The Pyramid Remember back in the 1970s, when we were told that pyramid power was the path to all sorts of spiritual and physical accomplishment? Some of us were so convinced that we actually went around wearing pyramids on our heads. Boy, you could sell us on anything back then! Now, four decades later, this not-suitable-for-Halloween-release horror flick finally tells us what power the pyramids really hold: the power of unspeakable evil. Director Grégory Levasseur has never helmed a picture before, but he did co-write the remake of The Hills Have Eyes. OK, SOLD! (Dammit, I gotta stop doing that.) (R)
Wild It’s awards time, and an actor’s fancy turns to thoughts of … a high-profile showcase role in which nature is your biggest co-star. Just look at what All Is Lost did for Robert Redford. OK, it didn’t net him any major statues. But it did cause him to lose 60 percent of his hearing in one ear, and that’s gotta be good for a sympathy lifetime-achievement award when he’s on his deathbed. I wonder what sort of impairment Reese Witherspoon will claim in order to goose interest in Wild, in which she plays a woman who undertakes a hike of more than 1,000 miles after her personal life collapses. Fallen arches, maybe? Backpacker’s hunch? An unexpected mauling by the same grizzly bear that racked up Timothy Treadwell? Hell, I’ll be happy just to see the scene in which a cop tries to pull her over for drunken hiking and she reads him the riot act. (Yes, Reese, that’s always going to be the joke from now on. Get used to it.) (R)
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