By now, the trailers for Logan (in theaters March 3) have made it very clear that this is not a typical superhero movie. Quiet and despairing, light on special effects and heavy on character drama, the third Wolverine solo film looks to be a drastic departure from previous X-Men films, not to mention the Marvel and DC Comics films that dominate the genre. At a December press event last year, I previewed the first 40 minutes of Logan, and I can tell you that superhero films are never going to be the same.
“I got in character and I never got out again — and really, I’ve tried everything.” — Carrie Fisher on ‘Good Morning America,’ 2015
There are a lot of wonderful things in Disney’s new animated film Moana: The lively animation, the loving depiction of Pacific Islands culture, the clever and catchy songs. For a Disney princess movie, this is revolutionary. True, the character of Moana is not technically a princess.
The many dimensions of Doctor Strange contain plenty of juicy roles. Unfortunately, Rachel McAdams didn’t get one of them. The Oscar-nominated actress plays Dr. Christine Palmer, a colleague and ex-girlfriend of surgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Like too many superhero girlfriends before her, Christine exists only to help and nurture the main character’s journey from self-centered Dude With Potential to self-actualized Dude Who Saves the Universe. ...
"Ouija: Origin of Evil," the well-reviewed prequel to 2014’s micro-budget horror hit "Ouija," is the latest film to explore the dangers of communicating with the spirit world through a plastic planchette. But the Ouija board wasn’t always the stuff of cinematic nightmares. It used to be a fun activity for families or couples who were curious about the unknown.
The much-anticipated adaptation of the novel The Girl on the Train, starring Emily Blunt, hits theaters on Oct. 7. Here's what two NYC commuters think about it.
Taking a second look at Brangelina's 'By the Sea,' the quiet 2015 drama she directed and both starred in, about a couple in crisis, in light of their real-life split
Thirty-second promos to tease a trailer release, once associated with YA franchises, have become strategy for genres from R-rated comedies to Oscar-bait indie films
Fans weren't so keen on an American star taking on the role of London 30-something Bridget Jones. But Renée Zellweger proved them wrong.
William Wyler was frustrated with the character arc. Why would childhood friends suddenly have such a falling out? Vidal, an expert on ancient Rome, had an idea.
As the 2016 Rio Games kick off tonight, we thought we’d take a look back at the British director Danny Boyle's pop-culture-inspired Olympic lovefest in 2012.
Finding Dory became an easy decision. Not only had Lyla become a disciple of the memory-challenged Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) from repeated viewings of Finding Nemo, but I had gotten to see an early preview of the film’s first act a couple months back and it made me confident that Lyla would also be a lucky one when it came to her first movie.
By the dog days of the summer of 1986, inveterate horror junkies (including yours truly) were in a funk. Not even James Cameron’s white-knuckle Aliens could wipe out the stench of Critters, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, and Psycho III. All that changed, however, in mid-August, when a freaky film announced itself with five immortal words: Be afraid. Be very afraid. David Cronenberg’s The Fly arrived in theaters Aug. 15 of that year, an instant classic that seared itself into the pop consciousness thanks to star Jeff Goldblum’s mesmerizing, metastasizing “Brundlefly,” a twitchy, oozy monstrosity made of bug parts and slime.
The first teaser trailer for Disney’s new animated musical Moana has been released online, and it’s a little short on… Moana. The film’s titular heroine is a Polynesian princess (voiced by native Hawaiian teenager Auli'i Cravalho, in her film debut) who journeys across the sea to find a legendary island, with the help of demi-god Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson). When the film opens in November, Moana will be the newest Disney princess and is expected to be absorbed into the multibillion-dollar Disney Princess franchise.
Fans are thirsty for new trivia about the original Star Wars trilogy, even though that particular well has run as dry a Tatooine desert. The reason: George Lucas did his job so well.
In a podcast last week, as he was offering his critique of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, inveterate comic nerd Kevin Smith noted something about the performance of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: “He moved the way that Batman moves and fights … [it was] the best cinematic presentation of Batman fighting you’ve ever seen in a movie. It looked like the video game, almost.” Smith was onto something with that tossed-off remark, something that explains the polarized reaction to film. Batman v Superman is more relatable as a video game.
When we first see her in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she is covered head-to-toe in desert gear, goggles hiding her face, as she rappels into the vast hollow of an abandoned starship. It’s impossible to tell, just then, if Rey is a man or a woman. It’s reminiscent of Princess Leia’s entrance in Return of the Jedi, when she’s disguised as a bounty hunter to attempt the bold rescue of Han Solo. But unlike Leia, Rey is not shoved into a metal bikini and relegated to the sidelines for the rest of the film. The character played by Daisy Ridley is, indisputably, the hero of The Force Awakens. ...