Baz Luhrmann misses an opportunity to draw out parallels to modernity and instead comes across as a cover band director - someone whose celebrated directorial ambitions coattail the mastery of others who came before him.
Anyone on the lookout for a comeback by Fritz the Cat creator Ralph Bakshi will have to keep waiting.
Basically two hours of "America, F#$% Yeah!"
The idea of teaming Tina Fey and Paul Rudd sounds feasible, but....
The Call There's something cheerfully stupid about thrillers like The Call, wherein a protagonist who's seemingly as brilliant as Sherlock Holmes eventually becomes as dimwitted as Forrest Gump.
It's hard to imagine anybody who's 21 and over truly getting much out of 21 and Over, but as far as these sorts of films go, this one isn't as aggressively stupid as some. It's written and directed by the same guys who penned The Hangover (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore), and I actually prefer it to that often insufferable comedy.
* 1/2 In the immortal 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow sings "If I Only Had a Brain" ("My head I'd be scratching, While my thoughts were busy hatching"), the Tin Man croons "If I Only Had a Heart" ("I'd be tender, I'd be gentle, And awful sentimental") and the Cowardly Lion belts out "If I Only Had the Nerve" ("Yeah, it's sad, believe me, missy, When you're born to be a sissy").
**1/2 On the surface, Jack the Giant Slayer would appear to be made from the same cloth as Oz the Great and Powerful -- that is to say, it's an expensive CGI spectacle directed by a highly regarded helmer of superhero flicks (in this case, X-Men's Bryan Singer).
**1/2 Let's face it: 2013 has so far been a brutal year for multiplex action stars.
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET *1/2