Longtime local film critic Hap Erstein gives his take on new movies.
Several new movies are out, including one featuring a boy and a tiger in the middle of a wide open ocean, the "mystery of suspense" and taking back our country from the commies. Hap Erstein with PalmBeachArtsPaper.com reviews some of the newest films.
"Life of Pi" - Pi is the name of a zookeeper's son. He helps move the zoo and its animals to Canada, when Pi does battle with a Bengal Tiger, while at sea. Hap tells us to look for a spiritual message, though he admits to not finding it himself.
"Hitchcock" - The title says it all. The story of Alfred Hitchcock, while the filmmaker was directing his classic "Psycho". Anthony Hopkins and a lot of makeup play Hitch.
"Red Dawn" - A remake of a 1980s film in which fighters from an asian country start to take over the nation. It starts in a small Washington State town. That's when a group of young patriots decide to try and force the foreigners away. This stars several young Hollywood stars, including Chris "Thor" Hemsworth.
"Silver Linings Playbook" - Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence from "The Hunger Zone" star in this film about two people with a mental disorder who appear to fall in love. Cooper's character also appears to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan and Robert Deniro is his father. That's all I need to know...get the tickets.
"Rise of the Guardians" - The "guardians" are folks like "Santa Claus", "The Easter Bunny" and "the Tooth Fairy", but they're in danger of being overthrown, which would put children at risk of living in darkness and despair. It's an animated feature, with voices provided by Jude Law, Hugh Jackman and Alec Baldwin.
Hap's Art House Pick of the Week
"The Flat" - At age 98, filmmaker Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. This is a documentary, with subtitles in English.