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.
Stephen King first released "The Shining" in 1977, becoming an established horror writer. Three years later, director Stanley Kubrick brought "The Shining" to life, proving to audiences once again that he was a master of filmmaking.
Thirty-three years later, director Rodney Ascher examines the weird world of "The Shining" in his documentary "Room 237." The film's objective is to uncover hidden meanings Kubrick may have intended in his making of "The Shining."
"Hakuna Matata—what a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata—ain't no passing craze." As theaters filled up last weekend to celebrate the re-release of one of Disney's classic movies in 3D, it's clear "The Lion King" is also not a passing craze.
When you're given a script which calls for obvious, impending doom and you have a cast that includes Al Pacino and Christopher Walken it's best to just get out of the way and allow the magic to happen. However, in "Stand Up Guys" there's a sense that director Fisher Stevens was overreaching for something too complex and putting too many fingerprints on a canvas better left to the brush of the actors involved.
The story revolves around two friends, Val (Pacino) and Doc (Walken) who at one time decades ago were involved in organized crime. Val is being released from prison after serving a 28-year sentence in connection to a gunfight. Doc greets him outside the prison gate and a trip down memory lane ensues.
We've all seen it. We've all tried recreating the ripple effect in the cup of water. We've all said "cleva' girl" to our friends when they're smart. And we've all squealed when we thought the raptors were going to get the kids in the kitchen.
"The Woman in Black," the new haunted house suspense film by director James Watkins, calls to mind classic horror films.
Daniel Radcliffe plays Arthur Kipps, a young widower and father of a 4-year-old son who's facing a crushing depression. He's sent to a small village in the English countryside to go through the records of a deceased woman living at a run down manor surrounded by marsh land. When Kipps begins seeing a mysterious woman in black and children in the town start dying, he attempts to find the reason behind the strange phenomenon.
"Contagion," Stephen Soderburgh's new movie, isn't a movie you should see if you're a germaphobe or if you think you're getting a cold.
Taking place over a span of three days, "Safe House" stars Denzel Washington as Tobin Frost, a rogue CIA agent who has been off the grid for almost 10 years. In Cape Town, South Africa he walks into the American consulate and turns himself in. He's transported to a safe house run by young CIA agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), desperate to get a new, more exciting post. Frost is considered one of the most dangerous men in the world and is now Weston's "house guest."