Our favorite pair of inseparable best friends are at it again, but this time, instead of being at Monsters Inc. headquarters, they're scaring up a storm as college students at Monsters University.
You can't help rooting for them. After being laid off from their jobs as salesmen, good friends Billy (Vince Vaughan) and Nick (Owen Wilson) apply and are miraculously accepted as interns at Google. Full of enthusiasm and positive energy but pretty much technically incompetent, they find themselves struggling to compete with the best and brightest young minds for permanent positions at the renowned corporation.
Brad Pitt has indeed changed quite a bit. I still remember his square jaw line and stylish buzz cut in the 2005 spy film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Eight years later, I'm slightly disappointed to see him in World War Z with a much more wrinkled face and stringy, shoulder-length hair. But that wasn't the only disappointment in the movie.
With his dark eyebrows deeply furrowed and gleaming white teeth firmly clamped shut, Henry Cavill winces when asked if Superman is treated like a terrorist in "Man of Steel." His reaction is somewhat understandable. The charming British actor should feel very protective of the character -- one of the biggest icons in pop culture.
It seems as if Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" is the millionth Superman movie to come out. The plot predictably begins with the destruction of Krypton and ends with Clark Kent (played by Henry Cavill) saving the world, with Lois Lane (Amy Adams) simultaneously falling madly in love with him. However, the familiarity of it all doesn't make the film banal.1 Comment
Humanity's home planet hardly merits the name-check in "After Earth," M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi survival tale whose shipwreck action could (with the exception of a scene where our hero scrawls a crude map over Lascaux-like cave paintings) take place on any old life-supporting globe in the cosmos.
Unwieldy, overlong and overly reliant on melodramatic coincidences, "The Place Beyond the Pines" is still better than it has any right to be, thanks to its cast.
Ever wonder what it would feel like to suddenly wake up in another universe? You could find out, perhaps, by joining the next space mission to another galaxy, or, slightly easier, you could go to your local multiplex and watch "Fast & Furious 6" without having seen the first five movies.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" is like fan-boy fiction on a US$185 million budget. It's reverential, it's faithful, it's steeped in "Trek" mythology. It's also an excessively derivative what-if rehash of themes and interactions that came before, most of the characters lesser copies and even caricatures of the originals. The scenario's been hijacked and rejiggered from better "Trek" plots of decades ago, the best verbal exchanges lifted nearly verbatim from past adventures.
Does happily-ever-after marriage have a good ring to it? Apparently it does with Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) in "I Give It a Year;" so much so that they rush into a marriage fueled by their honeymoon bliss of a relationship. Quickly, problems, which they were blind to before, start to bubble up, and they slowly start to realize how fundamentally incompatible they are.