This is Ron
Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my review of
three films now showing at The Majestic Theater in
OK, so it’s a
“The Taking of Pelham 123” is still a tight little
drama, starring two significant veteran actors.
The good guy is Denzel Washington, somehow
suddenly paunchy and middle-aged, who’s been demoted
from Metro Executive to lowly dispatcher because of
some alleged bribery kickback scheme.
He seems so calm and rational, and his voice
sounds so reasonable.
Just the tonic which the wild-eyed, maniacal
John Travolta needs, as the spokesman for the bad guys
who hijacked a subway train and now want money.
Except these are not merely ordinary thugs;
they’re knowledgeable about how the trains
work and how to drive them and how to find just the
right spot on the tracks for maximum security and
Can you believe a criminal that well-spoken?
Do you enjoy poetic justice at the end of your
latest, “Imagine That,” is about a hard-driving
Wall Street executive who just didn’t have time for
his wife or his daughter, and so now he’s just lost
whenever he’s around either one of them.
He doesn’t realize how buttoned-down he’s
become until his daughter invites him to her imaginary
world of queens and princesses and dragons and
We’d like to root for a guy who will dress up
silly for his little girl’s school concert, just to
help her relax. Murphy’s
chameleon voice talent and expert mimicry make this
movie an interesting turn for his acting career.
Even if it hasn’t been all that well-received
at the box office, because it’s much more sublime
than either romantic, adventurous, violent, sexual, or
it’s worth a visit, if you’re ready to have your
heart strings plucked a bit.
And, if you want
something really different, there’s always “Drag
Me To Hell.” The
guy who made the “Spider-Man” movies returns to
his roots in making horror films.
The whole genre has kind of degenerated lately
into either random prurience or indiscriminate
slashing, but this one avoids both of those cheap
tricks, and relies instead on things jumping out at
you, or making your skin crawl with dread-filled
bank loan officer is cursed by an old gypsy for
deciding to foreclose on her home, and the demon-esque
poltergeist are relentless in their pursuit of her
tormented soul. It’s
PG-13, so nothing too awful, except animal cruelty by
inference, but this one will make you ask yourself if
you believe that “Instant Karma’s Gonna Get
This is Ron
Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM.