In the scope of movies, musicals have not fared particularly well. The last attempt at a blockbuster musical was “Mamma Mia!” and while it did well, it wasn’t enough to break the genre into everyday territory.
This time, a far bleaker movie spearheads the attempt into mainstream. “Les Miserables,” based on the Victor Hugo book and made into movies and a Tony award winning play, could be vying for the big awards come early 2013 and can make or break the genres time in the spotlight. Continue reading “Les Miserables”
“Jack Reacher” is a new action movie from veteran Tom Cruise. Love or hate Cruise, this movie delivers for those in search of a good plotline, witty writing and decent acting.
The movie starts with a sniper sending a city into panic after the random shooting of five people. This scene was the cause behind the stir of the film in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. This sets of a seemingly open-and-close case as police apprehend the man, James Barr, responsible rather quickly, or so they thought. Continue reading “Jack Reacher”
In recent years, Hollywood has left the classic comedy plotlines to gather dust, in a rush to discover new avenues of entertaining audiences. In some cases, the old needs to be brushed off to remind people of true comedy and meaningful plots.
One of the most recent movies to play the road trip theme is “Due Date.” That movie, with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, has the audiences rolling with every ridiculous turn in the pair’s trip.
“The Guilt Trip” does not.
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Ten years ago, Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings” to the big screen. It garnered numerous awards, including Academy Awards, and boosted the careers of actors within the movie, such as Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and make Sir Ian McKellan a household name.
Peter Jackson is back with the prequel to the trilogy, “The Hobbit.” The 300 page book has been made into three full length movies, using material from the appendices of the original trilogy to beef up the content.
The story follows a company of 14, made up of a single hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, BBC’s “Sherlock”), and 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage, BBC’s “MI-5”), to reclaim the dwarves home Erebor from the dragon Smaug, and the treasure within the mountain. Bilbo is recruited by Gandalf (McKellan) to be the group’s burglar. Continue reading “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”