Drama Rod Lott
How? Of all the films that could have filled that ninth Best Picture slot at this year's Academy Awards, how did Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
get there? Manipulation is one thing; manipulation soaked in
implausibility is another entirely: Oscar bait of the worst, most
Television series Rod Lott
At the risk of making me less popular than I already am, I don’t get the unconditional love for HBO’s Game of Thrones that suggests it is beyond criticism. A harmless crush, I
understand; a vow of eternity, no. It’s too soon to be slipping a ring
on its finger just yet, but as season two beckons, the potential
Renaissance man Takeshi Kitano peruses Japan’s mean streets.
Thriller Rod Lott
A pact is worthless when it exists between two criminal families. Piss
one off, and war breaks out. In his 15th directorial outing, Outrage: Way of the Yakuza,
Takeshi Kitano examines one such flare-up and its ever-brutal
consequences. The gangster world marks material he's delved into before,
but so has Martin Scorsese, and Kitano is arguably Japan's equivalent.
Get your recommended daily allowance of ‘Iron’ at May 3’s Marvel-ous marathon.
The movie I dreamt about in 1978 is now a month away from hitting theaters. I speak, of course, about The Best Exotic Marigold HotelThe Avengers, which opens May 4.
Presumably the comic-book movie to end all comic-book movies, The Avengers fronts an all-star lineup of superheroes: Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Sgt. Nick Fury. Even casual moviegoers know this blockbuster has been in the works for years, with Marvel Studios using post-credits stinger sequences to connect one stand-alone film to the next, starting with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man alter ego, Tony Stark, meeting Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury in a bar at the tail end of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk.
Now, viewers with buns of steel and a vacation day to burn can watch all the dots be connected, in order, as Harkins Bricktown Cinemas offers the Ultimate Avengers Marathon of six movies on May 3, all leading to the midnight premiere of The Avengers.
The lineup begins at 11:30 a.m. with Hulk, followed by: • Iron Man at 2 p.m. • Iron Man 2 at 4:30 p.m. • Thor at 7 p.m. • Captain America: The First Avenger at 9:15 p.m. • The Avengers at 12:01 a.m.
The final three will be show in 3-D.
Tickets are $25 and now on sale at harkinstheatres.com/avengers or at the Harkins Bricktown box office. The package includes extra goodies, including two free small popcorns, a commemorative lanyard and a bag o’ swag.
To be honest, I doubt the movie can live up to the 7-year-old me’s idea, but I look forward to it nonetheless. Even if I’m far more stoked for Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises and, yep, The Expendables 2. —Rod Lott
Horror Rod Lott
Forgive and forget — the one ability that Sister Gertrude (La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg) sorely lacks, in 1979's The Killer Nun,
one of the more popular entries in the whacked-out subgenre known as
“nunsploitation.” However, the Italian project may be the only one based
on a true story.
Sci-Fi Rod Lott
Two American entrepreneurs (Speed Racer's Emile Hirsch and The Social Network's
Max Minghella) travel to Moscow in the hopes of turning their Globe
Trot social network into a $10 million company with one meeting.
Instead, they're ripped off by a Russian colleague and, to make matters
worse, are at ground zero of an alien invasion. At least they get to
meet some babes first.
Thriller Rod Lott
Xavier Gens' The Divide
begins with a bang — a nuclear incident, to be precise — but goes out
with a whimper. For a film with one of the strongest trailers in recent
memory, it disappoints just as heavily. Divide, it will.