The critics weigh-in on Broadway's latest show.
The theatrical incarnation of Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel 'American Psycho' has finally arrived on Broadway after a critically acclaimed stint in London. And while critics in the West End loved it, New York reviewers have mixed feelings about this supposed horror musical.
Benjamin Walker stars in 'American Psycho'
Starring Benjamin Walker as the sadistic titular character Patrick Bateman, the musical has been directed by Rupert Goold and opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre On Broadway yesterday (April 21st 2016). But, in many theatre-goers minds, it just hasn't lived up to the expectation set by such predecessors as Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd'.
Another cliched Nicholas Sparks film hits theatres.
Well, it looks like this is one film you are not going to want to waste your time on this weekend. The general consensus of Ross Katz's adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel 'The Choice' is that it's no different to any other Sparks novel/film, and certainly doesn't match up to 'The Notebook'.
The Choice has had some bad reviews
Starring Benjamin Walker from 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' and Teresa Palmer from 'Warm Bodies', this tale of two young lovers named Travis and Gabby whose relationship takes a devastating turn when the latter falls into a coma after an accident, has failed to impress critics with its tear-jerking concept and instead has been labelled as blatantly formulaic.
Continue reading: If They Had 'The Choice', Critics Wouldn't See This Film Again
With a huge budget and a relatively small story, this is an intriguingly offbeat blockbuster that might struggle to find an audience. Basically, it's aimed at fans of more thoughtful, personal stories of tenacity and survival, but it's shot with a massive special effects budget that sometimes seems to swamp the drama. Still, it's involving and moving. And it's also fascinatingly based on the true events that inspired Moby Dick.
The story is framed in 1850 as novelist Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) visits an ageing sailor named Tom (Brendan Gleeson) to quiz him about a momentous event in his past that he has never spoken of. Flash back to 1820 Nantucket, and Tom (Tom Holland) is a rookie crew member on the whaling ship Essex, working under the posh, privileged Captain George (Benjamin Walker) and his able but low-class first mate Owen (Chris Hemsworth). As these these two leaders clash against each other, the ship sails off for what will be a very long journey. Eventually they head into the Pacific in search of a mythical pod of whales. But when they find it, they run afoul of a gigantic white whale that takes their arrival personally, sinking their ship and pursuing the survivors in their lifeboats.
All of this is staged as an epic battle between humanity and nature, with layers of interest in the way these men strain to survive against unimaginable odds. It's a riveting story, beautifully shot and rendered with immersive effects. And the cast members create complex characters who are profoundly changed by their experience. Not only is there mammoth action, but there's plenty of barbed interaction and even some strongly emotional moments that bring the themes home to a modern audience. Sometimes this aspect feels a bit corny, as clearly whalers at the time wouldn't feel remorse about killing one of these majestic creatures. But we would.
Continue reading: In The Heart Of The Sea Review
Gabby Holland is the latest resident to join a quiet bay side community, her neighbour is a young single man, Travis, who lives with his dog. When Gabby finds out that her dog is pregnant and Travis' dog is the likely culprit, their worlds are thrown together.
Though Gabby has little time for Travis she feels an attraction to him, even though she's in a relationship with a smart and more than adequate match. This is a beginning to their intense love affair. As time goes by, their relationship is far from straightforward but the two still have an obvious mental and physical connection. After a serious car accident their relationship is tested to the limit and Travis must make some choices that will affect both their lives forever.
The Choice is the latest of Nicholas Sparks' film to be made into a film. Some of his more successful novels that have been turned into films include: The Notebook, Dear John, A Walk to Remember and The Lucky One.
Continue: The Choice Trailer
In The Heart Of The Sea is the true seaman's tale based on the last outing of the Whaling Ship Essex. After setting sale from the port on Nantuckett the 20 man crew expect their journey to be much like the others they've been on, very long and tough but on an old but very trusty ship.
After leaving the port, almost immediately the men are hit by a powerful storm which damages the boat. knowing they must make money and make the trip profitable before returning home, the men continue with their mission. After months of good fishing, the men doc at various ports for supplies. Almost a year into their trip and the Essex is struck by a gigantic whale which causes irreparable damage to the ship's hull.
Stuck with no other choice the surviving men must board one of the incredibly small whaling boats that they have on board. The remaining crew members find themselves stuck in a life-threatening situation, 1000 miles from land, incredibly tight rations and stuck at sea for an unknown amount of time, the crew must find a way to endure - both mentally and physically.
Continue: In The Heart Of The Sea Trailer
Benjamin Walker will be taking over from Matt Smith in the lead role of Patrick Bateman when the musical goes to Broadway next year.
The stage version of ‘American Psycho’ is set to come to Broadway, with producers agreeing with the Shubert Organisation to open their show in February 2016 with Benjamin Walker in the lead role.
The Shubert Organisation is the biggest player on the famous New York strip, running 17 theaters. Though it hasn’t been disclosed yet, one of these will be the home of Duncan Sheik’s musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ darkly humorous satirical novel on ‘80s excess.
Benjamin Walker will be taking his portrayal of Patrick Bateman to Broadway
In August of 1819, The Essex set sail from New England. The whaling ship set out beyond the edges of the map to hunt in unknown waters. What the 21-man crew discovered, was far from what they could ever have imagined. A sperm whale - absolutely gigantic and hell-bent on destroying their comparatively tiny ship. While battling the demon of a sea beast, the ship was destroyed, and many of the crew were killed. As the few survivors struggled to find land and make their way back to South America, they faced a harrowing adventure, and fought insanity, storms, starvation and despair. All with the great whale fresh in their minds. The crew referred to it as Moby Dick.
Continue: In The Heart of The Sea - Teaser Trailer
Scarlett Johansson received warm applause for her opening performance of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre on Thursday evening (January 17, 2013). Johansson - a Tony Award winner - stars as leading lady Maggie in the latest revival of Tennessee Williams' classic play.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Stuns In Broadway's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Pictures)
Young Abe Lincoln (Walker) is determined to get revenge against the sinister Barts (Czokas), who had something to do with his mother's death. But it turns out that Barts is immortal, so Abe's new friend Henry (Cooper) trains him in how to fight vampires. Meanwhile, Abe pursues a career in politics, marries Mary (Winstead) and discovers that the alpha vampire (Sewell) is using the Civil War as a cover for bloodsuckers to take over America. Along with his intrepid friends (Mackie and Simpson), Abe sets out to turn the tide at Gettysburg.
Continue reading: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Review
As a boy, Abraham Lincoln learns from his father, Thomas, that vampires are real. Worse still, it was vampires that took the life of Abe's mother, Nancy, rather than 'milk sickness' as he previously believed. The news, understandably, shocks Abraham, who vows to avenge his mother and hunt down and kill vampires.
Continue: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Trailer
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