Tracers is an energetic and often visually inventive action thriller that comes straight out of the Point Break, Fast & Furious‘ well-defined mold. It features two attractive leads and is laced with almost constant action, this may not be hailed for inventiveness or originality but the sheer velocity at which the film moves is of great value.
One Night in Istanbul is a sly sports comedy, masquerading as British farce with an overdose of sentimentality and violence mixed in. I thought America had cornered the market on sports themed dopey comedy-drama crime capers but it appears that the foreign market is just as ripe with these duds. It’s somewhat mystifying that this messy script was concocted from a well-regarded screenplay from playwright Nicky Allt. This is an innocuous movie, which is about the last thing you’d expect when dealing with sports fanaticism, and the mafia. Other movies have covered similar material with a higher energy level and sharper sense of wit than what is presented on-screen here.
Foreclosure is a minor entry into the over populated haunted house sub genre. This is a movie wholly devoid of suspense or shocks, and it becomes something of an ordeal to stay with as it runs through its inane plot with remote direction, uninspired dialogue and charmless characters.
The Timber is a slow burn western that substitutes story and character over supercharged shoot-‘em-up action. Laced with a downbeat and ominous tone and led by a good cast, this offbeat genre piece is enhanced by fine photography and rich plotting. Two brothers are faced with the bank foreclosing on their property unless they bring in a wanted felon. The man on the run is their father, forced with an awkward decision the men set out with a fellow bounty hunter to capture the fugitive. This is an intelligent western/drama that boasts some great moments and a rousing score.
Grizzly, originally titled Red Machine, which made it sound like a political thriller from the 1980s, is actually a horror/survival thriller in the vein of Jaws, Anaconda, and The Edge. This isn’t exactly a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, but they share a few qualities, namely an attacking 18 foot grizzly bear that is protecting his environment from the ‘bad’ humans breaking the laws of nature. Even with its cheap thrills, on-the-nose dialogue and unoriginal narrative situations, the movie has an earnestness that sneaks up on you to be a surprisingly entertaining time.
2 1/2 Stars
A dragon pairs up with a disgraced solider, and a band of outlaws to recover his stolen eggs from an evil sorcerer in Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse. The second sequel to the original is a busy little adventure film with about twice as much plot than is necessary, which is a good thing since it only makes sense half of the time anyway. This is one of the goofiest movies I’ve seen so far this year.
40 years have passed since the release of cinema’s most influential film, The Godfather. In those following decades many lesser films emerged in its shadow begging comparison. Some have even been remarkably close at capturing certain aspects of what made that landmark film an all time classic. J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year rightfully deserves comparison to Coppola’s heralded series. Everything from the casting of Oscar Isaac, who bears a striking resemblance to Pacino circa 1972, to the lighting design that frequently backlights characters to offer ominous silhouettes and shadows, and the central theme of a good man attempting to stay the righteous course on his way to success in America, have been lifted from Puzo and Coppola’s work. Shockingly, A Most Violent Year doesn’t feel like a retread but as if it’s been locked in a time capsule for 35 years and newly discovered, this movie is so good it could serve as companion piece.
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Channing Tatum and the boys are back in this teaser trailer for the anticipated sequel Magic Mike XXL. We’ll let you decide if this quick peak is a tease or not. The film co-stars Matt Bomer, Joe Mangenelo, and Amber Heard, and is expected in theaters July 1st, 2015.
1 1/2 Stars
In the same year that gave us Asteroid vs. Earth, the Asylum, producers of mash-up disaster films of all manner, now births Airplane vs. Volcano. This isn’t an entirely apt tittle since the volcanos are hardly seen and the real villain is a jittery, sweaty fellow passenger on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Since the film only uses the volcanos as a reason to keep the plane in the air it loses the ‘camp’ factor right off the bat, and the lack of an antagonist with reasonable motivation makes it a useless exercise in redundant recycling of footage from their stock library. Plus, any movie that saddles its hero, Dean Cain in this case, with the unenviable and visually unappealing task of simply pushing/pulling the control sticks from a preset auto-pilot is wasting talent.
3 1/2 Stars
Rob Lowe executive produced and stars in this off-beat and highly entertaining television movie, chronicling the sordid love affair between a mega rich/eccentric hotel heir and his wife, a former stripper turned murderer. Balancing a campy tone with real life violence, this is based on a whacked out true story, can be a difficult act. For the most part Beautiful & Twisted manages to be successful. Finding cinematic inspiration that ranges from Mommie Dearest to Fargo, the filmmakers have applied a stylized touch to material that is darker than the visual design would suggest.
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