‘Les Mis’ Musical Is a Must Miss
By JAMES DAWSON Front Row Features Film Critic “Les Misérables” is the kind of bloated, cornball and sappy spectacle that makes people say they hate movie musicals. Most of the melodies (by Claude-Michel Shönberg) are unmemorable, most of the lyrics (by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Nat [...]
Ewan McGregor Faces ‘The Impossible’
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—Ewan McGregor is the father of four children, ranging in age from 2 to 16, but surprisingly the Scottish actor has played a parent onscreen only once or twice. In “The Impossible,” he gets a chance to play a father who puts his love and dedication to  [...]
Barbra Streisand Embarks on ‘Guilt Trip’
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—After a successful go as Ben Stiller’s bohemian mom in “Meet the Fockers” (and “Little Fockers”), singing-acting-directing legend Barbra Streisand is back on the big screen, this time playing Seth Rogen’s overbearing mother in “The Guilt Trip.” Streis [...]
Peter Jackson’s Hard ‘Hobbit’ to Break
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features NEW YORK—“The Hobbit,” the long-awaited prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is hitting theaters. It was a long journey for filmmaker Peter Jackson, who poured himself into the first trilogy based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien, earning him many accolades [...]
Naomi Watts Survives ‘The Impossible’
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—Naomi Watts arrives for an interview looking glamorous in a champagne colored top and matching pants, accented by a sheer jacket. It is a sharp contrast to the muddy mess she is in for most of “The Impossible,” in which she plays one of the survivors  [...]
‘Ice Age’ Arrives on DVD, Blu-ray
By JAMES DAWSON Front Row Features Film Critic Just in time for the holidays, “Ice Age: Continental Drift” sets sail Friday, December 11 on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Loaded with extras, the 3D Blu-ray version of the hit animated feature includes a  [...]
‘Hobbit’ Has Familiar Ring
By JAMES DAWSON Front Row Features Film Critic There’s no middle ground when it comes to Middle-earth. Although director Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was a multi-billion-dollar franchise, it paradoxically retained a fanboy-cult flavor that left detractor [...]