Wouldn't Eva Green look awesome kissing the severed head of an insolent captive? "300: Rise of an Empire" puts the issue to rest (the answer: yes, but it'll never last) and strives to uphold the rah-rah style of visuals and rhetoric established by its popular predecessor, "300."
Created by George Lucas and directed by Dave Filoni, the 3-D CGI animated series was launched on the Cartoon Network in 2008 and, like the earlier 2-D series of the same name, "Clone Wars" is set in the years between the saga's prequel feature films, "Revenge of the Sith" and "Attack of the Clones."
More than many of Jay Ward's animation productions, the early 1960s cartoons present a high degree of difficulty to stretch into a full-length movie. They were just five minutes long. The wordplay-heavy humor was geared toward adults.
Out for the beads, a New Orleans tradition, or the scantily clad dancers, as championed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and London's Notting Hill district? Mardi Gras Carnaval has something for all in Honolulu's Chinatown tonight.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second-most deadly cancer, but the majority of cases are preventable with the use of a common screening procedure called a colonoscopy.
Alexander Borodin's "Prince Igor" is the opera everyone can hum but few have seen. In part, that's because when the composer died in 1887, he had completed only fragments of his projected four-act epic.
OK, Liam Neeson, we get it. You're a 61-year-old guy who can bust heads and snap arms with the best of them. And, yes, it worked like a charm in "Taken" — which packed the punch of surprise because who knew the guy from "Schindler's List" was such a brawler?
Blame Mel Gibson for it if you like, but no Jesus movie these days is worth its salt without an utterly unflinching treatment of his torture and crucifixion. And "Son of God" has stretches where the agony we watch this poor man endure is avert-your-eyes awful.
A fit, energetic young man climbs a knotted rope to the top of Israel's 25-foot separation wall, the concrete curtain isolating West Bank Palestinians from Israelis. Hand over hand he makes his way to the top of the looming barrier. The long shot shows there's nothing to break his descent if he slips.
Such traumas produce a different kind of war movie, and so we get "Stalingrad," a huge hit in Russia and the first Russian film ever made in 3-D Imax. This film constitutes an Imax breakthrough, in that it's the first to use 3-D Imax for serious artistic ends.
"Pompeii" is half sword-and-sandal epic, half disaster movie and all guilty pleasure. Director Paul W.S. Anderson has a strong command of CGI technology and 3-D effects, and the movie is so grand in scale that you can't help but surrender to the spectacle.
Japan's Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement. If he holds to that, it's fitting that this final film, inspired by but not limited to the life of brilliant aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, is quintessentially his: stunningly beautiful and completely idiosyncratic.
The modest, run-down home at the center of "The Past" is filled with rooms that — much like the characters who are busily, sometimes leisurely passing through them — somehow feel cut off from one another.
Think of "Therese Raquin," the Emile Zola novel that is the inspiration for "In Secret," as the original film noir. It has an illicit love affair, a murder and the guilt and fear of discovery that comes with it.
At the very least, "Winter's Tale" is something different. It's a romance with fantastic elements, utterly lacking in cynicism, heading straight for the grandest emotions and deepest issues in life — love, death, time — without anybody worrying that the audience won't buy it or, worse, start laughing.
"Endless Love" is a remake of a passionate but horribly executed 1981 movie, best remembered for the ubiquitous wedding song that it spawned. The update is a different kind of failure, too much endless and not enough love.
WASHINGTON » Hawaii surfer Bethany Hamilton got a standing ovation and President Barack Obama reaffirmed that freedom of religion is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.
A roughly true/fictionally embellished account of the efforts of American arts scholars to preserve the artistic patrimony of Europe from the scourge of combat and theft by the Germans, it is a cute but clunky ensemble piece that director George Clooney rarely bestows with the gravitas and jauntiness this material demanded.
From the poster and the first half-hour, the film gives the impression that it's going to be a rather light tale of an up-by-his-bootstraps, money-hungry lawyer, Song Woo-seok (Song Kang-ho, "The Face Reader"), at odds with his more refined, elite legal colleagues.
ATLANTA » Target. Neiman Marcus. And now three other national retailers have reportedly lost customers' personal data. The Target breach alone compromised the data of as many as 110 million Americans (including as many as 121,000 Hawaii shoppers).
EVEN WHEN short films nominated for Academy Awards are accomplished on their own, they can be a strange buffet when bunched together. Like eating sushi, veal parmigiana and a bag of Oreos in one sitting.
In "Labor Day," a woman falls in love with the man who takes her hostage, but the movie goes out of its way to make that journey easy for her. He's an escaped convict, but wouldn't you want to escape prison, too?
LOS ANGELES » Daft Punk's electronic-funk grooves have won big at the Grammys. The French electronic duo's "Random Access Memories" won album of the year and their infectious hit, "Get Lucky," won record of the year at the awards show. The song features Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
TWO YEARS after he made his directorial debut with "Coriolanus," the terrific actor Ralph Fiennes arrives with his second effort, an exploration of an illicit liaison that Charles Dickens had with a young actress.
