July 13, 2010
Tomatometer Watch: Inception Gets First Rotten Review
"From the director of 'The Dark Knight'." Those words impart some serious expectations for Christopher Nolan's 'Inception', not just in commercial terms (the Bat-sequel took $533 million in the US alone) but also critical stature -- 2008's 'Knight' earned a lofty 94% "Fresh" rating on RT; the kind of numbers usually unheard of for a superhero film. In fact, Nolan's got a track record beyond the Bat that's going to be just as tough to measure himself against. Consider the stats: his 1998 debut, 'Following', is at 80% (with 20 reviews counted); 2001's breakthrough 'Memento' at 93% (134 reviews); 2002's thriller 'Insomnia' 92% (166 reviews); and 2005's 'Batman Begins' boasts an 85% fresh score (254 reviews). Even the critical runt of Nolan's litter, 2006's duel of the magicians 'The Prestige', is sitting on Certified Fresh with 75% from 187 reviews. Plenty to live up to, sure -- but if the early, ecstatic reviews arriving for the film are any indication, 'Inception' just might turn out to be Christopher Nolan's best-reviewed film yet.
March 26, 2009
Exclusive: McG Talks Terminator Salvation
The news that one of the greatest sci-fi franchises of all time was to get a full-fat reboot predictably sent cyborg fanboys into paroxysms of joy. For about 10 minutes. That Arnie, otherwise engaged running the world's fourth largest economy, wouldn't be back was partly compensated for by the casting of Christian Bale. But the revelation that McG was to be at the helm of Terminator Salvation put an abrupt stop to the celebrations. Recently, though, the tide's been turning with trailers and longer assemblages revealing a gritty war movie with more in common with Mad Max and Children of Men than Charlie's Angels. RT talked exclusively to the much-maligned McG about the rise of his machines...
October 18, 2007
Box Office Guru Preview: 30 Days of Night Gets Halloween Started Early
Competition, or a lack of it, will be the deciding factor at the North American box office this weekend for the half-dozen new releases that studios are packing into already overcrowded multiplexes. With far too many films aiming for the same finite audience segment, some are sure to eat into the potential of others.
June 5, 2007
New Comic Book Flick Alert: Mandrake the Magician!
I'm not much for magicians, but apparently this Criss Angel guy is pretty famous, right? He's got a TV series called "Mind Freak," so somebody out there knows who he is. Anyway, he's turning an old comic book called "Mandrake the Magician" into a movie.
April 10, 2007
No Two-Face Against "The Dark Knight"?
A while back we heard that the Harvey Dent character would be appearing in "The Dark Knight" (he'll be played by Aaron Eckhart) but that his villainous alter ego (Two-Face) would be saved for the NEXT sequel. Looks like we might have some confirmation on that...
February 12, 2007
User Tomato Awards: "The Departed" Is Your Favorite of 2006
The votes are in, and "The Departed" is the number one flick of the year according to the User Tomato Awards. Martin Scorsese's engrossing crime drama topped such user faves as "Little Miss Sunshine," "Casino Royale," "The Prestige," and "Children of Men."
January 11, 2007
"The Dark Knight" to Visit Baltimore?
Between two excellent performances in two of the year's more entertaining movies ("The Prestige" and "Children of Men"), Michael Caine has had a pretty good year -- but he's got a pair of pretty promising projects underway: A remake of "Sleuth" with Jude Law and a little sequel called "The Dark Knight."
October 26, 2006
Box Office Guru Preview: Saw III Brings The Pain
Blood will flow and screams will be deafening at North American multiplexes this weekend when the horror sequel "Saw III" buzzes its way into theaters. While there will be no fight for the number one spot, the rest of the top ten will see new films and holdovers scrambling for high positions.
October 22, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Prestige Defeats Flags for #1 Spot
Three well-reviewed dramas fought over the weekend box office crown, but it was a pair of dueling magicians that North American moviegoers chose first as The Prestige opened at the top of the charts. Close behind was the mob thriller The Departed which remained strong in its third weekend while Clint Eastwood's new war saga Flags of our Fathers settled for a third place debut.
October 19, 2006
Critical Consensus: "Flags" Flies High; "The Prestige" Is Magic; "Flicka" Is A Pretty Good Ride; "Marie Antoinette" Spared Critical Guillotine
This week at the movies, we've got a complex tale of heroism (Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers," starring Ryan Phillippe), a story of dueling magicians (Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige," starring Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and Hugh Jackman), a yarn about a girl and her horse ("Flicka," starring Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw), and a post-punk-scored period piece about the least punk human being ever (Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette," starring Kirsten Dunst). What do the critics have to say?
October 9, 2006
Who's Playing Two-Face in "Batman" Sequel?
Christopher Nolan has confirmed Two-Face will be one of the villains in "The Dark Knight," his follow-up to "Batman Begins," and IGN FilmForce is trying to determine who will play the role.
September 26, 2006
The Nolan Brothers Discuss "The Dark Knight"
When "The Dark Knight" ultimately hits theaters, it'll most likely come with credits that read: Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan. How that arrangement came about is the subject of conversation at IGN FilmForce.
August 24, 2006
Christopher Nolan Hints About "Joker" Approach
Blogger / humorous journalist / serious movie geek Josh Horowitz recently had a sit-down with "Batman Begins" director Christopher Nolan in order to get some info on the filmmaker's next project, "The Prestige" ... but you just know that "The Dark Knight" (aka "Batman Begins 2") was going to come up at some point. And it did.
August 11, 2006
Christopher Nolan to Track "The Prisoner" After "Dark Knight" Duty
Following the enormous success of "Batman Begins," director Christopher Nolan has become a bona-fide workaholic! His new film, the fantastic-looking "The Prestige," is due in a few months, plus he's about to get to work on "The Dark Knight," and after that he'll be adaptating the cult classic TV series "The Prisoner" for the big screen.
July 17, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: Bale, Jackman & Scarlett in "The Prestige"
Last time Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale got together, they made one heck of a fine comic book movie. They're collaborating again, and this time they've enlisted Hugh Jackman to tell the story of two turn-of-the-century magicians who dabble in some pretty dangerous competitions. Check out the trailer right here.