February 21, 2013
Action/Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Film Flashbacks, Movie Reviews
Alexander Ludwig, Andy Fickman, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Race to Witch Mountain
2013 FF- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become arguably the biggest athlete turned actor and has become as bankable a movie star for Hollywood as he’s been a moneymaker for Vince McMahon’s WWE.
There’s a reason he’s the current WWE champ a decade after regularly competing in the promotion. By 2007, Johnson was shifting away from straight-up action films and branching out to Walt Disney family-friendly material.
Following the successful of his “The Gameplan,” Johnson teamed once again with Disney looking to capture the same magic with a remake of the 1975 hit “Escape to Witch Mountain.” More
January 4, 2013
Drama, Family, Movie Reviews
Ewan McGregor, Juan Antonio Bayona, Naomi Watts, Oaklee Pendergast, Samuel Joslin, Sergio G. Sanchez, The Impossible, Tom Holland
Jose Haro/Summit Entertainment
[From left] Thomas (Samuel Joslin), Simon (Oaklee Pendergast), Lucas (Tom Holland), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria (Naomi Watts) have a family moment in “The Impossible.”
“The Impossible” is a crushing, graphic and oftentimes hard to watch film that places its viewers in the middle of an incomprehensible natural disaster. Under the direction of Juan Antonio Bayona, this is a gut-wrenching film and one you don’t just watch, you experience. More
December 27, 2012
Action/Adventure, Cinema Convo, Comedy, Comic Book, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Movie Reviews, Musical, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
Anne Hathaway, Bachelorette, Chris Hemsworth, John Carter, Kevin Hart, Marvel's The Avengers, Megan Good, People Like Us, Regina King, Rock of Ages, Romany Malco, Taraji P. Henson, Taylor Kitsch, The Cabin in the Woods, The Dark Knight Rises, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Think Like a Man, Total Recall, Wreck-It Ralph
I’ll get around to a Top 10 Best list in the next few days, but I got inspired on this and finished it first. So you get this now. Here’s a look at the highs and lows that were this 2012 movie season.
Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
Best 12 months for a rising star – Chris Hemsworth. From “The Cabin in the Woods” to “Marvel’s The Avengers” to “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Hemsworth had a year that would be a career for some actors. Even when he’s involved in a turd like “Red Dawn,” he shrugs it off and gets to work on sequels for “Thor,” “The Avengers 2” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” We should all have such stable career outlooks. More
December 27, 2012
Comedy, Drama, Family, Film Flashbacks, Movie Reviews
Chris Brown, Columbus Short, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, jumping the broom, Lauren London, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Preston A. Whitmore II, Regina King, Sharon Leal, This Christmas
Why can’t more movies be like “This Christmas?” Or is it really that difficult to make a movie that’s a genuinely touching and realistic portrayal of African-American families? [2012 FF: Doubly confusing as the $17.9 million budgeted film went on to earn $49 million at the box office.]
It’s Christmas time and Ma’Dere’s (Loretta Devine, “Grey’s Anatomy”) entire clan is coming home for the holidays to join her and the youngest “Baby” (R&B singer Chris Brown). [2012 FF: Brown has such an easily likable demeanor onscreen and I keep wondering how much brighter his film career would have been without that moment of crazy he caught with Rihanna]. More
November 24, 2012
Comedy, Family, Movie Reviews, Romance
Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom, oscars, Roman Coppola, Tilda Swinton, Wes Anderson
Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman) conspire with their allies.
“Moonrise Kingdom” is one of those rare movies you feel a part of rather than simply being a spectator and has a nostalgic charm that pays homage to a more innocent era where studios regularly cranked out classics that would be revered for generations.
It’s like a picturesque, relaxing ride down a long countryside road in autumn bursting with wonderful imagery; richly developed characters who are both familiar, yet refreshingly unique all complimented by an excellent score that quickly brings you into this small in scope, but big on brilliance effort from Director/Co-Screenwriter Wes Anderson. More
November 2, 2012
Action/Adventure, Animated, Family, Movie Reviews
Alan Tudyk, Firefly, Fix It Felix Jr., Forgetting Sarah Marshall, jack mcbrayer, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Sgt. Calhoun, Vanellope, Walt Disney Pictures, Wreck-It Ralph
Walt Disney Pictures
“Wreck-It Ralph,” Walt Disney’s latest animated film based on video games is a few power-ups shy of a classic, but its winking look at the world of video games is fun, even if it doesn’t reach its full potential.
The movie easily could have been this nostalgic look at video games — it features cameos from from“Street Fighter,” “Super Mario Bros.” and “Pac Man” — but screenwriters Jennifer Lee and Phil Johnston opt for a more traditional tale. A curious decision considering the material at their disposal. More
August 15, 2012
CJ Adams, Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Peter Hedges, The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Phil Bray/Walt Disney Pictures
Cindy (Jennifer Garner), Timothy (CJ Adams) and Jim (Joel Edgerton) Green give an impromptu performance at a family gathering.
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is an interesting Walt Disney movie. It has all the charm and good-natured enthusiasm that will appeal to children, but this is one that parents might love even more. More
August 3, 2012
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg Heffley, Jeff Kinney, Steve Zahn
Now in its third film, the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series is the charming little franchise that keeps chugging along. The third installment, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” doesn’t deviate from the familiar formula, but it retains the most important element — being a breezy, fun film for the whole family. More