Sleeping dragons, as we know from our childhood literature, eventually awaken. If they didn’t, there wouldn’t be a story. So it’s hardly news that in the second installment of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy, the dragon rouses from his slumber.
Underscoring deeply conflicted characters, who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances, has become director David O. Russell’s sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film, “Flirting with Disaster,” to last year’s acclaimed “Silver Linings Playbook,” he effectively unravels the disarray.
In an alley behind a cafe in New York’s Greenwich Village, an unidentified stranger knocks singer Llewyn Davis to his knees. Within the first 10 minutes of the Coen brothers’ latest dark comedy, the filmmakers acquaint us with the curiously obscure, as violent fits are not usually associated with folk music.
The unforgiving back roads and rusted-out mill towns of Appalachia provide the bleak backdrop and emotional landscape of “Out of the Furnace,” a well-acted, beautifully filmed, utterly depressing chronicle of revenge and thwarted dreams in post-industrial America.
Instead of the bygone damsels in distress – yes we’re talking about you Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty – the female royals of “Frozen,” Disney’s latest animated wonder, are feisty, forward and independent.
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Woodstock Theatre, 209 E. Main St., will have a free showing of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie" 10 a.m. Dec. 1.
In the 17 years since “Swingers,” Vince Vaughn has cultivated the comedic persona of an obnoxious and insensitive boor, so it may come as a surprise to learn that “Delivery Man” reveals a softer side entirely.
A considerable upgrade over the first “Hunger Games” movie, “Catching Fire” comes across more like a remake than a sequel.
It seems quite apt that “The Best Man Holiday,” a film about a reunion of old friends, feels just like going to an actual reunion. In ways both bad and good.
CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College will host a screening of “Inequality for All” at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Room B166-167 at the college, 8900 Route 14.
Comic book movies are increasingly, like Sandra Bullock in “Gravity,” lost in space.
As creaky as an arthritic hip, “Last Vegas” does for four leading stars of the ‘70s and ‘80s what movies like “Tough Guys” and “Grumpy Old Men” did for survivors of Hollywood’s storied Golden Age: It lets them show they can still throw a punch, bust a move and get it on, and that they’re not quite ready for the Motion Picture Home just yet. Beyond that, this genteel “Hangover” for the AARP crowd has little to recommend it, although a smattering of funny gags and the nostalgia value of the cast keeps the whole thing more watchable than it has any right to be.
An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, “Ender’s Game” frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy ant-like aliens, called Formics, in which Earth’s fate hinges on a tiny group of military cadets, most of whom haven’t even hit puberty yet.
In many ways, the city of Crystal Lake helped inspire a movie being filmed throughout the city.
Ripped from headlines that still feel wet, "The Fifth Estate" dramatizes the fast, controversial rise of anonymous-whistleblower website WikiLeaks and its figurehead, Julian Assange.
In an age when we’re able to consume content so many different ways – and that’s a good thing, mostly – let’s declare right now there’s only one truly correct way to experience “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron’s thrilling new space film.
Jon Martello’s relentless libido has a comic math to it.
The last time director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan worked together, it was on “Frost/Nixon,” a crafty and illuminating cat-and-mouse psychological thriller that pitted interviewer David Frost against still-roaring lion in winter Richard Nixon.
It might not possess the robust charm of its 2009 predecessor, but “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” nevertheless gets an amusing boost from a genetically modified, marauding menagerie of Tacodiles, Watermelophants, Sasquashes and assorted other “Foodimals” that have overtaken the once-tranquil island of Swallow Falls.