May 24, 2012

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

(June 22)

With the Mayan apocalypse fast approaching, “end-of-the-world” films are going to be fairly commonplace. Last year, we had great ones like “Melancholia” and “Take Shelter.” Those are serious and complicated films. This one, starring Steve Carrell and Keira Knightly, is a more lighthearted take on annihilation. The trailer indicates a film that shows the sad and desperate alongside the absurd and farcical; sometimes it takes a comedy to really show every aspect of humanity. It’s an interesting idea from a first-time director, one that is full of great opportunities for wonderful storytelling.  There is a strong chance here for an honest and charismatic film.

The Dark Knight Rises

(July 20)

“The Dark Knight Rises” is this summer’s only challenger to “The Avengers” domination in terms of box office return. They are films with wildly different tones, despite falling under the mutual umbrella of comic book movies. Christopher Nolan has taken the Batman franchise and returned it to the darkness from which it spawned. Where The Avengers are notably heroic, Nolan’s Batman has been at times unsettling and dangerous. This film concludes the trilogy that redefined the character for most audiences and confirmed what fans have known all along about the Caped Crusader. These films have been as realistic as possible and “The Dark Knight Rises” will be no different. Expect a compelling conclusion to a powerful series.

There are, of course, other films that I didn’t have room to expand on here. Films such as Disney’s “Brave” and “The Amazing Spider-man” are sure to be crowd pleasers. Other films like “Ruby Sparks” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” are bound to touch a chord with smaller groups of movie goers. And of course, the Arts and Education Council will continue to pull great independent films into our theaters. So, don’t worry so much about going outside this summer; it’s hot and people might try to talk to you. Go see a movie instead.

John DeVore will appear on Channel 12 WDEF-TV’s “Prime News at 7” on May 30 to discuss upcoming summer movies.


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