'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a couple of his movies, but the vast majority of them I've found uninspiring and, really, […]

'Still Alice' vs 'Maps to the Stars': Julianne Moore Oscar Helps 1 Film

Still Alice with Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart. 'Still Alice' and 'Maps to the Star's box office: Julianne Moore Oscar helps only one movie (See previous post: “'The Lazarus Effect' Box Office: Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Arrives Comatose.”) The Oscars do matter. As mentioned in the previous post, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman was up an estimated 125 percent this weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, '15, following […]

'Maps to the Stars' Trailer & 4 Clips: Robert Pattinson Gets Intimate with Julianne Moore

Robert Pattinson in 'Maps to the Stars.' 'Maps to the Star's trailer and clips: Julianne Moore goes ballistic after losing a role, Robert Pattinson learns that Mia Wasikowska's parents are brother and sister The Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars, the second David Cronenberg-Robert Pattinson collaboration to be screened in competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival – following Cosmopolis two years […]

STOKER: Matthew Goode Is Alluring and Creepy as Mia Wasikowska's Uncle

Stoker: Matthew Goode stars in Park Chan-wook's English-language feature debut, which offers a 'perfectly lovely blend of styles,' but is marred by narrative glitches The title Stoker, left to stand alone for Korean director Park Chan-wook's and screenwriter Wentworth Miller's psychological thriller, could refer to any number of things, including those relative to vampires, marijuana, or tandem bicycling, depending on one's disposition. The author of […]

'Sleeping Beauty' Sex Scenes Stir Up Cannes Controversy + Tilda Swinton Praise

Emily Browning, Sleeping Beauty. Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty divided critics at the Cannes Film Festival – while reminding some of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Presented by Jane Campion, Sleeping Beauty is the story of a young woman (Sucker Punch's and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events' Emily Browning) whose sex-escort job entails taking drugs, passing out, and having wealthy older men do “things” […]

'Hot Chick Movie' Bombs + Bradley Cooper Has a Hit

“Hot Chick Movie”: Jamie Chung, Vanessa Hudgens diplay quite a bit of cleavage in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch April 1 update: Starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro, Neil Burger's thriller Limitless topped the North American box office chart on Thursday, March 31, grossing $1.22 million, according to Box Office Mojo. That'll likely be Limitless' last time at the top, as […]

Matt Damon & Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Movies Flop + 'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'?

April 2 update: Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, and America Ferrera, How to Train Your Dragon was back at the top of the North American box office chart on Thursday. The animated 3D fantasy grossed $5.24 million (up 16 percent), according to Box Office Mojo. Down one slot, The Last Song earned $4.26 million (down 17 percent) at #2. The […]

'Alice in Wonderland' Characters Break Record + Kristen Stewart Indie Flops

'Alice in Wonderland' with Mia Wasikowska: Girl in blue dress and white rabbit smash several box office records. 'Alice in Wonderland' characters smash box office records March 7 update: Despite wildly mixed reviews, Alice in Wonderland has shattered a number of box office records after grossing $116.3 million this weekend (March 5–7), scoring a fantastic $31,196 per-theater average at 3,728 sites according to official studio […]

Hal Holbrook Movie 'That Evening Sun'

Carrie Preston, Mia Wasikowska, Hal Holbrook in That Evening Sun Directed by Scott Teems, who also adapted William Gay's short story “I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down,” That Evening Sun stars Hal Holbrook as Abner Meecham, an elderly Tennessee farmer who, after fleeing from his nursing home, returns to his homestead only to discover that his son (Walton Goggins) has leased the […]