CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 |
There's little magic to be had from watching "Now You See Me," a splashy, noisy and frankly preposterous action caper about a quartet of illusionists with a Robin Hood complex. For all the talent up on the screen - and one can't fault the performances - the movie just doesn't deliver. This is partly due to the split focus of the script by Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt (based on a story by Yakin & Ricourt) that rarely allows the viewer sufficient time to side with the good guys or the bad guys - or to even identify which is which.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 |
"Now You See Me," which opens Friday, is a caper thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. The film is about an FBI agent and an Interpol detective on the hunt for a team of young illusionists who pull off elaborate bank heists during their performances and hand out the money to their audiences. The heist/caper genre has been popular since the silent era and has run the gamut from noirish thrillers such as John Huston's 1950 "The Asphalt Jungle" and Stanley Kubrick's 1956 "The Killing" to broad comedies like Stanley Kramer's 1963 hit "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
April 5, 2013 |
MOSCOW - The Russian underworld calls him "Sportsman" for his physical strength and stamina. Police identify him as "High-Tech" because of his allegedly ingenious ways of stealing luxury cars. Now Igor Lovygin has captivated Russia for daring behavior this week apparently motivated by the accidental death of one of his young daughters, who drowned during a family vacation in Dubai. Lovygin, 36, the reputed leader of the country's most brazen car theft gang and a murder suspect wanted by authorities, accompanied his daughter's coffin to Russia, was arrested at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, and then escaped from officers Wednesday night after being transferred to St. Petersburg.
March 28, 2013 |
As edgy Irish comedy-thrillers go, Robert Massey's “Rank” largely ranks as “Martin McDonagh Lite,” but like its more extreme noirish forebears, Massey's 2008 caper tale revels in skillfully expressive language, even in the most trivial exchanges - loopy digressions and non sequiturs are the main attractions in its U.S. premiere at Odyssey Theatre. Adhering to its genre formula, the play's Irish-inflected love of gab goes hand in hand with its mounting sense of menace, as down-and-out cab driver Carl (Kevin Kearns)
March 27, 2013 |
The popular cable TV series “Breaking Bad,” now in its climactic fifth and final season, is keeping much of America on the edge of its couch, with fans anxiously guessing how the show will end. Xavier Macafee might have taken that anticipation a tad too far, New Mexico officials told the Los Angeles Times. The 29-year-old Albuquerque man was arrested last week, accused of burglarizing the car of "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston in late December. Officials say he stole a script for the series, which is set in New Mexico.
January 8, 2013 |
HOUSTON - No Dwight Howard, no Pau Gasol and, as usual, no defense. The Lakers created a fun game for almost three quarters, the only claim they could make Tuesday. The Houston Rockets beat them, 125-112, and on the bright side for the Lakers, nobody got hurt. Houston Texans stars Andre Johnson and Arian Foster met with Kobe Bryant after the game in a trainer's room. If they're smart, they didn't remind him they're in the playoffs. There's no guarantee the Lakers (15-19) get there themselves in a few months, as shocking as it sounds in the second week of January.