Tuesday, April 16, 2013


In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings Monday, it’s impossible not to feel crestfallen once again. But as we grieve, as well as look for the answers to this awful crime, perhaps we can be buoyed by the amazing good all around us, starting with those incredible first responders & bystanders who rescued so many victims after the explosions.

And we can find joy in family, friends, and yes, the movies. Here are 10 things in the cinematic world worth being excited about. And the hope and good contained in them may be just what we need in this nation in these coming months:

The movie 42 is a big hit and proves that well-done sports bio’s can succeed at the box office. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should take in this inspiring true story about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player. It’s proving to be a big hit with family audiences too, and that’s very encouraging. It proves they will go see challenging dramas, not just CGI animated films.

In just three weeks, visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann returns to the screen with his lush take on THE GREAT GATSBY. It’s a complicated period story about status and class, and that too bodes well for more mature fare at the cinema. Check out the outstanding trailer (http://bit.ly/KLjxhW) and tell me you’re not as excited to see it as I am when it opens on May 10.

Robert Redford, who played Gatsby back in the 1974 version, is back on the big screen starring in THE COMPANY YOU KEEP. It’s a timely political thriller and the reviews have been terrific. Redford has always been one of this country’s most interesting leading men (http://bit.ly/Xp4wdz) and at 76 he’s still got it. He’s still a major talent in front of the camera and behind it. Yep, he directed this one too.

On the other end of the age spectrum, Chloe Grace Moretz is an amazing young talent of only 16, and Hollywood knows it. She’s headlining two movies in the coming months. First up, she reprises her role as Hit Girl in KICK-ASS 2. Then she essays the title character of Stephen King’s CARRIE in director Kimberly Pierce’s remake due at Halloween. Chloe Moretz is one spooky talented actress, that’s for sure!

Speaking of horror, the buzz on YOU'RE NEXT is outstanding. It opens August 23 and early sneaks suggest it’s as funny as it is scary. Good, scary fun – that’s the only kind of frights we need in this world, wouldn’t you agree?

MAN OF STEEL and IRON MAN 3 both open this summer. Rejoice fan boys, rejoice!

Movie franchises are doing very well on TV too. Witness the success of BATES MOTEL on A & E, and HANNIBAL on NBC. (The former has already been renewed for a second season, and the latter is on its way.)

Miraculously, Richard Linklater got to make a third movie about his ever-romantic couple (Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke) from BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET fame. The new film BEFORE MIDNIGHT was SRO at Sundance in January, and its upcoming release on May 24 will have adult audiences standing in line.

Guess who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS? Move over, Ricardo Montalban, the buzz is he's playing Khaaaaaaaaaaaan!

Pedro Almodovar, Spain’s greatest filmmaker, returns June 28 with a comedy! It’s called I'M SO EXCITED and so am I. Here is its delightful trailer: http://slate.me/WzHB9f .

Those are just 10 things to feel encouraged about. And there will be many more as the year goes on. And with the sad realities in the news this week, who couldn’t use a little escapism? See you at the movies!

1 comment:

  1. Truly a brilliant and unique blog post on movies. Certainly movies have the power to share our memories, show us the other side of the story and change our thoughts for such incidents.