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Let's just get this out of the way: With "People Like Us," actor Chris Pine and writer-director Alex Kurtzman have made the type of movie that their previous features have had a tendency to crush. Pine became a star three years ago while commanding...
Crisco-slick, director and co-writer Alex Kurtzman's"People Like Us"brings up the vague-sounding but crucial question of approach, and how a filmmaker's attack on a story lives or dies with a thousand separate choices. But first, the plot, cooked up...
It's lame and sort of geeky to compare franchise apples to oranges. Oh, well. "Star Trek Into Darkness" does everything "Iron Man 3" tries to do, in the realm of global terrorism imagery reprocessed for popcorn kicks, but with a little more style, a...
Capt. Kirk and his first officer, Spock, probably wouldn’t belt out Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” aboard the starship Enterprise. Yet Zachary Quinto, who returns as Spock in the exciting sci-fi/action sequel “Star...
***1/2 (out of four) And down goes “Iron Man 3.” Touching on similar themes with far greater depth and maturity, “Star Trek Into Darkness” sets the bar for the summer blockbuster movie season. Yes, action and character...
In "This Means War,"the CIA operatives played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy fall for the same woman, a consumer products tester played by Reese Witherspoon. At first the boys agree to let the best agent win, seduction-wise, while Witherspoon's Lauren...
Zero stars (out of four) “Hey kids, what would you think about a movie in which pizza and ice cream were voiced by your mom and Selena Gomez and had sleepovers and fought crime? Would you like that?” That kind of foolish, focus-grouped...
** (out of four) Close the nominations. Contest over. The worst musical score of 2012 goes to “People Like Us,” which delivers such manipulative twinkle-twinkle-jangle-string-section compositions that even the few moments of this melodrama...
You may or may not know that “People Like Us” star Chris Pine auditioned for “Avatar.” It did not go well. “Sometimes you can leave your car in Burbank, Los Angeles, and walk into a conference room and your back is...
Even in small roles, Elizabeth Banks often has a major impact on her movies. Consider her memorable, unbridled scene in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in which she teaches Steve Carell’s character about the, uh, talents of a handheld...
**1/2 (out of four) Seconds into the action-comedy-romance “This Means War,” CIA boss Collins (Angela Bassett) instructs operatives/best friends Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine), “Remember, this mission is covert.” This seems...
Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - Los Angeles TimesSettle in and make yourselves comfortable. Benedict Cumberbatch is taking off his tie. Only a few minutes into an interview […]...
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