The Daily Aztec

Strong female lead dazzles in ‘Hanna’

by Morgan Denno

April 12, 2011

Director Joe Wright doesn’t like to be categorized by genre, which is obvious in his newest film “Hanna.” Part thriller, part action, part fairy tale … categorizing this movie is almost impossible. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) li...

Attorney rights old wrongs in ‘Carancho’

by Andrew Younger

March 24, 2011

“In Argentina, 8,000 people die in traffic accidents every year” reads a helpful intertitle at the beginning of Director Pablo Trapero’s neo-noir “Carancho.” This Snapple fun fact is exploited by a disbarred attorney-turned-ambulance-chaser Sosa (Ricardo Darin) a...

Twist on classic romance is pulled off beautifully

by Morgan Denno

March 24, 2011

“I have no tale of woe.” Why the novel “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte has been created, recreated and adapted into dozens of movies defies easy explanation. How is it possible that a story of a 19th century orphaned governe...

Audiences ‘Battle’ against boredom

by Andrew Scoggins

March 22, 2011

If anyone saw the previews for “Battle: Los Angeles,” they knew exactly what they were getting into. Massive explosions, action, aliens, Michelle Rodriguez playing the same tough chick role she plays in every movie and more explosions. If this is a criteria mo...

‘Better World’ challenges pacifistic idealism

by Andrew Younger

March 22, 2011

“You can’t just go around beating people up. That doesn’t help anything. What kind of world would we get?” That is the central question the film “In a Better World” addresses in Director Susanne Bier’s multifaceted exploration of the nature of conflict. Bier crafts a story devoid ...

‘Heartbeats’ gets audiences’ blood pumping

by Jack Crane

March 17, 2011

Twenty-one-year-old Xavier Dolan already “killed his mother” in his 2009 indie flick, starred in “Martyrs” — arguably the most horrifying film of all time — and with his second turn in the directors seat, he is attempting to create a visual ...

Realistic acting gives this drama the ‘Win’

by David Dixon

March 13, 2011

Thomas McCarthy is a multitalented man. He is an actor who has directed and written two highly regarded films, “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor.” He also helped contribute to the story of “Up,” one of the ...

Melodrama plagues the remake of a fairy tale

by Carmen Splane

March 13, 2011

A wide-eyed Amanda Seyfried pouts and fawns her way through what could have been a welcome addition to the laundry list of fairy tale remakes. Instead, “Red Riding Hood” is a laughable attempt at a sexy psychological thriller aimed toward the profitable “Twil...

Viewers shouldn’t ‘Pass’ on this raunchy flick

by Morgan Denno

March 9, 2011

When people are told not to think about sex, what do they think about? Sex, of course. This is the basic premise of the most recent Farrelly brothers’ comedy, “Hall Pass.” The idea revolves around the old “grass is greener on the other side” adage. Much l...

‘Mars Needs Moms’ comes off dazzlingly dull

by David Dixon

March 9, 2011

Most family films attempt to convey a message kids and adults can appreciate. Typically before the movie concludes on a heartfelt note, there are various lighthearted, action oriented or comedic moments that add to the entertainment. Sadly, these elements do ...

Stale humor sinks ‘Rapids’

by Morgan Denno

March 8, 2011

Sometimes movie trailers are misleading. For example, when the trailer for the little known Sundance Film Festival comedy “Cedar Rapids” is viewed, audiences are led to believe the movie will be hilarious. Unfortunately, when almost every...

A gunslinging lizard tames the Wild West

by Andrew Scoggins

March 3, 2011

A slightly unbalanced thespian is on a road trip through a massive expanse of desert until a car crash leaves the actor stranded. After running from huge monsters, the thespian arrives at a worn-down shantytown and paints himself as the world’...