“The Croods” evokes the Flintstones but quickly surpass it in ambitiousness and quality, what with all the parallels to modern families.
Look for these mainstream titles to open on theatre screens during the first few months of 2013.
Gangster Squad is a high-octane true-crime drama – a Pulp Nonfiction wannabe — that chronicles the activities of the special unit created by the notoriously corrupt LAPD to lead its fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s.
The franchise reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, which opened on Tuesday, finished first at the box office on its first weekend of release, earning an estimated $66 million and pushing its six-day total over the $140 million mark.
‘The Amazing Spider Man’ is another acrobatic, angst-ridden, arachnoidy thriller, a quick relaunch of the superhero franchise.
So what do June, July, and August have in store for us as mainstream attractions compete for box office dollars? Plenty!
This week’s video selection offers a fascinating mix.
“The Help,” based on the book of the same name, is a racially charged but smartly understated portrait of the relationship between African-American maids and their white employers in Jackson, Miss. in the early 1960s.
Rated PG-13, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is certainly less raunchy than most of its R-rated summer-comedy brethren, and has a sweetness at its core that renders us forgiving about its shortcomings and unfinished business.
Gee, what do you think happens?
What will moviegoers be looking forward to, flocking to, then fleeing from or returning to, on theatre screens between now and late August?
KYW’s movie critic Bill Wine says Easy A is so stylized, so peppy, and so broad, it attracts our attention but then stumbles at retention.