Patrick Goldstein The Big Picture (LATimes.com) 08/13/2008
As part of the run-up PR-fest for Redline, a schlock-fest of a movie, actor Eddie Griffin "lost control" ( can someone say "publicity stunt?" ) of a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo and crashed it in spectacularly excruciating fashion. The car suffered major front end damage and most considered it totaled due to the delicate carbon fiber bodywork.
Hollywood loves buddy pictures, so it's kind of fun these day to see Ben Stiller doing some serious cozying up to Tom Cruise, who if you haven't already heard 1,000 times does a funny turn as a bald studio chief in Stiller's new Hollywood spoof "Tropic Thunder," which opens Wednesday. Stiller has had his pre-release problems in recent days, notably the threat of a nationwide boycott of the film by a coalition of disability groups, who are furious over what they've called the film's open ridicule of the disabled.
Andrew Malcolm Los Angeles Times 08/12/2008
MICHAEL CIEPLY The New York Times 08/12/2008
LOS ANGELES — More than a dozen groups on Monday called for a boycott of the film “Tropic Thunder,” citing what they described as the movie’s disregard for people with intellectual disabilities. The step followed screenings at which Paramount and its DreamWorks unit showed the film to advocates for the disabled, many of whom had expressed outrage at marketing materials that showed Ben Stiller, the movie’s star and director, portraying a weak-minded character named Simple Jack.
John Anderson The Washington Post 08/08/2008
Ann Hornaday The Washington Post 08/08/2008
The bikersploitation epic "Hell Ride" could be amusing, but only if viewers imagine that all the be-whiskered, be-leathered, two-wheeled gangsters arrived on set having just stripped off their organic honey-fruit facial masks, buffed their nails and prepared for their sweaty desert day with a generous spritzing of Boucheron Pour Homme. Which isn't all that hard. Director and star Larry Bishop seems to have Grecian Formula-ed his carefully manicured goatee.
The documentary "Man on Wire" opens with a grainy black-and-white reenactment of events that transpired in August 1974, when French high-wire artist Philippe Petit and a group of friends infiltrated the newly built World Trade Center, armed with hundreds of pounds of equipment, a harebrained scheme and an astonishing amount of hubris. As the participants narrate what's happening on-screen, the story quickly takes on the taut urgency of a thriller. Then suddenly, the film inserts a jarring color shot of Ground Zero.
Sarah Knapton Telegraph 08/07/2008
A. O. SCOTT The New York Times 08/06/2008
“Bottle Shock,” an easygoing little movie, made with more affection than skill, takes us back to the days when men wore loud plaid suits and people who were serious about wine sneered at the very mention of California. Sticking reasonably close to the historical record, the director, Randall Miller (who wrote the screenplay with his wife, Jody Savin, and Ross Schwartz), reconstructs a watershed moment in the wine world’s acceptance of the Golden State and, eventually, of many other non-French viticultural regions.
Joe Neumaier New York Daily News 08/06/2008
Anita Singh Telegraph 08/01/2008
The Guardian 08/01/2008
Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle 08/01/2008
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been selected as this year's Royal Film Performance, becoming the first movie in the hit franchise to receive the royal seal of approval. The gala, which will double as the movie's European premiere, will take place in London on November 17. It is as yet unclear which members of the royal family will participate.
It's not easy to play a stupid guy. The temptations are everywhere - to wink at the audience as if to say, "I'm smart, actually" - or to try to make being stupid a form of adorable. Kevin Costner plays a good-natured idiot in "Swing Vote," a middle-aged man who has squandered what little potential he had in favor of life as a hard-drinking good-for-nothing, and he gives a remarkable performance.
Carol Memmott, Scott Bowles USA Today 07/31/2008
Stephenie Meyer has a cameo in the movie version of her novel Twilight, but the author isn't eager to see her acting debut. "That's the only part I'm never going to watch," she says. Meyer has no lines in the movie — she says she was too shy — but she can be seen sitting at a lunch counter in a diner. It's a scene where Bella and her father are dining out in Forks, Wash., the town where most of the story takes place.
AOL Australia 07/28/2008
'DARK KNIGHT' $300+M IN 10 DAYS: Keeps Smashing Record After Record; 'Step Brothers' Big; 'X-Files 2' Bombs
Deadline Hollywood Daily 07/27/2008
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ "The Dark Knight" continues to obliterate box office records, crossing the $300 million mark in just 10 days. The epic Batman saga grossed $75.6 million in its second weekend in theaters, pushing its domestic total to $314,245,000, Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman said Sunday.
SATURDAY AM: Warner Bros' The Dark Knight continues to power drive the North American box office and grossed a whopping $23.1 million Friday from 4,366 theaters. That's down only 66% from its record-smashing debut a week ago. With an expected $78 million weekend, down only 50% from the best-ever Fri-Sat-Sun, the Christian Bale-Heath Ledger actioner directed by Chris Nolan is also well on its way to making $300M in just 10 days, the fastest ever (beating Pirates Of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest which did it is 16 days).
Joe Neumaier New York Daily News 07/26/2008
Bruce DeMara Toronto Star 07/25/2008
There remains, in a lot of viewers' minds, a suffocating quality to certain period-set British films - residue from the great Merchant Ivory movies of the last 25 years. It even dribbled into movies like last year's "Atonement," which had a 2001 source novel. So "Brideshead Revisited," from Evelyn Waugh's 1945 book, may feel especially like a statue covered in drapery. Unfortunately, the movie's attempts to steam things up feel about as exciting as an after-dinner mint.
Elizabeth Weitzman Daily News 07/25/2008
I'll freely admit that, as a fan, I approached the new "X-Files" movie with some apprehension. After all, we haven't seen these characters since the series ended six long years ago. But if nine seasons, a movie and endless reruns have taught us anything, it's the importance of faith. And indeed, when those familiar six notes opened the film, I felt a chill that didn't fade until the screen turned black (stick around for the closing credits).
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