Is it worth $10? Yes
In 2007, a Chicago collector walked across the street from his home to an auction house which sells, basically, all kinds of junk. He put up 300-some dollars and won a box of old negatives he thought he might use for a book project. Though the photos turned out differently than he hoped, it was the first clue in a treasure hunt that would lead to his eventual acquisition of 95 percent of the worldly belongings of the late Vivian Maier, a lifelong nanny who was also secretly a vastly talented artist, now regarded by fans as among the best American street photographers.
Beyond the revelation of some of the over 100,000 negatives collected by John Maloof, "Finding Vivian Maier" presents the intriguing mystery of a fantastically fascinating woman with a penchant for pseudonyms who lived a deceivingly commonplace existence. This is the story of a mother-trove and treasure-load of street photography which fell into just the right hands--those of historian, former flea market seller, and co-director/co-writer of this film, Maloof. He's a naturally curious person, open-minded, and resourceful.
Is it worth $10? No
“The Railway Man” begins the way many romances end: The boy ventures far to surprise the girl with whom he’s completely smitten, and they embrace happily ever after. For Eric (Colin Firth) and Patti (Nicole Kidman), however, things soon get notably harder. This isn’t a love story, though – it’s a tale of torture and betrayal, duty and honor, loyalty and hate.Based on Eric Lomax’s book and true story, it’s 1980 in Great Britain, and after their wedding the railway-obsessed Eric experiences a flashback to when he was a prisoner of war in Thailand. Held by the Japanese and forced to build a railroad during World War II, Eric (as a young man played by Jeremy Irvine) is tortured when he’s discovered with a radio. In 1980 his former platoon mate (Stellan Skarsgard) informs him that his torturer, Takashi (Tanroh Ishida when younger, then nicely played by Hiroyuki Sanada when older), is still alive, and revenge should be imminent.
THR learned "Flash Gordon" is coming back to the big screen. 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to the comic hero, and John Davis ("Chronicle") will produce. "Star Trek 3" writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have already been hired to hammer out a script. The titular lead is a handsome Yale grad and polo player who, along with his lady friend Dale Arden and mad scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov, rocket off into outer space after Earth is attacked by meteors. They trace the meteors back to the planet Mongo, and battle its evil ruler Ming the Merciless. Thanks to the recent comedy "Ted" the brand has seen renewed interest, so it makes sense that a studio would finally nail down the rights to bring it back.According to /Film, Warner Bros. is so happy with how the upcoming "Edge of Tomorrow" looks that they've set director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity") to adapt "Railhead." A young adult sci-fi tale from Philip Reeve, which hasn't been released yet, the story involves a large cast of humans and aliens scattered across stretches of space. The book is set in a futuristic world where trains run through space via portals. The main character is a petty thief hired to steal an object that happens to be more important than he was led to believe, setting off an adventure that could change the course of the galaxy. With the opportunity for some great action scenes this could be right up the action director's alley, and hopefully will not be another "Jumper."
With franchise reboot sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” poised to hit theatres in a few weeks, we can look back with nostalgia at a film that’s making me feel old when I think about how it came out a decade ago: “Spider-Man 2.” As the title suggests, this is the second entry in director Sam Raimi’s trilogy from the aughts, and it is the best.
At this point, we know that Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is a hero to New York City as Spider-Man, and he still crushes on Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Peter’s best friend Harry Osbourne (James Franco) wants Spider-Man dead to avenge the death of his father in the first film. He also hires a brilliant scientist named Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), and in an experiment that goes wrong, Dr. Octavius becomes the villain Dr. Octopus—or Doc Ock for short.
According to BoxOfficeMojo, "Transcendence" didn't do so hot at the box office. Coming in first this weekend was "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" with another $25.6 million. The film has grossed over $500 million worldwide, and could become one of Marvel's highest grossing films. On Easter weekend “Heaven is for Real" took second with $22.5 million, and on a very small budget it has shown that the faith-based genre is a market we should soon see Hollywood feeding into. In third was "Rio 2" with $22.2 million, and a domestic gross of about $75.05 million. Settling for fourth was "Transcendence" with $10.9 million, on a budget of around $100 million. After “”The Lone Ranger” and “Dark Shadows,” Depp desperately needs a hit. “A Haunted House 2" justly earned fifth place with $8.8 million...less than half of the terrible first movie's debut.
Is it worth $10? No
Bruce Garrett caught the Latin fever as a young boy, and he could Salsa! The amateur boy wonder was on top of the Junior Salsa world...until it was the evening of the National Championships. Bruce was on his way but he was stopped by a group of bullies and *gasp!* they beat him to a pulp because of his sparkly sequins (“They made me eat it! They ripped off every piece of sequins, from my shirt, and made me eat it!”), and Bruce swore he would never dance again. That is, until Julia Matthews reignites the fire in his heels.
Bruce (played adorkably by Nick Frost), 22 years after he hung up his dancing shoes, now finds himself an overweight, self-loathing doormat for his best frenemy, Drew, (Chris O’Dowd) to berate on the daily. However, with the entrance of the new boss, Julia (Rashida Jones), suddenly Bruce can’t shake the fierce Latin within, and he must bring out the satin shirts, and rubber soles, to get the girl!
Is it worth $10? Yes
“Transcendence” is timely and prescient, a thoughtful meditation on the dangers of technology and the megalomania of humanity. With talk of artificial intelligence, neuroengineering and regenerative cell mutations, clearly the filmmakers did their research in crafting a feasible sci-fi thriller. They’re also a bunch of fools to intentionally give away the ending in the opening moments, then still try to have dramatic tension leading back to the ending we already know.It will come as no surprise that Johnny Depp’s character is disheveled, savvy, a mumbler, and never clean cut. Depp hasn’t played a “normal” guy since, well, ever, and there’s no need to start now. His Will is a world-renowned scientist on the verge of a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Will’s wife/fellow scientist Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), colleague Max (Paul Bettany) and former professor (Morgan Freeman) all support his efforts to create a computer that has emotions and can evolve (in other words, he’s creating Scarlett Johansson’s Samantha in “Her”).
Is it worth $10? Yes
Director Hilla Medalia's ("To Die In Jurasalem") documentary, featuring the international Dancing Classrooms program and its director Pierre Dulaine, is undoubtedly conceptually grand. Medalia strives to tell the story of Dulaine's mission: Bringing together the children of warring factions in religiously mixed Israel through the shared experience of ballroom-style dance.
Stiff and overly explanatory at the beginning, the film gets bogged down before gaining any real momentum. It's as if the filmmakers, knowing what comes later, don't mind a start that feels slow and clunky.