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October 25, 2013

'Fifth Estate' is third-rate entertainment

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Movie Review: “Carrie” is the third rendering of the tale based on Stephen King’s novel. The first film debuted in 1976. Brian De Palma directed it, and it starred Sissy Spacek as the main character with seasoned actress Piper Laurie. The 1976 version remains the better of the three movies. This latest version entertains but is unconvincing as a horror piece, playing more like science fiction.   
This outing, Moretz is Carrie White, a young high school student. She is a loner. She lives with her over-protective and extremely religious mother, Margaret White (Moore). Carrie realizes she has telekinesis. She can move and manipulate objects with mere thought. All is well until several people, led by disgruntled student Chris Hargensen (Doubleday), play a bloody trick on Carrie at the senior prom. Fueled by anger, Carrie begins using her telekinesis to the fullest ability. She starts killing those teens responsible for tormenting her now and in the past.
Like the previous “Carrie” features, this film clearly misses the mark by not developing characters more before getting to the big finale. The story is clever, yet the film rushes to get to the end because that is what is most interesting about the character of Carrie. The ability to control objects via the mind is a fascinating concept.
Moritz and Moore and are good actresses, but this film does not allow them or their characters time to grow. Very easily, one can watch their lives and feel no attachment. The film concentrates on teenage pranks, feminine catfights and then bloody violence. In between, little happens that is substantial material. 
Grade: C (Audiences will not be carried away.)
 
“Escape Plan” (Action/Thriller: 1 hour, 55 minutes)
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Caviezel
Director: Mikael Håfström
Rated: R (Violence and language)
 
Movie Review: Stallone and Schwarzenegger are seasoned action stars who are enjoyable to see on the big screen. They remind us of the entertaining films of yesteryear, an era when Hollywood attempted to provide audiences something original other than multiple sequels. “Escape Plan” is a nice escape, but it is not a convincing plot.

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