By all accounts, authors Kami Garcia and
Margaret Stohl have fashioned a more literate set of romantic teen
stories, beginning with Beautiful Creatures, that traffic in the tried-and-true world of forbidden love between mortals and supernatural beings.
Good old John McClane (Bruce Willis) is right back in the middle of all
bad things. This time, he’s traipsing off to Russia to bring his
supposedly wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney) back home, but it turns out
that Jack’s the apple that hasn’t fallen far from the family tree.
Niels Arcel, best known in the U.S. as one of the screenwriters on the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,
reteams with Rasmus Heisterberg, his partner on that film, to tackle
Bodil Steensen-Leth’s novel about madness in the dawning age of
enlightenment in Denmark.
Much like Tyler Perry panders to his base, Nicholas Sparks just keeps
churning out soapy affairs about couples that meet and need to overcome
their dark secret pasts in order to find happy ever after together and
audiences can’t seem to wait for the next installment.
In The Last Stand, a few opening weekend masochists forced themselves to watch as Schwarzenegger’s small border town sheriff and a ragtag collection of kooky deputies fought against a supposedly elite extraction team seeking to transport a notorious racecar driving drug kingpin back across the border.
After seven seasons of night cheese, epic eye-rolls and general hilarity, Liz Lemon and the TGS crew head to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for one last show. 30 Rock comes to an end this week with a one-hour finale (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC).