Larry Thomas en Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The old saying goes “everything old is new again.” Except when it comes to the summer movie crop of 2014, in which all the retreads, reboots, and remakes seem like those that came before. And&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</strong></a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is no exception. This particular cycle of cinema began in 1968 with the original film <em>Planet of the Apes</em>, which spawned four sequels, two TV series, a 2001 remake from director Tim Burton which was less than well-received, then 2011’s <em>Rise of the Planet of the Apes</em>, which I recall was actually pretty good. Now comes the 2014 <em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em>, which is pretty much a casserole of plot points, social commentary, and high-tech action scenes in yet another effort to mine bags of box office coin from a proven commodity.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:21:03 +0000 Larry Thomas 29448 at Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review: Snowpiercer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re tired of the </span>sci-fi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> genre being hijacked just so Tom Cruise can make another movie, or director Michael Bay can churn out another overlong, turgid </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Transformers</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> epic, then there’s a new film you should flock to immediately. It’s called </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Snowpiercer</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and it’s not playing everywhere, so you’ll have to seek it out.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Larry Thomas 28755 at Movie Review: Snowpiercer What is it about June 29? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Larry Thomas recounts the careers of four actresses -</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong> Lana Turner, Jayne Mansfield, Katharine Hepburn, and Rosemary Clooney</strong></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – who, besides being exceptionally talented, have a very strange connection: they all died on June 29 (in different years.)</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Larry Thomas 28389 at What is it about June 29? Hollywood's classic car flicks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once again it’s summertime, and the living is… well, in many instances… mobile. What with enjoying the seasonal events and travels, and the upcoming weekend of big racing at the Kentucky Speedway, I started thinking about the symmetry between two of Americas great loves: cars and movies.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Larry Thomas 28143 at Hollywood's classic car flicks Movie Review: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With all the various platforms available for movie delivery these days, there are some films that totally slip by unnoticed, since they don’t get a regular theatrical release. Such is the case with <strong><em>The Angriest Man in Brooklyn</em></strong>. It had a one-week run in New York and Los Angeles, and then went to the video-on-demand section of your cable or satellite provider. Despite the title, and presence of star Robin Williams, it’s not a comedy. Williams plays an attorney in Brooklyn whose hard knocks have completely soured him on life, and he’s determined to take it out on anyone who’s handy, which he does with great regularity. A minor incident causes him to go to his doctor, who is out of town. The attending physician tells Williams that a previous scan revealed a brain </span>aneurism<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and that he is likely to die within the next ninety minutes. So what would you do in such circumstances? Live it to the fullest? Try to reconnect with those from whom you are estranged? Or be even angrier?</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Larry Thomas 27863 at Movie Review: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn