Universal Pictures’ effort to reclaim its place as the Home for Horror takes a step backward with this duller-than-dull 89 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. Frankly, the board game is scarier, but only if you break the rules.
The good news is that four of this week’s new movies have ties to the area. The bad news is that they’re opening on World Series weekend, when many of us are otherwise occupied. Well, there are DVRs for the games.
The documentary “Getting to the Nutcracker” and the drama “The Umbrella Man” have won Audience Awards from the recently concluded Kansas International Film Festival and will play at the Glenwood Arts starting Friday.
When I first read the thumbnail on this one - washed-up Hollywood action hero seeks redemption by staging serious play, with most scenes transpiring backstage at a Broadway theater - I thought, what a boring excuse for a bit of meta navel-gazing that will interest no one outside the profession. Couldn't have been more wrong.
Where have you gone, Keanu Reeves? With the exception of two movies released late last year that no one saw ("47 Ronin" and "Man of Tai Chi," his directorial debut), Reeves hasn't starred in a film since 2008's "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
I love this movie. "Dear White People" is a comedy so socially serious, a drama so archly satirical, a campus story so worldly that you leave it with wild outbursts of comprehension and giggles. The provocative first-time feature directed and written by Justin Simien feels like a welcoming party for great ideas and the young filmmaker who invented them.
Edward Norton's odd career trajectory has established him as a guy who can play offbeat leading men or memorable bit parts, anything from the reformed skinhead of "American History X" to the cartoonishly no-nonsense scoutmaster in "Moonrise Kingdom." Since he shot to prominence in 1996 with his first film role, as a hick sociopath in "Primal Fear," which snagged him a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, he remains best known for playing a mousy office-drone-turned-brawler in "Fight Club."
Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday. He was 90.
Ken Burns' series "The Roosevelts" earned PBS its biggest audience in two decades, making it the documentary maker's third most popular film after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery."