Monday, January 26, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Two men from two completely different worlds, one rich and one poor, cross paths in their search for Olympic gold fame. Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave (Mark Ruffalo) Schultz are two gold medal winning wrestling brothers lured to John E. du Pont's (Steve Carell) Foxcatcher training camp. These three actors give outstanding performances. Tatum & Ruffalo have convincingly transformed themselves into these wrestling athletes and project their strong brotherly bond. Carell's calm quiet loner demeanor of the eccentric rich heir to the Du Pont fortune is quite eerie and unsettling. Based of true story, it is a slow-moving bizarre tale that's depressingly sad and tragic.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
It's the "Fugitive" with the man with a certain skill set, Bryan Mills (Liam Neesom) as Dr. Richard Kimball, ex-wife Lenore St. John (Famke Janssen) as Mrs. Kimble, and LAPD Inspector Franck Dotzler (Forrest Whitaker) as Lt. Gerard, but there is no one-arm man. This Luc Besson plot is the third in the series so audiences should pretty well know what they are going to get. The daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) gets taken in the original and the Bryan & Lenore get taken in the second film. So who is going to get taken now? The characters are so stereotyped casted that you would have sworn they were wearing their black hats and white hats (the good, the bad, and the stupid). Meet Mills' crew and golfing buddies in this murder mystery. No one expects realism here, just guilty pleasure fun.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
It's "Act of Valor" meets "Zero Dark Thirty" meets "Coming Home" when a Texas rodeo cowboy becomes patriotic and joins the Navy SEALs. Based on Chris Kyle's true story, Bradley Cooper masterfully and convincingly reinvents himself to portray one of America's most lethal sharp shooters with a well deserved nickname, the Legend. Director Clint Eastwood skillfully details the horrific war on terrorism and its effect on our brave men who fight to protect our country. It's powerful, intense, touching, and tragic. It's sniper vs sniper. It's a fire fight in a f*cking sandstorm where you can't see sh*t. It is a great tribute to those in uniform serving our nation and to our courageous war veterans. Real footage and photos honoring Chris Kyle play at the end of the movie.
Alien gives it 4 "bounty on your head" stars out of 4.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
From the deep jungles of darkest Peru, a stowaway bear heads for London seeking a new home and is temporarily taken in by the Brown family. This delightful animated live action comedy is essentially a fish-out-of-water story as the naive bear with childlike innocence manages to cause a bit of trouble at every turn. This cute and clever script is loaded with funny sight gags, beautiful visual effects, and attention to details. It is hilarious family fun for everyone, young and old. Nicole Kidman plays the evil taxidermist in a Cruella DeVille type role. It's a charming plot about searching for a home and family.
Alien gives it 3 ½ "emergency marmalade sandwiches" stars out of 4.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
It's James Bond meets Eliza Doolittle meets "Kick-Ass" meets "Noah" meets "Scanners" when an secret organization of gentlemen spies with a code of conduct attempts to stop a mega-maniac's plan to end global warming through world domination and SIM cards. It's a throwback to the early 007 films but elevated to today's action & thrill levels. The villains are fantastic. Imagine an evil Nick Fury with a lisp and a henchman who is a Rosa Klebb/Oscar Pistorius/Wolverine cross. Based on a Mark Millar graphic novel, the film is outrageous fun that can poke fun at it's own genre. The wonderful weaponry includes deadly devices disguised in rings, watches, lighters, and bumbershoots. The action is insane at times. The cast includes Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, and Mark Strong.
Alien gives it 3 ½ "manners maketh man" stars out of 4.