‘In the Heart of the Sea’ sees Chris Hemsworth tackle…Moby Dick?

Who knew? Who knew that ‘Moby Dick,’ often considered one of the greatest American novels in the history of the artform, was actually based on a real incident? For the number of times I have personally read Herman Melville’s confusing, frustrating novel (five, to be exact), I never knew. No teacher ever told me. No more »

Movie Review: “The Best of Me”

Now doubt about it, there are bad movies. In case you’re not too familiar with this particular brand of trashiness, these  slices of cinematic sunshine are affectionately referred to as “B-movies” and are the kind of films that might fall short on such trivial things like production value, storyline, competent actors, taste, etc. However, these more »

Movie Review: “St. Vincent”

During the first half of his long, storied career, I think it’s fair to say that Bill Murray, the acclaimed star of “St. Vincent,” has carved a nice niche for himself portraying characters that fit a certain comedic mold. Due to the fact that he wasn’t exactly blessed with the looks and muscles of… oh, more »

The final “Foxcatcher” trailer is here

Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” has been building a head of steam and anticipation since premiering at Cannes back in May, where it snagged Miller the coveted Best Director award as well as a nomination for the prestigious Palme d’Or. Since then, Sony Pictures Classics has spent the summer releasing several intense, and creepy teasers in anticipation more »

The trailer for Will Smith’s new “comedy” ‘Focus’ is…not very funny

So the trailer for Will Smith’s next movie has just dropped…no, it’s not the NFL concussion film, or the strange sci-fi epic he’s (supposedly) been circling. No, this is called ‘Focus’ and it is directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s follow-up to their previous efforts behind the lens (‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ and the absolutely brilliant more »

Movie Review: “Dracula Untold”

At this pivotal point in his young career, charismatic British actor Luke Evans can’t seem to make up his mind whether to carve out a career playing the role of the heroic savior, which he pulled off admirably in the “Hobbit” franchise and/or 2011 “The Three Musketeers” remake, OR if he wants to make a more »

Do you wanna go? Disney teases “Tomorrowland”

“Tomorrowland,” a movie set for release next May, is a project somewhat shrouded in mystery. We know it’s directed by Brad Bird, written by Lost’s Damon Lindelof, and stars George Clooney, along with a strong supporting cast that includes Judy Greer, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Hugh Laurie, along with young star Britt more »

Movie Review: “The Judge”

Sometimes it’s hard to live up to your father’s legacy, especially if he’s been fairly successful. I mean, look at Sean Lennon. He wasn’t exactly the musician that his father John was. Nicole Richie, despite her best efforts to get noticed for SOMETHING, didn’t quite have the same level of talent to go all night more »

Movie Review: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Did you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right for you? Apparently, on the day of his 12th birthday, Alexander Cooper is living through one of these days. It all started for Alexander on the way to junior high, when one of his weirdo classmates took a picture of him, more »

There’s a wacky new “Horrible Bosses 2″ trailer

In these pre-”Hunger Games” days of our existence, the movie “Horrible Bosses” is still regarded as a dark comedy, not a blueprint or documentary. Yet.  “Horrible Bosses”  was done with barely enough of a straight face that it seemed at least partially true, and that rings true for its sequel, “Horrible Bosses 2.” In this post-Obamacare world, perhaps more »

Just in time for the High Holidays: An “Exodus” trailer

Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which stands an excellence chance of going down as the second-best film ever based on the Book of Exodus, debuted its first full-length trailer earlier this week, just in time for the High Holidays. Wouldn’t Passover have been more appropriate? The trailer is very action-oriented, although in its defense more »

First “American Sniper” trailer is intense as all hell

The first trailer for “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film about the late, prolific sniper Chris Kyle, is among the more intense two minutes I’ve ever seen in the context of a  movie trailer. In its style and intensity, the clip is strongly reminiscent of another war film, Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker”- a similarity which more »