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.
With "A Lonely Place to Die," we have an excellent example of why I
neither climb mountains nor go hiking. In the Australian film by
director Julian Gilbey (the dreadful "Doghouse"), five bikers (two
couples and one fifth wheel), tummies full of smoked-mackerel-and-egg
sandwiches, have just embarked on their high adventure when one hears a
muffled cry for help.
It's coming from a pipe poking out of the ground. Digging into the
earth, the hikers find a little girl, alive, scared and speaking only
Croatian. They assume someone with sinister motives put her there and,
given the pipe that allowed her to breathe, would be coming back for the
girl. They are correct, and they learn this the hard way, because they
fail to get out of the peaks and into peace quick enough.
Gilbey's man-vs.-man-vs.-nature tale, however, has no such speed
problem. It moves at a consistently rapid pace until the third act, when
its "Deliverance"/"The Most Dangerous Game" hybrid throws some new
characters into the act to shave the remainder down to a more
conventional crime edge. All along the way, however, Melissa George ("30
Days of Night") is our guide, being at once maternal (protecting the
kid) and masculine (kicking ass). It's a rather physical role, not to
mention mostly stripped of vanity, and George wholeheartedly accepts the