MOVIES | DVD

The Sessions

Why couldn't "The Sessions" stay on the course it sets out on? John Hawkes gives a star-making performance as real-life writer Mark O'Brien, a man who contracted polio as a child and has been held immobile by weak muscles and an inability to breathe for too long without help from an iron lung. William H. Macy does terrific work as a priest who Mark confides in about his sexual awakening. This ... more >

That’s my boy

Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg
Directed by Sean Anders

Adam Sandler and R-rated comedies usually don’t go together. The last one he did was Judd Apatow’s criminally underrated “Funny People” in 2009, a movie I can only assume was too cerebral to be seen as a Sandler movie. And while “That’s My Boy” is in no way cerebral, it’s nice to see a bit more “dirty” from an actor who's long been playing it safe. His character, Donny, begins the film as a ... more >

Prometheus

Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green
Directed by Ridley Scott

"Aliens" would sooner burst out of my stomach than me reveal the secrets of Ridley Scott’s first foray in sci-fi since “Blade Runner.” What I will tell you is Scott is back on the top of his game, starting right from the opening scene where a character falls apart in an almost barren wasteland, complete with rocky terrain, deep caves and steamy waterfalls. It will be the place where most of the ... more >

Rock of Ages | DVD

Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta
Directed by Adam Shankman

History has not been kind to the eighties and neither has “Rock of Ages," based on the Broadway musical, a terrible mess of clichés and lip syncing. Juliane Hough (“Dancing with the Stars”) plays Sherrie, an Oklahoma farm girl coming to LA for superstardom. There she meets Drew (Diego Boneta), barback for the club “Bourbon” who also has rock’n roll dreams. A romance blooms, one that will be ... more >

Dark Shadows

Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer
Directed by Tim Burton

Few television-to-movie adaptations actually end up working out. So, it’s with great disappointment that “Dark Shadows,” based off a seventies TV 
show, never really comes into the light despite best efforts by Tim Burton and
 Johnny Depp, their collaborations now numbering eight. Depp's Barnabas Collins is a part of the thriving Collins company in the eighteenth century before an evil witch, ... more >

The best exotic Marigold Hotel

Bill Nighy and Judi Dench
Directed by John Madden

Somewhere buried within the geeks wearing Iron Man, Batman, and Spider-man costumes lies the over-sixty moviegoer, wondering what summer can offer them? Enter super…British acting royalty. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is not only that antidote to loudness, but it’s so plain and nice that it’s hard not to be swayed by it. At the center of this tale of elderly people who go to India ... more >

Charlize Theron

Snow White and the Huntsman

Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth
Directed by Rupert Sanders

In the same vein as Tim Burtons “Alice in Wonderland," “Snow White and the Huntsman” seeks to turn a classic female fairytale character into a battle-crying version of “Robin Hood." Not that that’s a bad thing. I can’t wait to see Goldilocks pick up a flamethrower and hunt some bear in a movie real soon. Charlize Theron takes on the role of the evil queen, who tricks a king, ravages his land, ... more >