January 17, 2014 |
When it comes to reviews of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," superlatives are in short supply. Most movie critics agree that the reboot of the Tom Clancy action franchise, starring Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh, is competent - or "serviceable," or "workmanlike," or even "fairly diverting" - but not particularly compelling. The Times' Kenneth Turan writes that compared to previous films in the franchise (such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games"), "as well as the modern gold standard of the genre as represented by the 'Bourne' epics, 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' comes off as a reasonable facsimile, serviceable but not compelling, something that could pass for the real thing if you're not looking too hard.
January 16, 2014 |
We all know you can't tell a book by its cover, but can you tell a film by its release date? Where "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," is concerned, that becomes a bit of a trick question. A glance at the calendar reminds us that this tale of espionage and derring-do starring Chris Pine as CIA analyst Jack Ryan is coming to theaters in January, the traditional elephant burial ground for major studio releases. But before "The Wolf of Wall Street" dislodged it into 2014, "Jack Ryan" possessed a coveted Christmas slot all its own. So is this film a holiday gem slumming in the low-rent district, or a tawdry impostor stripped of ideas above its station?
October 2, 2013 |
The death of a major creative figure is always a strange moment in Hollywood. It's a time when, as with the passing of Tom Clancy on Tuesday, the legacy of that creator is remembered and lauded, as it should be. But it's also a time when more serious scrutiny of their work can be overlooked or pushed to the side. “I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it,” Mark Twain quipped of someone whose life he apparently...
October 24, 2013 |
There's been more movement on the upcoming film schedule than at a Pixar weekend matinee. On Thursday, several movies - including George Clooney's “Monuments Men,” David O. Russell's “American Hustle” and Kenneth Branagh's “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” - were all formally given new dates. Here's a handy cheat sheet on the new dates, the old dates, and the key question(s) the switch poses. “Monuments Men,” Feb. 7 (from Dec. 18) - Will Clooney and Matt Damon pulling off art heists play better in the quiet of later winter than at Christmastime?
October 21, 2013 |
EXCLUSIVE: After weeks of speculation that Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street" wouldn't hit theaters until 2014, the financial drama will arrive on Christmas Day and thrust a late entrant into the Oscar race, say three people close to the film. But in the process, the Paramount release will likely bump the Tom Clancy reboot "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," which Paramount has scheduled to open the same day, to early 2014. "Wolf of Wall Street," adapted from Jordan Belfort's memoir about his meteoric rise and fall as a trader in the 1980s and '90s, was originally set to open Nov. 15, but Scorsese and longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker have not yet finished the movie, and making that date has long been considered impossible.
August 19, 1991 |
Jack Ryan, who invented missiles for Raytheon and held patents on blockbuster toys such as the Barbie doll for Mattel, has died. Ryan, 65, died Tuesday at home after two years of severe debilitation caused by a massive stroke he suffered in 1989, a family spokesman said Sunday. Before his stroke, he had suffered a heart attack and undergone bypass surgery. Ryan, who held more than 1,000 patents around the world, designed the Sparrow and Hawk missiles when he worked for Raytheon.