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A hardened cop and a desperate crook form an unlikely alliance that helps bring down an organized crime syndicate in “Bad Country,” a blandly executed action-thriller whose cast names (Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe) and mild ’80s Louisiana flavor offer only modest compensations for the story’s workmanlike construction and routine twists. Opening for a brief theatrical run on April 11, this first and final directorial effort by “The Boondock Saints” producer Chris Brinker — who died of an aortic aneurysm last year, while the film (then titled “Whiskey Bay”) was still in post-production — feels like home-viewing fodder through and through, and should rack up a few downloads on the basis of its top-billed duo.
The loosely fact-inspired story (credited to four writers including Jonathan Hirschbein, who wrote the screenplay) begins in 1983 south Louisiana, also known as “hell with the lid off,” in the cynical parlance of Det. Lt. Bud Carter (Dafoe, sporting »
- Justin Chang
This season of Justified has been comparatively light on the heavy stuff. There has been a constant ebbing of compelling material as Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Art (Nick Searcy) continue down their road of indifference, and the Crowes have brought north with them a newfound sense of anarchy to an otherwise quiet Harlan County. But with the (shockingly) levelheaded influence of Boyd (Walton Goggins), even that has not managed to peak – until now.
In the ballsiest move we’ve seen from Daryl (Michael Rapaport) this season, he opened fire on the Deputy Chief Marshal, unofficially declaring war on Raylan himself. Whether or not Art was the intended target, or if him conveniently being there for Allison’s (Amy Smart) safety put him in the line of fire, remains a mystery. Daryl wasn’t keen on explicitly sharing all the details of his plan under the circumstances. There is always the »
- Lindsay Sperling
The Single Moms Club is in theaters now and to celebrate Wamg sat down with Terry Crews, who plays Branson in the film, to talk about love scenes, football, and the musical Hairspray. Check it out below!
When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. The Single Moms Club stars Nia Long, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, and Cocoa Brown, making this one film you don’t want to miss!
This film celebrates all of the single mothers out there. Was that one of the big draws for you to be a part of this film?
Terry Crews: Oh, big time! First of all, that’s my big audience! [laughs] To be honest, it’s really a cool place to be! I »
- Melissa Howland
Justified, Season 5, Episode 10: “Weight”
Directed by John Dahl
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX -
More than any past season of Justified, this year has had both the widest quality gap between episodes, as well as the least consistency in terms of which plotlines feel rewarding at any given time. “Weight” reshuffles the deck once again, a fast, funny, exciting hour that introduces another big name, nails the surprise re-appearance of an old friend, and takes another Crowe out of the equation (two if you count the one with four legs), but makes the previously intriguing adventures of Ava in prison feel like a drag. On balance, there’s still much more good than bad on offer here.
- Simon Howell
The Crowe’s came into this season of Justified with a bang, and it looks like that’s exactly the way that they’re unintentionally going to go out. Danny (Aj Buckley) was introduced to fans early on as a loose cannon. He’s all brawn and no finesse. We saw how quickly his temper flared up when the Crowe’s first arrived in Kentucky – first with Jean-Baptiste (Edi Gathegi), and later with Kendal’s social worker, Allison (Amy Smart). Even when posed with situations involving law enforcement, Danny falls into his familiar pattern of action over strategy each time. Which is exactly what landed him in his current predicament, despite (or maybe because of) the jolt of confidence after retrieving Dewey (Damon Herriman) and the other half of the Mexican drug haul.
The sad part about Dewey, or at least the most recent addition to that list, is that »
- Lindsay Sperling
Los Angeles (AP) — Chasing down the top spot at the box office after debuting at No. 2 last week, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took the lead in its second weekend. The DreamWorks animated film about the time-traveling adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted earned $21.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 3-D kiddie-jaunt features voices from "Modern Family" stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter. "Our mid-week numbers were very strong indicating good and positive word of mouth," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Twentieth Century Fox. "If anything, this is exceeding (expectations). It's a combination of likable characters and it's a nostalgia play for those who are familiar with the show." Mr. Peabody and Sherman first appeared in the 1950s and early 1960s on the show "Peabody's Improbable History," a segment within the animated television series "Rocky and His Friends" and later "The Bullwinkle Show. »
- Jessica Herndon (AP)
It was not a good weekend to be a new movie in wide release at the box office. The world’s smartest animated dog took the lead this weekend and left Need for Speed in the dust, while Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club missed the mark and now has the dubious honor of being his lowest opening ever.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman came out on top in its second weekend in theaters with $21.2 million from 3,951 locations. The $145 million DreamWorks Animation pic dropped 34.2 percent from last week’s opening, putting its domestic total at $63.2 million. The real test »
- Lindsey Bahr
Los Angeles (AP) - Chasing down the top spot at the box office after debuting at No. 2 last week, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took the lead in its second weekend.
