More Dark Knight, Hancock and Superman, Whether You Like It Or Not

by Tippi Blevins December 5, 2008 11:38 am
More Dark Knight, Hancock and Superman, Whether You Like It Or Not The end of the week brings you updates on your favorite (and maybe not-so-favorite) superheroes and what they're up to these days. First up to bat, so to speak, is The Dark Knight. Word just came down from Warner Brothers that the megahit will be re-released in theaters and IMAX on January 23. So if you're one of the handful of Amish people who didn't see it, or you just wanted to watch it for the second or twenty-second time on the big screen, this will be your chance. This will allow The Dark Knight to gain entry into the very exclusive billion-dollar club where the only other members are Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. That ought to make Batman happy. Relatively speaking, of course. Not coincidentally, the re-release happens the day after the Academy Awards nominations are announced.

Beware: This Film Is Not Yet Rated

by Kasey McDonald May 8, 2008 4:38 pm
Beware: This Film Is Not Yet Rated

You'll never believe it: There's a trailer out there that may not be very representative of an upcoming movie. You may sense a bit of sarcasm, but I once saw a TV spot for Fight Club that made it look like a romantic comedy (I'm serious, it's in the DVD extras) and suffice it to say I learned a big lesson that day. It has come out via Dark Horizons that it has probably happened again.

After Earth: Plan 10 From Outer Space

by Ethan Alter May 31, 2013 6:01 am
<i>After Earth</i>: Plan 10 From Outer Space

In hindsight, one of the most hilariously blown calls in modern movie history is the 2002 Newsweek cover that proclaimed M. Night Shyamalan as "The Next Spielberg." (Small wonder that magazine no longer exists.) To be respectful of the dead for a moment, Newsweek did make that comparison after Shyamalan was coming off the commercial hot streak of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. It would take the next batch of movies -- starting with The Village (although I'd argue that Signs is the real... um, signpost of his decline) and continuing through The Last Airbender -- for the director's actual cinematic forbearer to reveal himself. And Shyamalan's latest effort, After Earth, only further confirms what many have long suspected: far from being the next Spielberg, Shyamalan is actually the next Wood. As in Ed Wood, the pioneering Z-movie schlockmeister, who (if you believe the Tim Burton version) had an enthusiasm for filmmaking matched only by his ineptitude.

Men in Black 3: Big Willie Flop

by Ethan Alter May 25, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Men in Black 3</i>: Big Willie Flop

A prime example of a franchise sequel that exists purely because it can, rather than because it should, Men in Black 3 arrives in theaters feeling like a relic from a distant past when Will Smith was the biggest movie star in the world. And it's possible that he still is, in which case it's the picture that's real small. Even though it affords its lead plenty of opportunities to flash that mega-watt smile and sharp comic timing and piles effects-heavy set piece on top of effects-heavy set piece, MiB3 can't mask its fundamental pointlessness. It's so instantly forgettable that even though I saw it in the theater in all its 3D-enhanced glory, I felt as though I was watching it at home during the late-night cable run it'll receive a few years hence. You know, one of those experiences where you randomly stumble upon a sequel while surfing the movie networks and go, "Oh right -- they made a third one" before changing the channel.

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