The first question is always "why?" when it comes to re-making films of the recent past. You may not remember it as being such, but the original 1987 Robocop film, directed by Paul Verhoeven, is now considered a modern classic: A dark satire of American society that - believe it or not - is now taught in colleges as an essential part of film study. And while the new Robocop (opening today) is not nearly as big of a disaster as the 2012 remake of another 80s sci-fi classic, Total Recall, this re-boot is merely an empty, metal shell of its previous self.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Foreign
Run Time: 1 hour, 51 minutes, Rated R
Starring: Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, Gonzalo Maza
Co-Written & Directed by Sabastian Lelio (Christmas, La sagrada familia, El ano del tigre)
Chile's submission for this year's Academy Awards was the beautiful Gloria (opening locally today), a film starring Paulina Garcia in the title role. She is a middle-aged woman dealing with the hardships of life and love, a woman who solidly could identify with the phrase "growing older, but not up."
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Action, Family
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, Rated PG
Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Nick Offerman, Liam Neeson
Co-Written and Co-Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street)
We live in a day and age where nothing is sacred. Many think Hollywood has run out of ideas, but the truth is that they have tons of them...it's just that not many of them are good. One such trend has been taking nostalgic toys from our past and making new, hopeful blockbusters out of them. It's been done with Transformers and G.I. Joe, so why not everyone's favorite building-block toy, Legos? Well, beginning today, we now have another nostalgic, sacred cow getting the big-screen treatment. Yes, The Lego Movie (in theaters now) has arrived.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes, Rated PG-13
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban
Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel & Bret Witter
Written by George Clooney & Grant Heslov
Directed by George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck, Leatherheads, The Ides of March)
Sometimes, finding art amidst chaos is a brutal challenge. That is the plot of The Monument Men (opening today) as well as a fairly accurate description of what it feels like to be a movie critic. But you would have to look long and hard to try and pull anything of worth out the rubble that is this film.
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