It’s not surprising that the latest animated adventure from Blue Sky Studios would look great and serve up plenty of slam-bang action and comedy.
Miniature forces of good and evil battle big-time in “Epic,” Vin Diesel revs up yet again for “Fast & Furious 6,” Greta Gerwig’s gotta dance in “Frances Ha” and the Wolfpack boys return for more headaches in “The Hangover III,” all in area theaters.
There’s no shortage of pain in this near-alchemical transmutation of a grim true-crime story into whacked-out black comedy, but bupkis in the way of gain.
Sometimes, we think we understand things because they’re so familiar they seem almost like part of the natural order, like the sun coming up each morning — or the Cubs self-destructing just when it seems certain they’re headed for the playoffs.
Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton get un-divorced in “The Big Wedding,” Matthew McConaughey gets down and dirty in “Mud” and Mark Wahlberg gets pumped for crime in “Pain & Gain,” all in area theaters.
It’s been awhile since we were offered a good, on-the-field baseball movie, not to mention one that also switch hits as an inspirational drama, and “42” scores on both those fronts. Just don’t expect to see anything particularly flashy, either on the diamond or in the script.
Bill Murray gets presidential in “Hyde Park on Hudson” and director Sam Peckinpah gets a vindicating reissue with “Major Dundee” on Blu-ray.
Harrison Ford throws the major leagues a curve ball in “42,” Robert Redford comes up from the underground in “The Company You Keep” and James McAvoy attempts a criminal masterpiece in “Trance,” all in area theaters.
Demonic forces mess up a cabin-in-the-woods vacation in “Evil Dead,” paleolithic monsters wreak havoc again in “Jurassic Park 3D” and Ryan Gosling rides for redemption in “The Place Beyond the Pines,” all in area theaters.
With “30 Rock” off the air, legions of Liz Lemon fans are undoubtedly primed for a Tina Fey fix, but they’re likely to be a little disappointed by the mismatched moods and modest laughs in this so-so romantic dramedy.
North Korea posted a video the other day of long-range missile to destroying the White House. Well, director Antoine Fuqua puts that movie to shame with “Olympus has Fallen,” which depicts an apparently independent Korean paramilitary group attacking, virtually destroying and capturing the White House.