We smartphone users are obsessed with our devices, so it seemed inevitable for someone like writer-director Spike Jonze to bring us a movie about a man who literally falls in love with his. It seems like a comedic concept, but Her is a love story, with all the ups, downs, and melodrama that implies. Too bad its signal strength is weak, despite some interesting ideas.
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Among his more interesting challenges in the past few years, actor Chris Pine has successfully filled the boots of William Shatner in the re-imagined Star Trek franchise. Can he now do the same as Jack Ryan, previously played by such heavyweights as Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, and Ben Affleck? The short answer is yes, though Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit may not give you much to cheer about.
In 1939, The New Yorker magazine published The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a short story by James Thurber. In the story, Mitty passes through a day of errands in the city with his wife, while random events send him on wild daydream fantasies. (You can still find it on their website.) There’s no real plot to it, but that didn’t stop filmmakers from adapting it into a jewel caper comedy starring Danny Kaye in 1947. Now, director/star Ben Stiller has taken the same story in a different direction, a schmaltzy, product-placement-filled encouragement to "Stop Dreaming. Start Living." But darned if it doesn’t stir something in you, at least some of the time.
2004′s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has become such a comedy cult classic that it’s now hard to remember it didn’t play well at the box office when it first opened. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues likely won’t have that problem, but even if it does I don’t think it will fare as well over time. It’s just too flat.
The 1980s finds Ron (Will Ferrell) anchoring network news in New York City with wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). But when their boss promotes her and fires him, Ron hits the skids once again, separating from Veronica and their young son Walter and returning to San Diego. Months later, he’s approached to join the world’s first TV channel dedicated to 24-hour news. It’s a preposterous idea, but Ron takes the job, and soon reunites his old news team: ladies-man field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), sports cowboy Champ Kind (David Koechner) and witless weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell).
At first, American Hustle seems like a no-brainer: a period piece about con-artists, written, directed and starring a powerhouse group of Oscar-nominated (and Oscar-winning) filmmakers, with high-profile positive buzz and award nominations before it even arrived in theatres. On seeing it, however, you can be forgiven for thinking you are the one being grifted.
Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is middle-aged, overweight, and sports one of the most impressive combovers ever put to film. Yet he connects intellectually with the beautiful, troubled Sydney (Amy Adams), and they fall in love. She joins him in his life of small-time swindling, creating a false British identity to more efficiently lure the marks.