July 31, 2013
Digital Multiplex: West of Memphis and Transformers: Dark of the Moon
This week lacks real "oomph" in the new release department, aside from a highly acclaimed documentary. The older releases on tap range from a big budget blockbuster to a 1980s cult classic to a Coen brothers comedy, among others. Read on to find out what's available to watch right now.
October 28, 2011
Five Favorite Films with Abigail Breslin
Since her acting debut in Signs (at age six) and Oscar nomination for Little Miss Sunshine (at age 10), Abigail Breslin has taken an unpredictable path in her film roles, appearing in everything from family movies to heartstring-heavy dramas to unabashed horror-comedy -- as Zombieland's gun-toting scamp Little Rock, she got to indulge in what few of her young peers are allowed; namely, blowing away hordes of the undead. In this week's Janie Jones, Breslin plays the title character, a 13-year-old girl set adrift from her single mother to reconnects with her boozy rock-n-roll dad, played by Alessandro Nivola. We sat down with the young actress to talk about the movie and her music, where she sees her career headed, and her Five Favorite Films.
March 7, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Rango Wrangles Top Spot
This weekend, three new releases targeting different audience segments successfully connected with their crowds and took the top spots at the North American box office. Leading the way with older kids and families was Johnny Depp's animated comedy Rango followed by Matt Damon's sci-fi romance thriller The Adjustment Bureau which played to mature adults. Debuting in third was the romance Beastly which catered to teen girls. The weekend's fourth new release, the raunchy 80s comedy Take Me Home Tonight, opened poorly just outside of the top ten.
March 3, 2011
Critics Consensus: Rango Is Wacky, Witty Fun
This week at the movies, we've got a leapin' lizard (Rango, with voice work from Johnny Depp and Abigail Breslin); a fateful romance (The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt); a night to remember (Take Me Home Tonight, starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris); and an update of Beauty and the Beast (Beastly, starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens). What do the critics have to say? In an animation landscape dominated creatively and commercially by Pixar, it's rare that a CGI feature brings much originality to the table. However, critics say that's the case with Rango, which they say is a manic, wildly inventive, very funny homage/parody of spaghetti Westerns.
February 27, 2011
Gore Verbinski Rango Interview
What drives a director from blockbuster pirate epics to an animated film about a talking chameleon? Gore Verbinski shares the answer with the New York Times.