January 21, 2006 |
Underworld: Evolution is a monster chiller sequel that is visually spectacular but rather overburdened with story. While the movie's predatory species are working out their 800-year history, you'll be tempted to scream at the screen: "Shut up and get on with it!" Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene, the vampire vigilante sheathed in black vinyl and armed to the fangs. After breaking with her coven in the first film, Selene's only ally is the vampire-werewolf hybrid Michael (Scott Speedman)
May 7, 2004 |
The earnest souls at Universal Pictures have requested that critics writing about Van Helsing "refrain from revealing plot developments involving the characters of Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) and Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) in the final 30 minutes. " As if anyone who's endured the preceding 102 minutes of monster-movie hokum - a turgid gurgle of cheesy special effects and charisma-less characters cloaked in Comic-Con couture - is likely to care. They may not even be awake. Like last year's gigantic bore The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing takes a batch of popular figures from literature (and the movies)
February 18, 1988 |
It's the end of the hairy, growling, line for America's most famous werewolf, Chuck Connors. On Sunday's episode of "Werewolf" (8 p.m. on Channel 29), Connors, as Janos Skorzeny, the alleged beginning of werewolfian lineage, will be offed by his young pursuer, Eric Cord. But, unlike "The Fugitive," which ended as a series when Dr. Richard Kimble finally caught the one-armed man who killed Kimble's wife, "Werewolf" will live - in a manner of speaking. "Eric finds that there is an even more powerful wolf than Skorzeny," said John York, the 29-year-old hunk who plays Cord, who has been afflicted with the werewolf curse and needs to kill the most powerful wolf to rid himself of it. "His name is Nicholas Remy and he's played by Brian Thompson, who's younger and plays a more sophisticated character than Chuck.
February 19, 1988 |
Werewolf will get a new look this weekend, one designed to give this modestly successful television series a more upscale sheen and more handsome design. Werewolf, which airs locally on WTAF-TV (Channel 29) at 8 p.m. Sundays, is one of the comparatively few successes scored so far by the Fox Broadcasting Co. Starring John York as a young man turned into a werewolf against his will, the half-hour thriller has bitten off a piece of the TV youth market. Trotting along toward the conclusion of its first season, the show has decided to make room at the top for a new villain.
February 8, 2009 |
"Even a man who is pure in heart And says his prayers by night May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms And the autumn moon is bright. " - Legend from "The Wolf Man," 1941 Vampires? Oh, please. They are so last year. Zombies? Roadkill in the rearview mirror. Hollywood's monster of choice in 2009? The werewolf. The hairy beasts run rampant in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro dons a pelt for The Wolf Man in November.
March 10, 2011 |
THOUGH DESIGNED to draw comparisons to "Twilight," the LOL "Red Riding Hood" brings another movie to mind. As an overripe fable set in a realm of processed images and overheated performances, it's really more like "300" for girls. Just about everyone, though, will have a hard time keeping a straight face during "Hood," which updates the noted bedtime story with heavy breathing, tongue kissing and many unintentional laughs. Amanda Seyfried stars as Valerie, a fetching village girl whose suitors include a blacksmith, a woodcutter and a werewolf.
July 10, 2010
Restrepo You are there alongside a platoon fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley in this profile in courage from writer Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington. No MPAA rating . Twilight: Eclipse Chapter 3 of the teen action-romance pivots on the question of whether Bella (Kristen Stewart) should marry ice-cool vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) or run away with hot-blooded werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner). PG-13 Toy Story 3 When Buzz and Woody's boy, Andy, turns 18 and leaves for college, he puts away his childish things - and the contents of his toy box get adopted by new boys and girls, with slapstick results.
November 23, 1987 |
I was warned, long ago, to beware of werewolves - you know, those seemingly normal people who, because of an evil spell, sometimes turn into snarling beasts. But, unfortunately, nobody ever warned me to be wary of werewolf movie sequels. Thus, I set off to see "Teen Wolf Too" in total innocence. I knew that the original "Teen Wolf," which starred Michael J. Fox as a young werewolf, was widely hailed as both charming and amusing. I had no reason to suspect that this sequel would not be the same.
June 2, 2011
TEEN WOLF. 11 p.m. Sunday, MTV. Moves to 10 p.m. Mondays the following night. THE FIRST SIGN that MTV's newest scripted show is, as programming chief David Janollari puts it, "not your father's 'Teen Wolf' " is probably the brief sight of half a dead girl - the top half - illuminated by what looks to be the flashlight app from an iPhone. Michael J. Fox never even got to text, much less stumble over dismembered bodies in the woods. But compared to MTV's controversial remake of the British adolescent drama "Skins," its new "Teen Wolf," which premieres Sunday after "The 2011 MTV Movie Awards," is practically housebroken.