‘enough Said,’ ‘rush’ And Other New Movies, Reviewed

Related Stories FDA to start regulating health-related smartphone apps Parents can target what their kids watch on their phones, tablets and TVs, thanks to a new digital video service. Target Ticket launched by the discount chain store offers a whopping 30,000 movies and television shows to buy, rent, download or stream starting at 99 cents. Titles include blockbuster releases like Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness and HBO shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood. RELATED: WHAT THE EMMY VOTERS GOT RIGHT – AND WHAT THEY GOT WRONG But parents have the ultimate say about their kids viewing options. The big-box retailer partnered with San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media, which provides movie and TV reviews, to make it easier for users to select age-appropriate content for their kids. Melinda Sue Gordon/AP Target are aiming to compete with Netflix, which offers its own original series like ‘House of Cards.’ The political drama, which stars Kevin Spacey, won three awards at the 2013 Emmys. Worried parents can also set filters according to the level of violence and profanity and ratings given by the Motion Picture Association of America. PHOTOS: EMMY AWARDS 2013 NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED They can customize profiles for family members so they can watch varied content simultaneously on different devices. The service is aimed at parents who want a kid-safe, easy- to-use service, the company says. Viewers can watch rented content as many times as they want within a 48-hour period. Target Ticket is currently available on PCs, Macs, Android and iOS, along with Internet-connected TVs and Xboxes. Guests can visit TargetTicket.com to access the service or download the app through the App Store or Google Play.

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Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth, reveals something about the male ego through its main characters, and Blue Caprice depicts the tragic true story behind the D.C. sniper shootings, though the film doesn’t dig deep enough, according to Hornaday. Divorced parents Albert (James Gandolfini) and Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) explore middle-age romance in Enough Said. (Photo by Lacey Terrell/Fox Searchlight via Associated Press) Enough Said (PG-13) Like the best romantic comedies of Hollywoods Golden Age, Holofceners film zings and pops with hilarious dialogue (‘What the hell is chervil?’ Eva snorts after Marianne lovingly gives her fresh herbs from her perfectly un-manicured garden), but also gets to the heart of human nature: in this case, the lengths people go to in order to fill their empty spaces, and how lovable foibles become intolerable flaws. Ann Hornaday Rush (R) As much escapist fun as ‘Rush’ is as an adrenaline-juiced car-race movie, its most interesting as a rare depiction of male vanity, how physical attractiveness informs self-worth and potency, and the role beauty so often the sole purview of women on screen plays in mens relationships and personal insecurities. Ann Hornaday Inequality for All (PG) this film avoids the familiar impartial-arbiter mode of documentary filmmaking and adopts a single perspective as its own. (Viewers will not, in other words, hear from any Gordon Gekko types arguing that wealth belongs to those who can take it.) Both films pair bits of biographical color with footage of well-polished lectures, bringing in just enough outside material to make them feel like real movies. John DeFore Blue Caprice (R) As admirable as Moorss oblique style is, though, Blue Caprice doesnt offer the sense of catharsis or closure, let alone new information, that makes it more than a cold, if disciplined, directorial exercise. Muhammad, who was executed in 2009 , and Malvo, who is serving a series of consecutive life sentences , remain enigmatic, remorseless figures, their depravity never deeply examined past their emotional problems and psychological ills. Ann Hornaday Don Jon (R) The only real down side of Don Jon is the extreme vulgarity, especially early on. Its easy to imagine that some of Jons audacious admissions could alienate certain audience members, and it would be a shame if the outrageousness overshadowed the movies thoughtful revelations and surprisingly sweet heart. Stephanie Merry Baggage Claim (PG-13) Theres so much wrong with Baggage Claim from its outdated story line and similarities to the dreadful Whats Your Number to Talberts clumsy, flat-screen directing that its all the more surprising when things go right. But it would be unfair to deny that it doesnt provide its own modest, sometimes outright hilarious, pleasures. Ann Hornaday Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) But instead of upping the ante, as so many sequels do, Cloudy 2 merely gets the band back together including perky weather girl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), immature bully Brent (Andy Samberg) and Flints level-headed father (James Caan) for a repetitive mission that calls to mind multiple beats from the first movie. Sean OConnell Metallica Through the Never (R) Thanks to wireless instruments, guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo are highly mobile, and even drummer Lars Ulrich moves around a lot. They interact with other performers in scenarios that appeal to some metalheads taste for carnage and destruction. The last staged catastrophe seems rather tasteless, but it turns out to be a clever setup for the back-to-basics finale. Mark Jenkins Haute Cuisine (PG-13) Frot manages the tough trick of playing someone whos both standoffish and likable. Hortense isnt easily amused or benevolently quirky, the way so many female characters can be. Shes serious, but her passion for recipes and fresh produce proves appealing. “Haute Cuisine” also strays from the typical formula because its devoid of a romantic subplot. Stephanie Merry The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Unrated) Bill Siegels The Trials of Muhammad Ali reminds us, though, that the boxer fought significant battles outside of the ring, as well. And in doing so, Trials educates casual boxing fans about the unexpected political, religious and social strife Ali encountered and largely brought upon himself during a tumultuous time in our nations racially divided past. Sean OConnell You Will Be My Son (R) It would be easy to make a movie pitting Paul, the deadbeat dad, against Martin, the long-suffering descendant who deserves his multimillion-dollar inheritance.