ORLANDO, Fla. » Aaron Eckhart has some advice for monster movie and Mary Shelley purists who might quibble with "I, Frankenstein," his futuristic movie version of the creature that features Eckhart as the monster almost 100 years in the future.
Vanessa Hudgens is running away from her G-rated, "High School Musical" past so quickly she might have Usain Bolt asking "What's the hurry?" But the problem with speed is that you always don't look where you're going.
PARK CITY, Utah >> Don’t worry, Anne Hathaway is OK. Recently paparazzi photos circulated of the Oscar winner on vacation in Hawaii with her husband and looking like she was having an emergency while in the ocean.
NEW YORK » Hollywood may be hoping for a little less drama in 2014. 2013 was a tale of two cinemas. Blockbusters like "The Lone Ranger" and "After Earth" flopped spectacularly while many in the industry (including Steven Spielberg) bemoaned the increasingly commercial trajectory of the studios.
On the face of it, Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic" should have been a slam dunk. What doesn't V.C. Andrews' 1979 best-selling book have? It contains family strife, a wicked grandmother, plucky kids imprisoned in a mansion, whippings, a tarring, killer intentions, a greedy mom bent on getting herself written back into her wealthy father's will …
Not all rats look exactly alike, even animated ones. But there's a real resemblance between Buddy the rat (pictured) in "The Nut Job," the new film by Peter Lepeniotis, and Remy, the main character in "Ratatouille," that wonderful 2007 Pixar film.
"Ride Along" is such a formula effort that you might be able to get the same effect imagining it as watching it. Just lower the lights, get into a comfortable chair and contemplate Kevin Hart and Ice Cube riding together in a police car.
LOS ANGELES » As its name promises, "The Great Beauty" is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino's mind, a lot more.
Amy Poehler made out with Bono, Tina Fey mocked George Clooney's taste in women. But at the end of a madcap Golden Globes (Fey toasted it as "the beautiful mess we hoped it would be"), the major honors soberly ended up with the favorites.
"Breaking Bad" fans will get a kick of out of seeing Bryan Cranston in beard and sunglasses, slinging a Slavic accent. As a hit man/courier in "Cold Comes the Night," he sets the film's quiet, menacing tone with long silences broken by the occasional blood-curdling threat, delivered in venomous Vladimir Putin-ese.
A grim chapter in Navy SEALs history earns a heroic, no-punches-pulled accounting in "Lone Survivor," an above-average action outing for Mark Wahlberg & Co. Based on the true story of the ill-fated SEAL Team 10 and a mission that went messy in 2005, it is still very much a movie.
Another week, another South Korean thriller about a rogue North Korean agent on the run. "The Suspect" follows in the footsteps of the similarly plotted "Committee," which was released in the U.S. just a few weeks ago.
Sam Shepard kicks off the screen adaptation of "August: Osage County" with a foggy reference to T.S. Eliot and a succinct account of some of the family pathology that will occupy his kin (and the audience) for the next couple of hours.
LOS ANGELES » Where movie studios see trouble, Red Granite Pictures sees opportunities. The new finance and distribution company's business plan is both contrary and simple: Make the films the studios don't.
In surveying the year at the movies, the topography is rich. From the dusty, dying towns of "Nebraska" to the rooftop Roman parties in "The Great Beauty" to the sleek future Los Angeles of "Her," 2013 has been a trip. But has it been a great year?
Is there a Hans Gruber in the house? Can Hannibal Lecter come out and play? Darth Vader, please report to the principal's office. You know where I'm heading with this: It's our annual list of the most memorable movie villains of the year.
There are no apologies in Hollywood. There are no excuses in Hollywood. And there certainly are no refunds in Hollywood. They charge you the same ticket price for a bad movie as they do for a good movie.
NEW YORK » It was a year for pixie haircuts, chunky flat shoes, bangs on our first lady and bare skin … lots of it, on movie actresses and pop stars. Fashion always has its royalty, and this year Kerry Washington was a queen.
This year, Hollywood reminded us of one long Kanye West rant — somewhat intelligible yet completely nonsensical; intriguing but annoying; and something you wanted to ignore but just could not look away from.
Hard moral decisions weigh heavily. And in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," Justin Chadwick's stately screen biography of the late Nelson Mandela, British actor Idris Elba conveys the agony as well as the nobility of Mandela's quest for South African racial equality.
'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" shouldn't be any good at all. It's a remake of a 1947 film that wasn't screaming to be remade, even if the idea of doing just that has been kicking around Hollywood since the mid-'90s.
The first thing we see in "American Hustle" is Christian Bale putting together his hair. He plays someone completely bald on top but with long hair on the sides, and with the aid of some glue, a forlorn hair piece and a comb-over, he arranges himself in the mirror and goes out to face the world.
Talking dinosaurs are almost never a good idea. Even the makers of "The Flintstones" figured that one out. The Cretaceous-period inhabitants never shut up in "Walking With Dinosaurs," a misguided 3-D dinosaur romp created by BBC Earth.
"If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it's a folk song," Llewyn Davis says, brandishing his guitar during a set at the Gaslight. That's a pretty good definition, one that certainly applies to "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me," the chestnut that opens "Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel and Ethan Coen's intoxicating ramble through Greenwich Village in 1961, before the neighborhood was annexed by New York University and Starbucks.
