Critical rating: 2½ stars out of four
Directed by: Brad Bird (“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles,” “The Iron Giant”)
Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw and Thomas Robinson
Rated: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements and language
The story: A scientifically curious young woman (Britt Robertson) learns of an alternate reality where humans have created inventions beyond our wildest dreams. She also learns that her reality is doomed unless she and an aging inventor (George Clooney) find a way to rid the world of its ever-increasing, human-created problems.
The scoop: Director and co-writer Brad Bird has done a masterful job creating an awe-inspiring look at an alternate reality that could represent humanity’s future. He has also crafted a story with an important and beautiful message: Human beings can build a wonderful future together, but only if they stop the self-destructive behavior that is destroying our lives and planet. Clooney and Robertson are likable in the lead roles, but the intricacies of the complex plot are difficult to decipher. This is largely due to uneven storytelling that leaves a host of important questions unanswered. In other words, “Tomorrowland” is beautiful and engaging, but it feels sloppy, particularly when judged in relation to Bird’s previous work.
A number of high-profile theatrical releases are moving to the small-screen this week, and they range from a supernatural romance to a military drama.
Tom Hiddleston, left, plays Loki and Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the Marvel Comics adventure “Thor: The Dark World.”
It’s a fantastic week for home video with several good movies – including two nominated for multiple Academy Awards – moving to the small screen.
George Clooney, left, and Shailene Woodley play a distressed father and daughter in writer-director Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.”
This week’s home video releases are anchored by two movies that played key roles in the recent Academy Awards ceremony.
Ryan Gosling plays an idealistic campaign strategist in the political drama “The Ides of March.”
This week’s home video releases include a thriller designed to turn Taylor Lautner into an action star and a powerful political drama from actor-director George Clooney.
George Clooney plays a mysterious assassin in director Anton Corbijn’s “The American.”
It’s a slow week for home video, with only a couple major theatrical releases heading to stores, the most notable being a thriller starring George Clooney.
Kristen Stewart, right, and Robert Pattinson do a lot of sulking in the vampire drama “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”
This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases include a Humphrey Bogart/Katharine Hepburn classic, a best picture candidate in the 2009 Oscar race and a pop culture phenomenon that had tweens flocking to theaters just a few months ago.
Gabourey Sidibi plays Claireece Precious Jones in the Oscar-nominated movie “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”
Many titles are hitting home video this week, including two films that competed for multiple Oscars during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.