May 28, 2013
Digital Multiplex: A Good Day to Die Hard
Unfortunately, the most recent Die Hard film received the lowest rating of the franchise thus far, but for those who are curious, it's one of the choices available for download this week. Otherwise, there are a few solid documentaries worth noting, a supernatural Steven Spielberg thriller, and an acclaimed Nic Cage drama (remember when his work was acclaimed?).
February 17, 2013
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Latest Die Hard Leads Presidents' Day Weekend
The Presidents' Day holiday frame saw three films generate $20-25M in ticket sales but the action sequel A Good Day to Die Hard made enough to earn the number one spot. Comedy holdover Identity Thief dropped to second place while the new romance Safe Haven bowed in third. Overall box office was down from last year's robust holiday while Oscar contenders for Best Picture remained popular with moviegoers looking for quality cinema.
February 13, 2013
Parental Guidance: A Good Day to Die Hard and Skyfall
This Presidents Day, there's a little something for everyone in the family, in both the multiplex and on home video. We've got four new wide releases (A Good Day to Die Hard, Safe Haven, Escape From Planet Earth 3D, and Beautiful Creatures), plus some choice rentals (Skyfall, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Bully) that should hold appeal to family members of various ages. Read on to find out what's appropriate for the whole family.
August 30, 2012
Critics Consensus: Lawless Is Violent and Atmospheric
This week at the movies, we've got bootlegging brothers (Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy), a bedeviled box (The Possession, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick), and some bewitching balloons (The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure, featuring Toni Braxton and Christopher Lloyd). Director John Hillcoat (The Road) has carved out a niche as a filmmaker skilled at wringing empathy from bleak and bloody scenarios. Critics say his latest, Lawless, is brilliantly acted and evocatively atmospheric, which helps it to overcome the script's sometimes slack narrative. The Possession earns points for injecting a dash of Jewish mysticism into the bedeviled-tot subgenre. Otherwise, critics say, this is a pretty ho-hum frightfest.