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Revanche (8/10): This film
that is in no hurry to tell its story is not for everyone, as it starts
out with Irina Potapenko, a prostitute, making graphic love with her
boyfriend, Johannes Krisch. There is a substantial amount of nudity in
the first fifteen minutes, causing a few people at my showing (not a
screening) to walk out. That was their loss, because as this film
progresses, it gets deeper and deeper. Writer-director Götz Spielmann
doesn’t hit you over the head with what he’s trying to say. Instead, you
have to pay attention and grasp the nuance. (In German and Russian).
Salvation (8/10): This is a slam-bang, action packed, high tension,
albeit extremely loud, film set in a post-apocalyptic
California, circa 2018. Loaded with special
effects and filmed with a background of treeless desolation, this is the
type of film I generally abhor. But director McG tells such a high-paced
story that it kept me in thrall throughout its almost two hour runtime.
Even though Christian Bale is the prime mover, he’s joined by a new
character, heartthrob Sam Worthington, who could make lots of female
Star Trek (7/10): The
judgment on this prequel isn’t based on the storyline; it depends on how
well the new young stars portray their predecessors, who have become
iconic. So let’s cut to the chase. Chris Pine gives an outstanding
performance as the young Captain James Kirk. You can easily see how he
could seamlessly evolve into the Kirk of William Shatner. He’s got good
looks, charm, smarts, and cunning. But Zachary Quinto completely misses
the boat as Spock. While the look is close, the personality isn’t.
Whereas Nimoy played the putative-emotionless Spock with a glint in his
eye, almost laughing at himself, Quinto is squarely humorless, playing
Spock as an arrogant effete. Counterbalancing Quinto, standing out among
the others are Simon Pegg as Scotty and Karl Urban as Bones, who live up
to their memorable originals, James Doohan and DeForest Kelley,
Despite awe-inspiring cinematography, this is cheapened by some
really silly story-telling by Disney that tries to make animals appear
human à la Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Bambi. Worse, lots of the
cinematography seems pretty derivative, if not identical, of what has
already appeared on television.
Demons (5/10): The advertising campaign proclaims that it’s “better
than ‘The Da Vinci Code’.” That’s like saying that your blind date is
better looking than Quasimodo. After a tedious first hour, the film
mostly consists of Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, and Ayelet Zurer running
through one narrow alley and tunnel in Rome
after another trying to find a bomb. Oh, well; one thing director Ron
Howard has learned is that a film doesn’t need quality (or suspense; I
identified the bad guy instantly) to make money, and he can laugh all
the way to the bank on this one.
Gentleman (3/10): Unconscionably slow with no ending, a waste of 93
perfectly good minutes.
Girlfriends Past (0/10): Matthew McConaughey, who has made a string
of bombs longer than Laker center Pau Gasol’s arm, pulls talented
director Mark Waters, who made the brilliant “Freaky Friday” and “Mean
Girls,” down to his level with this vacuous, unfunny debacle. I would
say that this was a complete and utter waste of time and talent, but,
except for Emma Stone who gives a captivating performance as the ghost
of girlfriend past, I didn’t see any talent.
Night at the
of the Smithsonian (0/10): What’s the mega-gifted Amy Adams doing in
this soporific, dumbed-down ineptitude?