Good, Bad, and Ugly
Wall Street’s allure may be gone for good
And Wall Streeters have long played leading roles in the popular imagination in the form of anti-heroes like Sherman McCoy (“Bonfire of the Vanities”), Gordon (“Greed Is Good”) Gekko (“Wall Street”) and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby.
Eastwood wins box office race with ‘Gran Torino’
The suburban drama, in which Eastwood plays a grumpy old man who takes on Latino gang members “Dirty Harry”-style, earned an estimated $29 million in the three days since it opened nationally on Friday, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said.
“Valkyrie” challenges fans to rethink Tom Cruise
Cruise, of course, enjoys All-American looks that helped send him to movie stardom playing heroic young men such as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in 1986 movie Top Gun. As of late, he’s been on a mea culpa tour to explain his odd behavior in recent years and to regain his good-guy image with fans.
‘Marley & Me’ top dog at busy Christmas box office
“Marley & Me” sold an estimated $37 million worth of tickets during the traditional three-day weekend beginning on Friday, distributor 20th Century Fox said on Sunday. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star in the adaptation of a bestseller about a couple and their golden retriever.
An appreciation of some underrated movies
Then there are the cases of those sequences that proved fun even if the movies that surrounded them were problematic. Early in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” for example, Harrison Ford’s Indy stumbled into a weirdly perfect 1950s track home only to discover that it is the target in a nuclear testing site.