The DreamWorks animated film about the time-traveling adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted earned $21.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 3-D kiddie-jaunt features voices from "Modern Family" stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter.
"Our mid-week numbers were very strong indicating good and positive word of mouth," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Twentieth Century Fox. "If anything, this is exceeding (expectations). It's a combination of likable characters and it's a nostalgia play for those who are familiar with the show."
Mr. Peabody and Sherman first appeared in the 1950s and early 1960s on the show "Peabody's Improbable History," a segment within the animated television series "Rocky and His Friends" and later "The Bullwinkle Show. »
- The Associated Press
New Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club delivered great drama,comedy & more. Lionsgate released their new comedy/drama flick, "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club" into theaters this weekend. I just watched it, and thought it was way better than I originally thought it would be, serving up great laughs, drama, beautiful women, and more. It stars: Tyler Perry, Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown, Ryan Eggold, William Levy, Terry Crews, and Eddie Cibrian. In the new flick, five struggling single moms, May (Nia Long) , Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Hillary (Amy Smart), Esperanza (Zulay Henao), and Lytia (Cocoa Brown) put their differences aside to form a support group for each other, called "The Single Moms Club." May is struggling to raise a young boy on her own,and not let him know that his father is a drug addict. Jan is so busy that her 12 year »
Five women from disparate walks of life find common ground as single parents in “Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club,” one of the best products to roll off the prolific multihyphenate’s Atlanta-based assembly line, largely absent the pandering humor and finger-wagging moralism that have bedeviled many of Perry’s earlier (if undeniably popular) efforts. Perry is by now a well-established brand who knows what his audience wants, but this gentle, touching and sometimes quite funny portrait of female solidarity (think “Waiting to Exhale” by way of “9 to 5”) manages to play to Perry’s base while simultaneously broadening it. Disenfranchised distaff moviegoers eager to prove Cate Blanchett’s Oscar speech right ought to line up in droves.
The generally low-key, ingratiating vibe of Perry’s latest is reflected in Perry himself, who gives a nicely understated supporting performance here as a divorced father of two who ends up wooing »
- Scott Foundas
The Single Moms Club, Tyler Perry’s latest collection of Tyler Perry–isms, starts off well enough, with a series of single mothers from different walks of life being called into the principal’s office at their children’s very exclusive school for a multi-parent heart-to-heart. There’s Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), the snotty publishing executive; Lytia (Cocoa Brown), the sassy waitress from the hood; Hillary (Amy Smart), a mother of three in the midst of a nasty divorce from her lawyer husband; beautiful Esperanza (Zulay Henao), who doesn’t want her daughter or her manipulative ex to know about her new boyfriend; and May (Nia Long), an overworked journalist and aspiring author. These are some great actresses, and with writer-director-producer Perry displaying some rare focus, you’re intrigued at first by the possibility of watching them interact for a couple of hours. It doesn’t last.All these mothers’ kids, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Amy Smart is one of the stars of Tyler Perry’s latest comedy-drama, The Single Moms Club. In the film she plays Hillary, a wealthy woman who has just gotten divorced after 12 years of marriage and sees the financial support from her husband quickly evaporate. It doesn’t take long for Hillary to find herself completely unprepared for this situation and overwhelmed with responsibilities that she had previously been able to elude. Thankfully, she soon finds a group of single moms from different walks of life who are also dealing with the immense challenges of raising children without a father around. Through their collective friendship they discover how they can become better parents than they already are.
- Ben Kenber
It’s another testosterone-driven weekend at the multiplexes as the video game-turned-movie Need for Speed faces off against last week’s reigning box office conqueror 300: Rise of an Empire.