LOS ANGELES » It wasn't so long ago that Evangeline Lilly was one of those strident J.R.R. Tolkien fans worried that Peter Jackson's movie adaptations wouldn't capture the poetic soul of the fantasy she so loved as a child growing up in Canada. "I was a bit of a Tolkien purist before Peter Jackson made the ‘Lord of the Rings' trilogy," the actress said recently.
In "The Armstrong Lie," Alex Gibney's absorbing but overlong documentary portrait of Lance Armstrong, begun after he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times (1999-2005), Armstrong exhibits an unwavering poise and an almost robotic self-possession and air of superiority, with barely discernible blips of defiance and irritation.
The South Korean film industry sure knows how to turn out satisfying and brutal little thrillers. Case in point: "Commitment," a tough spy drama and muted romance starring K-pop star Choi Seung Hyun (better known to his fans as T.O.P).
A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, "A Touch of Sin" is at once monumental and human scale. A story of lives rocked by violence, it has the urgency of a screaming headline but one inscribed with visual lyricism, emotional weight and a belief in individual rights.
Amazon.com was named after the Amazon River, the largest river on the planet (by volume). According to Brad Stone's absorbing new book, "The Everything Store," some of the other names its founder, Jeff Bezos, initially considered were "MakeItSo.com" (after the command used by Captain Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), "Awake. com" and "Relentless.com."
"The Book Thief" is a terribly earnest and benign film but not an especially good one. It preaches wholesome messages (tyranny bad, literacy good), but it is so dull and mawkish that it's more effective as a sedative than sermon.
In "Philomena," Judi Dench's portrayal of a stubborn, kindhearted Irish Catholic trying to discover what became of the toddler she was forced to give up as a teenager is so quietly moving that it feels lit from within.
Walt Disney Pictures has its animation mojo back. Finally. With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, "Frozen" is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake.
A considerable upgrade over the first "Hunger Games" movie, "Catching Fire" comes across more like a remake than a sequel. In the adaptation of the second installation in Suzanne Collins' young-adult trilogy, there's certainly plenty that has changed.
Skinny as a whippet and fierce as a snapping turtle, Matthew McConaughey brings a jolt of unpredictable energy to "Dallas Buyers Club," an affecting if conventional real-life story of medical activism.
Early on in "Kill Your Darlings," 18-year-old Allen Ginsberg, played by Daniel Radcliffe, is on a freshman orientation tour of the Columbia University library when a fellow student jumps on a desk and begins quoting Henry Miller.
If lush settings were plums and costumes were nuts, we'd all have fruitcake for Christmas. And we could enjoy it watching the lovely-looking but dramatically flat and emotionally sterile "The Christmas Candle," a pretty period piece of a holiday fable that lacks the wit, decent story and better dialogue that might have made it a classic.
LOS ANGELES » When the first "Die Hard" and "Terminator" movies landed in theaters in the 1980s, both were rated R. But their sequels arrived with PG-13 marks — even though the level of violence had actually escalated.
It seems quite apt that "The Best Man Holiday," a film about a reunion of old friends, feels just like going to an actual reunion. In ways both bad and good. A reunion is only fun if you went to the school and recognize your friends.
The moral of "Blue is the Warmest Color" is simple: Sex without love is nothing; life without love is even less. French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche's story of sexual awakening and real love stretches through 10 years.
We don't automatically think of science as the stuff of riveting filmmaking, but from "The Story of Louis Pasteur" to "Edison, the Man," "Madame Curie" to "The Right Stuff," Hollywood has hit dramatic pay dirt with scientific subjects over the years.
After the summer's glumly bombastic "Man of Steel," which added a heavy dose of Krypton politics to Superman's once pleasantly silly story, comes "Thor: The Dark World," in which Thor's Asgard, a celestial home of gods floating somewhere in the universe, is the primary setting.
"12 Years a Slave" has some of the awkwardness and inauthenticity of a foreign-made film about the United States. The dialogue of the Washington, D.C., slave traders sounds as if it were written for "Lord of the Rings."
NEW YORK » Oprah Winfrey has heard this story before. A wave of high-profile films about black people receives accolades. A heartwarming trend of greater on-screen equality is declared. Hollywood basks in its multiculturalism and then returns to business as usual.
It is about time we addressed the crisis of British manhood. The once-proud nation that in the past century gave us such vital and varied paragons of masculinity as Winston Churchill, Laurence Olivier, Mick Jagger and Morrissey is now represented in the popular imagination mainly by rabbity, passive-aggressive stammerers.
An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, "Ender's Game" frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy antlike aliens, called Formics, in which Earth's fate hinges on a tiny group of military cadets, most of whom haven't even hit puberty yet.
What do you think of House Speaker Joe Souki’s reprimand to Rep. Faye Hanohano for her “unacceptable” conduct?
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Underground art went wildly public Feb. 8-15 on the streets of Kakaako, where more than 100 local and international street artists installed a colorful splash of murals across area buildings and walls, while also gathering throughout the week for art-focused lecture series, films and a block party – a movement known as Pow! Wow! Read More »