On Wednesday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called for a boycott of the upcoming family wilderness drama "Alpha," which opens Friday, alleging in a press release that "multiple bison were reportedly slaughtered and partially skinned to be used for a hunting scene."
How was your latest drive to the airport? Hopefully a lot less complicated and violent than the one Mark Wahlberg undertakes in his latest outing with frequent collaborator Peter Berg in "Mile 22." Working from a wordy, wham-bam script by debut screenwriter and spy novelist Lea Carpenter, Berg and Wahlberg tackle the story of a special ops team tasked with transporting a high-value source from the depths of Indocarr City in Southeast Asia, onto a military plane bound for the United States, where he'll claim asylum.
"The Little Mermaid" is swimming against a massive cinematic tide. This live-action romance/drama is a sweet film about love and lore that would have done a lot better in the fall or spring when the box office battles aren't so brutal. Arguments can be made for alternative summer movie options, but in this case the lack of a major star in either of the main starring roles and a production design only a notch or two above a college stage production aren't big enough lures.
You know Sheila the She-Wolf from "Glow" on Netflix? "Alpha" would be her favorite movie. She'd watch it every day on a VHS tape, memorizing each line of Cro-Magnon dialogue, fashioning her costumes in tribute to the fur-trimmed Hot Topic looks sported by the characters, adopting a Czech wolf dog like the one in the movie. It's sweet, really, to imagine the kind of devotion "Alpha" might inspire, a film that's very simple, kind of strange, but will melt any dog-lover's heart. It's the story of a young boy living in Europe's last Ice Age, his fight for survival and the special relationship with a wolf that keeps him alive. It's something Sheila the She-Wolf would really dig, and maybe you will too.
Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted.
Love and its complicated dynamics have been largely out of style in filmmaking since the witty, mature heyday of Norah Ephron ("When Harry Met Sally") and Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings and a Funeral"). But now it's revived by "Crazy Rich Asians," a take on the moribund genre that's leaps and bounds above anything we've seen for years.
Director Jon M. Chu brings the vibrant world of "Crazy Rich Asians" to life with all the style and glamour of a big-budget Hollywood movie – but early on in the project he had a big choice to make, joining author Kevin Kwan in turning down a massive Netflix payday to ensure the groundbreaking project would make its impact on the big screen.
Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pratt and Howard are joined by co-stars James Cro