Cutting Room for May 25

  • It’s not a good sign when a movie gets delayed. It’s really not a good sign when the cover story is a conversion to 3D. It’s really, really not a good sign when a movie gets delayed about a month before its release after a year of marketing, including a Super Bowl ad, which I’m told can be marginally expensive. G.I. Joe: Retaliation has become G.I. Joe: Retreat, as the movie moved to March 29, 2013 from June 29 of this year. The marketing has been shockingly well received, and excitement had reached the apex of what is possible for a sequel to a bad adaptation of a cartoon with a homoerotic character named Shipwreck. Don’t worry though, Seth McFarlane’s dirty teddy bear movie with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, Ted, has seized the opportunity to slide into the vacancy. We lose The Rock, but we gain an f-bomb dropping stuffed animal. I don’t know the exchange rate, but this seems fair.
  • Gary Oldman will go from Batmania to Robocopulation, as the manic master has brought his talents to the remake of the cyborg cop movie. Although the assumption was initially that he would play the villain, because he’s Gary Oldman, but he’s actually going to play a new character: the scientist who built Robocop. For the sake of making the boring retread interesting, I hope he’s the kind of scientist prone to psychotic episodes.
  • Lee Daniels, the director of Precious, may have his follow-up, The Paperboy, set for release, but it’s the developing cast of The Butler that sounds fascinating. Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard,  Nicole Kidman, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz and John Cusack will now be joined by Matthew McConaughey as JFK and Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy. If Daniels wanted my interest, he could have saved some money and just hired that last name.

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On Your Radar: The Master

This is our first glimpse at brilliant director Paul Thomas Anderson's take on Scientology. I would say  more about how excited I am, but I'm pretty sure that Tom Cruise and Will Smith have lawyers standing behind me right now.
 

Netflix Roulette: Submarine

This was a coming-of-age movie that got quite a bit of love in the critic community, but it just slipped by me on its release. So we're making up for lost time by checking it out now!
 

 

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Cutting Room for May 18

  • It’s not enough that Ryan Reynolds has sarcasm and abs sharp enough to cut you, but now he’s never going to die. Forget how stalkerish that sounds and focus on the following: Highlander is getting a remake possibly featuring Captain Sassy Abs. Aside from the tsunami of “I thought there could be only one” jokes, the thing to focus on is who will play the Sean Connery role. My vote is for Christopher Lambert. The cycle is now complete.
  • Guillermo Del Toro, who has had approximately one billion projects in various shades of development without actually having made a film in almost five years, is supposedly moving full-steam ahead on a 3D stop-motion animated take on Pinocchio. It’s going to be slightly darker. And by slightly darker, I mean Nick Cave is doing the music, and Christopher Walken and Tom Waits are on his wish list for the voice acting. A darker, more stylish take on a fairy tale subject? Somewhere, Tim Burton is yelling at a gothic mirror that Johnny Depp is holding, yelling “You told me I was the fairest of them all!” while Danny Elfman hums in the corner.
  • A dear and lovely friend of mine, Tessie, is currently obsessed with all things Neverland. And I mean Peter Pan and not the Michael Jackson (alleged) molestation factory. FYI: The word alleged makes that last joke sue-proof! At any rate, I’ll be eager to see how she reacts to news that Peter and the Starcatchers, a movie based on a Pan prequel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, is going to hit screens in the very near future. It will either delight her to see more of that world or infuriate her. My vote is infuriated if she’s familiar with the limp and tame work of Dave Barry.

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The Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

GRADE
B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

GRADE
A


No Big Bang

In 1965, Stephen Hawking wrote his first ground-breaking thesis and wed Jane Wilde. His paper argued that if a star can...

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Leni Riefen-stalling

On the one hand, any film subtitled “Part 1” is a naked cash grab. On the other hand, shut up and take my money, Hunger...

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Oopsie Genius

I know two things for sure: (1) Birdman aims to relentlessly drive home one singular point, one thoroughly expressed thesis...

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The Burden of Actual Christianity

Most praise for writer/director Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Overnighters, has rightly been focused on its Steinbeckian...

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