Brutal, darkly comic ‘Red State’ a game-changer for Kevin Smith
Melissa Leo stars in “Red State.”
- “Red State”
★★★ 1/2 (out of four)
2011, Dir. Kevin Smith, U.S., R
- New films
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn.
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan.
The plot: A stuntman who moonlights as a get-away driver for the
criminal undergroun find himself on the run after a botched
Genre: Action, crime.
‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’
Director: Douglas McGrath.
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan.
The plot: Kate Reddy is a finance executive who is the
breadwinner for her husband and two kids. She is tempted by a
- Film roundup
‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’
More morality play than typical summer blockbuster, this “Planet
of the Apes” envisions a not-too-distant future in which human
greed and arrogance lays the groundwork for the primate-run society
first seen in the 1968 film with Charlton Heston. Our primary human
protagonist is medical researcher Will Rodman (James Franco,
looking way too spaced out to be believable as an M.D.), an
altruistic lad who is working tirelessly to find a cure for
Alzheimer’s, the disease that is slowing destroying his father
(John Lithgow). After a lab mishap involving an aggressive ape
leaves him without a prime test subject for his regenerative
“cure,” Will secretly takes home that ape’s offspring, named Caesar
(played by Andy Serkis, king of the blue-screen), to conduct
Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 12:44 pm
It’s September, which means three things to a Halloween
enthusiast like me: the super-stores are open, grocery stores are
running candy discounts, and the time is ripe for scary movies.
I was looking forward to kicking off the Halloween season with a
look at “Apollo 18,” but critics and audiences alike have been
vehement in their near-unanimous hatred of the film. (I mean,
killer moon rocks? Just… wow. That’s not even worthy of a spoiler
Friday, September 9, 2011 12:44 pm.