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Filmmakers from Richard Linklater to David Gordon Green to Whoopi Goldberg are bringing films to this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
It wasn't exactly a mighty victory, but "Jack the Giant Slayer" won the weekend at the box office.
The most striking thing about "Jack the Giant Slayer" is how utterly unmemorable it is. In an already crowded forest of dull, formulaic, early-year films, "Jack's" commitment to formulized blandness stands out like, well, a skyscraper-sized beanstalk.
"Jack the Giant Slayer" _ A big-budget, 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend may seem like the unlikeliest pairing yet of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie, but this ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun. Singer and McQuarrie's collaborations include, most famously, the twisty crime mystery "The Usual Suspects" and the Hitler assassination drama "Valkyrie," featuring an eye patch-wearing Tom Cruise. They've sort of been all over the place together over the past couple decades _ why not reinterpret a classic fairy tale? "Jack the Giant Slayer" is cheeky without being cutesy. While the look is medieval, the vibe seems more current, but it's not so anachronistic as to be subversive along the lines of a "Shrek," for example. It actually ends up being pleasingly old-fashioned. Shot in 3-D _ rather than one of those muddled 2-D re-dos _ the film looks crisp and clean, much more so than the trailers and ads might suggest. The action sequences are cut in an unobtrusive way as to allow the intricacy of what's happening on screen to shine through. And once it bursts forth from the ground, the beanstalk itself is magnificent. There aren't many surprises here, though; if you know the story, you know what happens. Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy star. PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language. 117 minutes. Three stars out of four.
Ending a nation's long drought, and snapping his own four-final skid in majors, Andy Murray finally pulled through with everything at stake on a Grand Slam stage, shrugging off defending champion Novak Djokovic's comeback bid to win the U.S. Open in five sets.
"The Hunger Games" is a movie about an authoritarian world in which unwitting teenagers are thrust into a life-or-death, winner-take-all game that uncaring adults manipulate for their own amusement — and to reinforce their control. In other words, it's a movie about how teenagers view high school. Or the college admissions process.
Terrence Malick's highly imaginative "The Tree of Life" and Mike Mills' flashback comedy, "Beginners" tied for best feature at the annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.
You didn't think Harry Potter would be able to work his magic forever, did you?
"Captain America: The First Avenger" is the rare movie that earns its earnestness. It's honest, spirited, humble and even unironically patriotic - and yet it's rarely hokey.
"As some of you may remember, 'Burlesque' wasn't exactly a hit. ... Remember when you saw that trailer and said 'eh, I'll wait until the DVD'? Well, this is now your moment," writes Daniel Walber at Spout.
"Don't count on seeing superstar Cher, nor her 'Burlesque' co-star Stanley Tucci, cruisin' around in a Prius anytime soon. Unlike many of their Hollywood counterparts, these two aren't buying into the hybrid-car hoopla."