"Laughable" probably isn't the word the makers of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" were aiming for, but there it is; laughter, in all the wrong places.
2011/11/25, 1 Comment
A class act such as "The Help" is rare enough in Hollywood. Coming at the tail end of summer blockbuster season, it's almost unheard of.
"Moneyball" is a thinking person's baseball movie, and a baseball fan's thinking movie.
The so-called octagon of mixed martial arts, the caged arena in which bouts take place, has a long way to go in movies if it wants to approach the cinematic power of the boxing ring.
Director Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," a sleek, elegantly mounted dissection of a global pandemic, begins simply enough, in Hong Kong, with Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) under the weather and waiting to catch a flight back to America.
It could have been agonizingly mawkish: the story of a young man with everything ahead of him who learns he has a rare form of spinal cancer, one that he only has a 50-percent chance of surviving.
For a movie that intends to be rooted in a recognizable and insightful reality, "Crazy Stupid Love" features an awful lot of moments that clang in a contrived, feel-good manner.
With his last film, 2007's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (潛水鐘與蝴蝶), director Julian Schnabel used a fragmented narrative technique to convey the interior life of a man who's paralyzed and incapable of speaking after a stroke.
Not a lot of love affairs, real or cinematic, can have it said of them that they end better than they begin. But "One Day" ends with a heartfelt flourish that was sorely missing from its first 90 minutes.