“CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY,” GRADE B: A young woman is pulled into a magical world of acrobats and artists. The film uses a rather standard boy-meets-girl plot to take the audience on a fanciful journey to a land of acrobats and artists who look at gravity as more of a suggestion than a law. “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” should be appreciated like an abstract painting. It’s beautiful to look at but it isn’t fully appreciated until you add in your own ideas about what all of the images are trying to say.
“HITCHCOCK,” GRADE B: The director’s softer side is revealed during his filming of “Psycho.”Anthony Hopkins stars. Like walking into a dark movie theater from a sunny day, it’ll take your eyes a little while to adjust to director Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock.” Both the story and Hopkins’ performance as the groundbreaking director Alfred Hitchcock can’t be judged at first glance. The casting and story show that any thoughts that this is a typical Hollywood biopic are for the birds.
“RISE OF THE GUARDIANS,” GRADE C-PLUS: The Immortal Guardians come together to save the innocence of children around the globe. The film, based on “The Guardians of Childhood” books by William Joyce, reveals that North (Alec Baldwin), better known as Santa Claus; the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman); The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher); and the Sandman (no talent as he never speaks) have a bigger calling than just providing gifts, eggs, quarters and sweet dreams.
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“SAMSON AND DELILAH”: Director Cecil B. DeMille’s masterpiece is re-released.
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