Tim Burton’s take on the Lewis Carroll tale with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter
Don Cheadle and Richard Gere in a cop thriller set in New York.
A disaster movie of the old school (think “Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Poseidon Adventure), this one features John Cusak as a dad who gets the inside track on the end of the world as forecast by the Mayan calendar (a Hollywood creation) who tries to save his family. Lots of earth-shaking special effects as we witness the destruction of every major city on earth as well as a tidal wave flooding the Himalayas. Completely implausible, but totally entertaining! Rated PG.
2. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE:
Based on Maurice Sendak’s half-dozen-page children’s book, I found this one totally hopeless, as little Max, an obnoxious young boy (Max Records), gets into trouble at home, and sets off on what may or may not be an imaginary voyage to a strange land populated by … well, really poorly-made Muppets! It didn’t work at all for me – I found that it had a mean spirit and wasn’t at all suitable for younger viewers. Rated PG.
Strictly for kids, this animated Japanese tale of a goldfish that is something more as it is looked after by a young boy. The fish is actually an enchanted princess, not much that we haven’t seen before from Disney, except for animation her that is so clearly Japanese. Rated G.
I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but pay particular attention to the name of Cusak’s character’s young son. It gives away the outcome.
KRAKATOA: EAST OF JAVA (1969):
A great disaster film about a real-life volcanic eruption – the fact that Krakatoa is actually west of Java shouldn’t bother you. Diane Baker stars.
Bad title and bad marketing for a horror-thriller that is actually far better than it looks. Timothy Olyphant is a small-town sheriff with a big problem on his hands – townsfolk are turning into homicidal maniacs!
Bruce Willis is actually the more moderate of the two in this cop buddy picture that is very rude, very gross, but has some redeeming qualities.