Andy Bockelman columns
Too much of a good thing inevitably has to have its downside. For those who have grown to love the cinematic tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, that aftereffect has finally come in the form of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
If you’ve done all you can to avoid films based on comic books in recent years, you’ll probably be out of luck for years to come because they’re here to stay. But the love affair that the public has with the idea of the caped crusader has its own dark side, as we can glimpse from a film like “Birdman.”
Given the title of the series and the time of its release, you can’t talk about “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” without making a Thanksgiving joke. The difficulty with that is that while people may be ravenous for more of the franchise, right now, they’re only getting appetizers.
By now, announcing that you’re boldly going where no man has gone before barely even warrants a shrug from movie audiences. That doesn’t stop the maker of “Interstellar” from going a step beyond, even if he quickly takes two more steps backward.
Most people probably don’t realize the amount of labor that went into that 10 seconds of footage on the evening news that shocked and dismayed them. However, if you’re thinking that image always tells the whole story, the guy from “Nightcrawler” will have you thinking twice.
Another October, another selection of horror-centric movies released in theaters. This year is no exception, whether your tastes lie with the extremely abject — in which case, be sure to check out Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” — the sensation of a good old-fashioned seance — “Ouija” — or something that is only slightly in the neighborhood of the holiday like the dramedy “The Skeleton Twins.” Here’s an assessment of some of the latest appropriate offerings.
There are thousands of accounts of the American military’s exploits, all of which are worth hearing to get a greater picture of how our nation was strengthened during its hardest times. You want to believe that every depiction of these folks is an accurate and glowing one, but a film like “Fury” shows you can’t always reach high expectations.
The last thing legal counsel wants is to handle the case of someone who shares their surname. The only thing worse is someone who insists on backseat lawyering, something that happens, but isn’t as funny as it sounds, in “The Judge.”
The segment of wedding vows that mentions, “till death do us part” isn’t one most at the altar want to make their focus. However, those five words are very important to those who make up the cast list of “Gone Girl.”
Kids, whenever you think your parents are being unreasonable, consider the fact that they probably never forced you to live in the wilderness and question if your next day would be your last. Compared to the teens of “The Maze Runner,” adolescents who have their cell phone taken away have it pretty easy.
We all have the urge to play the Good Samaritan for people in times of trouble. Even so, you know what they say about “No Good Deed,” and the movie of the same name isn’t going to inspire you to have faith in that lonesome hitchhiker on the side of the road any more than you did before.
The universal love of food is one that goes beyond any language barriers or geographic borders. But the message that we all just want to fill our bellies, be it with curry or hollandaise sauce, isn’t all that the film “The Hundred-Foot Journey” has on its list of specials.
When you go to the movies as often as I do, sometimes the shows you see during the summer are ones you wish you hadn’t or are purely recycled, while there are others you regret missing. If you haven’t gotten your fill of the season’s offerings, here’s a cross-section of films I haven’t had the chance to weigh in on that you may want to catch or avoid at all costs.
Hopefully you’re consulting something other than contemporary cinema when you look at the big questions, such as, “What’s the point of life?” Indeed, “If I Stay” can’t answer queries like this — and doesn’t try — but it maintains its own charms nonetheless.
Rarely are the days to come presented in a positive light when it comes to the movies, and “The Giver” is no exception. Of course, everything looks bleak when you’re seeing it all in black and white.