This week, this paper's film critics Alan Scherstul, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek discuss David O. Russell's American Hustle, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Disney's Saving Mr. Banks. They also recommend Despicable Me 2, the late Paul Walker's Hours and Compliance.
On this latest wave of mediocre movies (and the classics that put them to shame)
Oscar winning goodie-good Julie Andrews didn't want to play Steve Carrell's mother in the animated film Despicable Me. Not at first, anyway. See, Carrell voices the villainous Gru, and Jules was offered the vocal role of his overpowering shrew of a horrible mother. It's as far from Mary Pop ... More >>