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.
Right down to the dramatic shot of the cast members walking in a single row toward the camera, the title sequence for Fast & Furious 6 feels
every bit like that of a TV series. It’s only natural, given how
episodic this entry is — all it lacks is the “Special Guest Star”
credit. (But on that note, don’t leave as soon as it ends.)
Against all expectations, 2011’s Fast Fivewas a blast; turning the wheel sharply away from gearhead porn to head into heist-fueled high jinks proved a creative, critical and commercial success, so who can blame returning director Justin Lin for dishing out more of the same?
Not I, but he adds so much more that the result is a mess — a temperately enjoyable one, but a mess all the same. The mess opens Friday.
With the promise of full pardons, the team headed by Toretto (Vin Diesel) and O’Conner (Paul Walker) is called back into action by federal agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his new partner (Haywire’s Gina Carano) to stop a madman (Immortals’ Luke Evans) from assembling some billion-dollar super-weapon. On that baddie’s team is Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Toretto’s girlfriend presumed to have died in the fourth chapter.
None of that matters; it’s all fuel to get to the big action scenes. But with half a dozen more major characters on top of that, Lin piles subplots atop subplots, to the point where some pieces are moved across the board not for strategic purposes, but stalling.
In big-and-dumb films such as F&F6, I’m willing to play along with extending a metaphorical finger to the laws of gravity ... provided I can tell what’s going on. This time, overly frenzied editing and spatial disorientation make that problematic. —Rod Lott