Photo by Hopper Stone Captain Phillips (PG-13) ‘Captain Phillips,’ a taut, finely crafted, superbly acted maritime thriller, is just one of a wave of fabulous films heading our way. Its autumn, my friends, a time of falling leaves and soaring cinematic standards. Hallelujah, and pass the buttered popcorn. Ann Hornaday The Summit (R) Because The Summit jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing. Michael OSullivan When Comedy Went to School (Unrated) At first, the movie sets out to prove that the mountain resort was the seminal location for mid-century Jewish comedians to get their start. But after so many detours into other terrain, the movie feels muddled and unwieldy. Stephanie Merry The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (R) Wright and Mackie have small parts, playing a homeless veteran and a pimp, respectively. Like all the other grown-up actors, their work is fine and tightly focused. But its Brooks and Dizon that youre not likely to forget. They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances. Michael OSullivan Escape from Tomorrow (Unrated) As a social critique, ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ is weak. At times, the filmmaker seems to suggest that Disneys mechanistic manipulation of the imagination after all, its park designers are called imagineers is stifling original thought. Michael OSullivan Machete Kills (R) Bad acting, narrative illogic, inattention to character development and storytelling so choppy that the film seems to have been edited with a, well, machete are what you expect from a movie like this, which originated as a fake trailer incorporated into the 2007 film Grindhouse. Michael OSullivan Romeo and Juliet (PG-13) ‘Wherefore art thou Romeo?’ remains, as do the plays other most famous lines, but screenwriter Julian Fellowes, the creator of ‘Downton Abbey,’ has dumbed down much of the remaining dialogue. Does that mean it will appeal to a broader audience? Its possible cursing ‘zounds’ is so 1597, after all but replacing existing text with old adages about the road to hell being paved with good intentions or striking while the iron is hot comes across as lazy. Stephanie Merry A.C.O.D. (R) The cast is uniformly strong, with standout performances from Lynch, OHara, Jenkins, Poehler and Howard. Jessica Alba also makes a nice, if brief, appearance as a fellow child of divorce with whom Carter almost cheats on Lauren.
How do you objectively measure creativity in movies? Though theres probably no perfect way, the recent research mined keywords generated by users of the website the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), which contains descriptions of more than 2 million films. When summarizing plots, people on the site are prompted to use keywords that have been used to describe previous movies , yielding tags that characterize particular genres (cult-film), locations (manhattan-new-york), or story elements (tied-to-a-chair). Each keyword was given a score based on its rarity when compared to previous work. If some particular plot point like, say, beautiful-woman had appeared in many movies that preceded a particular film, it was given a low novelty value. But a new element perhaps martial-arts, which appeared infrequently in films before the 60s was given a high novelty score when it first showed up. The scores ranged from zero to one, with the least novel being zero. Lining up the scores chronologically showed the evolution of film culture and plots over time. The results appeared Sept. 26 in Nature Scientific Reports . The researcher behind the findings, physicist Sameet Sreenivasan of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, was at first somewhat surprised at some of his results. You always hear about how the period from 1929 to 1950 was known as the Golden Age of Hollywood, he said. There were big movies with big movie stars.
The Fab Faux plumb Beatles movies for latest show
They have an extensive catalogue, spanning nearly 40 platinum albums. But even when you have so much to work with, how do you keep the Beatles music fresh after all these years, when their last recordings hit the airwaves more than 40 years ago? One way or another, the Fab Faux have managed to do just that, bringing some of rocks greatest music to live audiences that might have never had a chance, whether through age or circumstance, to see the Beatles in the flesh. And when they make their return to the Keswick on Oct. 19, the Fab Faux will be experimenting with yet another lineup of Beatles music. This time, theyre culling their entire set list from the bands five feature films: A Hard Days Night, Help!, Yellow Submarine, Magical Mystery Tour, and Let It Be. Were always looking for ways to keep this music alive, bring it around with different headlines, said guitar-player and vocalist Jimmy Vivino. We just keep trying to change for our audience, to keep it fresh. If their popularity can be considered an indicator, theyve certainly succeeded on that front. Whether theyre playing during Beatles Week in Liverpool, or for Radio City Music Hall, or quite possibly their favorite place of all The Keswick Theatre in Glenside theres never an empty seat. Keswick is always our testing ground for new shows, new concepts, said Vivino. I really cant tell you why, but theres just something about this audience out there in Glenside they really get it. The audience there has always been with us and are hip with us changing up the shows. Its one of those secret little towns and theaters, and we just love playing there. Vivino said the band doesnt plan on making the show a chronological retrospective or anything of that nature. The group will likely jump from one album to another with no rhyme or reason other than doing what works best for the show theyre trying to perform.