May 6, 2004 |
To hear Stephen Sommers tell it, all he wanted to do after cavorting through Egyptian tombs with the digital undead for "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" was make a small, personal film about two people chatting on a beach. And most who knew the 42-year-old director responded: "Suuuuuure." What Sommers actually did was plunge headlong into writing and directing "Van Helsing," an epic horror adventure shot in Prague, Rome, Paris, New Zealand and L.A.
May 14, 1999 |
When Stephen Sommers' expensive monster movie "Deep Rising" bombed at the box office last year, his phone didn't ring for a week. This week, the director's phone hasn't stopped ringing. Nor has his agent's. Producers and studio executives are now clamoring to be in business with the 40-year-old writer-director. It's no wonder. Sommers' ambitious $82-million remake of "The Mummy" for Universal Pictures debuted last weekend as the nation's highest-grossing film. It took in a whopping $43.
January 10, 2014 |
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. FOR THE RECORD: Movie previews: A listing in the Jan. 12 Sunday Calendar Movie Sneaks section for the film "G.B.F. " had the names of the writer and director reversed. The writer of the teen comedy opening this weekend is George Northy, and the director is Darren Stein. - Jan. 17 Back in the Day An aspiring actor best known for his insurance commercials heads home to Indiana for his high school reunion and reconnects with his now-married friends and an old flame.
December 23, 1994 |
Though aimed at younger audiences, "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" makes its case for the nobility of the "wild child" in a manner more entertaining and far less condescending than the recent Jodie Foster vehicle, "Nell." This is Hollywood's third pass on Kipling's adventures of Mowgli, the young Indian raised by wild animals. In Zoltan Korda's 1942 adaptation, Mowgli simply wandered from his family before encountering his bestial tutors.
February 4, 1994 |
"Gunmen" (selected theaters) is the kind of picture people are talking about when they express concern over excessive screen violence. Murky in plot, sketchy in characterization, routinely crafted--except for Hiro Narita's fine noirish camerawork--it exists only as an excuse to depict the piling up of bullet-riddled corpses. Considering its relentless mediocrity, it is amazing that it was actually previewed for critics rather than opening cold.
April 19, 2002 |
Someone's gone to the trouble of making a comic-book version of "The Scorpion King," but it's not clear why they bothered. The movie itself is a live-action cartoon, a fast-moving and cheerfully simplistic 88 minutes of exaggerated action put together with the preteen boy in mind.