- New Films
The following movies start Friday, Sept. 24:
“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”
Director: Oliver Stone.
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas.
The Plot: Fallen stockbroker Gordon Gekko teams up with a young
Wall Street trader, who’s mentor was recently murdered, to track
down the killer and warn others about an impending massive
Director: Andy Fickman.
Stars: Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman.
The Plot: When Marni realizes her brother is about to marry the
girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose the
fiancée’s true colors.
“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of
Director: Zach Snyder.
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving.
The Plot: Soren is a young Barn Owl who lives in the peaceful
forest of Tyto. Kidnapped and brought to the foreboding St.
Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, Soren must face certain
challenges — including taking his first-ever flight — on a
dangerous adventure that leads to the mythical Great Ga’Hoole Tree,
where he and his friends Gylfie, Twilight, and Digge look to fight
a great evil in their world.
Genre: Animation, adventure.
- Film Roundup
In “Machete,” Robert Rodriguez seems to have lost his way —
going through the motions of exploitation filmmaking, but rarely
imparting a real sense of “I can’t believe I just saw that” shock
and awe. All the elements are there: outrageous violence, plenty of
sex and nudity, and the general sense of self-satisfied sleaziness
that defines the entire genre. But it all feels so half-hearted, as
though Rodriguez felt compelled to film “Machete” in its entirety
(a faux trailer was included in the original “Grindhouse” release,
along with several others) but never really wanted to.
“Centurion” opens in 117 A.D. in the midst of a long and bloody
war between Rome and the Picts, an infinitely resourceful alliance
of Celtic tribes who are using guerrilla tactics to successfully
fight off the invading Roman army. During one of their attacks on a
Roman outpost, the Picts capture a particularly spirited fighter
named Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender, best known from “Hunger”
and “Inglourious Basterds”), who is tortured but soon escapes his
captors to rejoin the ranks.
Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 1:38 pm
No review this week, which is just as well since I’d sooner sell
all my non-vital organs than sit through even 10 minutes of
“Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D.”
Instead, I wanted to take another opportunity to talk about
Battle Royale, our new movie blog that is set for launch next
weekend. I’ve touched on this before, but since we’re actually
ready to go now (after several set-backs, all of them my fault), I
thought it prudent to fill in a few more details about what to
expect — and give a brief introduction to our lineup of writers,
which includes myself; my very film-savvy fiancee, Heather Heslop;
our chief photographer, Dan Evans; and our esteemed editor, Rich
Friday, September 17, 2010 1:38 pm.