Saturday, April 27, 2013
Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams team up for the newest romantic comedy by writer-director Justin Zackham. Do you plan to see it?
Saturday, April 27
"The Big Wedding" is playing at nearby Gateway Cinemas 12 in Barrow County and Beechwood Cinemas 11 and Carmike 12 in Athens. The premise, courtesy of the film's official website: With an all-star cast lead by Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace, "The Big Wedding" is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
"The Story of an American Legend," just in time for baseball season, knocks one out of the park, critics say. Will you see it?
Eager to see it? "42" is playing at nearby Gateway Cinemas 12 in Barrow County and Beechwood Cinemas 11 and Carmike 12 in Athens. There are people around who remember when Jackie Robinson entered major league baseball by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. My father was one of them. As someone for whom ability trumped race, Daddy talked about Robinson's skills as a first baseball, a hitter, and most of all, his incredible speed and wily base stealing. He also mentioned the vile, violent reaction many people had to a black man desegregating white baseball. Academy Award winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland directs 42, a baseball biopic about Jackie Robinson during his first season with the Dodgers. The subtitle is "The Story of an …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Read movie reviews and watch the trailer for the re-release that celebrates the film's 20th anniversary. You can check out the film for yourself at local theaters.
"Jurassic Park 3D" is playing at nearby Gateway Cinemas 12 in Barrow County and Beechwood Cinemas 11 and Carmike 12 in Athens. From the film's official website: With his remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film’s original release. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough, the film based on the novel by Michael Crichton is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. The film's premise, courtesy of IMDb: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Director Bryan Singer offers a new take on an old story: Jack and the Bean Stalk.
Saturday, March 2
"Jack the Giant Slayer" is now playing in nearby Athens at Beechwood Cinemas 11 and Carmike Cinemas 12. There's much more to this version of Jack and the Bean Stalk than trading a cow for a handful of magic beans, then retrieving a harp and a gold egg laying fowl. The focus is on the giants, these huge, ugly, nose-picking, human-hating Guys in the Sky. This go-round Jack (Nicholas Hoult ) goes skyward up an amazing beanstalk (definitely a GMO) with a troop of knights to rescue a princess from a race of giants. And then, the giants come down, utilizing more special effects than you can believe possible, some of them very cool. Here's what the critics are saying: The current wave of action-fantasy-adventure films derive from a great many …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Critics review "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson's latest film.
Saturday, February 23
"Snitch" is rated PG-13 and runs 112 minutes. It's playing at Beechwood Cinemas 11 and Carmike Cinemas 12 in Athens, Ga. Who knew? Who knew The Rock could actually act? Apparently, Ric Roman Waugh, the director of "Snitch." He has cast Dwayne Johnson as John Matthews, the divorced father of a teenage son, Jason (Rafi Gavron). The son gets strong-armed into a drug deal gone bad and ends up with a mandatory 10-year prison sentence. Ah, but there's a catch: dutiful, guilt-ridden Dad—who owns a successful shipping company--can infiltrate a drug cartel and get his son’s sentence reduced. Making the offer is U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon ), who’s also running for office. Rounding out the cast are Jon Bernthal as Daniel James, an …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Bruce Willis returns as New York Detective John McClane, but even diehard fans of the series are in for a letdown, critics say.
Saturday, February 16
It just may be time for the "Die Hard" series of action movies to die. Judging from the collective thumbs down by critics who wanted to like Bruce Willis' latest movie, I would say that New York Detective John McClane should have hung up his shield with the last installment. But no. Now the good John is in Russia, trying to free his son Jack (Jai Courtney) from prison. Turns out his son is really a CIA operative. Let's leave the rest of the plot and the surprises to the brave souls who are really diehard fans of "Die Hard." They're the ones who should be applauded. Here's what the critics are saying: And there is never a shortage. The cold war may be a fading memory, and C.I.A. superspies (like the younger McClane) may have displaced big…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara excites critics. Will you see it?
Saturday, February 9
With "Side Effects," director Stephen Soderbergh takes on the doctor/patient relationship; Big Pharma; intimacy; and a host of other issues. If I told you how it works out, you would tar and feather me as The World's Worst Spoiler. Suffice it to say the movie gives us Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara of "Girl With a Dragon Tatoo"), who's reuniting with her husband Martin (Channing Tatum). Martin has spent four years in prison for insider trading, meaning that Emily had to fend for herself as she coped with a less than six-figure income. Have you seen the film? Leave your review in the comments below. When the black dog of depression come nipping at her heels, she tries to kill herself, then ends up with psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Is love the cure for a zombie apocalypse?
Sunday, February 3
Warm Bodies is now playing in Athens, Ga. at Beechwood Cinemas 11 and Carmike Cinema 12. Click on the links for showtimes. The premise, courtesy of IMDb: After R, a highly unusual zombie played by Nicholas Hoult, saves a human from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might change the entire lifeless world. The movie also stars Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich. Here's what critics are saying: You might also be interested in reading:
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back on the big screen in Kim Jee-Woon's latest film. Will you see it?
Saturday, January 19
At 65, Arnold Schwarzenegger has left the California governor's mansion and returned to his Hollywood roots as the star of Kim Jee-Woon's "The Last Stand." He plays Sheriff Ray Owens, who has moved from LA to a small, laid-back border town. Most of the town's residents have left to attend an out-of-town football game--just as the sheriff learns that a Mexican drug kingpin has broken out of prison and is heading for the border. Right through the sheriff's town. So it's Sheriff vs. Bad Guys, just as it was in "High Noon." It's a classic Western setup, with predictable outcomes. But way way more violent. Practically everything that can be shot, is shot. Here's what the critics are saying: A very welcome respite from the "Jason Bourne-ing" …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have made an innovative and complex, yet controversial film. Do you plan to see it?
Saturday, January 12
"Zero Dark Thirty" was generating controversy long before it hit the movie theatres nationwide on Friday. Director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal were criticized for showing CIA agents torturing inmates for information leading to the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. The movie claims to be factual, and the CIA insists that torture wasn't part of the mix. Bigelow and Boal also were thought to have allegedly obtained classified information, which they claim they didn't do. The movie follows a CIA female operative, Maya (Jessica Chastain), over the 10 years the U.S. hunted for Osama Bin Laden. She survives bombings and attacks, pouring over her computer and trying to assemble a coherent argument about Bin Laden's …