May 17, 2011
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Mechanic and ESPN's 30 for 30
This week on home video, we've got a decent number of new releases, as well as some noteworthy reissues, which is a nice change from what we've been seeing as of late. The flip side of that is there are a few new selections this week that didn't really do so well from a critical standpoint. With that in mind, we do have some good stuff, including ESPN's documentary film series in its entirety, a kung fu cult favorite and a Paul Newman classic on Blu-Ray, and a new Criterion. So click through and take a look!
January 31, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Anthony Hopkins Has The Rite Stuff
New films with demons and assassins enjoyed moderate debuts while Oscar contenders for Best Picture scored solid sales figures but the overall North American box office remained stuck in a funk. Another snowstorm affected theaters in the Northeast but a weekend with football made audiences more available. Opening at number one with a respectable but not stellar debut was the supernatural thriller The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins which scared up an estimated $15M which was enough to lead the weak frame. The Warner Bros. release about an American sent to the Vatican to study with a priest that specializes in exorcisms averaged a decent $5,027 from 2,985 locations.
January 28, 2011
Critics Consensus: The Mechanic Could Use A Tune-Up
This week at the movies, we've got a vengeful assassin (The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster) and an exorcism education (The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins and Rutger Hauer). What do the critics have to say? If you're looking for an action star that can simultaneously seem both tough-as-nails and emotionally vulnerable, Jason Statham is your man. Critics say the star brings a level of emotional heft and gritty brawn to The Mechanic, which is otherwise a so-so action flick with some decent thrills but little originality. Given the number of horror flicks who turn demonic possession into schlock, The Rite gets points for taking the battle between good and evil seriously. However, critics say there's a difference between being serious and being dull.
January 27, 2011
Five Favorite Films with Ben Foster
From hard drama to bruising action, Ben Foster's varied resume declares him an actor willing to go many places for a performance. He all but stole Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog, more than held his own against Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in 3:10 To Yuma, and garnered much acclaim for his turn as an American soldier in 2009's critical favorite, The Messenger. This week, the talented actor stars alongside Jason Statham in the action thriller The Mechanic, a noisy remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle. Read on for our chat, including Foster's all-time favorite films.
January 27, 2011
"They Call Him The Mechanic"
With Simon West's remake of the Charles Bronson action flick "The Mechanic" heading to theaters, now's the perfect time to take a fond look back at the original.