Friday I caught Leonardo DiCaprio
and Martin Scorsese
's latest collaboration "Shutter Island
." I was not blown away by it, but I did not think it was a terrible movie either. Since I have not read the novel on which it is based, I'm at a bit of a disadvantage to comment on whether it was a faithful adaptation; however as a thriller it kept me guessing for most of the film.
It does a good job of planting the seeds of doubt and conspiracy with you, as you start to piece together a series of bizarre dreams DiCaprio's character experiences. The most annoying aspect of the movie I thought was its protracted and over explained resolution. I felt I was being beaten over the head with all of the answers at the end, instead of being left to fill in the blanks myself.
As a director Scorsese has ceased to wow me as he did with his earlier work. He has fallen guilty to cliché camera tricks like the overdone 360 degree pan, or the Michael Bay
effect as I like to refer to it. That being said, he has not completely gone senile like George Lucas
or Steven Spielberg
, and can still make decent movies, even if they are not the same caliber as previous hits like "Casino" and "Goodfellas." My Grade: B
The end of February brings us the horror film "The Crazies," the Kevin Smith action comedy "Cop Out," a drama starring William Hurt called "The Yellow Hankerchief," the foreign mob movie "The Prophet," and the Woody Harrelson non-traditional superhero tale "Defendor."
Suddenly, a toxin in the water turns the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent killers. As Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant
) and his wife (Radha Mitchell
) try to figure out why their neighbors have turned into murderers, they band together with two other healthy townspeople in a desperate fight for survival.
This remake of a 1973 George Romero film by the same name is helmed by Breck Eisner, who made 2005's action adventure "Sahara
." Scott Kosar and Ray Wright team up to update Mr. Romero's previous screenplay.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Zombie movie junkies who like infections that turn a populous into an unstoppable blood thirsty hoard are the kind of people that should see "The Crazies." If you appreciate the horror industry trend of remaking previous films for a modern audience then you should check out this thriller.
Veteran NYPD officer Jimmy Monroe's (Bruce Willis
) life is turned upside down when his extremely rare baseball card is stolen. Since this card was his only means of paying for his daughter's wedding, he recruits his partner (Tracy Morgan
) to help track down the memorabilia obsessed gangster who filched it.
Comedic filmmaker Kevin Smith
, the man behind light-hearted films like "Clerks
" and "Dogma
," directs this buddy cop movie. Producers Mark and Robb Cullen also pen the screenplay for "Cop Out." WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Viewers that enjoy a good old fashioned buddy cop film with action and plenty of laughs should see "Cop Out." If you are a Kevin Smith fan, then you can expect his sense of humor to shine through in this comedy.
Ex-con Brett Hanson (William Hurt
) crosses paths with a troubled teenager named Martine (Kristen Stewart
) and her ride Gordy (Eddie Redmayne
). The trio set off on a road trip together, each struggling with their own personal conflicts. Martine hopes to escape her family, while Gordy aspires to become closer to Martine, and Brett must choose whether he wants to return to the woman he left behind, his ex-wife May (Maria Bello
Indian filmmaker Udayan Prasad directs this drama developed by by Pete Hamill and penned for the screen by Erin Dignam.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Audiences looking for a serious romantic drama involving people of different age groups striving together to find happiness, should see this film. If you believe that everyone deserves a second chance to correct mistakes in previous relationships, then you should see "The Yellow Hankerchief."
A 19-year-old uneducated young man, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), is sentenced to six years of captivity when he arrives at a French prison. Forced into service for the Corsican gang in charge, he is given a number of assignments to carry out, which toughen him up and gain the leader's confidence. Malik secretly develops his own plans for expansion as he continues to learn his new trade.
This French language crime drama is directed by Jacques Audiard, who assists Thomas Bidegain in creating the screenplay. Already in possession of 8 different awards, "A Prophet" is one of this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Mafia movie aficionados that like watching young blood work its way up the food chain should appreciate this story. If you are interested in viewing one of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film then you should see "A Prophet."
By night, Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson
) dons a costume under the name Defendor. He becomes a superhero to rid his city of weapons, drugs, and the crime lord known as Captain Industry. With the aid of a teenage prostitute Katerina (Kat Dennings
), Defendor makes a serious attack on the underworld, bringing himself ever closer to a showdown with Captain Industry.
Canadian actor Peter Stebbings is responsible for the screenplay to this dark comedy, and takes his first outing the director's chair.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
People on the hunt for nontraditional superhero movies, will want to track down this film. If you thoroughly enjoy Woody Harrelson in wacky comedies like "Zombieland" then you'll probably love him as the superhero Defendor.
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean
, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.