Is there anything more divisive than holiday movies? Some people love them and start pulling them out in early November, while others pray for the time when they stop playing on constant rotation. But there are some movies that have ingrained themselves in my mind and the minds of others.
Based on the best-selling novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, "Sarah's Key" is a heart-wrenching story about the lengths that a young girl went through to protect her family.
There are many films about famous people, from 1995's "Truman," to 2011's "The King's Speech." Famous people are often fodder for our film imaginations. This latest biopic is no different.
"Like Crazy," directed by Drake Doremus, is a film about two college students, Anna and Jacob, who live in Los Angeles and eventually become a couple. Anna is a British exchange student who overstays her visa after it expires on graduation. She must return home to London, but when she flies back to Los Angeles, she is turned away by customs officials, throwing Anna and Jacob into a long distance relationship.
"Super 8," the new sci-fi thriller directed by J.J. Abrams, has a lot going for it. It's set in the ‘70s, a decade ripe for funky styles and awesome music. The plot features a conspiracy involving the U.S. Air Force and a whistle-blowing scientist. And Elle Fanning, Dakota's darling younger sister, stars as a moody teenager who's victim to circumstances beyond her control.
"Contraband," the new Mark Wahlberg film, works best if you go in with low expectations.
Since Sam Reimi's "Spider-Man" debuted in 2002, superhero movies have become the new norm. However, in the last few summers, they've grown old and tired, and it seemed that "Captain America: The First Avenger" would be another casuality.