The Heat: One hot comedy

SANDRA Bullock loves the f-word. Oh yes. Miss Congeniality said so, in a recent interview on “When you say the f-bomb in just the right way, with enough power behind it…there’s nothing else like it. It’s poetry in motion,” Ms Bullock said with unalloyed conviction. But, she added, “I use it wisely. I don’t

Despicable Me 2

Stealing the moon can be a tough act to follow, as reformed criminal mastermind Gru and the creative team behind the $540-million-grossing 2010 smash “Despicable Me” discovered when it was time to dream up an encore. After all, it was no mean feat to successfully juggle all that lunar lunacy with a delightful companion plot

World War Z

A zombie apocalypse that calls for calm and quiet Might there be a real-life zombie apocalypse one day? Not likely, but then again, the way zombies have chomped their way into our pop culture the last several years, it’s maybe a bit less implausible than it once was. What IS increasingly quite plausible, alas, is

Man of Steel

IT has been a black eye to Hollywood that throughout this, the unending and increasingly repetitive age of the superhero blockbuster, the comics’ most iconic son has eluded its grasp like a bird or, if you will, a plane. New hopes of box-office riches and franchise serials rests on Zac Snyder’s 3-D “Man of Steel,”

‘After Earth’ leaves bad aftertaste

I DON’T see why “After Earth” is raising such a fuss about its not-so subtle references to Scientology. So what if it does? So what if Will Smith is following in Tom Cruise’s footsteps on the path to spiritual enlightenment? That’s not the point. Religious inclination has got nothing to do with the fact that

The Hangover – Part III

“DARING” isn’t a word you would use very much to describe 2011’s “The Hangover Part II,” the disappointingly lazy, beat-for-beat rehash of the wild and wildly successful original “Hangover” from 2009. And yet, here we are with “The Hangover Part III,” which runs a different sort of risk by going to darker and more dangerous

Scary Movie

You have to at least give Scary Movie 5 points for timeliness. This latest installment of the horror movie spoof franchise manages to deliver parodies of movies as recent as the other week’s Evil Dead remake, not to mention one that hasn’t even been made yet (Fifty Shades of Grey). But those points are immediately

‘The Bride and the Lover’ hard to pin down

IT ISN’T everyday that I encounter a movie that features a bizarre love triangle, two aborted weddings and a happy ending. It’s like discovering a new species of animal that is evolutionarily dysfunctional. Regal Films’ “The Bride and the Lover” has been fancifully described as “a highly-charged erotic-drama,” but I don’t think that doesn’t quite

‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’: Humor outsourced

TROLLING the cable movie channels last week for something more cerebral than monster anacondas on a rampage and the undead stalking the living, I chanced upon “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” The film didn’t make it to local theaters, as far as I know, unless it had a short, unheralded run. That means we missed

The Impossible

BASED on the true story of a family swept away by the deadly 2004 tsunami that pummeled Southeast Asia, The Impossible is about as subtle as a wall of water. The depiction of the natural disaster itself, which killed 230,000 people, is visceral and horrifying. Director Juan Antonio Bayona has crafted an event that’s impeccable […]