Most recent entries for May 2013

FILM REVIEW: After Earth

Straying far from his Fresh Prince persona, Will Smith plays a father who spouts bracing homilies as his son tries to rescue them from an Earth overtaken with carnivorous creatures. After Earth was conceived as a vanity project to advance Jaden Smith's career, but the boy is not up to the role of hero on a quest he's meant to carry in this sci-fi fairy tale.
A heist film full of myth-busting and razzle dazzle, Now You See Me follows a group of modern day, Robin Hood magicians who employ illusion to rob from the rich and share with average Joes. Like the group's Vegas-style show, however, the movie is heavy on flash and shallow in substance, says Eli Glasner.
When late night's Craig Ferguson interviewed CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos about his upcoming CNN show, Strombo didn't need to explain the Canadian public broadcaster to Ferguson, who says he got his start as a comedian in Canada. Instead, they compared notes on hosting a chat show.
A map of Afghanistan. Footage of a weeping man. A weather report for Kabul. An unusual new digital companion to Khaled Hosseini's And The Mountains Echoed is taking shape through vivid imagery, intriguing sounds and fan interpretations of the anticipated novel.
Eli Glasner takes a quick look at three new films: Picture Day with rising star Tatiana Maslany, the audaciously entertaining Fast and Furious 6 and a nature-themed cartoon for the kids called Epic.
In a final outing with the wolf pack, the joke's on us, says Eli Glasner. The Hangover Part 3 is a strangely serious and laugh-free sequel in the popular, offensive and raunchy series.
There are no dates yet and no lineup, but plans are in the works for benefit concerts supporting Oklahoma and the town of Moore, where tornadoes left a swath of destruction this week. Stepping up to spearhead the fundraisers are two Oklahoma boys: Blake Shelton and Toby Keith, who will likely lure country music's brightest into their efforts.
Li Bingbing is the latest comely Chinese face joining a major Hollywood movie, in this case, a fourth Transformers. With Hollywood eager to tap into China's massive movie audience, it's now de rigueur to score a popular Chinese actress for tentpole blockbusters. But Chinese fans want more than gimmicky roles for their homegrown stars and nonsensical versions screened in China alone.
If you're seeking the weather, the news or a pic of what your buddy had for lunch, there are apps for that. What about an original, Hollywood-calibre ghost story from a producer of The Ring and Mulholland Drive? Now, there's an app for that, too. Haunting Melissa ventures into the burgeoning realm of digital storytelling as a traditional ghost story with a modern twist -- namely a tale that unfolds through an iOS app.
Future Star Wars director J.J. Abrams beams back into the world of Star Trek with the sequel Into Darkness. The new journey offers a mix of the fun and the familiar, anchored by the warm relationships of the classic characters.
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