Tom Sims, Executive Director of the Cape May Film Festival, offers a holiday movie preview.
So many films, so little time! How is it at the holiday season we find time from all the visiting, gift giving, office parties, and general frivolity to get to the movies? But somehow we do — evidenced by Hollywood frantically offering up a healthy helping of films, definitely buffet–style. I’ve got my selections picked out, but now I’m looking for your review. Here is our holiday preview — tell us which films you’ve seen and what you thought about them at email@example.com. We’ll put your comments in an upcoming edition of The Movie Column!
Tangled: High praise from critics and audiences so far for the latest Disney offering, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale with recording artist Mandy Moore voicing the lead role. The trapped princess lets down her hair with a runaway bandit (played by Zach Levi) in an attempt to escape. Plot sounds simple enough.
Love & Other Drugs: Critics might not be singing this film’s praises, but they aren’t exactly trashing it either — and most admit Anne Hathaway is fantastic (but so many of us in Cape May already know this!). A pharmaceutical salesman (Jake Gyllenhaal) peddling a male enhancement drug meets the woman of his dreams (Hathaway).
Burlesque: This is the first film for Christina Aguilera, but most critics are not star-struck enough to give any positive feedback. Aguilera plays a woman who moves to LA to make it big, helped along the way by a veteran performer played by Cher (who says, “whatever you do, don’t dare call me a veteran”).
There are mixed reviews for Faster, a Dwayne Johnson action flick, high praise and even higher box office sales for the latest Harry Potter experience, and good (although not great) scores for DreamWorks latest animation feature, MegaMind.
Then there are those films you might have trouble finding that are being released this week to good reviews. The King’s Speech tells of how King George VI (Colin Firth) needed to be coached by an eccentric speech therapist. Black Swan with Natalie Portman is a psychological thriller set in the New York City’s ballet scene (an unlikely pairing of genre and backdrop). And in I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey plays a con man who meets his true love (Ewan McGregor) in prison. Once released, Carrey tries to break out McGregor. This film won praise at Sundance, but had trouble getting distribution.
Do drop us an email about what you’ve seen: firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for your review in an upcoming column!