Shortly before the release of Son of God, #HotJesus went viral on Twitter. The hashtag refers to Portuguese former model/actor/Brad Pitt lookalike Diogo Morgado, star of Son of God. Needless to say, Morgado is certainly a tall and attractive Jesus with his long locks and pearly white teeth. But he’s just about the only appealing thing about the movie from a cinematic perspective.
Jordan Belfort is about as vile of a human being as they come. He’s an amoral, materialistic, greedy, drug-addicted criminal. He is not a guy you root for to win. Yet, he’s extremely fascinating.
Viewers of the first Anchorman movie understand why Ron Burgundy is “kind of a big deal.”
With a humorous disclaimer about how some of the stuff in the movie actually happened, American Hustle will grab your attention from the start and never let go. It’s got that cool 1970s vibe, an appealing mix of comedy and drama, and offers up lots of twists and turns.
Is there a better setting for a bleak, gritty flick than Western Pennsylvania? Set in Braddock, a steel mill town just east of Pittsburgh where 35 percent of the population is under the poverty line, the setting is one of the few things that Out of the Furnace gets right.
I imagine that if Cinderella were in 3D and made with CGI, it’d look a lot like Frozen. New technology aside, Frozen is a throwback to classic Disney. It’s more of the story and the ample amount of singing that make Frozen feel like the old Disney movies that are near and dear to many people’s hearts.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins burst out onto the scene in 2008 and was a huge success among young readers (and, eventually adults). The movie last year also was a big hit, and the sequel has understandably been one of the most anticipated films of the year.
The Book Thief removes all the horrors from the Holocaust and Nazi Germany to tell the story of a little girl who loves to read. It all seems a little too superficial, like a sanitized, simplistic version of the Holocaust. There are German children wearing swastikas and singing Hitler Youth songs, and Jews are marched through the street assumedly being taken to concentration camps (though the words are never uttered). But, the brutal war is mostly a backdrop to the story.
The first installment of a superhero series always has it quite easy. It’s usually a fish-out-of-water tale with a regular guy getting some superhero powers, figuring out how to use those powers and saving the world from some raving lunatic.