With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong?
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer.
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray.
Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.
Jason Segel (“Bad Teacher”) may be the best and worst man for the job of
bringing Jim Henson’s Muppets back to top-of-mind pop-culture status.
As the flesh-and-blood star and co-screenwriter of “The Muppets,” opening in theaters today, he’s so reverent of the characters that he knows his stuff ... and yet is too close to it to recognize when fandom crosses the line of accessibility.
Kids may enjoy the film, but it’s really geared for their parents, who grew up watching “The Muppet Show” on TV and wearing out VHS tapes of 1979’s “The Muppet Movie” and its two ’80s sequels. Kermit the Frog and friends have been out of the mass-audience spotlight for so long, a generation raised on “SpongeBob SquarePants” has little-to-no knowledge of Swedish Chef or Statler.
Coincidentally, that’s Segel’s premise, as he and longtime virginal girlfriend (Amy Adams, “The Fighter”), take his little brother, Walter (a new Muppet) to L.A., only to find their beloved Muppets have splintered irreparably and taken separate life paths. But what if Walter could get the gang back together?
The human cast is game, with the exception of an uncomfortable Chris Cooper (“The Town”) as a villainous oil baron, so why isn’t it funnier? Too many characters of the felt variety crowd the way, making the script feel more slapdash than slapstick. Too many musical numbers exist at the sacrifice of whatever narrative glue could hold this together better.
Segel got to make his dream “Muppets” movie — just not necessarily ours.