The Russian-Mongolian epic, ‘The Horde,’ comes out on DVD this week, and with it, a bloody tale of the short comings of magic when an empire tries to master it.
She: “Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.” He: “I know.”Does that exchange immediately fill you with a sense of wistfulness? Then you’re probably a fan of Jesse and Celine, a.k.a. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, whose insanely romantic final scene in Before Sunset nine years ago left moviegoers hanging — deliciously, infuriatingly, agonizingly! — and wondering if they’d ever know what came next for this appealing duo.
This week we’re off to see the wizard: Sam Raimi directs and James Franco stars in this colorful, entertaining film based on the books of L. Frank Baum. It wisely never pretends to be a remake of the revered The Wizard of Oz, but instead passes for a prequel of sorts.
This week we begin with some spookiness: Writer-director Scott Stewart pays homage to Hitchcock and Kubrick with several small touches that distinguish this horror-alien thriller. Using virtually no special effects until the last act, Stewart pieces together a chilling story touched with suspense, nuance, suggestion and innovative camera work to deliver a few well-earned chills.
While never taking his eyes off what made the original work of art so enduring, director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann delivers a film for today. In his new The Great Gatsby, the visually alert Australian director understands he is dealing with an American treasure, while also recognizing its cinematic appeal for a modern audience.
Ridley Scott’s critically acclaimed film Alien will be screened Wednesday with two separate show times at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Denton’s Cinemark, 2528 Wind River Lane. Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film that finds Sigourney Weaver (pictured), Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto as the crew of a commercial deep-space mining ship, investigating a suspected S.O.S. Then they learn it was a warning — not a cry for help. For a full list of participating Cinemark locations, advance ticket purchases and more information, visit www.cinemark.com.
Billionaire industrialist and inventor Tony Stark takes a beating in Iron Man 3. Unfortunately, so does the audience. In this third feature based on the Marvel Comics character, director Shane Black treats his viewers as if they were attention-starved adolescents. And while that may indeed mark the targeted demographic, those not in that select grouping might find this Iron Man 3 a loud, garish, brainless assault on the senses. And it will probably gross a couple billion dollars.
It’s too bad that Pain & Gain comes out at a time when drive-in theaters are all but extinct. Michael Bay’s comedic drama wouldn’t be negatively affected by tinny speakers, scenes missed during make-out sessions or long walks to the nacho stand. Distractions are actually a plus when watching this film. Is there a cineplex that allows patrons to bring in a lawn chair?
The first dozen or so minutes of To the Wonder, the strange new puzzler from Terrence Malick, unfold like a lovely dream. With little or no spoken dialogue, two enchanted lovers (Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko) slowly walk through the sculpted gardens of Paris, stroll across the fabled Normandy beaches, and gradually wind their way through Mont Saint-Michel’s mystic surroundings.
This week, we begin across the pond, with BBC Home Entertainment releasing three fine dramas, old and new, from its vast, impressive library. Spies of Warsaw -- This recently broadcast two-part drama based on Alan Furst’s novel takes place during the lead-up to World War II.
The new psychological thriller Trance looks great. In the wandering opus, director Danny Boyle shows off his internationally renowned skill for projecting visual imagery, as evinced previously not only by his films (Slumdog Millionaire) but also by his staging of the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics.
This week we begin in London:
The new release Admission is a comedy. But it is a serious comedy. It’s easy to enter Admission thinking it must be a knee-slapping laugh-riot, filled with broad gags and ample potty humor. Considering that it stars reigning queen of comedy Tina Fey along with Paul Rudd, the popular star of many recent romantic comedies featuring every attractive female in Hollywood, the film seems primed for high silliness and crotch shots.