All Rights Reserved. Photo by Hopper Stone Captain Phillips (PG-13) ‘Captain Phillips,’ a taut, finely crafted, superbly acted maritime thriller, is just one of a wave of fabulous films heading our way. Its autumn, my friends, a time of falling leaves and soaring cinematic standards. Hallelujah, and pass the buttered popcorn. Ann Hornaday The Summit (R) Because The Summit jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing. Michael OSullivan When Comedy Went to School (Unrated) At first, the movie sets out to prove that the mountain resort was the seminal location for mid-century Jewish comedians to get their start. But after so many detours into other terrain, the movie feels muddled and unwieldy. Stephanie Merry The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (R) Wright and Mackie have small parts, playing a homeless veteran and a pimp, respectively. Like all the other grown-up actors, their work is fine and tightly focused. But its Brooks and Dizon that youre not likely to forget. They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances. Michael OSullivan Escape from Tomorrow (Unrated) As a social critique, ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ is weak. At times, the filmmaker seems to suggest that Disneys mechanistic manipulation of the imagination after all, its park designers are called imagineers is stifling original thought. Michael OSullivan Machete Kills (R) Bad acting, narrative illogic, inattention to character development and storytelling so choppy that the film seems to have been edited with a, well, machete are what you expect from a movie like this, which originated as a fake trailer incorporated into the 2007 film Grindhouse. Michael OSullivan Romeo and Juliet (PG-13) ‘Wherefore art thou Romeo?’ remains, as do the plays other most famous lines, but screenwriter Julian Fellowes, the creator of ‘Downton Abbey,’ has dumbed down much of the remaining dialogue. Does that mean it will appeal to a broader audience? Its possible cursing ‘zounds’ is so 1597, after all but replacing existing text with old adages about the road to hell being paved with good intentions or striking while the iron is hot comes across as lazy. Stephanie Merry A.C.O.D. (R) The cast is uniformly strong, with standout performances from Lynch, OHara, Jenkins, Poehler and Howard. Jessica Alba also makes a nice, if brief, appearance as a fellow child of divorce with whom Carter almost cheats on Lauren.
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The Top Grossing Scary Movies Of All-Time
Gore Verbinskis under-the-radar remake of the modern classic Japanese ghost story was the kind of old-school terror that had been missing from theaters for awhile. It also used its PG-13 for maximum advantage, showing us just enough horrifying imagery (such as the fates of the young girls in the prologue) to get away with merely suggesting the horrors to come. The film is not set in a single location, but rather is a travelogue mystery which pits Naomi Wattsin search of the origins of a killer VHS tape before it claims her son. Unlike any number of horror films, The Ring has just enough scale and scope that it almost feels sweeping, with a full mystery narrative full of red herrings, startling leads, and copious backstory delivered by old-pros like Brian Cox. Fair or not, it felt like the kind of full-scale movie that we hadnt seen in the horror genre in awhile, plus it was pretty terrifying when it wanted to be. In terms of box office, this was the rare wide release to actually gross more in its second weekend than in its first, showing the kind of legs reserved for James Cameron films. It opened with $15 million on 1,900 screens before grossing $18m on its second weekend and another $18m (-3%) in weekend three, which of course coincided with Halloween. It was making more on its fourth weekend ($15.5m) than it did on its debut and eventually ended with $129m domestic, or a stunning 8.6x multiplier. It of course launched a mini-boom of remakes of Asian supernatural horror stories, none of which could compete with the first. It is, on its own, a modern classic, and one example of a hit that inspired a legion of copies that couldnt measure up. The Silence of the Lambs (1991): $131 million Single-handedly snatching back the horror film from the grips of teen-targeted slasher films and restoring it as a safe haven for adults, Jonathan Demmes grand horror thriller is part gothic fairy tale, part feminist treatise, and all fantastic.