From The Goonies, to Ghostbusters, and The Lost Boys, the 80s had a language for film that felt like the air was a little electric, anything was possible, and you were part of the gang. It’s a mood that’s been often imitated, and rarely done well, but Ghostbusters: Afterlife captures that spirit perfectly.
Light and effervescent, On the Rocks is a good bit of cinematic comfort food, but it’s bound to be heralded by some as a bit of a disappointment from those expecting more from the filmmaker behind it.
While its overall style of excessively literal deadpan humour won’t be to everyone’s taste (especially horror fans going into this expecting a broader, gorier zombie comedy), The Dead Don’t Die is a silly, unpretentious, and admittedly slight bit of good fun from art house darling Jim Jarmusch.
Scrooged is one of the best Christmas movies ever made, and it works so well because, next to Bill Murray’s eccentric, off the wall Frank Cross, there’s Karen Allen’s balanced, charming, and hopeful Claire Phillips.
The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man takes a jocular, but unnecessary and one-sided look into the cult of personality that has been built around one of Hollywood’s most elusive and beloved stars.
There’s an inescapable landing between unimpeded childhood and the grown-up world with all of its resident angst and constraint, and it’s often aptly coined as the summer when everything changes. That middle place is Moonrise Kingdom.
New this week on Blu-ray and DVD: Will Ferrell and Tina Fey star in the animated Megamind; Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis take a wild ride together in Due Date; plus a look at Get Low and Total Recall 2070.
Lazy Sunday News is back for 2011 and this week I look at the possible Ghostbusters 3 and Hellboy 3 sequels, those oh-so-lame People’s Choice Awards, a possible Wonder Woman television series that may be coming soon, and a look ahead at Justin Bieber and Glee.
Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play made its Toronto International Film Festival debut at the Ryerson Theatre on Friday, September 10, where stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, and Bill Murray were on hand to meet with the throngs of fans and the media who had waited hours to see the celebrities.
This week, opening at a theatre near you: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play mismatched partners in the action-comedy, The Other Guys; the dancers are back again in Step Up 3, which also debuts in 3D; and opening in select theatres, Robert Duvall stars in Get Low as a hermit who wants to attend his own funeral.