My review of The Love Punch, a disappointing romantic caper featuring the appealing pairing of Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan, is up now at The Dissolve. Somebody give these two a better movie to costar in, stat.
Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Emma Thompson, and Pierce Brosnan in The Love Punch. (Etienne George)
Ellar Coltrane in Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.”
Rachel McAdams & the late Phillip Seymore Hoffman in Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man.”
Chris Evans leads an international cast in Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer.”
Rob Brydon & Steve Coogan reunite with Michael Winterbottom in “The Trip to Italy.”
Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow.”
Time was, the summer movie season — when blocks got busted and Oscar contenders got out of the way — began Memorial Day weekend and had shot its wad by mid-July. Once in a while you’d get a great late-summer picture, like The Fugitive, released Aug. 6, 1993 (and nominated for Best Picture, come to that.) But generally the big action pictures, which gradually gave way to the superhero flicks, needed six or seven weeks before kids got marched back into school so studios could benefit from repeat business.
In the 21st century, the summer movie season advanced to the first weekend in May, a date that in recent years has belonged to Marvel Comics adaptations, whether they’re made by Marvel Studios, like The Avengers, or by other studios, like the Spider-Man pictures (both the Raimis and the Webbs) from Sony, or the X-Men series, from Fox.
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