There's nothing Hollywood likes better than a story with legs, even very short legs, and when the new live-action fairy tale "Mirror Mirror" opens Friday, it will be telling a tale that's been around for about 500 years -- namely, "Snow White," the story of a girl, some bad produce and love triumphant.
Alexander Payne makes movies about men on the brink -- of a nervous breakdown, of personal or professional ruin and, ultimately, maybe even some hard-earned peace. That was true of Matthew Broderick's scheming teacher in "Election," Jack Nicholson's searching retiree in "About Schmidt" and Paul Giamatti's sloppy oenophile in "Sideways," and it's certainly true of George Clooney in "The Descendants."
The "Soul of Bread" (愛的麵包魂) is a light-hearted romantic comedy directed by Sean Kao (高柄權) and Lin Chun-yang (林君楊), whose award-winning screenplay granted high anticipations for the movie after an equally successful TV version in 2006.
During China's Beiyang period (北洋時期) in the 1920s, warlords vie for power over the newly formed Republic while remnant powers wish to restore the Qing Dynasty.
"Bang Bang Formosa" (寶島大爆走), directed by Andy Luo An-de (羅安得), is a delightful road movie that moves boisterously through contemporary Taiwan.
After scrutinizing Taiwanese funeral customs in the 2010 comedy "Seven Days in Heaven" (父後七日), director Wang Yu-lin (王育麟) now offers "Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix" (龍飛鳳舞) ...
"Valentine's Day Redux" -- or as it's officially known, "New Year's Eve" -- purports to be about a night on which the "entire world comes together" to celebrate.
When you're a wife and working mother, there's this inescapable, self-imposed pressure to do everything right all the time. The idea of having it all -- a great job and a loving family, a toned body and a sane mind -- is as appealing as it is elusive.
"Bad Teacher" is exactly the one-joke movie that you probably expect it to be, but there are enough variations and shadings of that one joke to sustain its brief running time -- just barely.
Horrible Bosses" wallows in silliness -- gleefully, and without an ounce of remorse or self-consciousness -- and even though you are a grown-up and you know you should know better, you will be happy to wallow right along, as well.