Award-winning movie legends Oscar® winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) star as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.
In theaters Christmas Day.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).
In theaters May 16, 2014.
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.
In select theaters December 18th, everywhere January 10th.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Warner Bros. Picture presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.” The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemesia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300″ as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.
In theaters March 7th!
If you missed the first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, you can check it out here.
Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski.
Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” is written and directed by the Wachowskis. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom they have collaborated since “The Matrix” Trilogy, is producing, together with Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.
In theaters July 25, 2014.
The reboot of the Spider-Man franchise seems to be outshining its predecessor. Andrew Garfield is an improvement over Tobey Maguire. The overall quality of this version seems to be better. Better writing. Better effects. Better casting. This second installment looks to be continuing that trend. (It certainly has to be better than Spider-Man 2 and 3.)
With that said, here is the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, coming to theaters next year.
Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) has a special power. She can create snow and ice from the tips of her fingers. One day, while playing with her sister, Anna (Kristen Bell), there is an accident. Elsa’s parents are advised to keep Elsa’s powers hidden. If anyone were to find out, they would turn against her.
Elsa is kept locked away in a room, no longer allowed to play with her sister, who had been her best friend up to this point. Poor Anna is left growing up alone. With the castle gates locked to all visitors, and her sister alone in her room, Anna has no one to play with. Anna dreams of nothing more than to have a friend and to find love.
When Elsa is crowned queen of Arandelle, the castle is opened to visitors. Anna sees her sister after many years. Anna also meets a man, Hans (Santino Fontana) , and quickly falls in love. The couple immediately become engaged.
During an argument in front of the castle guests, Anna pulls off one of Elsa’s gloves, which are used to conceal her power. In a fit of anger, Elsa reveals her magic. As expected, everyone is frightened. Elsa, now shunned by her people, runs away. Free to be herself, Elsa is transformed into a “sexier” version of herself (yes, I realize this is a Disney cartoon movie, so that may seem an odd comment, but you will know what I mean when you see it.) and builds her own castle out of ice. Still unable to fully control her powers, Elsa casts Arendelle into a perpetual winter.
Anna is convinced that the only hope for the kingdom to be released from the spell is for her to talk to Elsa to get her to relinquish her icy hold on the kingdom. She heads off alone in search of her sister, leaving Hans to look after the kingdom.
Along the way, Anna meets Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), an ice farmer who is wandering the country with his reindeer, Sven. She persuades him to help her on her quest. They are joined by Olaf (Josh Gad), a snowman magically created by Elsa, much like the one Anna and Elsa built as young girls. The group must make their way through the snowy wilderness to Elsa’s ice castle and try to reverse the hold she has on the kingdom.
I realized that after watching the trailer for Frozen, I had absolutely no idea what this movie was about. All I knew is that there was a snowman who was alive being chased by a reindeer trying to eat his nose. That’s it. Frozen is a much different story than I had imagined. For one thing, most of what you see in the trailer isn’t in the movie.
Disney is going back to what made them so popular in the first place: Musical princess stories. Much of the dialogue in the movie quickly evolves into song. And it is excellently done. The songs are well written and give you a narrative of what the characters are thinking or feeling at that moment. The transition from speaking to singing was seamless. At no point did I feel this took you out of the moment or cheapened the film, as so easily can happen.
The story, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, does have its dark moments. It is a Disney movie, so you know there will be some sad/tragic scenes. It tells a story that, while sharing some thematic similarities with their other princess tales, seems original. Yes, there were parts that are a bit predictable, but I’m well above the target demographic, so it’s excusable. Plus, you get so wrapped up in the way the story is being told, it doesn’t bother you at all. I will say, the ending was a little less than satisfying, but the rest of the movie really makes up for it.
The cast works incredibly well together. I realize that animated movies are filmed much differently than live action, so there is less interaction between the actors, but you never get a disconnected feeling between any of them. Aside from Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad, I hadn’t heard of most of the leads. Idina and Kristen are great. Both are very talented and shine in their characters. And the musical performances are just as good as the acting. Josh Gad is as goofy and funny as always. His Olaf brings most of the comic relief to the movie. He really lightens the mood without going over the top. The charm and magic you see in Olaf in the trailer carries into the film, even if the scenes do not. The “unknowns” don’t disappoint, either. They all perform at the same level as the leads, making for a good ensemble.
The visuals are amazing, as you would expect. The wintry landscapes jump off the screen (I definitely recommend seeing this in 3D). Elsa’s ice castle seems to be Disney showing off what it can do with their technology. I mean this in the most complimentary way, possible. It is amazing the attention to detail. The imagery and effects overall are stunning.
Frozen is probably one of the better Disney princess movies to come along in a long time. Possibly one of the better Disney movies overall to come along in a while. It really is that good. Find some time during this long weekend to take the family out to see this one.