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Review: Men In Black 3
A less gory and more clichéd remake
August 20, 2008
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Alexandre Aja’s hyper-stylized remake of
The Hills Have Eyes
was graphic and successful, confirming his membership in the so-called Splat Pack.
, his uneven rehash of a Korean original, is less gory and more clichéd. Kiefer Sutherland has an ideal role as a recovering alcoholic (!) and disgraced cop who takes a security job in a burnt-out NYC department store. When Ben starts to notice charred fire victims trapped inside the store’s mirrors, his estranged wife (Paula Patton) thinks it’s just the pills talking. Solid suspense and cringe-inducing set pieces keep the first half interesting. Then comes the curse of many a new horror film: the task of devising a less-than-preposterous explanation for all that “unspeakable evil.” The solution here involves a monastery, a psychiatric torture chamber, and the word ESSEKER. It would all be funny if it didn’t mirror the same burnt-out ideas every one else is using.
110 minutes | Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Circle/Chestnut Hill + Suburbs
The Hills Have Eyes
The Hills Have Eyes
When gun-toting conservative Bob Carter (Ted Levine) and his God-fearing wife (Kathleen Quinlan) and family break down on a vacation drive across New Mexico, all hell is unleashed.
Gone are the salad days when you could stroll into Ford’s Theater, shoot the president and flee; today, he can’t take a leak without five agents holding his dink.
Nobody ever says anything nice about this crafty Canadian crooner without also observing that he’s nowhere near as famous as he deserves to be. Ron Sexsmith, "All in Good Time" (Quick Time)
The Hills Have Eyes II
This quickie sequel to last year’s remake of The Hills Have Eyes promises that “the lucky ones die fast.”
Bentley and Nichols do wonders with a property otherwise as appealing as an empty parking garage on Christmas Eve.
A Brazilian singer now based in London, Cibelle has found her own voice on her second disc for the electrolounge-leaning Six Degrees label. Cibelle, Songs from The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves
As I watched this season's 16 Project Runway hopefuls squinting into the setting sun during their champagne reception atop the Title Guarantee Building in Los Angeles, it was hard not to view the scene as a sad little metaphor for the state of the show. What's supposed to feel like the beginning of something new sure looks a lot more like the end of something old.
In the cold light of objectivity, it’s hard to call 24 a “good” show.
Video: 2010 horror movie previews
Will 2010 be a festive romp of eye-gouging, throat-slitting, and disemboweling?
The animation war between Disney and DreamWorks ( A Bugs Life versus Antz ; Monsters, Inc. versus Shrek ) continues with Disney’s response to Madagascar (though it’s said Disney had this one in works for some time).
Proud to jump the shark
Who but David Mamet would have the macho audacity to name his TV show after the male genitalia?
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