Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe.
All the ingredients are there, and certainly this has been made by an intelligent craftsman and a great cast, but the plot doesn't add this all up and has too many open ends.
On renewed viewing: I still agree with my first assessment: the script is muddled, but the movie does deliver some of the goods.
Maltin ***: "Companion piece to Scott's ALIEN offers echos of that film in both good and not-so-good ways: it's thoughtful and intelligent, with two strong female characters, and masterfully crafted, but gives way to icky, gross-out moments...right up to the end. Fassbender is a standout as a sly, watchful robot who's one step ahead of everyone else."
Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.
Hit-and-miss sci-fi spoof is for the most time simply silly, the more successful sequences are the ones directly parodying popular sci-fi movie scenes.
Halliwell (no star): "Flabby spoof of Star Wars, without any funny ideas."
Maltin**1/2: "Likably silly parody of STAR WARS (years after the fact) is basically a collection of jokes, both verbal and visual. Enough of them are funny to make for pleasant, if not hilarious, fun. Surprisingly innocuous for Brooks and Co..."
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes.
Visually beautiful and mesmerizing the movie has an interesting premise, but somewhere along the line the tale loses its hold on one's interest, so that the ending is not as touching as it was intended.
Maltin**1/2: "Visual opus...is alternately whimsical and ponderous, but location filming in more than 20 countries provides a panorama of stunning locations for his [Tarsem Singh's] showy, often imaginatively staged sequences."