‘the Family,’ ‘insidious: Chapter 2′ And Other New Movies, Reviewed
Why should Summer People have all the fun? Think about it: sipping on your Pumpkin Spice Latte (and hey, maybe put a little rum in there? It’s AUTUMN, time to feel alive)… and there you are, sitting on your fleece blanket with your flannel-clad boyfriend who has made his seasonal transition into Mr. Autumn . He’s hugging you, but not in that suffocating way that typically makes you want to run very fast in the other direction because god he just loves you too much it’s weird… just in a sweet way that takes the slight chill away from the air. And as you melt into the warmth of his body, you realize this is the best time you’ve ever had watching Nightmare On Elm Street. And it’s funny, isn’t it, how in this golden Autumn light he looks a bit like Ryan Gosling in The Notebook? Also it was so nice of your friend Peggy to bring that Maple-Crusted Squash-Thyme Casserole, which will pair perfectly with that Thermos of robust red wine you brought. You wonder why you guys don’t all hang out that often anymore, and decide to change that. Hey, is that a random stranger handing out candy apples in the distance?
Commentary: 10 fall movies that won’t win the Oscar
Pundits are getting excited. Speculation is rampant. After studying the winners of the best picture Oscar over the last decade Argo, The Artist, The Kings Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men, The Departed, Crash, Million Dollar Baby and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King I am prepared to reach my own conclusion about the Oscar race. With the unstable nature of the movie business, it is probably a foolish endeavor to make predictions like this, but playing the fool has never stopped me before. Anything can happen in Hollywood, but I like working without a net. Here are 10 fall movies that have no chance of winning the best picture Oscar. If I am wrong, I will apologize. But I dont expect to apologize. 1. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues After an agonizing decade-long wait, Will Ferrell son is back as anchorman extraordinaire Ron Burgundy, and there is widespread speculation that this will be a huge box office hit in December. But Ferrell would be the first to acknowledge that popularity with the movie-going public rarely translates into Oscar gold unless, of course, youve got a really big boat, an iceberg and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jessica Forde – Married mobsters Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Giovanni (Robert De Niro) are relocated to France along with their troubled children as part of the witness protection program in the action comedy The Family. The Family (R) The Blakes think theyre vigilantes, but in most other movies theyd be the bad guys. Of course, there are worse guys, including a hit man who plans to collect the $20 million bounty on Gio and companys heads. That portion of the plot gives the story a little jolt, but mostly the film follows along aimlessly as the Blake family fails at fitting in. Stephanie Merry 1/2 Insidious: Chapter 2 (PG-13) In addition to Poltergeist, Insidious: Chapter 2 cribs from The Shining , The Exorcist , Psycho and other films. If it has to steal, at least its from some of the best. The problem is, its also reminiscent, in parts, of Mommie Dearest and, as a friend of mine pointed out, A Reflection of Fear . (Yeah, I had to look up that 1973 B movie, too. Dont Google its plot twist if you dont want a major spoiler.) Michael OSullivan Money for Nothing (Unrated) the film could benefit from a bit more laymans language. Financial expert Peter Atwater nicely describes the Feds original mission as one of alternately applying the gas pedal and brakes to the U.S. economy, through a combination of raising or lowering interest rates and increasing or decreasing the money supply. Such easy-to-understand imagery is in short supply, however, when the film gets into the minutiae of quantitative easing and puts . (If you have to ask, trust me, you dont want to know.) Michael OSullivan The Patience Stone (R) For a mostly quiet story marked by restraint, the ending comes across as artificial. Yet that doesnt temper the power of a memorable movie about one womans journey from cautious bystander to agent of her own destiny. Stephanie Merry Populaire (R) On one superficial level, its like My Fair Lady , with Louis as Henry Higgins and Rose as Eliza Doolittle. On another, shes the one schooling him. Theres a subtle subtext of female empowerment Rose wants to be treated as an equal partner, not chattel that lends the film a gloss of postmodernity. Michael OSullivan Sample This (Unrated) Sample This doesnt allot much time for hip-hops embrace of Apache, and barely discusses the crate-raiding culture that gives new life to forgotten LPs. Forrer, a first-time director, also shows little flair for pacing and structuring the tale (which is narrated by Kisss Gene Simmons, a Viner pal). Mark Jenkins 1/2 Things Never Said (R) One of the films great assets is Hampton, a captivating actress who portrays Kalindra with a great depth of emotion. She proves her mettle as a leading lady, whether shes performing on stage, yelling at Ronnie or pillow talking with Curtis. Stephanie Merry