|US Release Date||11/30/1976|
Critics love 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and it's on track for huge box office, but superfan Christian Blauvelt thinks it's a betrayal of the 'Star Trek' he loves and Gene Roddenberry's vision.
Steven Spielberg's monster classic comes back to life — but will it find a way at the box office?
Now being adapted as a comic by Dark Horse, the first draft is far from the 'Star Wars' you know
A thrilling throwback: funny, frightening, and surprisingly affecting.
Revered French film director Alain Corneau has died at the age of 67.
Loaded with laughs but short on action, this big-budget sequel feels less like a comic book flick and more like a superhero version of 'Arthur.'
It's, like, 3000 A.D., and Earth is a wasteland, mankind is nearly extinct. All remaining humans are either living in the woods as savages or enslaved in Denver by nine-foot-tall aliens from the planet Psychlo, looking much like rejects from the road company of "Cats." The aliens' chief war-monger is Terl (John Travolta), who's always talking about gaining "leverage" over his foes and who often says bad words like "crap" to show how evil he is. ActingTravolta chews scenery, drinks cocktails that resemble urine, laughs a hyena-like cackle in his high-pitched voice and tries to act villainous, mostly unsuccessfully. This movie would never have been made without Travolta; he tried for some 15 years to bring it to the screen, which makes it all the more amazing that he seems utterly clueless as to the banality of his own dialogue. Barry Pepper, who's had nice supporting parts in "Saving Private Ryan" and elsewhere, gets his breakthrough leading-man try as Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, leader of the rebellious "man-animals." Playing the one-dimensional, goody-goody Christ figure, Pepper admirably goes through the motions, making patriotic speeches, reading the Declaration of Independence (don't ask) and symbolically cutting off a lock of his own hair. Forest Whitaker has been in much, much better films than this one, and he seems lost in the quagmire. StoryThe film is based on a 1982 sci-fi novel by L. Ron "Dianetics" Hubbard. (Reportedly, the book has generated $30 million in sales to date). But "Battlefield Earth" feels like a rip-off of the first two "Planet of the Apes" movies, with a pro-nuke ending a la "Independence Day." In those films, the ape society had a political hierarchy, with the sympathetic chimps making those gorillas seem all the more nasty; here, the aliens are all evil, which makes them just boring. There are also elements lifted from "Blade Runner" (industrial, post-apocalyptic cityscapes), "The Matrix" (computer programs that download into the brain) and other, better films on which time is better spent. DirectionPoor Roger Christian. He's done some fine work as a second-unit guy on the "Star Wars" movies (he directed the pod race in "Phantom Menace"), but he's no match for Hubbard's story and Corey Mandell's screen adaptation. Lacking anything interesting to say, Christian tries to make things fun by shooting almost every scene with the camera cocked to one side, inducing headaches and stiff necks. Lacking an exciting climax, Christian shoots the final man-versus-aliens sequence with lots of fast cuts, dark scenes and other tricks that make it very difficult to tell exactly what's going on. And he maintains a family-friendly PG rating by minimizing onscreen violence, substituting sound effects and reaction shots for the sight of heads blowing up. Other stuffFor a $50-million movie, there are lots and lots of digital effects shots. Trouble is, in this post-"Phantom Menace" world, that's no longer an impressive feat. And there's really nothing here you haven't seen before, except maybe the sight of John Travolta walking around with tubes in his nose. Bottom lineTravolta jumps genres to make a sci-fi picture. He casts himself against type and plays the villain. Those fifteen years of effort apparently didn't go into the screenplay. Three strikes, yer out! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Starring John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates and Sabine Karsenti. Directed by Roger Christian. Written by Corey Mandel and J.D. Shapiro. Based on the novel by L. Ron Hubbard. Produced by Jonathan D. Krane, John Travolta, and Elie Samaha. Released by Warner Bros.
The surprisingly funny <em>Balls of Fury</em>’s tagline may read, “A Huge Comedy with Tiny Balls,” but it has some big, brass ones, too.
It's hard not to love the performers in Be Cool, and you won't find this much talent for the price of one movie ticket, even if they do get in each other's way. But if you're looking for substance as well as style, you'll have to go to the video store and Get Shorty.
Austin Powers in Goldmember has some hilarious scenes and is packed with great moments, but unfortunately, they don't flow well together. The result is a confusing and sloppy picture that seems made up of independent skits made to showcase individual characters
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