Disney-produced McFarland, USA, directed by kiwi Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country), presents Kevin Costner in the real life role of Jim White, a down-on-his-luck high school football coach from middle-class suburbia who is forced to take a job as a cross country coach in the titular McFarland, California.
For this Valentine's Day weekend, moviegoers looking for a date-night movie with their significant other have a choice between two extremes. On one end of the spectrum is Fifty Shades of Grey, a film based on the perverse novel by the same title. On the other end of the spectrum is Old Fashioned, an indie film that portrays a budding romance between two unlikely lovers and does so with a focus on honor and fidelity.
The true-life story of American Olympic runner and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, Unbroken is an inspiring tale of human endurance. But on the whole, it fails to impress as a movie. Directed by Angelina Jolie, this film is as visually stunning as it is bereft of character development and heart.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a fitting conclusion to Jackson’s six-movie Tolkien extravaganza. Where Jackson faltered from time to time in trying to capture the magisterial sweep of Tolkien’s grand saga of Middle Earth and the Ring of Power, The Battle of Five Armies very seldom falls short of Tolkien’s standard.