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.
As not-so-boldly predicted, director David Fincher (“The Social
Network”) delivers a superior remake of Sweden’s global hit “The Girl
with the Dragon Tattoo,” an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s phenomenon of a
However, those who have seen the original may wish to approach this version only to witness what Fincher brings to it, as the story remains unchanged in all but minor details. Many scenes seem shot on the very sets of Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 film.
What Fincher grants is a sharper, crisper look; a brisker pace; a richer supporting cast; and an instant classic of an opening-credits sequence. His suspense level isn’t noticeably greater, and even pales compared to the punch of his “Zodiac” or the shock of his “Seven.”
As disgraced investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist hired to solve a 40-year-old murder, Daniel Craig (“Cowboys & Aliens”) makes a stronger impression than Michael
Nyqvist was allowed. As Lisbeth Salander, the brusque, socially awkward
hacker Blomkvist hires as a research assistant, Rooney Mara (“The
Social Network”) had huge combat boots to fill, following Noomi Rapace’s
award-nabbing turn in the foreign “Dragon” and its two immediate
sequels, but Mara commits and delivers.
she’s not nominated for a Best Actress Oscar as deserved, it’s because
the Academy is too stodgy to recognize such dark material. Her Lisbeth
lives on Coca-Cola, Happy Meals, ramen, nicotine and pain, and makes an
unforgettably stark impression.
big imperfection is the occasionally intrusive score by Trent Reznor
and Atticus Ross. Still, it’s hardly a reason not to look forward to the
Americanization of the trilogy’s remaining chapters.