2014 preview: only movies left underived

Here are the few films coming in 2014 that are not sequels, remakes, reboots, or based on a stage show, the Bible, young-adult novels, comic books, cartoons, or — someone make it stop — toy lines.

retro trailer: ‘Blazing Saddles’

Take a look back at an old trailer… For some mysterious reason that I can’t quite put my finger on, Jonah Rex, which is opening on Friday, is putting me in mind of this movie. Interesting how this trailer doesn’t come anywhere near spoiling the best jokes of the film, doesn’t give away the plot … more…

Mission: Impossible 2 and Shanghai Noon (review)

Can it be a coincidence that both of the big new flicks this Memorial Day weekend — the kickoff for Hollywood’s first summer movie season of the twenty-first century — are basically Hong Kong action movies? The people who think about these kinds of things — current-events journalists, mainly — have already predicted that if the 1900s were the American century, the 2000s may well be the Asian century… but they were speaking economically and politically. I guess it’s probably inevitable that Asia would start to hold some cultural sway in the West, too.