[REC] 3: Genesis

Add Comment on August 14, 2012 by Nick Schager

Paco Plaza turns his [REC] franchise on its rotting head with [REC]3: Genesis, switching up the series' blistering first-person-perspective terror for a more conventional, jokey and—much to the film's detriment—self-conscious approach. The opening continues his trademark found-footage gimmick as it details the joyous wedding of Clara (Leticia Dolera) and Koldo (Diego Martín) via characters' video cameras, but the you-are-there aesthetic lingers only until an uncle with a rabid dog bite on his hand transforms into a rabid zombie. That, in turn, initiates ...

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Add Comment on August 14, 2012 by David Ehrlich

Don't panic, but Robert Pattinson may have been neutered. He still looks like a vampire and behaves like an alien, but in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis—which the scowling actor carries like a cross—when Pattinson finally gets to uncork all of the sex that the Twilight franchise had him bottle for centuries, he does so with all the damp enthusiasm of a dog humping a fire hydrant at the mercy of his instincts. Pattinson assumes the role of multi-billionaire Eric Packer, the young supernova around which this delirious but pointedly sterile adaptation of Don DeLillo's densest novel tries to maintain its orbit.

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Add Comment on August 13, 2012 by Pete Hammond

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green is odd, indeed. It's a magical film in the vein of E.T. where an otherworldly event changes a family forever. The fairly simple plot revolves around a childless couple and the perfect child of their dreams who sprouts out of their garden, but in the hands of writer/director Peter Hedges, it somehow forms a cohesive whole that is funny, different, touching and full of heart—it's not just perfect entertainment for the whole family, it's about the importance of family. As it lacks an obvious hook, box office prospects will depend on strong word of mouth, but given careful handling, it could develop into a modest late-summer player for Disney's younger demographic.

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2 comments on August 09, 2012 by Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

Last decade's It-boy, The Sixth Sense's Haley Joel Osmont, was plagued by dead people. So too is 11-year-old Norman, voiced by this decade's It-boy, Kodi-Smit McPhee (The Road), whose only friends are space-invading ghosts like his deceased grandmother, that suicide down the block, and that squirrel who was just run over by a car. Those are his "people," and other bodies in the world are just that: hostile disbelievers who fuel his social anxieties. Naturally, Norman is obsessed with zombie movies, and now he's starring in one. ParaNorman is easily one of the most charming, imaginative and quirky comedies to come out of Laika Entertainment (Coraline), but for all its cleverness and urbane wit, it's in no way appropriate for kids.

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The Bourne Legacy

Add Comment on August 07, 2012 by Kate Erbland

The marketing for Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy doesn't mince words. "There was never just one," it bellows, and it's precisely that premise that powers the screenwriter-turned-director's first helming entry into the Jason Bourne franchise. With Matt Damon's Jason Bourne MIA, Jeremy Renner steps in as Aaron Cross, another super (and super-secret) agent who has been crafted by the CIA's doctors. And while Bourne doesn't appear in this fourth film, his actions color every bit of it—with the CIA reeling from Bourne's exposure of their Operations Blackbriar and Treadstone, they set out to burn every remaining member of their black ops teams, but this Cross won't burn.

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The Campaign

Add Comment on August 07, 2012 by James Rocchi

Most American political comedies fail to engage their audience, in part because they contain so little comedy and in part because they contain so little politics. Movies like Welcome to Mooseport, Head of State and Man of the Year put big names in broad comedies, but their laughs come from silly jokes about their stars, not sharp or smart material that's actually about politics. Starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as candidates for Congressional election in North Carolina—Ferrell the incumbent, Galifianakis a babe-in-the-woods challenger—The Campaign is an unrepentantly R-rated comedy, but what makes it fascinating is that it dares to name names and call out real problems in its dissection of money-mad modern American politics.

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2 Days In New York

Add Comment on August 06, 2012 by David Ehrlich

It's hard to imagine that the events of 2 Days in New York could possibly transpire within a span of only two days, an implausibility that doesn't seem to concern Julie Delpy. In fact, the enduring and boisterously multi-talented French filmmaker has seemingly made a formal sequel to 2007's quietly adored 2 Days in Paris in order to grapple with all of the ways she's lost track of time. 2 Days in New York is another genial but stubbornly generic comedy that breaches obvious material with ribald flavoring and rabid charm, reacquainting us with Delpy's motor-mouthed Marion five years down the road. Now a divorced Manhattanite with a rocky career as a photographer, she shares a swank downtown apartment with her new boyfriend, Mingus (Chris Rock).

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