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Extract Blu-Ray Review – Win Yours Here

31 December 2009 12:01 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

When I first saw Office Space, I can't say that I was horribly impressed, but there was certainly a lot of quotable fun in the watching. After further viewings, I'm not sure the film quite deserves it's cult status, but some moments do. Extract is a film clearly from the same mind, and with much the same perspective on humor. Whether or not it manages to hold the same level of interest is difficult to predict, largely because it would have been so difficult to predict it the first time around. Extract is the story of Joel (Jason Bateman), mild-mannered owner of a company that produces extracts and flavorings. He built himself up from nothing, but life isn't all that fun anymore. His home life is not particularly interesting in the sense that he and his wife have become something better described as roommates. His employees are a motley assortment that he babysits. »

- Marc Eastman

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Blu-ray review: ‘Extract’ is Mike Judge’s most mature work yet

29 December 2009 1:57 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

If you’re expecting Mike Judge’s latest comedy Extract to act as a direct follow-up to the 1999 cult classic Office Space, then you’ll be sorely disappointed. Extract is a different animal only existing in the same genus with his past works with, not only Office Space, but his underrated satirical look at Western civilization in 2006’s Idiocracy. Extract appears to be Judge’s most mature work to date. Instead of easily taking the partisan side of the “working man/stiff/tool,” he looks at work from the eyes of the evil overseer of American enslavement: the boss.

While not as superficially funny as the writer/director’s previous, Extract features much more textured characters that are just as morally, oh, how should I say this, “complex.” This ensemble comedy centers on Joel (Jason Bateman) who owns and operates Reynold’s Extract, a bottler of vanilla, root beer and »

- Erik Buckman

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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 9:37 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of 15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S., Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- kcasey

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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 8:46 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of  15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S.,  Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- Kieron Casey

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston are the subject of a new porn parody

27 December 2009 8:23 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston are scheduled to be ripping off each others clothes on the red carpet over that nasty Brad Pitt business soon. Actually,  not the Real Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston, but merely their porn lookalikes.

Hustler has announced that production on their classy upcoming title Untrue Hollywood Stories: Angelina vs. Jennifer will kick-off production soon. The movie claims to be “every man’s fantasy come to life” by having the two actresses duke it out on the red carpet. Though details are scarce, I think we could pretty much imagine what will happen after the initial scuffle…good heavens, on the red carpet? No shame.

The imagined rivalry perpetuated by the mainstream media began with the conclusion of Aniston’s 5-year-old marriage to Brad Pitt after the actor had an affair with Jolie after meeting her on the set of their action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

It »

- Reel Loop News Staff

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‘Up In The Air’ Movie Gets Excellent Reviews From Top Movie Critics

25 December 2009 3:12 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

'Up In The Air' movie gets excellent reviews from top movie critics. Paramount's Picture's new drama movie, "Up In The Air" got released nationwide two days ago,after being released in limited areas of the country during the first week of December. The top movie critics really seem to love this film as it got mostly As and a few Bs. It stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Tamala Jones,and Chris Lowell. Wesley Morris from the Boston Globe gave it a B. He said, it was "warm, smoothly made." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it an A. He stated, "(Vera) Farmiga is one of the warmest and most attractive women in the movies, or at least she plays one." Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune gate it a B rating. He said, "It is actively impossible to dislike, even when its »

- Andre@ontheflix

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New On DVD This Week

22 December 2009 3:00 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

With Christmas less than 72 hours away, it looks like the studios are putting out quite a few last-minute gift ideas for you to snatch just in time to throw under the tree. This week’s big releases include District 9, (500) Days of Summer, and the second Family Guy Star Wars Special: Something Something Something Dark Side.

Of these releases, we are all pretty excited about the new Family Guy DVD this week. It’s the sequel to 2007’s Blue Harvest Star Wars special. This time, Seth McFarlane and his team spoof the events of The Empire Strikes Back. This special is never-before-seen, and won’t get airtime until mid-March.

Check out this week’s releases:

Movies

District 9 ~ Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope (DVD and Blu-ray)

(500) Days of Summer ~ Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (DVD and Blu-ray)

All About Steve ~ Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church (DVD and Blu-ray)

Extract ~ Jason Bateman, »

- Joe Gillis

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Quick Snaps: 'Extract' Now on DVD

22 December 2009 10:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The latest comedy from Austin filmmaker Mike Judge, Extract, is out on DVD today. Just in time for Christmas, you can sit with your family and watch a movie about insurance fraud, adultery, sexy con artists, dopey gigolos, drug-pushing bartenders ... hmm, I may have to get my hands on a copy. As you can see from my review, I got a kick out of the movie, although it may not be as repeatedly watchable as Office Space or Idiocracy. Jenn Brown also reviewed the film.

