Niagara Gazette —
I have always believed that every movie should be shown to critics. You never know what will surprise you.
One feature that was screened and is proving very strong at the box office is “The Lego Movie.” I took my nephews Jeremy and Lucas (ages 11 and 8 respectively) and their mother, Lisa Carver, my sister, to the preview screening. The boys and their mom loved it, but more importantly, in terms of this column, I also thought it was completely enjoyable. The clever and colorful film follows the adventures of Emmet, a little Lego construction worker, who finds himself caught up in adventures far beyond his wildest imagination. There’s a delightful cast of supporting Lego figures, including popular comic book characters, and a mean villain who wants to control the Lego world by gluing everything together.
The story was fresh and funny, with plenty of laughs for kids and a lot of inside jokes for adults. I saw it in 3D, but I don’t think that’s an ingredient vital to its success. I’ve never liked the way the glasses darken the image. That written, “The Lego Movie” should be on your list of movies to see. The scenes set on a Lego-created ocean are an animated wonderland.
On a more adult note, “In Secret” is based on Emile Zola’s tragic 1867 novel “Therese Raquin.” It was featured at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it was called “Therese.” The title change for the release to American audiences seems an unnecessary desire to give the tale more mystery than it has already. The story is a cauldron of adultery, betrayal, murderous impulses, and bitterness, none of which needed enhancing. The orphaned Therese (Elizabeth Olsen) is sent to live with a conniving aunt (Jessica Lange), who forces her to marry her sickly and melancholy cousin (Tom Felton). After this odd trio has moved to the lower depths of Paris, Therese, who loathes her husband, takes up with Laurent (Oscar Isaac), an amateur artist. Their passionate and dangerous affair leads to deadly consequences.