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Not wanting to miss one last chance to howl at the moon, MTV is hosting a Teen Wolf TV show panel at New York Comic Con, in advance of the show's sixth and final season. The Teen Wolf panel begins on Saturday, October 8, at 10:30am Et/Pt, in the Hammerstein Ballroom.Teen Wolf cast members Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig, Linden Ashby, and Melissa Ponzio will appear, as will executive producer Jeff Davis. Teen Wolf season six premieres Tuesday, November 15, 2016, on MTV. Get the details from this MTV press release.Read More… »
The world of video games has come a long way in such a short period time. The simple side scrollers I loved as a kid have now become a thing of nostalgia and sometimes prove to gimmick for indie games so that they can come off as retro. Super Mario 64 was a bit of an innovation in 1996 as one of the first three dimensional gaming experiences as players roamed around the castle, jumping into paintings that allowed them to enter different worlds in order to proceed. Of course, the goal to save the princess was always the same as decade after decade she finds herself kidnapped. The need for more immersive gaming experiences grew to be possible as the Wii and Kinect offered players the chance to be physically interactive, forcing them to get off the couch and move. Of course those ended up not being enough and now we »
Mirror Images has released Beta Test this week. A blend of sci-fi and thriller, the film follows Max as he tests out a new video game. But, this is no game. What Max does in the game - happens in reality. This title was shot in Seattle, Washington. Releasing on multiple platforms, the film stars: Larenz Tate (Menace II Society), Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), Yuji Okumoto (Inception), and Linden Ashby (Mortal Kombat). An overview of the film's recent launch is hosted here. The film's trailer is slightly revealing. It shows characters Max and Creed teaming up, under hostile circumstances. Someone is controlling them from behind a digital curtain. And, these two must do anything and everything to find him. Beta Test is available on all home entertainment platforms. Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Video-on-demand, this title is being sold exclusively at the Mirror Images Ltd website, found below. Fans »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Beta Test, 2015.
Directed by Nicholas Gyeney.
Super-gamer Max Troy (Larenz Tate) is beta testing what’s promised to be a fully immersive interactive experience by Sentinel Entertainment. He quickly discovers that his in-game actions are being mirrored in the real world by the mind-controlled Orson Creed (Manu Bennett), a mega-tough disgruntled ex-employee of Sentinel. After completing various ‘game’ missions with the help of his real-world avatar, Max decides to take down the Sentinel corporation and diffuse their evil scheme.
Nicholas Gyeney co-writes, co-produces and directs a fun and simple throwback to the action movies of the 80’s with a fun high concept. Gyeney has pitched his film as a cross between Die Hard and The Firm, but its low-budget future-shock setting of a corporation-ruled city conjures both Vehoeven’s Robocop and Cameron’s original Terminator.
It begins promisingly, with »
- Mark Bartlett
Conspiracy theorists obsessed with spinning false-flag scenarios may appreciate the stoking of their paranoia during “Beta Test,” a weirdly retro and energetically preposterous thriller about a video-game mogul’s plot to seriously restrict the right to bear arms. But the only other conceivable audience for this low-budget, high-concept sci-fi action-thriller would be B-movie fanatics with a deep-rooted fondness for the sort of ’80s direct-to-video concoctions that once littered shelves at Blockbuster outlets. At one point, a character here pointedly asks for soda and popcorn as he watches action unfold on big-screen monitors. In real-life, however, viewers more likely will be consuming brewskies and microwaved burritos as the absurdities proceed apace.
The plot has something to do with a video-game developer who’s been implanted with a device that more or less turns him into a real-world first-person shooter, and has something else to do with an agoraphobic beta-tester forced to »
- Joe Leydon
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Galen T. Chu, Mike Thermeier
Synopsis: Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. »
- Steve Greene
Teen Wolf continues to capture emotional relationships, like that between father and son, with real heart...
This review contains spoilers.
5.11 The Last Chimera
One of the things Teen Wolf has done spectacularly well is capture relationships. The blush of first love. The closeness of best friends. The pain of losing a friend. The father/son bond between the Stilinski men is one of the strongest depictions of a father and son relationship on television, and to watch the two of them at odds, or to watch one comfort the other one can be really touching. When the good Sheriff of Beacon Hills is in trouble, the emotional pain Stiles goes through feels very, very real.
In my last review of Teen Wolf, I mentioned that I had been through the pain of losing a beloved car, but not the pain of losing a parent. Well, in the »
7 items from 2016
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