As played by the ever busy Michael Fassbender, Frank — in this wonderfully iconoclastic comedy — is the leader of an avant garde band whose music is, like the movie, an acquired taste. But that taste sure sticks with you.
Director Michael Winterbottom’s light, dry comedy is a model of minimalism in the way it follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing ever-so-slightly fictionalized versions of themselves, and their conversation through the sun-drenched Italian countryside.
The genre of zombie comedies isn’t moribund yet, but may be getting there. The latest example, “Life After Beth,” starts off as a nicely skewed romantic comedy with amusing humor and horror bits, but doesn’t really know where to take the premise.
What sounds good on paper looks pretty dreary on film. What takes hotel inspector Irene Lorenzi (Margherita Buy) most of the movie to figure out — that life on the road, though paved with gold, can prove tedious — becomes clear to viewers within the first few minutes.
“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, “As Above, So Below.” But the warning could easily apply to viewers.
“The November Man” has car chases, explosions, bad guys who can’t aim, good guys who can’t miss and an indestructible hero. In other words, it’s a pretty typical action movie. Fortunately for quality-starved August audiences, it’s also entertaining and fast-moving, with a vintage tough-guy performance by Pierce Brosnan.
In an obituary Aug. 24 on actor-director Richard Attenborough, The Associated Press erroneously reported that "In Which We Serve," a movie starring Attenborough, won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1942. The film did not win that award — the best picture that year was "How Green Was My Valley."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" became the summer's top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama "If I Stay," while the long-delayed "Sin City" sequel, "A Dame to Kill For," flopped.
A Taiwanese actor arrested on drug charges along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan was released Friday after two weeks in detention, amid a broad anti-drug crackdown in China's capital that has ensnared several celebrities.
True movie star that he is, Pierce Brosnan would rather extol the virtues of the cast and crew than talk about himself. When he is complimented on his deft ability in the cutting-edge action scenes in his latest movie, "The November Man," he defers.
"A Letter to Momo" does things its own way. A striking example of Japanese hand-drawn animation, it casually combines things you wouldn't expect in one place. Physical beauty and fearless adventure, silly comedy and sensitive emotions, filmmaker Hiroyuki Okiura brings a facility for all of them to the table.