Upcoming Theatrical Releases
Director: Steven Knight
R; 85 mins.
Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, LOCKE is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him. (Synopsis by A24)
Hardy is superb in a film that drips with tension. Not only was this shot in eight nights on a car mounted with three cameras, it strips the story down to the bare bones as well. All you really need is the determination of one man to do the right thing. Save your fancy effects. See it.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
Director: Dan St. Pierre and Will Finn
PG; 88 mins.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, theJester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise. (Synopsis by Clarius Entertainment)
When I was about 8 years old, my grandfather innocently rented “Return to Oz” to watch. Oh, did he know the horror that he unleashed! That dystopian Oz is somehow less disturbing than this what-should-be-a-straight-to-DVD adaptation of Dorothy’s story. It is painfully obvious how little effort was put into this animated tale. Skip it.
Director: Nicholas Stoller
R; 97 mins.
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Neighbors is directed by Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek). (Synopsis by Universal)
It’s brain candy, pure and simple. Rogen comes up with jokes faster than he can spit them out while the frat-level humor goes on. What should get old quickly keeps getting funnier. See it.
Mom’s Night Out
Director: Andrew Erwin (II) and Jon Erwin
PG; 98 mins.
All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation… a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours-what could go wrong? (Synopsis by Sony/AFFIRM Films)
A vaguely religious-themed movie only here for Mother’s Day! A little early in the calendar to use that line, but we’ll go with it… It’s sitcom funny middle-age mom material about how Dads just can’t get it right! (Waaah waaaaaaah) So treat your Mother to something special this year by never seeing this and taking her to a nice dinner where she can harangue you about when you are getting married. SOON MOM! GAWD! Skip it.
Upcoming DVD Releases
None of note.