Daily archives "April 16, 2013"

Newsreel (W/e 14th April 2013)

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The Avatar sequels will feature underwater performance capture scenes.

 

Robert De Niro & Edgar Ramirez are set to play trainer Ray Arcel & Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran in the biopic Hands of Stone.

 

Anne Hathaway joins Matthew McConaughey for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

 

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to The Bermuda Triangle, an original spec script by 12 Rounds screenwriter Daniel Kunka.

 

Walt Disney Pictures is to make screenwriter Larry Brenner’s original pitch for a fantasy adventure called Labyrinth into a reality.

 

Jim Carrey to star in Ricky Stanicky directed by Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls’ Steve Oedekerk.

 

Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Tomb has now been renamed The Escape Plan.

 

Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen & Rebel Wilson join the voice cast of Kung Fu Panda 3.

 

Invincible’s Ericson Core is set to direct the remake of the 1991 action-thriller Point Break.

 

Liam Neeson & Woody Harrelson are in line to star in the drama Highwaymen.

 

The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara is in talks to write The Overlook Hotel, which will be a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

 

Warner Bros. confirms that Christopher Nolan is not involved with the Justice League movie.

 

Morgan Freeman joins the cast of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence.

 

Baseball movie 42 strikes a home run at the U.S. Box-office.

Identity Thief **

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Run time: 111 mins Cert: 15

 

Synopsis: Con woman Diana (McCarthy) is living it up in Florida, using the identity of a timid Denver businessman Sandy Patterson. (Bateman). When he discovers what she’s done, he has to drive down to the Sunshine State to find her and stop her.

 

Over the years there have been several buddy movies involving criminals assisting their pursers, with Bulletproof and the classic Midnight Run coming to mind for this genre. This time Horrible Bosses’ Seth Gordon brings a film uniting two of the most funny current comedic actors at the moment.

 

Unfortunately this dream team brings the chemistry but sadly lacks the spark that this movie promises.

 

Both Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy work perfectly together. They have both proven their worth with Arrested Development and Bridesmaids. Even their characters are the perfect balance of straight versus crazy personalities.

 

The plot is also well structured. Where the film falls apart is that for a comedy it is sadly lacking in laughs. Both actors try and make the best with the material, but the lines and the actions are just simply not funny.

 

Normally in these types of films, the audience would normally feel sympathy for the antagonist, but McCarthy’s character comes across as a vicious bully with no sense of remorse.

 

This comedy could have been the best film of the genre since Bridesmaids, sadly the makers forgot if needs to be funny.

Reviewed by Paul Logan