LITTLE ROCK We finally hit the pre-Oscars doldrums in this week’s MovieStyle, but all is not lost. While Columbia Pictures didn’t think it prudent to screen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance for critics, they couldn’t stop Nicolas Cage from talking about. And he says his latest “is an incredibly abstract, psychedelic bit of pop art. It’s like Lichtenstein ...”
Mmm. OK. It does sound like more fun than This Means War, in which McG slams together a buddy picture, a frenetic action film and a romantic comedy and comes up with a hybrid designed to appeal to people he imagines less clever than himself. Sigh.
But the best bet may be the latest from Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, the beautifully animated The Secret World of Arrietty, a G-rated wonder of warm simplicity based on children’s author Mary Norton’s oft-adapted The Borrowers.
Finally, in his OnFilm column, Philip Martin wonders if the convention of opening day reviews is really all that important anymore. Would it really hurt to actually wait a week? (Well, probably.)
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