Loopy ‘Looper’ Fails to Connect
By JAMES DAWSON Front Row Features Film Critic Science fiction flicks that don’t make a lick of sense can compensate by offering a sufficient quantity of fun (“Back to the Future”) or stylized weirdness (“The Matrix”). The humorless and derivative “Looper” [...]
Screenwriter Says ‘Preacher’ Movie is “Gestating”
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—John August, who has been tapped to write the movie version of the DC/Vertigo Comics series “Preacher” created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, describes the project as “gestating.” “I don’t know if the birth is going to be anytime soon, [...]
‘Pitch Perfect’ More Flat Than Sharp
*****Note to Editor: Release date is Friday September 28, and there is no embargo. ***** By JAMES DAWSON Front Row Features Film Critic Less cleverly ironic and movie-musical stylized than “Glee” but obviously greenlighted to capitalize on that TV show’s success, the off-key  [...]
Not Enough Fun in Dreary ‘Dredd’
By JAMES DAWSON Front Row Features Film Critic Although calling it dreadful would be too-easy overkill, “Dredd” is surprisingly dreary for a comic-book action flick. Set almost entirely in a massive 200-story concrete slum, the movie plays like a violent but not terribly involving vid [...]