August 10, 2010 |
Is it just me, or does it seem as if Leonardo DiCaprio's acting career has somehow lost its way in the seventh level of "Inception's" labyrinth? Or worse, is he locked into the nightmare limbo that the Christopher Nolan psychological thriller keeps alluding to? Questions such as these have been running through my mind lately, occasionally even disturbing my dreams, because his "Inception" character, Cobb, is just the latest iteration of what I've come to think of as "the DiCaprio type" — intelligently handsome but intensely tortured, like his possibly insane detective in "Shutter Island.
June 6, 2010 |
Shutter Island Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 The ongoing collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio takes a weird (and weirdly profitable) turn with "Shutter Island," a gothic thriller based on a Dennis Lehane bestseller. DiCaprio plays a lawman in 1954 investigating a disappearance at a mental institution and uncovering a conspiracy involving McCarthy-era hysteria, atomic paranoia, and a secret from his own past. Scorsese goes way over the top with the visuals but never loses track of the dark emotions at the center of the piece.
March 18, 2010
Director Martin Scorsese's dark and devious brain tease is as much a conversation as a movie. It's in the best noir tradition and filled with delicious references there for the finding. Leonardo DiCaprio's performance is sweat-on-the-brow, worry-in-the-eyes terrific as the cop with a major mystery to solve. But if you think Leo's got a lot on his mind, with a twist around every corner of the isolated asylum for the criminally insane where an inmate's gone missing, that's nothing compared to what Scorsese has in store for the rest of us. Instead of tying up loose ends, he keeps unraveling them so by the time he drops the big one, you should be good for hours of post-cinema parsing.
March 15, 2010
Estimated sales in the U.S. and Canada: Movie (studio) 3-day gross (millions) Percentage change from last weekend Total (millions) Days in release 1 "Alice in Wonderland" (Disney) $62 -47% $208.6 10 2 "Green Zone" (Universal/Relativity) $14.5 NA $14.5 3 3 "She's Out of My League" (Paramount/ DreamWorks)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 |
A dispute at a Lancaster movie theater during a screening of "Shutter Island" ended with someone plunging a meat thermometer into the neck of the man who complained about someone sitting near him talking on a cellphone during the show. The incident occurred two weeks ago at the Cinemark 22 theater, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The theater was packed for a 9 p.m. Saturday screening of the Martin Scorsese film when the moviegoer complained about a woman near him using a cellphone.
March 1, 2010 |
When "Shutter Island" opened with an average grade from moviegoers of just C+, Paramount Pictures had to wonder: Did audiences genuinely dislike the movie, or were they just unsure what to think of the twist ending as they walked out of theaters? The studio got the answer it wanted this weekend, as ticket sales for the Martin Scorsese-directed thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio declined a relatively modest 46%, indicating that word-of-mouth is pushing the picture along, rather than sinking it. "Shutter Island" easily topped the box office chart this weekend, selling a studio-estimated $22.2 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday.