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Tuesday
Oct112011

Woman Sues Producers of 'Drive' Claiming There Isn't Enough Driving

Todd Williamson/WireImage(DETROIT) -- Ryan Gosling's crime thriller Drive has won much acclaim from critics and moviegoers alike, but one of them clearly isn't Sarah Deming of Keego Harbor, Mich.

Detroit’s WDIV-TV reports that Deming is suing the film's producers because there wasn't enough driving in it.

In the movie, Gosling plays a movie stuntman who earns extra money by being a "wheel man" for criminals and others, but who gets involved with a vicious gangster.

Deming's suit against FilmDistrict and the Michigan theater group Emagine says the companies are "falsely advertising" the film as being -- in her opinion -- "very similar to the Fast and the Furious, and similar series of movies," and "Drive bore very little similarity to a chase or race action film." 

Deming also claims the movie is anti-Semitic. She is hoping to turn the legal action into a class action suit so others who felt misled by movie trailers can file suit.

Producers have not yet responded.

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Friday
Sep162011

'I Don't Know How She Does It,' 'Drive,' 'Straw Dogs,' 'The Lion King' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- I Don't Know How She Does It: Sarah Jessica Parker is an employee at a financial management firm who has trouble balancing work with family when she lands a new account and is teamed with a handsome new business associate.  Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn and Seth Meyers also star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Drive: Ryan Gosling is a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver for robbers who's targeted by criminals after a heist gone wrong.  Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman and Christina Hendricks also star.  Rated R.

-- Straw Dogs: In this remake of the 1971 Dustin Hoffman film, James Marsden and Kate Bosworth play a married couple who are drawn into violence in the wife's hometown.  Alexander Skarsgard also stars.  Rated R.

-- The Lion King: Disney's classic 1994 animated film is re-released in 3D for a two-week theatrical run.  Rated G.

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Thursday
Sep152011

Movie Review: 'Drive'

Ablestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Perhaps the best thing about Drive is you’ve never really seen a film quite like it.

The worst thing about Drive?  Nothing.  Wow.

Ryan Gosling plays Driver -- if he has a name we never hear it, nor does it matter -- a movie stunt driver and mechanic by day and a freelance heist driver by night.  He doesn’t say much, so when he does say something, you want to listen.  You have to listen.  If you hire Driver, you get five minutes to do your thing -- and you better do it in five minutes because he will not wait.

Driver gets help from Bryan Cranston’s Shannon.  He supplies the cars and, for the purpose of this story, the antagonist.  Shannon has built a stock car and is looking to put together a racing team, with Driver as his, well, driver, but needs some cash.  For that, he turns to former movie producer-turned-faux mobster Bernie Rose, played by Albert Brooks, whose unassuming, benign veneer masks a brutal, calculating killer.

Racing professionally could be the sort of thing that will allow Driver to retire from his “night” job.  One of the many beautiful things about this film is it doesn’t hit us over the head with Driver’s plans, but instead allows us to infer them.  However, Driver will stray off course when he moves next door to Irene, played by Carrie Mulligan, and her young son Benecio.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher trilogy, Valhalla Rising), Drive will likely be the most original, cohesive movie offering we get this year.  Gosling delivers one of his generation's most memorable performances.  Part James Dean, part Brando, sprinkle in some Paul Newman and this young actor has let Hollywood know he's its most versatile and, perhaps, talented leading man.  Add in its handheld camera shots, 1980s aesthetic and heart-stopping car chases, coupled with Cliff Martinez’s brilliant and moody score, and Drive is an instant classic.

Five out of five stars. 

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