Published Aug 19, 2011Every time you think the summer movie season may be winding down, another batch of big hitters comes out and shows us otherwise. To help you decide what to catch and what to avoid, here is a quick summary of this week's film reviews, and be sure to check the Recently Reviewed section for all the latest.
First up, Fright Night (pictured) may be a horror remake, but it seems to avoid the negativity associated with other films of its type. According to our review, the film does justice to the original, the 1985 cult classic of the same name. But the new version properly implements enjoyable 3D, violence and modern dialogue. Check out the full review to find out more.
Next up is a different remake, Conan the Barbarian, directed by Marcus Nispel. The films stars Jason Momoa as Conan who goes on a quest to avenge the death of his father, played by Ron Perlman.
Superhero films have been some of the biggest hits in movie theatres for the last decade, so it is not surprising to find international filmmakers taking a stab at them. Griff the Invisible is an Australian film that uses off-beat humour to woe audiences. We also have a review of Terri, which stars John C. Reilly as a quirky assistant principal who takes interest in a student who has been acting out.
Romantic flick One Day stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and is based on the successful novel by the same name. And then we have the Canadian take on romantic comedy with Whirligig, which asserts itself as a "quirky" story based in Nova Scotia that makes use of dark comedy.
Sarah's Key is a history-referencing drama, as the protagonist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) searches to discover her connection to the relocation of Parisian Jews in 1942. And finally, Aryton Senna is one of the most recognizable and well-loved drivers in auto-sports history, leading directory Asif Kapadia to turn his racing career into a documentary titled Senna, which follows Senna's origins in go-karts to his untimely and tragic death in Formula 1.
To read the full reviews of the films mentioned above and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section of Exclaim.ca.