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12 Movies That Are Just As Good As The Books They’re Based On

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 Stephanie Merry Baggage Claim (PG-13) Theres so much wrong with Baggage Claim from its outdated story line and similarities to the dreadful Whats Your Number to Talberts clumsy, flat-screen directing that its all the more surprising when things go right.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. But director Gilles Legrand, who co-wrote the script, opts for a more difficult and satisfying approach. Paul is unabashedly cruel, but Martin acts insufferably childish. Stephanie Merry Zaytoun (Unrated) As the most immediate dangers subside, the film addresses increasingly sentimental concerns: Yonis pregnant wife awaits his rescue; Fahed carries an olive sapling his father dreamed of planting near their old house. John DeFore Newlyweeds (R) The audience Newlyweeds will appeal to most is film buffs who are always on the lookout for bright young things because this movie has them.

Who? Hailing from the Wookie homeworld Kashyyyk, Snoova was forced to abandon his planet after a rumored altercation with a family member over shared affections for a Wookie female. In Wookie society, using your claws for anything other than climbing is a crime punishable by death. Being as Snoova used his claws to attack and maim a fellow Wookie, he quickly exiled himself off-planet so as not to get the “death mark” placed on his head. Snoova would become an indentured servant to a crime boss named Asteria before turning to a life as a bounty hunter. Operating during the events of the Galactic Civil War, Snoova would primarily track down Rebel bounties under Imperial orders. While hunting one such bounty, the Wookie mercenary loses an eye and later has it permanently replaced with a monocle ocular enhancer connected via hidden cybernetics in his eye socket. Why? Not only is Snoova one of the only Wookies to ever become a successful and feared bounty hunter, but he’s also one of the only Wookies to have escaped being enslaved by the Empire during the Galactic Civil War; besides Chewbacca, of course. Although Snoova did primarily work for Imperial forces and accept only Imperial targets, he still was technically his own master. How?

What The New ‘Star Wars’ Movies Need: Snoova

Spielberg’s adaptation was groundbreaking for the industry, in an “Avatar” sort of way, as it was a revolutionary use of CGI and animatronics. “American Psycho” Oh, Bret Easton Ellis. His books, not to mention his tweets, can be gratuitously graphic. But director Mary Harron managed to morph his story into a terrifically transgressive story, lauded by both critics and academics. We think the casting may be to thank for this one. “The Shining” This is an incredible book, with an equally incredible sequel (you can read an excerpt from “Doctor Sleep” here). But Jack Nicholson’s performance, along with the eerie soundtrack and creepy-as-hell shots of identically-dressed children makes this film a classic. The book, on the other hand, is not King’s most critically acclaimed. “Precious” Sapphire’s book is inventive, to be sure: protagonist Precious begins writing when she’s semi-illiterate, and uses phonetic spellings. But the film, co-produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah, was an excellent platform for Gabourey Sidibe’s acting. “Drive” The neo-noir novel is great, but could get lost among a sea of other well-written pulp fiction books. The movie, on the other hand, is unique: It’s at once campy and subtly touching. And, okay, it’s also Ryan Gosling at his best.

Scarlett Johansson slams comic book movies

But it seems she’s not exactly a fan She may feel right at home leaping around in a tight, leather cat suit, but it looks as though Marvel’s Black Widow isn’t fussed on all these comic book movies and Scarlett Johansson reveals that she thinks most comic book movies aren’t very good. Pretty harsh words there, Scarlett – especially from someone who’s appeared in more than her fair share. [ Hugh Jackman hints he may not return as Wolverine ] In an interview with Refinery 29 , the Marvel superhero revealed that she’s just not that into comic book movies and thinks most of them are a bit rubbish. “The majority of the superhero movies have not been very good,” she said. “They were simply not made well.” But before you start threatening to boycott the next Avengers movie (I mean, come on we know you won’t) it looks as though her problem might be more to do with how her fellow female heroes are represented. “They were [about] spinning through the air and putting your hands on your hips,” she explained obviously referencing the Lynda Carter days of female superhero shenanigans. “With the Black Widow we do something more, although of course the physicality and her image is important. To me, this character has given me a great opportunity. Joss has jumped the fence with Avengers to celebrate a female character that is not a simple ornament inside the group. He’s not interested in just selling her physical attractiveness.” And you have to admit, while Natasha Romanoff looks great in skin-tight leather, she’s without a doubt the strongest female hero we’ve seen on screen in a very long time. [ James Spader talks Avengers: Age of Ultron ] “I love it,” Johansson explained. “I think it is a sensational character. It is a professional, highly skilled, dangerous, mysterious superhero. I love playing it.