Regularly Hollywood releases fantastic and successful films, and when they do release a box office winner, it is almost guaranteed that a sequel will be made, regardless of whether the film needs one. While many famous sequels and series have been created, most notably the "Star Wars" films, there also have been flops. Flops so terrible that words cannot describe the horrible quality. Fortunately, with this handy guide people can avoid those flops and focus on sequels of considerably better quality.
It's been told all too many times: the story of how ghetto teenagers living on the violent streets of New York (it's always New York) are rescued by some stranger from a completely different world. But in "Take the Lead," the story is updated with Antonio Banderas and dazzling dance moves, from the fox trot and salsa, to hip hop. In the film, the characters are real, their stories seem believable, and the dances keep the beat to an overall wonderfully told story.
From the hot twist on the word "Seven," this movie looked like an intelligent, well thought-out action film packed with enough explosions to keep the guys cheering, and enough spice to keep the girls from rolling their eyes. Unfortunately, it does neither. Besides having a cool name, "Lucky Number Slevin" fails to impress, trying to bring sharp wit and humor to a plot that ultimately fails. It's sad that with big-name stars such as the adorable Josh Hartnett, the classy Lucy Liu, and the bold Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman, the movie was still disappointing.
What are Dave Chappelle's views on race relations, really? Apparently, he doesn't even know himself. Or at least that's the message that comes across in the latest work released by the enormously popular comic, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party."
Lil' Jon making a toast at a wedding reception has propelled the art form of parody into Dante's Ninth Circle of Hell. Sadly, this scene was the high-point for "Date Movie," a film that could easily have been made by a lobotomized monkey with a pair of scissors, glue and film reels from Hollywood's last 70 romantic comedies.
"Roving Mars," the new IMAX documentary playing at the National Air and Space Museum is, as the opening credits announce, "presented as a public service by Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with NASA." But wait — aren't public services usually free? So why, then, does a ticket for this 40-minute documentary cost a whopping $8.50?
Those darn Americans, they're always messing everything up. Even if attempting to create peace between nations they've never been on best of terms with India and Pakistan, for instance. In "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World," Albert Brooks (director and star) hits a funny bone, poking fun at the post 9-11 US State Department and Federal Governmen
It's your childhood blanket that you just can't throw away. It's having your favorite lunch every day of the year. It's reading your favorite book for the fiftieth time. What do all these things have in common with "Glory Road?" Repetition. "Glory Road" is the same sports story you've seen at least 100 times, but then you rewind it and watch it again.
Holiday moviegoers can expect exactly what "Fun with Dick and Jane," advertises, lots of laughs and not much more. The film continues a recent Hollywood trend of recycling old ideas. But unlike most remakes released in the past few years, the new flick, directed by Dean Parisot, successfully transforms the original 1977 movie starring George Segal and Jane Fonda by updating the plot to include recent corporate scandals.
Movies that chronicle the fabulous lives of transvestites are quite often the films that jump from unknown indie flicks to instant cult classics. The reasons why are not clear, but when looking at films such as "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," it's evident that there is a kind of fixation among movie audiences with these gender bending themes.
The foundation of "The Ringer" was almost enough to encourage the audience to leave after the previews. But between the blatant stereotyping and clichéd love story, the Farrelly brothers manage to pull off yet another politically incorrect premise and make it a sentimental sensation. While the film generally lacks the crass, South Park-esque humor that one expects from the notorious producers of "Shallow Hal" and "Stuck on You," it is impossible not to feel awe and admiration for the Special Olympians working side-by-side with professional actors.
The mark of a great movie is what is left when all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood is peeled away. What remains is the essence of a film, and no release in recent memory has stood this test as brilliantly as "Brokeback
The timeless tale of beauty and the beast is the sweet story of Ann Darrow and her devoted protector King Kong, which was rekindled last Wednesday in theaters nationwide. The original "King Kong," directed by Merian C. Cooper, who also shares writing credits, enamored audiences in 1933 and launched the story to celebrity status. After years of movies based on the King Kong legend, including the 1976 flop, this new release directed by Peter Jackson finally does justice to the original.
Director Rob Marshall's "Memoirs of a Geisha," based on author Arthur Golden's bestselling novel, surely lives up to, if not exceeds, the high expectations of the novel's fans. Its dazzling cinematography combined with its talented actors brings to life the heartwarming tale of a destitute girl who fulfills her dream of becoming the most celebrated geisha of her time.
American moviegoers have encountered big apes before. There was Mighty Joe Young, the orphaned gorilla from Africa with whom Charlize Theron formed a special friendship. And there were those totalitarian primates in "The Planet of the Apes" who tried to kill Mark Walhberg. But these audiences have seen nothing like King Kong.
When someone mentions "King Kong," usually the first thing that comes to mind is a huge gorilla pounding his chest on top of the Empire State Building. With Peter Jackson's "King Kong," the story goes much deeper into the mind of the huge, infamous gorilla.
How much would you pay to be near your friends, your only family? How much is staying by the side of the love of your life and being near your best friend worth? How many secrets would you keep, lies would you tell and fights would you have? "Rent," a Broadway musical adapted to the silver screen, deals with the complex answers to these questions through the depiction of a group of friends living in New York City.
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