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. And Winstead brings surprising depth to a small role, in which she has little to do except wait for her boyfriend to grow up, or to at least let go of his cynicism about love. Michael OSullivan We Are What We Are (R) The films rendering of emotion is sensitive, and the acting uniformly fine, with an unrecognizable cameo by Kelly McGillis as the Parkers nosy, doomed neighbor. None of the story threads generate much mystery, however, and only the kind of suspense that comes from waiting for the inevitable, crudely foreshadowed climax. Michael OSullivan The Post Most:Entertainment
HORROR MOVIES UNCUT FRIDAY OCTOBER THE 11TH
The privileges kids that are the killers arent as strong as I hoped them to be once they entered but overall I think the film worked. Most of you already have The Purge on your list so pick this one up this weekend! 4/5 THE REST OF THE FILMS CURSE OF CHUCKY – I was excited when I heard they were making this film. At first it was announced that a remake was in order then we found out that it would just be a missing piece to the franchise. The best thing about Curse of Chucky is the return to a silent Chucky that looks for kills more than laughs. Towards the end the Chucky we know and love comes out but the look and feel of this movie is wonderful. What was not great was the performance of Fiona Dourif who really crushed the film on many levels with her uninspiring performance. If it wasnt for the return of a sneaky unseen Chucky doing most of the killings. Overall I enjoyed Curse of Chucky and think you should pick it up as a great horror treat for the month of October. 3/5 SHIVER – Read my review for Shiver here. I really enjoyed the role portrayed by John Jarratt. He is the best reason to watch Shiver as we see in full glory the madness of a serial killer.