TV actor Chadwick Boseman stars as baseball-playing barrier-smasher Jackie Robinson in this period biopic from writer-director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, A Knight's Tale). Harrison Ford is color-barrier-ending Baseball Commissioner Branch Rickey. 88 minutes PG-13.
Do you love wacky romantic comedies with the word "wedding" in the title? Here's one. It stars Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Topher Grace and Susan Sarandon. At some point Robin William drops by to play a priest! It's an American rewrite of a French farce about a long-divorced couple who fake being married while their extended family unites for a wedding. 90 minutes R.
Robert Redford directs and stars in this drama about a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run after fortysomething years when a journalist uncovers his identity. The screen vet-heavy cast includes Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Sam Elliot and Shia LaBeouf. Redford might not be the most realistic choice to play a hippie terrorist, and the script (based on the novel by Neil Gordon) has enough plot strands to fill an IFC mini-series. Still it's a compelling piece of political drama from Hollywood's peacenik past. 121 minutes R.
On the surface, this CGI toon is just "The Flintstones" with a sassy grandma and a bit of The Land Before Time tossed in for good measure. Nicolas Cage voices an overprotective caveman whose rebellious daughter (Emma Stone) befriends a primitive inventor (Ryan Reynolds) who brings warnings about the end of the world. Cloris Leachman plays the sassy grandma. Of course she does. Dreamworks Animation tried harder with Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, but the animation is colorful and occasionally amusing. 98 minutes PG.
From the makers of Hoodwinked! and a whole bunch of CGI Barbie movies (whoopee) comes a generic family movie in which a pile of movies stars (Brendan Fraser, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Sarah Jessica Parker, George Lopez, William Shatner) provide voices for some cute cartoon characters. The excuse for Burger King kids' meal toys this time around is that a bunch of friendly space aliens must escape from Area 51. 89 minutes PG.
After nearly a year's delay and a bunch of re-shoots, this live-action sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra finally hits theaters. Channing Tatum is back as Duke, but he's mostly supplanted by newcomers Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock and Bruce Willis as Joe Colton. (As fans in the know are aware, that's the name of the original 12-Inch G.I. Joe figure from 1964.) This time around, the baddies are blowing up the White House (a popular thing to do in movies these days) and framing the Joes for crimes they didn't commit (shades of the A-Team). 110 minutes PG-13.
Lurid Australian director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!) yanks the curtain back on his Jazz Age Disneyland version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novella. Tobey Maguire is the World War I vet who gets lured into the fabulous lifestyle of his nouveau riche Long Island neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Carey Mulligan (An Education, Drive) is the contentious object of affection, Daisy Buchanan. Throw in some fantabulous fashions and an explosive soundtrack (Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Jack White, will.i.am) and you've got one hell of a party. The pure over-the-topness of it all makes it hard to take the characters seriously, but Luhrmann's manic razzle dazzle ultimately fits the narrative quite snugly. 142 minutes PG-13.
Industrialist/superhero Tony Stark's personal world is torn apart when he's attacked by an international terrorist known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Filmmaker Shane Black (writer of Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout and director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) keeps everything breezy, funny and, most of all, fast as a jet plane. 130 minutes PG-13.
This Steven Spielberg blockbuster about cloned dinosaurs running wild on an island theme park holds up surprisingly well, delivering thrills, chills and straight-up fun after 20 years. The new 3D effects are a nifty addition. Well worth seeing on the big screen. 127 minutes PG-13.
In this Tom Sawyer-ish magical-realist melodrama, two teenage boys discover a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on a tiny river island in Arkansas. Turns out this fugitive (nicknamed "Mud") is on the run from bounty hunters. But he's just an innocent (mostly) fellow trying to reunite with his ladylove (Reese Witherspoon), who's stuck living at a rundown local motel. A lovely, if overly allegorical anti-fable from Jeff Nichols (writer-director of 2011's equally metaphor-heavy Take Shelter). 130 minutes PG-13.
Tom Cruise is a technician assigned to post-apocalyptic Earth following a devastating war with invading aliens. His job is to repair drones, mining the abandoned planet's last resources. But as he explores the wasteland, he's haunted by visions from the past. Perhaps all is not as it seems. Director Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy) has created a stunningly beautiful sci-fi film, but the script tries too hard to be a Christopher Nolan-style mindbender. Most viewers will figure out what's going on long before the story peters out. 126 minutes PG-13.
Evil Korean terrorists attack the White House. Disgraced former presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) just happens to be trapped there. Naturally, he starts working with the NSA as an "inside man" to rescue the president (Aaron Eckhart) from kidnappers. The script is strictly Die Hard in the White House, but at least director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) gives the violence some style. 130 minutes R.
Disney, still glowing from their actionized Alice in Wonderland sequel, launches a prequel to L. Frank Baum's famed Wizard of Oz. Actor/enigma James Franco stars as the smalltime magician who ends up in the fantasy land of Oz and must decide if he's got the stuff to battle a wicked witch. Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams are on witch duty. Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) directs. FULL REVIEW:James Franco books a return trip to Oz in Sam Raimi’s fantasy prequel by Devin D. O’Leary (3/14/2013). 130 minutes PG.
Michael Bay (yes, that Michael Bay) tries his hand at directing a (relatively) inexpensive action comedy. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie play a trio of Miami bodybuilders who come up with a stupid scheme to kidnap a jerkbag businessman. Naturally this results in much chaos, gunplay and exploding things. It's based on a true story from 1999 involving kidnapping, extortion, torture and murder--which apparently wasn't very funny. 130 minutes R.
Craig Robinson ("The Office") plays a blue-collar children's entertainer who's dating out-of-his-league babe Grace Peeples (Kerry Washington). Things get crazy, though, when he crashes the high-tone Peeples family reunion in order to ask for their daughter's hand in marriage. If domestic comedies have taught us anything, it's that meeting your fiancée's parents is a wacky, slapstick-filled occasion. Tyler Perry threw his name in the credits, but he didn't have much to do with this genial, if overly familiar, comedy. 95 minutes PG-13.
Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper (easy there, ladies) both star in this edgy crime thriller from filmmaker Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine). Gosling is a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to bank robbery to support his lover and their newborn child. Cooper is the rookie cop navigating a department ruled by corruption to catch the fast-paced thief. No simple cops-and-robbers flick, this stylish multigenerational drama aims for the scope and impact of Greek tragedy. It doesn't always achieve it, but you can't fault anyone here for their ambition. 140 minutes R.
How dumb could this be? Well, on the poster, the title is actually written "SCARY MOVIE." Did you catch that? The "V" is actually a "V"--not as in the letter V, but as in the Roman numeral V. Not that you'd ever notice, because they're the exact same freaking thing. Anyway, Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen are among the pop culture cameos. It's basically a parody of Paranormal Activity--which former Scary Movie writer/star Marlon Wayans already did earlier this year in A Haunted House. 85 minutes PG-13.
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