The DVD release gives me an excuse to share a few more photos from the local Extract premiere at the Paramount in August. As I noted in my article, everyone was sweating like crazy, although you're supposed to call it "glow" when actors do it. Still, the folks on the red carpet that evening were good-natured about it. Debbie Cerda was also there and got »

- Jette Kernion

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Extract’ Aims Satire at Land of Idiocracy

22 December 2009 8:53 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Mike Judge is fascinated by the culture of stupid. His characters are so desperate to shake up the listless patterns of their lives that they’ll resort to antics far below their normal Iq level. Judge’s third live-action feature is aimed at a generation addicted to smoking pot and watching “Family Guy,” two compulsions often used as an easy escape route from reality.

Joel (Jason Bateman) is dissatisfied with his life at work and at home. All of his problems stem from either boredom or frustration. His wife (Kristen Wiig) is tired of her job designing advertisements on her home computer, and doesn’t respond to her husband’s bedroom advances. Joel’s job as owner of an extract manufacturing plant is in turmoil when an on-the-job accident (brought about irked employees) badly injures one of his workers, whose lawsuit attracts the attention of a gold-digging con artist, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday

22 December 2009 6:30 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Whether you're looking for the perfect last minute Christmas gift or just need something new to snuggle up with during the holiday lull, I've got some new goodies for you. First up are hot new DVDs for your Netflix queue, and check back later for the latest in the music world. (500) Days of Summer Taking apart a doomed relationship that lasts just over a year (500) Days of Summer is a refreshing, realistic spin on the typical movie romance. Zooey Deschanel stars as the film's title character, while Joseph-Gordon Levitt plays her idealistic admirer and ultimately, her ex-boyfriend (which nabbed him a Golden Globe nomination). The quirky little rom-com charmed audiences (and me) even if it is a little too cute and hipster-y at times. I will say this: it may be worth it just for Jgl's adorable dance sequence and the killer soundtrack. DVD extras include deleted scenes and a commentary track featuring director Webb, »

- BuzzSugar

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Blu-ray Capsule Review: Extract

22 December 2009 12:58 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Extract Quick Thoughts: I don't mind this film, but I'm not overjoyed watching it. It sort of plays like a sitcom with your favorite stars, but it's not one of the "good" episodes, instead it's just the guys doing their thing and as a result you watch it instead of watching something else. Best put, this is a movie you catch on HBO or Showtime when nothing else is on after having rented it from Netflix.

Oh, as for a quick synopsis, Jason Bateman owns an extract plant and is planning on selling it off and retiring when one of his employees is injured and threatens to sue the plant putting the sale in limbo, all while Mila Kunis plays a con artist whom Bateman is considering cheating on his wife (Kristen Wiig) with. The potential is there, but the delivery is empty.

Supplements: We're talking pretty much bare bones here. »

- Brad Brevet

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Clooney's New Comedy Will Take You 'Up in the Air'

21 December 2009 9:35 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

At once cynical and sweet, Up in the Air might be the perfect film for George Clooney. He has often added a cool but caring element to his roles, and Up in the Air's Ryan Bingham capitalizes on his Cary-Grant-like charm. As a full-time firer, Ryan jets from city to city, doing companies' dirty work as he tells employees they have lost their jobs. It sounds heartless (especially in the current economic climate), but Ryan takes pride in his work. He brings humanity to the proceedings, trying to make the news as soft a blow as possible, for both personal and legal reasons.

