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A morally muddled mess that is convoluted in plot and appallingly simplistic in its themes. I am a sad geek today. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve been a fan of Neill Blomkamp’s films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If a mashup of 80s robot flicks Short Circuit and RoboCop sounds like a bad joke, well: almost. Chappie is often risible, but it’s more sad than anything else. Not the good kind of sad: this is not a poignant or touching film, though it clearly hopes to be. No, Chappie makes me sad because the promise that South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp displayed with his brilliant District 9 and which hung over his flawed but still daring followup Elysium is nowhere to be found here. Chappie is a morally muddled mess that is convoluted in plot and appallingly simplistic in its themes. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Magnet Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to "Skin Trade," directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham and written by Dolph Lundgren and Steven Elder. The film also stars Lundgren as Nick Cassidy, a detective investigating a human trafficking network run by a Serbian Gangster, played by Ron Perlman. When his family is murdered, Nick must follow the trail to Southeast Asia and join forces with a formidable Thai detective (Tony Jaa), to get revenge and destroy the syndicate. The film also stars Michael Jai White ("The Dark Knight"), Celina Jade ("Arrow") and Peter Weller ("Star Trek Into Darkness"). This is the first pairing of Lundgren and Jaa, two of the most iconic actors in action cinema. "Skin Trade" will make its premiere on demand everywhere on April 23, with a May 8 theatrical release to follow. Read More: 'Expendables 3' Leaked Online. What Does It Mean for Indie Filmmakers? »
- Jena Keahon
Well, sometimes some confusion can be a good thing. When I was first aware of this film’s title, I thought that this may be a remake/reboot of the 1989 Peter Weller starring monster thriller with a massive CGI beastie akin to those from Pacific Rim or last Summer’s retooled Godzilla. Seems I was mistaken. Leviathan doesn’t concern itself with a colossal rampaging demon risen from the depths, but rather it’s a complex drama set in a dreary, Russian fishing village (yes, it has subtitles). The title doesn’t refer to a scaly giant that the film’s heroes must face. They instead must square off against an even more formidable adversary, for this leviathan is comprised not of claws and fangs, but corruption and the cruelties of fate itself.
The story begins as the sun rises over that Russian village, as Nikolay (Aleksey Serebryakov) heads away »
- Jim Batts
If I had to make a list of the most consistently satisfying Justified episodes, "Noblesse Oblige" would be on it. It's got everything fans want from the series, except for a certain quotient of fisticuffs or gunplay, but we don't really miss that because the threat of violence is so intense that by the end, you feel just as exhausted. Written by Taylor Elmore and Benjamin Cavell and directed by Peter Weller (who also had a heavy behind-the-scenes presence in Sons of Anarchy, which he occasionally acted in), this chapter gives nearly every major recurring character one or more moments to shine, and it ratchets the tension up and down from moment to moment so precisely that you can almost see a sadist's hand turning the dial.The episode starts with one of the very best Ava-Boyd scenes: the two of them drunk, flirtatiously lying atop Boyd's bar. "What I »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Justified, Season 6, Episode 3: “Noblesse Oblige”
Directed by Peter Weller
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX
The notion of Boyd Crowder: Ultimate Hillbilly Crook has been a pervasive one on Justified for quite some time now, arguably to the series’ detriment. That near-deification might help to sell us on the stakes of the eventual Boyd v. Raylan cataclysm, but it doesn’t make Boyd a particularly interesting person to spend time with, at least on paper. (Being portrayed by Walton Goggins, one of the very best actors in the medium, helps a lot in this regard.) If “Noblesse Oblige” accomplishes nothing else, it at least briefly gets us back in contact with Boyd Crowder, the flesh-and-blood ne’er-do-well who occasionally just likes to get well beyond shitfaced with the woman he loves.
That hilarious opening scene also winds up doing a favor for Joelle Carter, »
- Simon Howell
Last night, CBS served up the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Hawaii Five-o" episode 14 of season 5, and features new looks at some highly intense and dramatic stuff as the Five-o crew loses track of a very elusive criminal that's on the attack, and more! The episode is titled, "Powehiwehi." In the new, 14th episode official plotline: While Five-o hunts for a notorious criminal who has never been seen, Kono will have to fight for her life when she discovers the villain's identity. Plotline number 2: While Five-0 hunts for a notorious criminal who has never been seen, Kono will have to fight for her life when she discovers the villain's identity. Also, Kono will confess to Adam that she's conflicted about their future together because of his ties to his formerly corrupt family business. Michael Imperioli guest stars as a street-wise barbershop owner. The episode's story is by Travis Donnelly. »
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Hawaii Five-o" episode 14 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Powehiwehi," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense action go down when Kono is forced to fight for her life after learning the true identity of the villain, and more! In the new, 14th episode press release: While Five-o hunts for a notorious criminal who has never been seen, Kono is going to have to fight for her life when she discovers the villain's identity. Press release number 2: While Five-0 hunts for a notorious criminal who has never been seen, Kono will have to fight for her life when she discovers the villain's identity. Also, Kono is going to confess to Adam that she's conflicted about their future together because of his ties to his formerly corrupt family business. Michael Imperioli guest stars as a street-wise barbershop owner. »
- Andre Braddox
We’re back with another horror round-up, this time focusing on release details for the home media offerings of David Cronenberg’s Rabid and Nils Timm’s Echoes, as well as information on NBC’s pilot order for the paranormal comedy, Strange Calls.
Press Release – “Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of David Cronenberg’s much lauded horror classic Rabid (1977) which will be available on dual format Blu-ray & DVD both as an amaray and Steelbook from 16th February 2015. This new edition will mark the Blu-ray world premiere for Rabid, which served as the follow up picture to Cronenberg’s debut 1975 feature Shivers, continuing to explore the themes of viral diseases, yet upping the ante, the scale, the gore levels and the threat by unleashing »
- Derek Anderson
When the Kingdom of Altantis prepares to retaliate for an attack on their people by the Us Military, it is up to the Justice League to stop this rising threat while Arthur Curry finds out about his real origins.
Okay, I have been a long-time fan of DC’s animated universe (having started out as a kid watching Batman:Tas through to Justice League Unlimited and then to the movies like Superman:Doomsday, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Justice League: Flashpoint) and it wasn’t until the New 52 began that I started to read the comics, which unfortunately gave me background knowledge of what happens in this particular story and so diluted my overall view of this film.
So Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a »
9 items from 2015
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