‘prisoners,’ ‘wadjda’ And Other New Movies, Reviewed

Starring Johnny Depp, the Western cost $215 million to make and earned $244.8 million globally, according to Box Office Mojo. Its budget does not include the millions Disney spent to market the film. That experience, coupled with the steep budgets of the Pirates movies, appears to have set Disney on a more financially conservative path as it works to exploit its Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment acquisitions for their existing franchises. The strategy seems to be steering Disney away from the big-budget, wide-release tentpole movies that can deliver huge box-office numbers or blow up badly on a studio if audiences dont respond. Toy Story and Pirates of the Caribbean, for example, provided years of returns after spawning sequels; big-budget bust John Carter did not. Disney took a $200 million bath on that picture in 2012. Ithinkwevealsolearnedthatthereneedstobeacapontentpolenonfranchisemovies, Jay Rasulo, Disneys chief financial officer, said earlier this month at an investors conference. We need to cap those at a level that allows us to experience good economicsanddoesntquiteputasmuchatrisk. Rasulo laid out the studios annual film strategy: two movies from Marvel, a Star Wars film, one from Disney Animation, one or two from Pixar, up to three live-action tentpole movies, and a few others described as nontentpole live-action films. For his part, Bruckheimer is looking to produce more mature films outside the scope of the Disney brand, according to a joint statement from the producer and Disney. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bruckheimer said his recent box-office debacle was not a factor in the split. Its not about Lone Ranger. Its more about the types of movies Disney is making and the types of movies we want to make, in addition to Pirates, he said. He also noted the $10 billion box-office record his films have earned at Disney. Bruckheimer and Disney still plan future releases of National Treasure, the Nicolas Cage live-action vehicle, and installments of the Pirates movie. Disney is revamping its film slate for the next few years, a move that will leave Pixar Animation without a release next year.

The thoughts and opinions on these reviews are clearly my own and should be shared by many! BEST PICK OF THE WEEK ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE- This film hit my top list of must see horror films when it was released back in 2006. I was blown away by the throwback giallo style portrayed in the film and was hooked to the end. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane not only takes you back to the first american style slasher that caught your attention it also has flawless execution. Don’t be worried about the team of Amber Heard and Jonathan Levine if you disliked Warm Bodies Mandy Lane is the real deal. The story involves the best looking girl in high school hanging out with the popular kids but for some reason bodies start piling up. This film has intensity, gore and amazing death scenes. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is available right now on VOD and it is worth the price. 5/5 *available on all VOD outlets THE REST OF THE FILMS SCENIC ROUTE – I had a feeling this movie would be good but not this good. Scenic Route is not a horror by any stretch of the imagination. It has some horror qualities but the performances by Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler are award worthy. Two long term friends are traveling through the desert when their truck breaks down. After finding out it was a ploy by Fogler to start a conversation with Duhamel the two erupt into a battle of life call outs and relationships with not only women but passions of the past. Scenic Route turns into a bloody, dark humours buddy flick that would have been what really happened in Due Date.


Their platonic friendship (yes, platonic!) is rendered with great humor, poignancy and dignity. Michael OSullivan (No rating) The Wizard of Oz 3D IMAX (PG) Seeing The Wizard of Oz on the big screen also offers an opportunity to consider the incredible special effects, considering the film was shot more than seven decades ago and long before computer-generated imagery. The black-and-white scenes of Dorothy battling against the wind as a twister approaches were especially transporting. Stephanie Merry 1/2 Wadjda (PG) Youre seeing a world on screen that, until now, has been largely hidden from the filmgoing world at large. Because in addition to being a terrific garden-variety coming-of-age film, Wadjda happens to be the first feature-length movie ever made in Saudi Arabia all the more notable in that its been made by a woman, about a young girl chafing against the religious and social strictures of a kingdom literally shrouded in sexual anxiety, misogyny and severe repression. Ann Hornaday 1/2 Salinger (PG-13) While much of the movie consists of variations on this same theme that Salinger was a brilliant, flawed man the film also delves into more salacious matters, including the role of Catcher in the shootings of Ronald Reagan, John Lennon and Rebecca Schaeffer (gunmen John Hinckley Jr., Mark David Chapman and Robert John Bardo were all fans of the novel). Stephanie Merry The Henchmans War (Unrated) Greene, a native Washingtonian with a handful of local directorial and co-producing credits on his resume, has an eye for urban grit and an ear for tough-guy dialogue. He makes excellent use of his shadowy locations, lending War the coveted visual grime that enhances such pulp-noir material. Sean OConnell 1/2 Battle of the Year (PG-13) Lee is attempting to keep a spotlight shining on b-boy culture, an aggressive style of street dancing that consists of body-contorting twists, flips, leaps, spins and poses set to hip-hop music. Lee showcased this next level of competitive breakdancing in his award-winning 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy , and a feature film building on that awareness makes complete sensejust not five years later, when the fad appears to have faded. Sean OConnell My Lucky Star (Unrated) Bringing Sophies comics to life, the movie interjects drawings and animated sequences. The camera spins excitedly, and the editing is brisk. Split-screen compositions evoke the 1960s, as do Sophies pop-art ensembles, which include a lilac wig with matching lipstick. This girlie romp is less about martial arts and espionage than stuffed animals and dress-up. Mark Jenkins 1/2 Good OlFreda (PG) Ryan White weaves in archival footage of girls fainting and images of old headlines. The soundtrack consists primarily of Beatles covers. While the tales of the bands spectacular rise create a genial mood, the film feels superficial. Kelly can be cagey, and when a voice offscreen asks if she ever dated any of the guys, she demurs, saying, Thats personal. Stephanie Merry 1/2 Ip Man: The Final Fight (PG-13) The showiest action sequence involves lion dancers who battle atop high wooden posts. The grittiest and final one sends Ip to save one of his former pupils, whos risked fighting for money inside the gangster-controlled Kowloon Walled City.