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A big-budget, effects-laden, 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend may seem like the unlikeliest pairing yet of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie, but "Jack the Giant Slayer" ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun.
When scandalous tales of fraud involving superstar athletes Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o were exposed in the last week, connections to films were immediate and obvious. The story of Notre Dame Football hero Te'o falling for a fake dead girlfriend on the Internet called to mind the documentary "Catfish." And disgraced cyclist Armstrong, who has finally admitted to doping in winning the Tour de France a record seven times, is already the subject of a biopic that's in the works.
The idea of watching a movie in which a sniper methodically crafts his own bullets, practices weekly at a gun range, then waits quietly in an empty parking garage before shooting five people dead may not sound like the most appealing form of entertainment during these tragic days.
It's probably best to head into "The Tourist" with the mindset that you're going on an actual vacation yourself. If you're in the mood for mindless, escapist fun - dazzling scenery, elegant evenings, decadent hotel suites and expensive clothes - you'll be fine.
NEW YORK - The story line on "Valkyrie" has focused on the "Tom Cruise-as-Nazi" angle, but it's also a notable regrouping of the two minds behind one of the most beloved movies of the last 15 years.
Big star. Big story. Big budget.
Filmmaker and World War II buff Bryan Singer read of the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, and the first thought to cross his mind was "thriller."
NEW YORK - A Nazi-filled Christmas is not an easy sell. That's just one of the challenges Tom Cruise faces with his new World War II thriller "Valkyrie," which opens Dec. 25.
The Academy Awards aren't just an awards show. They're supreme validation for movie fans. As a kid, I remember feeling upset and slightly betrayed when my favorite movies and performers suffered Oscar defeats, not because I felt bad for, say, Harrison Ford, but because it implied a rift between me and the Hollywood elite. There was a champagne room of cinematic appreciation, and I didn't have access.
BERLIN - Tom Cruise and the crew of his new film, "Valkyrie," held a minute of silence for German anti-Nazi heroes as the team prepared to film at the site where they were executed, a fellow cast member said in comments published Sunday.