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This 1970 movie about an evil computer is possibly being revamped, with Will Smith starring. The last we heard back in March , Ed Solomon (Bill and Ted, Men in Black) was rewriting the script, which sounded like a good sign. It’s possible the failure of After Earth has dampened enthusiasm for a film where Will Smith creates a killer computer, however. …Film The Life Cycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang Our understanding of computers, and artificial intelligence, has matured a lot since 1970, so why not make a movie that reflects what we understand now? Chiang’s novella is an astonishingly good take on how A.I. could actually come about, and it has plenty of clever twists and turns. S Instead of remaking Akira… We actually thought the Akira remake was dead and buried, but then director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) came back with a way to make the film more cheaply , and Warner Bros. put it back into the pipeline. The budget has been slashed from $180 million to under $90 million, by all accounts, and it sounds like this will be a much more bare-bones endeavor. At one point, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham-Carter were starring.

What Movies Are Already Out of This Year’s Oscar Race?

Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco.

Rescheduled releases Foxcatcher, Wolf of Wall Street and Grace of Monaco bumped from contention. by Jim Vejvoda September 27, 2013 As shocking as this may sound to a layperson, this year’s Oscar race is already well under way and now several would-be contenders for some of the major Academy Awards have dropped out of the running. Sony Pictures Classics has shifted the release date of Capote director Bennett Miller’s true crime tale Foxcatcher — starring Steve Carell , Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo — from December 20 to 2014, effectively nixing its chances of competing in the next Oscars. The filmmakers are said to have needed more time to complete the picture. This date change also takes Steve Carell (see how they transformed his look for the film in the photo below) out of the running in the Best Actor race. Foxcatcher .” src=”http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2013/09/steve-carell-dupont-foxcatcher1.jpg” width=”610″ height=”349″ /> Steve Carell in Foxcatcher. Foxcatcher joins Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and the Nicole Kidman starrer Grace of Monaco among the high-profile awards-bait films now out of the running for the next Oscars. Scorsese’s cut of Wolf of Wall Street was reportedly three hours long, so the movie wasn’t going to make its original November 15 bow. There’s a chance Wolf of Wall Street could be trimmed down in time for an Oscar qualifying December release, but it seems more likely that Paramount will simply push the movie to 2014. This also nixes Leonardo DiCaprio ‘s hopes of a Best Actor shot at the next Oscars unless Academy voters remember The Great Gatsby. Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman seemed a shoo-in in the Best Actress race for her title role in the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco, but The Weinstein Company recently rescheduled the drama’s release from November 2013 to spring 2014. The year-end films that remain in the Oscars mix include Prisoners, Rush, Gravity, Captain Phillips, The Fifth Estate, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, The Book Thief, Out of the Furnace, The Monuments Men, Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and American Hustle.

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