Last night, conservative pundit Glenn Beck regaled audiences across the country in his live performance of Broke: Restarting the Engine of America in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was streamed to a limited selection of movie theaters. Meant to both promote and explain the content of Beck’s newest best-selling nonfiction book Broke: The Plan to Restore America's Trust, Truth, and Treasure, the performance was classic Beck: educational, humorous, passionate, and intimidating. If you missed out on yesterday’s performance, fear not, for an encore performance is scheduled in movie theaters next Wednesday, December 8.
Tangled is a reasonably entertaining film, with humor that is mildly encumbered by bouts of darker tones. It takes a relatively popular classic story, Rapunzel, and adds some finer elements and plot changes for an overall enjoyable movie that is most definitely oriented for younger female audiences.
The Next Three Days is the "other" film this weekend. You know, the one without teenage wizards running around. This movie, directed by Paul Haggis, features Russell Crowe as community college professor John Brennan, struggling to hold his family together in the face of hope-murdering odds: his wife, Lara, has been accused of murder and sentenced to life in prison; their young son, Luke, is struggling with the absence of his mother; and the legal bills are piling up with bankruptcy looming on the near horizon.
Part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is incredibly entertaining and exciting, but far too mature for younger audiences. The film really proves that the characters (as well as the actors) have grown up, and as they age, the external and internal pressures increase dramatically.
Someone must have forgotten to tell director Tony Scott that the old insult, “You couldn't direct a train wreck,” was never meant to be a challenge because he decided to try it. The result of that decision is Unstoppable, a movie inspired by a real-life runaway train in 2001 and Scott's second outing on the tracks, his first being The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Scott is in his element with Unstoppable. The film is textbook filmmaking with the ante being raised at every hair raising curve.