He thrives in the commitment-free life that he has forged for himself, relishing the away-from-home comforts of airports and hotels. Even his rarely slept-in apartment resembles a room in a spartan inn. He has some connection with his two sisters (Melanie Lynskey and Amy Morton), but »

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Collider Goes to Dinner With Mike Judge

21 December 2009 8:20 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There are two sides to Mike Judge in Hollywood. There’s the TV star, who took a ton of heat but came out as one of the most daring and biting voices of satire in the 1990’s with Beavis and Butthead, and the successful maistream animator with a thirteen season run of the folksy and engaging King of the Hill. Then there’s the film director, who was cajoled into the theatrical Beavis and Butthead Do America, but has worked in live action ever since. He made two films for 20th Century Fox to see them abandoned theatrically, only for both 1999’s Office Space and 2006’s Idiocracy to now be regaled as cult classics. His most recent film, 2009’s Extract did not set the film world afire (Extract is now available on DVD and Blu-ray), but it showed a less biting Judge doing what he does best: everyday life comedy. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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In My Opinion: Top Ten Biggest Disappointments of 2009

21 December 2009 4:35 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Ten films that didn't live up to expectations Ten Most Disappointing Films of 2009

This year I've decided I'm not going to write a "Worst of 2009" list. What's the point? If you must you can visit the review archives for 2009, sort by grade and find my reviews of Fanboys, The Last House on the Left, All About Steve and I Love You Beth Cooper and then fill in six of your choosing from the "D" section and be done with it. Instead, I'm going back to what I've done only one other time and going to take a look back at the films that ended up disappointing me on one lever or another.

This way I don't have to talk about The Marc Pease Experience or Bride Wars. Year One and Whiteout don't need further dicussion and neither does G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra of Fighting. Instead I can »

- Brad Brevet

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Mike Judge talks 'Extract': Dinner with the 'Beavis and Butt-head' creator

21 December 2009 4:08 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When I'm offered a dinner with director Mike Judge, there's very little convincing needed.

Not only is Judge responsible for the underrated comedy "Extract"  (available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, Dec. 22) but he's also the sly genius behind Fox's Emmy-winning "King of the Hill," the 1990s iconic cartoon "Beavis and Butt-head" and one of the best workplace comedies of all time, "Office Space."

It was a cool December evening when my fellow reporters and I descended upon Joe's Restaurant in Venice, Calif., where a custom-designed four-course tasting menu with wine pairings awaited us. With the help of champagne, the conversation kicked off with talk of Comic-Con, which Judge said was filled with "very likable nerds."

Speaking of nerds ...

I am one for taking this picture. Yes, I was seated next to Mike Judge. Okay, my name is misspelled, but still -- Mike Judge!

Our humble director probably caught on »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Due Out in the UK on August 27th; First Official Synopsis Released

21 December 2009 9:09 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Folks in the UK can break out their calendars and clear a space for August 27, 2010 because The Playlist is reporting that’s the day Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is scheduled to hit theaters.  However, the film is scheduled to hit France on August 18th.  It’s possible that Universal could be staking out August 20th for the Us because they released Inglourious Basterds on the same weekend this year and it worked out pretty well.  Of course, release dates are always subject to change, but if this date holds and also applies to the Us, Scott Pilgrim will have some interesting competition (provided other released dates hold as well).  While nothing is currently holding August 27th in the Us, The Expendables is due a week before on August 13th, would go up against The Baster starring Jason Bateman and Priest starring Paul Bettany, and then The American »

- Matt Goldberg

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Couples Retreat Blu-ray Details

21 December 2009 8:36 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has chosen February 9 as the date to release Peter Billingsley's Couples Retreat on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Couples Retreat had a strong run at the box office and has a handful of good laughs if you are willing to sit through relatively long buildups to reach them. The ensemble cast includes Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Temuera Morrison and Jean Reno.

The following bonus features are confirmed to be included on the Blu-ray Disc and DVD versions. There may be an additional Blu-ray exclusive or two which I will be sure to pass along it materializes.

Alternate Ending - Back in Chicago Gag Reel Deleted Scenes Extended Scenes Therapy's Greatest Hits Paradise Found: Filming in Bora Bora Behind the Yoga Feature Commentary with Director Peter Billingsley and Star Vince Vaughn Digital copy

Couples Retreat on »

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The movies set for Oscar glory in 2010

21 December 2009 2:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood's red carpet gets wider next year, with twice as many best picture nominees. From Harlem to Iraq, Disney fantasy to star-studded musical, we look at the main contenders and anticipate a year of true diversity

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the best picture category at the 2010 Oscars would be widened from five to 10 nominees, a leading American producer, here for the recent London film festival, told me bullishly: "You'd have to really screw up to not get nominated this time."

He shall remain nameless, mainly because, as awards season got under way last week with the announcement of the Golden Globe nominees, his film appears to be one of the most overlooked. Somewhere along the line, he just might have screwed up. But has the return to the pre-1944 era (when 10 or 12 films were often included) really sparked a race for films not »

- Jason Solomons

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