerate, and that’s without even getting into the personal burdens that have been weighing on my mind, rendering me an insomniac. Yet the thing still troubling me most out of all this turmoil is the fact that it’s getting harder and harder to find a decent movie.
This is not hyperbole. Movies are supposed to be our escape from times of trouble and tribulation, and when things are at their worst, that is when the wretched movie-going masses are in their greatest moment of need. When our sorely needed two-hour escape is denied us by studio executives and filmmakers who insist on catering to the lowest common denominator, it makes everything else seem that much worse — like a final, unexpected slap in the face from a would-be savior.
Friday, June 15, 2012 8:11 am.