Here's a movie that shouldn't be missed. "Contagion" is a smart, fast-moving medical thriller about a worldwide viral pandemic. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, this film with all-star cast, is riveting from start to finish, and it feels so real. You could very well imagine this is the way the world would handle a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. There's something very clinical about the way Soderbergh presents the story. But, just when you think it's going to become some kind of docu-drama, the director slams you back to the ground with human emotion and suffering. Matt Damon's performance is particulary memorable. His character is married to one of the virus' first victims, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Damon nails it. He brings world-weariness and paternal instincts to the role, and you geniunely care about his character. In fact, the cast is uniformly excellent and also includes Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and Kate Winslet. "Contagion" is one of the best films I've seen so far in 2011. Grade: A-
Paul Chambers, CNN film critic, Atlanta
"Final Destination 5" is exactly like the four films that went before it. Nothing has changed. That means it's probably going to make money. As a lifelong horror fan, I know exactly what I'm getting when I buy a ticket. People cheat death, and then death catches up with them. There is no bad guy, no satanic spirit...just fate. And, of course, the complex set-ups of each death that remind me of the old Mousetrap game I played when I was a kid. Nothing wrong with a well-made horror movie, and FD5 makes the grade. Paul Chambers, CNN.
"Super 8" hits theaters this weekend. The film has built up a lot of hype, but is it worth a trip to the multiplex? Paul Chambers has a review.
WHAT WE NEED IS A GOOD SUMMER MOVIE. "SUPER 8" IS PRETTY CLOSE. YES, THE STORY IS FAR FROM PERFECT. BUT WHAT DIRECTOR J-J ABRAMS DOES IS GET GREAT PERFORMANCES OUT OF HIS YOUNG ACTORS.
NEVER MIND THE PLOT HOLES, THE DOZENS OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND THE ABANDONMENT OF LOGIC. YES, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: JOEL COURTNEY, ELLE FANNING AND RILEY GRIFFITHS AMONG OTHERS. THEY ARE ALL MAKING AN 8MM ZOMBIE FLICK AT A RURAL RAILWAY STATION WHEN THEY WITNESS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY.
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SOMETHING GETS OUT OF THE TRAIN, AND IT'S NOT VERY HAPPY. PEOPLE IN THE SMALL OHIO TOWN START DISAPPEARING. AND, IT'S UP TO THE KIDS TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY.
THE FILM MAY BE DIRECTED BY ABRAMS BUT IT HAS THE DEFINITE STAMP OF EXECUTIVE PRODUCER STEVEN SPIELBERG ON IT. IN THIS CASE, THAT'S A NEGATIVE. BECAUSE ABRAMS COULD HAVE USED A NEW SCRIPT WITH A STORY THAT MAKES SENSE. WHY WAS THE GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTING THE MONSTER? WHY WAS THE FILM SET IN 1979 WHEN IT COULD HAVE EASILY TAKEN PLACE IN PRESENT DAY?
WELL, IT'S THE SUMMER MOVIE SEASON AND I'M NOT GOING TO LET THAT BOTHER ME. GOOD ACTION, GOOD ACTING, AND WELL-DIRECTED WITH PLENTY OF SUSPENSE. ON MY SCALE OF ONE TO TEN, "SUPER 8" RATES A "SEVEN." I'M PAUL CHAMBERS REPORTING.
"Restrepo" puts a new face on the war in Afghanistan. A decidedly American face. The filmmakers take their cameras to one of the most remote, dangerous U.S. outposts in this wartorn country. The bullets whiz by as we get up close to real American soldiers putting their lives on the line. We find out plenty about what makes these brave men tick. "Restrepo" is powerful, sobering and oh so very real. Paul Chambers, CNN.