Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs The top 10 Las Vegas movies The Best Vegas Films When it comes to movie locales, Las Vegas isn’t a bad bet. From its gangster roots to its embrace of vice and shotgun weddings, Sin City has become one of Hollywood’s favorite datelines. As Las Vegas unveils its “Vegas Enablers” campaign, a re-imagined take on the pop culture-entrenched slogan “What happens here, stays here,” USA TODAY film critic Scott Bowles lists his top 10 films to come from The Strip Paramount/The Kobal Collection #1 ‘The Godfather: Part II’ (1974) The payout: The story of the early life and career of Vito Corleone in the 1920s as he expanded his syndicate from Nevada to Cuba hit Hollywood’s ultimate jackpot. The film grossed a then-impressive $48 million and made Oscar an offer it couldn’t refuse, walking off with six Academy Awards, including best picture, best director for Francis Ford Coppola and best supporting actor for Robert De Niro. Frank Masi, Warner Bros. Pictures #2 ‘The Hangover’ (2009) The payout: The $35 million comedy about a band of drunken revelers was considered something of a long shot, with its B-level cast and an R rating, which once hampered summer films. By the end of its run, Hangover became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy with $277 million and spawned films like Bridesmaids and We’re the Millers. #5 ‘Casino’ (1995) The payout: Martin Scorsese’s mobster drama about greed, betrayal and a feud over a trophy wife ensconced Robert De Niro and Joe Pesce as gangster icons and earned Sharon Stone a best actress Oscar nomination. Castle Rock/New Line/The Kobal Collection #6 ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ (1992) The payout: No actor has hit the jackpot in Vegas more often than Nicolas Cage, himself an avowed Elvis fan. He’s at his hound dog best here as a commitment-phobe who takes his fiancee (Sarah Jessica Parker) to Vegas to get hitched, only to have his plans undone by a dicey poker player (James Caan).
Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth, reveals something about the male ego through its main characters, and Blue Caprice depicts the tragic true story behind the D.C. sniper shootings, though the film doesn’t dig deep enough, according to Hornaday. Divorced parents Albert (James Gandolfini) and Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) explore middle-age romance in Enough Said. (Photo by Lacey Terrell/Fox Searchlight via Associated Press) Enough Said (PG-13) Like the best romantic comedies of Hollywoods Golden Age, Holofceners film zings and pops with hilarious dialogue (‘What the hell is chervil?’ Eva snorts after Marianne lovingly gives her fresh herbs from her perfectly un-manicured garden), but also gets to the heart of human nature: in this case, the lengths people go to in order to fill their empty spaces, and how lovable foibles become intolerable flaws. Ann Hornaday Rush (R) As much escapist fun as ‘Rush’ is as an adrenaline-juiced car-race movie, its most interesting as a rare depiction of male vanity, how physical attractiveness informs self-worth and potency, and the role beauty so often the sole purview of women on screen plays in mens relationships and personal insecurities. Ann Hornaday Inequality for All (PG) this film avoids the familiar impartial-arbiter mode of documentary filmmaking and adopts a single perspective as its own. (Viewers will not, in other words, hear from any Gordon Gekko types arguing that wealth belongs to those who can take it.) Both films pair bits of biographical color with footage of well-polished lectures, bringing in just enough outside material to make them feel like real movies. John DeFore Blue Caprice (R) As admirable as Moorss oblique style is, though, Blue Caprice doesnt offer the sense of catharsis or closure, let alone new information, that makes it more than a cold, if disciplined, directorial exercise. Muhammad, who was executed in 2009 , and Malvo, who is serving a series of consecutive life sentences , remain enigmatic, remorseless figures, their depravity never deeply examined past their emotional problems and psychological ills. Ann Hornaday Don Jon (R) The only real down side of Don Jon is the extreme vulgarity, especially early on. Its easy to imagine that some of Jons audacious admissions could alienate certain audience members, and it would be a shame if the outrageousness overshadowed the movies thoughtful revelations and surprisingly sweet heart. Stephanie Merry Baggage Claim (PG-13) Theres so much wrong with Baggage Claim from its outdated story line and similarities to the dreadful Whats Your Number to Talberts clumsy, flat-screen directing that its all the more surprising when things go right. But it would be unfair to deny that it doesnt provide its own modest, sometimes outright hilarious, pleasures. Ann Hornaday Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) But instead of upping the ante, as so many sequels do, Cloudy 2 merely gets the band back together including perky weather girl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), immature bully Brent (Andy Samberg) and Flints level-headed father (James Caan) for a repetitive mission that calls to mind multiple beats from the first movie. Sean OConnell Metallica Through the Never (R) Thanks to wireless instruments, guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo are highly mobile, and even drummer Lars Ulrich moves around a lot. They interact with other performers in scenarios that appeal to some metalheads taste for carnage and destruction. The last staged catastrophe seems rather tasteless, but it turns out to be a clever setup for the back-to-basics finale. Mark Jenkins Haute Cuisine (PG-13) Frot manages the tough trick of playing someone whos both standoffish and likable. Hortense isnt easily amused or benevolently quirky, the way so many female characters can be. Shes serious, but her passion for recipes and fresh produce proves appealing.
