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After being bumped from previous release dates and passed off from one distributor (Universal) to another (Open Road), Erik Van Looy’s “The Loft” finally opened on North American screens Jan. 30, just in time to be mostly ignored by its presumptive target demographic — i.e., young male moviegoers — during Super Bowl weekend. Even so, this outrageously over-plotted, borderline-campy erotic thriller might attract a slightly larger audience in ancillary platforms, if only because the unwary might misinterpret a synopsis of its plot — five buddies find an inconvenient corpse in the condo they use for their adulterous assignations — as a promise of fantasy fulfillment and dark comedy.
As it turns out, however, “The Loft” is not intentionally funny at all. Rather, it is a feverishly melodramatic mashup of “The Apartment” – try to imagine what might have happened had Jack Lemmon not foiled Shirley MacLaine’s suicide attempt – and “Murder on the Orient Express, »
- Joe Leydon
There’s an old Hollywood truism that good movies are made from second-rate books, not the classics. On Broadway, the new musical “Honeymoon in Vegas,” which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre in New York, uses a second-rate movie from 1992 for its source material. Have its makers been able to turn it into a good musical? Or is this one effort that should have stayed in Vegas?
- Robert Hofler
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
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If you're curious about all the awards season fuss over Richard Linklater's epic project, here's your chance to catch it on Blu-ray. Filmed over the course of 12 years, "Boyhood" charts the life of a young Texas boy as he grows up -- it doesn't sound too exciting, but watching young Ellar Coltrane grow into adulthood is pretty trippy for everyone involved. Lorelei Linklater co-stars as his sister, alongside Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as their estranged parents. Maybe next up we could get "Motherhood"? Get a taste of the award-worthy movie with an exclusive clip below.
- Jenni Miller
3 items from 2015
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