The story of a youth who transcends the bland utopia of his world is a well thought out piece of dystopic sci-fi until the last act, when it goes off the rails and into the realm of fantasy – thoroughly undermining itself.
When Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s dark Broadway take on fairytales, Into The Woods, was optioned by Disney, there was a lot of fear that it would wind up being Disnified – so much so that Sondheim had to go on record as saying that that just wasn’t so.
Now the first teaser trailer for the film has been released and it looks a couple shades darker than the usual Disney version. Check it out after the jump.
Meryl Streep ventures “Into the Woods” as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. The humorous and heartfelt musical, a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, explores the consequences of the quests of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, and the witch who cast a spell on them. In theatres Dec. 25, 2014.
Leah, Sean and David discuss the romantic dramedy starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. Find out if the script is worthy of the performances.
Starring Leah Aldridge (@leeleereads), Sean Wright and David Freedman (@ShowRunnerDave).
Directed by , Liz Manashil (@LizManashil).
Edited by Jeff Rogers.
Produced by David Freedman(@ShowRunnerDave), Aaron Fink(@AaronEvanFink), Pedro Raposo and Cooper Griggs.
Synopsis: After 31 years together, Kay finds herself in a loveless marriage. So she forces Arnold to go see a famous therapist in hopes of saving their relationship. Together, they re-discover why they first fell in love.
Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.
Directed by David Frankel.
Written by Vanessa Taylor.
Produced by Guymon Casady and Todd Black.
Genre: Romantic Dramedy.
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Hope Springs isn’t the most original movie around. Indeed, its tale of an old married couple who have gone from passionate to barely roommates contains few surprises, plot-wise. What makes it work is the terrific chemistry between stars Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep and the way they add unexpected nuances in the oddest places.
Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the best films of the year!
Adapted from – and expanded upon – Roald Dahl’s excellent book, Fox is an original. An organic delight from start to finish. The story of a slightly egocentric fox [he has a trademark!] who gives up stealing chickens and squabs for the somewhat less exciting life of a newspaper columnist when his wife tells him she’s pregnant is an odd mix of civility and ferocity.
Robert Redford’s new film, Lions For Lambs, is little more than a series of debates carefully staged to embarrass/provoke the current U.S. administration and to persuade people to vote Democratic in the next election – plus some war sequences to show the moronic approach of a wily young senator who might just want to become the next President of the United States.