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.
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” doesn’t skimp on wartime atrocities.
Set in the mid-1990s against the backdrop of genocide in Bosnia- Herzegovina, it details random killing, rapes, the tossing of a baby from a balcony and the use of women as literal human shields. This is not for the faint of heart.
Showing Friday through Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the film marks the feature directorial debut of “Salt” superstar Angelina Jolie. It certainly bears the stamp of her well-known humanitarian convictions, vividly painting the horrors of “ethnic cleansing.”
The movie can be mortifying with its rough, documentary-style visual sense and ubiquitous sounds of gunfire. Far less successful is the melodrama at its core. Ajla (Zana Marjanovic), a young Muslim woman, catches the amorous attention of a Serbian man, Danijel (Goran Kostic, “Of Gods and Men”), at a nightclub.
But these star-crossed lovers don’t get much of a chance. The club is firebombed, and Ajla and Danijel find themselves on opposite sides of the ensuing civil war.
Four months later, Serbian forces are executing Bosnian men and imprisoning Muslim women for slave labor and worse. Among the captives is Ajla, but her captor turns out to be Danijel, now a captain in the Serbian Army thanks to his domineering father, a Serb general (Rade Serbedzija, “X-Men: First Class”).
It’s a strange bird of a setup that flutters between wartime drama and would-be erotica, with a few side trips for clunky dialogue to explain the dynamics of the conflict. At its best, “Blood and Honey” is powerful; at its worst, eye-rolling camp.