Finally, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has returned to the WWE and yes indeed he has earned the prestigious gold, the W-W-E Championship! Beyond returning home, Dwayne Johnson has also struck cinematic gold by starring in a brand new movie that is both career-defining and top-shelf caliber. Snitch (movie review) is an everyman film that the majority of the American people will fawn over. What is not to like for the yeoman that likes his slang, slurs, gun violence and sex? If regular people are able to relate to a storyline and one of the most popular actors on the planet is portraying the lead character, that is a recipe for mega success.
The Gangster Squad DVD release date is April 23, 2013. In all candor, Gangster Squad deserves as many accolades as have been heaped upon it. The movie is in the same vein as L.A. Confidential, Mulholland Falls (with Nick Nolte and Melanie Griffith), and The Departed. All four are labyrinthine police dramas boasting incredible casts and realistic narratives. In this case (pun intended), Captain Max Hoover of the Los Angeles Police Department has tasked his most trustworthy office (Josh Brolin as Sergeant John O'Mara). Gangster Squad (DVD review) is about Sergeant O'Mara's clandestine operation to rid the world of the mob and all of its corruption and filth. To destroy the mob permanently, Brolin's character reckons he will need to dismantle all aspects of Mob boss Mickey Cohen's (Sean Penn) syndicate, and then ultimately, he plans to cut the head off the snake.
To Rome With Love (review) is another Woody Allen capolavoro (masterpiece in Italian). Ever since the famed writer/actor/director became fascinated by Europe, the film industry has never been the same. Allen's movies are not screen adaptations of plays or stage adaptations derived from the big screen. Instead, they are movie plays which is a rare feat that only he has managed to pull off. To Rome With Love (review) is bejeweled through and through. Starring the seductive Penelope Cruz, the wizened Alec Baldwin, the quirky Jesse Eisenberg, and a dozen Italian actors most Americans have never heard of, To Rome With Love (review) is a movie after which audiences will be heartsick when the final credits begin rolling.
Love and Honor (movie 2013), starring Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer, is bursting at the seams with dialogue but there is less action than the Godaddy.com commercial star is able to scrounge up on a Friday night. Liam Hemsworth is one of the hottest young stars right now. He is more handsome than Channing Tatum and he unlike Magic Mike, Hemsworth is a natural born actor. Not to put to comical a spin on this comparison, but Hemsworth is an awful lot like John Krasinski, only he is actually good looking. Love and Honor (movie 2013) this rising star's newest movie to debut and it is a dandy.
Victor Hugo's masterpiece "Les Misérables" is brilliant in and of itself. That Hugo intended for it to be an everlasting production is assured. What is unclear however is if the playwright coveted innumerable theatrical versions of his work. Each adaptation ostensibly moves further away from the original. Les Mis films have debuted in 1956 (with Michael Ronnie and Robert Newton), in 1995 (Jean-Paul Belmondo and Michael Boujenah starred in this one), in 1998 (with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush), in 2000 (starring Gerard Depardieu), and most recently in 2012. This new iteration, if it could be called nouveau in any way shape or form, offers a dynamic mixture of Hollywood and Broadway baked into one cake. Les Misérables (2012) boasts a cast that is beyond reproach. The question then becomes; why in the world are moviegoers being bludgeoned over the head with yet another attempt at perfecting that which had already been mastered?
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