The Good, the Fine and the Ugly

sharlto oldboyThe Thanksgiving Day weekend looms to the south, which means a few Wednesday releases for big studio pictures. My reviews for Homefront and Oldboy will go online later tonight, in NOW’s web refresh; I’ll link to to them when they’re available.

Frozen: Disney returns to the Broadway model that sparked its animation renaissance for a tremendously entertaining fantasy comedy of surprising emotional complexity — I don’t think it actually has a villain, per se — and stuffed with delightful character work. I want my own Olaf.

Homefront: Written and produced by Sylvester Stallone, this bayou actioner has a pleasantly retro feel — you could imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger making it between Commando and Raw Deal — but it stars Jason Statham, so we don’t have to worry about the hero’s hip giving out when things get rough. Also, James Franco is kind of great as a bad guy.

Oldboy: Remember the slippery nightmare of Park Chan-wook’s breakout? Well, stick with your memories, because Spike Lee just screws it up royally. After the screening, I suggested nominating Sharlto Copley for the TFCA’s Best Supporting Actor award, because if he won he might show up and then we could lock him in a hotel room until he apologized.

Yeah. It’s been that kind of week.

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