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Michalka, James Denton, Kevin Pollak Plot: In this faith-based movie, Michalka plays a talented Christian singer whose Christian faith is tested when she pursues a career in pop music. ‘A.K.A. Doc Pomus’ Directors: Will Hechter and Peter Miller Plot: This musical documentary profiles Doc Pomus, who overcame polio to write some of the most beloved songs of the century, including This Magic Moment and Viva Las Vegas. Friday, Oct. 4 Director: Yusry Abd Halim Stars: Conan Stevens, Craig Fairbrass, Dominic Purcell Plot: Wait, Thor’s a bad guy? Hero Eirick (Purcell) must retrieve Odin’s horn before Thor and his army use it to conquer the world. Friday, Oct. 11 Director: Paul Greengrass Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi Plot: Hanks stars as real-life cargo ship captain Richard Phillips, whose heroic actions in the face of armed Somali pirates in 2009, who took the crew hostage of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama, captivated the nation. Rico Torres, Open Road Films ‘Machete Kills’ Director: Robert Rodriguez Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara Plot: Danny Trejo returns after the 2010 bloodbath Machete. This time the ex-federal agent has to take down a madman revolutionary/arms dealer who wants to start a worldwide war. Director: Bill Condon Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney Plot: Wikileaks gets its film revelation with Cumberbatch portrays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Bruhl his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel (Bruhl) as they turn an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely contested organization. Director: Randall Miller Stars: Alan Rickman ,: Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint Plot: This feature film tells the three-chord true story of Hilly Kristal (Rickman), who opened a New York club for country, bluegrass and blues artists but instead, thanks to the bands that came through his doors such as Blondie and Talking Heads, became a godfather for the nascent punk-rock movement of the 1970s. Friday, Oct.
Scarlett Johansson slams comic book movies
Joss has jumped the fence with Avengers to celebrate a female character that is not a simple ornament inside the group. He’s not interested in just selling her physical attractiveness.” And you have to admit, while Natasha Romanoff looks great in skin-tight leather, she’s without a doubt the strongest female hero we’ve seen on screen in a very long time. [ James Spader talks Avengers: Age of Ultron ] “I love it,” Johansson explained. “I think it is a sensational character. It is a professional, highly skilled, dangerous, mysterious superhero. I love playing it. I think that it is rare to find a woman sexy and intelligent on the big screen, able to fight anyone (including men) and overcome them physically and emotionally, and my character does it.” Of course, the lack of female superheroes is one that’s been getting a lot of attention lately especially since Joss Whedon revealed that it’s something he intends to tackle head on. But will we see another strong female in the Marvel cinematic universe before Wonder Woman makes it to the big screen? With the Scarlet Witch heading our way in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ it certainly looks that way. As for Johansson’s comments about comic book movies, I think we can give her the benefit of the doubt… for now. But she’d better make it up to us with an amazing performance in ‘Captain America 2’.