The question is whether or not Aaron Paul, beloved as the tragic Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, can carry a movie. The idea of a star-driven film is a bit of an outdated mentality, but choosing Paul to lead a fairly expensive action pic was at turns unconventional and bold. It’s also a lot of pressure, especially if DreamWorks and EA are eyeing a potential franchise in the vein »
- Lindsey Bahr
Justified, Season 5, Episode 9: “Wrong Roads” Written by Dave Andron and Leonard Chang Directed by Michael Dinner Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX - Now that it’s too late for Justified‘s fifth season to rank with the restof the series – relatively speaking, there’s simply been too much chaff to make that cut – there’s a case to be made that we’re all better off if we accept and enjoy what’s left of the season on its own merits. To that end, “Wrong Roads” marks animprovement from the last couple of outings, boasting what feels like genuine attention to theme and character, a valuable if unsubtle guest-cast addition, and a host of memorable,if notmind-blowing, sequences. -
Eric Roberts (himself referenced by Art in an earlier episode!) turns up in what feels like the season’s thirtieth guest star part as a rogueish DEA agent »
- Simon Howell
This weekend, Aaron Paul is fresh out of prison and looking for revenge in "Need for Speed," Kristen Bell returns to "Veronica Mars" in the film adaptation of the cult hit television show, and Jason Bateman directs himself in the profanity-laced comedy "Bad Words."
"Need for Speed" stars Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a street racer out for revenge. Recently released from prison, Marshall joins a cross country race to get close to the target of his vengeance, ex-partner, Dino Brewster, but his Brewster has already learned of his plan and places a massive bounty on his head. Directed by Scott Waugh ("Act of Valor"), the film stars Dominic Cooper and Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi) in supporting roles.
- Jonny Black
Undeniably likable in its own breezy, resolutely unambitious way, Jay Karas’ tennis laffer “Break Point” manages to generate decent laughs, even if its reliance on indie-comedy formula borders on the pathological. Starring a well-matched Jeremy Sisto (who also has story credit, alongside scripter Gene Hong) and David Walton as two odd-couple brothers and doubles partners, the film ought to attract modest distrib interest, although its prospects are far more regional tournament than Grand Slam-sized.
Sisto plays Jimmy, a 35-year-old man-child journeyman (journeyman-child?) tennis pro whose career is already a few years past its expiration date. Thanks to his Ilie Nastase-like court demeanor and Pat Rafter-style approach to pregame drinking, he’s just lost his doubles partner (Cy Amundson), and he’s become enough of a circuit joke that no one else will agree to play with him as he looks to make one last go for a major tournament. »
- Andrew Barker
Tyler Perry returns to this theaters this Friday with The Single Moms Club , which he director, wrote, produced and stars in. We got a chance to talk to Perry and his co-stars Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao and Cocoa Brown. You can watch the interviews using the player below. In the dramedy, when five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. »
Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) isn’t any closer to settling his differences with Art (Nick Searcy) at the close of this episode of Justified then he was at the end of the last one, but at least he’s found some semblance of purpose. Instead of taking that vacation he promised everyone, Raylan spent his free time following a lead that ended in death and shockingly only trace amounts of mayhem. None of which earned him accolades back at the office, but it did give him a reason to stick around Kentucky.
Justified has reached a point in the narrative where Raylan no longer has a personal life. His only potential lead at relationship happiness at the moment has hit a brick wall, and his daughter and ex-wife have relocated to Florida. Raylan has had two convenient opportunities to go visit his baby girl already this season, and has passed on both of them. »
- Lindsay Sperling
Tyler Perry probably wishes he'd been raised by a single mom. As he has said in interviews, his father, Emmitt, was abusive and once beat him so hard with a vacuum hose that his skin felt flayed. In response, the writer-director reveres mothers, synthesizing his mom and aunt into the all-powerful Madea, and here in The Single Moms Club elevating them to the wisecracking goddesses of the hearth. The club consists of Waffle House waitress Lytia (Cocoa Brown), cowed divorcee Esperanza (Zulay Henao), wannabe writer May (Nia Long), fierce publishing executive Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), and former trophy wife Hillary (Amy Smart), whose lawyer ex has just quit funding her maid, Christina (Angela Matemotja), i.e., the substitute mom her daughter loves best. All they share in co »
I always enjoyed talking to Tyler Perry. Say what you want about the prolific writer/director but he.s doing his own thing and marching to his own beat! In his new movie, .The Single Moms Club,. Perry ditched his usual heavy-handedness and gave us a commendable film. Big credit goes to Nia Long and the rest of the .single moms. cast such as Wendy McLendon-Covey, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao, and Cocoa Brown.
In this interview, we talked about Perry.s interest in paying homage to single mothers, and Long.s attraction to her character. She was specifically happy that her son, Massai, played her real-life child in the film. Oh yeah, in the movie, Perry.s character said that Long has a lazy left eye. So I inspected it closer, and Perry was wrong!
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