If, as George Lucas has announced, Red Tails , his take on the all-black Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, turns out to be his last Hollywood movie, he's going out in a blaze of critical indifference. Wesley Morris, one of the few black film critics for a major publication, concludes his review by remarking that although Red Tails "has its moments," it is "so desperate to be palatable, to appeal to everybody, that it doesn't taste like anything." James Adams in the Toronto Globe and Mail says that if he were grading the movie on virtue alone, he would give it four stars. "Virtue aside, however, Red Tails is a lousy film. Not wincingly bad, mind you, just mediocre." Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal , is not reluctant to call it just plain bad. "It's antiquated kitsch reprocessed by the producer's nostalgia for the [war] movies of his boyhood," he writes. Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that Lucas chose to create "fictional composites" of the real Tuskegee airmen. "There isn't a real, flesh-and-blood figure in the bunch. Everything about Red Tails - the breaking down of racial barriers, the military achievements, the courage and sacrifice - is diminished in the process," he observes. But A.O. Scott in The New York Times notes that Lucas himself has said that he set out to make a film that would be, in his words, "inspirational for teenage boys." And, says Scott, he has succeeded in doing so. "The mostly happy ending is as satisfying as a snack of milk and cookies after a ninth Grade softball game." And Lou Lumenick in the New York Post suggests that the negative reviews for the movie are the result of their dissatisfaction with the Star Wars prequels. "Listen to the naysayers and you'll be missing one of the best January-releases of the past 30 years," he writes, "a well-acted, well-directed ... popcorn movie with great aerial Battles and solid dramatic scenes that hold your attention for two good hours."
The Hawaii Five-0 star met the British True Blood actress in 2003 and they married in Devon, England in 2007, before honeymooning in the Maldives.
However, late last year (11) the pair decided to go their separate ways, reports Britain's Daily Mail.
Dallas reportedly revealed the news during an interview on Bob Rivers' U.S. radio show, in which he confirmed he was no longer with Pulver.
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In the height of World War II, the American Army have devised an experimental training programme, known as the Tuskegee Training Programme, that consists of African American soldiers. Despite their hard work training, they are beginning to lose hope that they will ever fight in the war. Discrimination in the army was so rife, the men were often seen as unable to fight for their country.
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This boisterous comic book movie benefits hugely from Branagh's steady hand as a director. Even though it's over-designed and far too loud, the characters are strong enough to hold our interest.
In the mythical realm of Asgard, King Odin (Hopkins) is about to hand his throne to cocky son Thor (Hemsworth). But Thor recklessly ignites a war with an old enemy, so is banished to earth without his powers. He adjusts to New Mexico life with help from scientists Jane and Erik (Portman and Skarsgard). As they fend off interest from SHIELD agent Coulson (Gregg), Thor's mischievous younger brother Loki (Hiddleston) is making moves to take over the kingdom. Then Thor's pals (Alexander, Stevenson, Asano and Dallas) arrive on earth to help.
Frankly this is more like a video game than a movie, as virtually every scene is painted extensively with digital trickery. But nothing looks lived in, from Asgard's shimmery bronze towers to the plasticky battle armour. At least New Mexico feels real until a giant killer robot appears. All of this looks extremely whizzy (the 3D is sharp but unnecessary), and will please fans of the genre, but the spectacle continually distracts us from a good story.
That said, the plot's complexities are continually ironed out, as the narrative must jump through various hoops to set things up for both a sequel and Marvel's Avengers movie. So a lot of this film feels requisite, establishing relationships, grudges and so on. Fortunately, Branagh brings a terrific sense of humour to the film, with offhanded moments that make us laugh and give us insights into the characters.
Hemsworth is terrific in the central role, using his imposing physicality and sunny personality to maximum effect. It's not difficult to see why Jane falls for him, although Portman doesn't get much to do beyond bat her eyes and say sciency things every now and then to remind us that she's not a bimbo. Many of the other actors are unrecognisable under layers of armour, hair or effects, although they do get moments to shine. And even if the film isn't hugely satisfying, at least it leaves us wanting more.
After surviving the horrific encounter with a underground society of blind, naked carnivorous mutants, Sarah (Macdonald) is left dazed and amnesiac. But Appalachian sheriff Vaines (O'Herlihy) talks her into heading back into the cave to see if her friends are alive, taking his deputy Rios (Cummings) as well as a professional rescue team (Dallas, Skellern and Hodge). The question is whether they'll find survivors, and how long it'll take for them to become mutant food.
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