Saturday, May 18, 2013
One critic calls the plot "clunky," while another says the film eclipses its 2009 predecessor.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" is playing at nearby at Gateway Cinemas 12 in Barrow County and Beechwood Cinemas 11 and Carmike 12 in Athens. The premise, courtesy of the film's official website: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Critics describe the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel as "frenzied," "audacious" and "relentlessly entertaining."
"The Great Gatsby" 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: “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Critics say though the latest superhero blockbuster is entertaining, it's missing something. Are you a fan of the franchise?
"Iron Man 3" is playing at nearby Gateway Cinemas 12 in Barrow County and Beechwood Cinemas 11 and Carmike 12 in Athens. Having bested the aliens who invaded in "The Avengers," Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), aka Iron Man, finds himself unable to sleep and feeling anxious. His girlfriend, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), is miffed because he spends so much time building his Iron Man suits. Tensions around the world are rising because of terrorist bombing by an Osama bin Laden-ish villain, the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). When an official with Stark Industries is killed in an attack, Tony vows revenge. As the plot unfolds, he battles a geekish techno genius, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), and encounters a women he knew years before, Maya Hansen…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Gerard Butler stars in the new action-thriller that critics say resembles "Die Hard." Do you plan to see it?
Saturday, March 23
"Olympus Has Fallen" is now showing in nearby Athens at Beechwood Stadium Cinemas 11 and Carmike 12. It's rated R and runs 120 minutes. The premise, courtesy of the film's official website: When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the president is kidnapped, disgraced former presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself trapped within the building. As a national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the president and avert an even bigger crisis. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs a cast featuring Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and…
Saturday, March 9, 2013
See Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis play witches in Sam Raimi's new movie. Read what critics have to say and leave your reviews.
Saturday, March 9
"OZ, the Great and Powerful" is rated PG and runs 130 minutes. It's playing at Beechwood Stadium Cinemas 11 and Carmike Cinemas 12 in Athens, Ga. Ever wonder how that Man Behind the Curtain got to Oz in the first place? Director Sam Raimi's new movie fills in the back story of Oscar "Oz" Diggs, an unctous charlatan in a traveling side show. He flees from an unsympathetic crowd in a hot air balloon, gets caught up in a tornado--what a cool idea!--and lands in the magical land of Oz. There, he meets three witch sisters, Evanora (Rachel Weisz), Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Theodora (Mila Kunis). And a cute, flying monkey and a China doll, who may be the movie's best characters. The witches try to convince Oscar that he is the foretold …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Unless you're a diehard fan of the talented Melissa McCarthy, you might wish to sit this one out.
Sunday, February 10
A movie about serious cyber crime suffers from an identity crisis. You've got to feel sorry for Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman). Practically everyone who meets him makes fun of him for his "girl" name. He's a Milquetoast of the first order, a number cruncher in Denver whose boss is ripping him off, probably wondering why he has a girl's name. Did you see the film? Leave your review in the comments below! Through a series of credit problems, he learns that his identify has been stolen by a woman (Melissa McCarthy) living the high, white-trash, big-haired life in Florida. To retrieve his life, and to avoid going to jail, Sandy leaves his family and heads to Miami. Highjinks, bad camera work and a weak script follow, but Sandy and Sandy …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star in the film, slaughtering witches every which way.
Saturday, January 26
The Hansel and Gretel story from the Brothers Grimm is familiar to American as well as German children. A poor woodcutter and his wife abandon the starving brother and sister in the woods, the children stumble upon a house made of sweets; the witch who lives there tries to eat them; they burn her alive in her own oven. Laden with the witch's treasure, they return home to their now-widowed father, with whom they live happily ever after. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" picks up the story 15 years later, when the two are 20-something witch bounty hunters. You find 'em, we grind 'em, could be their motto--they use all kinds of witch-killing weapons the Brothers Grimm could never have imagined. When H & G arrive in Augsburg, they find a town…
Saturday, December 29, 2012
The film, starring Billy Crystal, Bette Milder and three talented child actors, is worth checking out.
You'll be forgiven if you think "Parental Guidance," a comedy starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei seems to follow a standard formula of old vs. new. The producers of the film aren't apologetic about it. They even promote the movie as Old School vs. New School in parenting. As the movie starts, Crystal's character, Artie Decker, a baseball announcer, is having career problems. The last thing Artie wants to do is spend time with his grandchildren. But his wife, Diane, portrayed by Bette Midler, wants a chance to no longer be her grandkids' second favorite grandmother. When the grandparents arrive in the Atlanta suburb that is home to their grandchildren, the differences in parental philosophies becomes very clear. They have…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Quentin Tarantino's latest film, set before the Civil War commences, offers "a bloody good time," critics say. Have you seen it?
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
"Django Unchained" contains the snappy dialogue, the laconic humor, the choreographed violence and the first rate acting we've come to expect from Quentin Tarantino. The movie was released on Christmas Day. It tells the story of a bounty hunter named King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and the soon-to-be-freed slave turned bounty hunter Django (Jamie Foxx), who travel the South, meeting the local color as they team up to haul in or eliminate bad guys and to find Django's wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). If there were one theme for this movie, it would be revenge, writ large. It's gotten a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here's what the critics are saying: “Django Unchained” is Quentin Tarantino’s greatest exploration of the human …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The latest film by Judd Apatow begins where "Knocked Up" left off.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Judd Apatow's Leslie Mann) and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow) live in fashionable, affluent Brentwood in fashionable Los Angeles. Both Pete and Debbie are turning 40--though she refuses to accept she's getting older. His record label and her boutique are both tanking, they have financial troubles (as much as those with Beemers can) and their sex life went south long ago. Their daughters fight with each other and the older girl rolls her eyes at her parents and their silly rules. It's a typical family--a white, privileged, affluent family, complete with Pete's mooching dad and Debbie's estranged father. Here's what the critics are saying: ‘This …