The Bush administration’s announcement in 2008 of its intention to auction-off the mining rights to many square miles of virgin land located in national forests ignited waves of protests by environmental activists. But when picketing, petitioning and the lobbying of politicians failed, the government proceeded with its plan to grant oil and gas mega-corporations access to the pristine parcels.
This picture is such a wholesale disaster that it’s hard to decide where to start in critiquing it. I could talk about how it is just the latest case of Hollywood remaking a French farce (Mon Frère se Marie) which somehow lost all of its charm in the translation into English. Or I could point out how it’s a slight variation of “Meet the Parents” and even has Robert De Niro reprising his role as a macho father-in-law less inclined to reason than to threaten to bust a kneecap or tweeze a guy’s gonads off.
[caption id="attachment_17034" align="alignleft"]Peeples[/caption]After dating for over a year, Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) is head-over-heels in love with his girlfriend, Grace (Kerry Washington). He’s ready to pop the question, and has even purchased a ring, but there’s a slight problem: he still hasn’t met her parents yet.
This film represents the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series kickstarted by “Iron Man 1” in 2008, and since followed in succession by “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Avengers.”
[caption id="attachment_16900" align="alignleft"]rottentomatoes.com[/caption]Michael Bay is a director whose name has mostly come to be associated with mindless, stunt-driven action flicks such as “Armageddon,” “Bad Boys” and the “Transformers” franchise. His latest offering, however, “Pain & Gain” represents a relatively-cerebral departure in that it tones down the special effects and pyrotechnics in favor of credible plot and character development.
[caption id="attachment_16856" align="alignleft"]Travaris Spears[/caption]Known to many as “Varis” or simply as “V,” Travaris Spears hails from Rochester, New York where, at an early age, he displayed a charm that was engaging and magnetic. An energy and passion for performing led him to sing, dance, and even imitate his favorite artists and celebrities. Using the world as his stage, Travaris leaves a lasting impression, thanks to a gift for communicating and interacting with people from all walks of life.
For movies opening April 26, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
“The Big Wedding” (R for profanity, sexuality and brief nudity) Hollywood remake of Mon Frère se Marie, the French farce about a long-divorced couple (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) pressured to pretend they’re still happily married at the wedding of their adopted son (Ben Barnes) when his conservative birth mother (Patricia Rae), a devout Catholic from Colombia, unexpectedly decides to attend. Ensemble includes Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)
[caption id="attachment_16846" align="alignleft"]rottentomatoes.com[/caption]Ken Burns has been making films for more than thirty years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and to produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.