The stop motion animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings might not be the best offering from the perpetually underrated Laika animation studios, but it still boasts more stunning visuals and wild imagination than most any other high concept adventure this summer.
Badass. There's just no other way to describe Mad Max: Fury Road. It's a film like we've hardly seen in years and years, and both director George Miller, the man behind all of the original Mad Max films, and Warner Bros., deserve big credit for making it a reality without watering it down.
Despite the franchise that grew up from director Ridley Scott's epic film, Alien, which debuted back in 1979, it's worth remembering that Scott, for good and bad, only ever directed the original movie, and that's fairly obvious once you watch his latest venture into the Alien universe.
Trying to pick this week's music video for Video Hits seemed a bit daunting. I've only been doing this one week so far, and I just didn't know how to follow up Fefe Dobson's "Ghost". Should I go for something simpler? Something older?
Debuting this week on DVD and Blu-ray: Viggo Mortensen and Kodi McPhee star in the post-apocalyptic drama, The Road; Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried get romantic in Dear John; Neil Patrick Harris leads the geeky musical, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog; and a look at the second season of True Blood.
Most of the film studios backed up this week, giving room for one of the big debuts of the summer: Will Smith starring as the handsomely unlikeable hero Hancock. Aside from his scruffy face, the only other big debut is the family movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, which stars Abigail Breslin as the sweet, adventurous writer.