Two quasi genre films arrive in theaters today, one that’s big budget popcorn fun, while the other is a self-indulgent drag. Can you guess which is which?
Here’s what I had to say about Columbia Pictures’ Battle: Los Angeles, their alien war flick from Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning director Jonathan Liebesman: “While the idea of an alien attack in absolutely terrifying, ‘Battle’ comes off more like a summer action movie with a massive scope and insane visual effects… [It] is like a wicked mix between the “Call of Duty” and “Gears of War” video games; it’s absolutely intense, face-paced and relentless.”
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Also now in theaters is Twilight director Catherine Haedwicke’s Red Riding Hood, which BD’s David Harley scathed: “It’s not even that the film is bad because it deviates from the source material; it’s bad because everything from the script to the direction feels manufactured. Aside from Tom Sanders’ production design and Don Macauley’s art direction, which work together to realize a fairy tale universe just the way I imagined it, there’s nothing particularly interesting or artistic about Red Riding Hood.”
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