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Film Review: Masterminds

3 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Stories of great heists start with a bang and end with a whimper. But in Masterminds, a comedy based on the true story theft of an armored vehicle by incompetent robbers to the tune of $17 million, it begins with the usual plot devices: a voice over narrator, slow-motion shots for comedic effect, and a girl. And it closes not with a whimper but with title cards, pictures of the real life baddies, and comedic outtakes for good measure. Hollywood has done another of its numbers on a middling tale, and not in a good way.

The girl in question is Kelly, played with unusual quietness by Kristen Wiig, and the hapless lover is David Scott Ghant, portrayed by Zach Galifianakis sporting pageboy bangs. Ghant works at an armored vehicle company with Kelly, and falls hard for her. After she introduces Ghant to swindler Steve Chambers, the expectably soft-spoken Owen Wilson, »

- J Don Birnam

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Masterminds Review

3 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Masterminds is the summation of the strangest cinematic formula imaginable. You know director Jared Hess from such quirkiness as Napoleon Dynamite and Don Verdean, which he wrote alongside his wife Jerusha. You’ve witnessed how far off the beaten path his vision wanders, and you’ve probably sat there dumbfounded by the likes of Napoleon’s family and Nacho Libre. So what does Relativity Media do with such an individualistic filmmaker, who seems more comfortable writing his own material? Give him a ready-made script penned by three fairly fresh writers, cast A-list names and attempt to restrain Hess’ awkwardness for mainstream success. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, much like the actual bank heist Hess’ film is based on, everything.

Zach Galifianakis stars as Loomis Fargo security guard David Ghantt, who’s described as the lovechild of “Kenny Rodgers and Kenny Loggins.” His dreams of an exciting professional career that »

- Matt Donato

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Movie Review – Masterminds (2016)

4 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Masterminds, 2016.

Directed by Jared Hess.

Starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis.

Synopsis:

A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

Masterminds was originally set to release in August of last year, but those plans fell through due to a bankruptcy within the film’s distributor, although honestly the fact that the movie is now releasing in the month of September a little over a year later might actually benefit its box office performance, as the movie actually co-stars 3/4 of the Ghostbusters reboot (Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones). And trust me, this movie is going to need all the help it can get to be a success, especially on a weekend with four other movies coming out.

This will probably surprise you considering the absurd jokes found in the trailers, »

- Robert Kojder

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Film Review: ‘Masterminds’

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arguably the most outrageous line in the consistently bonkers heist comedy “Masterminds” occurs just four minutes in, after Zach Galifianakis, playing an armored-truck driver with an overgrown beard and Little Lord Fauntleroy haircut, shoots a hole in his shorts when ineptly trying to holster a handgun in his waistband. It is then that director Jared Hess (making his funniest film since “Napoleon Dynamite”) flashes the words “Based on a true story” across the screen. Sure enough, as crazy as the details can get, the basic facts of how a handful of rednecks stole, squandered, and were ultimately forced to surrender nearly $17 million in Loomis Fargo loot are true, making for a movie that will leave many gawking in disbelief — and the beleaguered Relativity laughing all the way to the bank.

At least, that would have been the case had this legitimately funny movie co-produced by “Saturday Night Live’s” Lorne Michaels »

- Peter Debruge

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'Masterminds': Film Review

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dumb criminals and their bad ’90s taste are the objects of affectionate ridicule in Masterminds, director Jared Hess’s predictably cartoonish spin on a true story. The real-life farce known as the “hillbilly heist,” one of the largest and most improbable cash hauls in American crime history, unfolds as a scattershot collection of caricatures and gags. The emphasis on skit-style moments may be miscalculated, but it’s no surprise given the SNL pedigree of a number of cast members and Lorne Michaels’ involvement as producer. Leads Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis bolster the hit-and-

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- Sheri Linden

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Review: Masterminds

5 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: An armored car driver (Zach Galifianakis) is convinced to rob his employer by a former colleague (Kristen Wiig), who he has a crush on. The robbery ends-up being the biggest in U.S history, with $17 million stolen. When he goes on the lamb in Mexico, one of his cohorts (Owen Wilson) starts spending money, and hires a professional killer (Jason Sudeikis) to tie-up loose ends. Review: Masterminds is... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Masterminds Review: Doesn't Live Up to Its Comedy Pedigree

5 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Masterminds is a slapstick comedy based on a historic 1997 bank heist. It has an all-star cast of comedy veterans with direction by Jared Hess of Napoleon Dynamite fame. Unfortunately it doesn't nearly live up to its pedigree. There are a few laughs sprinkled throughout. The sight gags and costumes being its strength by far. The problem is that it's silly stupid, not silly funny. I could watch Dumb and Dumber fifty times. It's stupid, but knockdown funny. Masterminds plays like a weak SNL sketch that goes on for ninety minutes.

Zach Galifianakis stars as David Ghantt, a schlubby armored car driver in backwoods North Carolina. He's engaged but openly pines for Janice (Kristen Wiig), an ex-coworker. Janice's duplicitous childhood friend (Owen Wilson) convinces her to manipulate David into robbery. The result is a massive score with a whole lot of epically bumbling consequences.

The production design, costumes, and hairstyles fuel the sight gags. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Masterminds’ Review: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and More Can’t Save This Painfully Unfunny Heist Film

8 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s a pretty good heist story buried underneath the muddled, sloppy mess that is “Masterminds.” After all, the film is based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, in which an employee of the armored truck company attempted to make off with nearly $20 million in a daring (and daringly stupid) act of criminal inspiration. Jared Hess’ film, his followup to the critically maligned “Don Verdean,” is so deeply unfunny that it’s probably wise to imagine what could have been. Despite a stacked cast of typically reliable talent, including Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Owen Wilson, Hess’ feature is practically anti-comedy, a punishing 94-minute endurance test with nearly zero return.

Despite the zany nature of the story, much of the screenplay (from Emily Spivey, Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer) sticks to the facts of the wild tale of the criminally ill-fated »

- Kate Erbland

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James Corden Joins the Backstreet Boys for a Performance of 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)'

21 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Backstreet Boys just got themselves a new member - for one night only! The boyband-loving James Corden got his time to shine during the Late Late Show on Tuesday night when the '90s/early '00s pop princes stopped by his program. Longing for the glory years of Bsb, 'Nsync and 98 Degrees, the host vowed to start a musical revolution then and there. "We are bringing back boy bands," he proclaimed. "I'm talking proper boy bands. Five guys together: the Cute One, the Funny One, the Nice One, the Other One and the Maverick who refused to play by the rules, »

- Jordan Runtagh, @jordanruntagh

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Box Office: ‘Deepwater Horizon’ No Match for Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s’

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tim Burton has had a rough spell at the box office. “Big Eyes” was an Oscar contender that failed to grab any gold, “Frankenweenie” was a bridge too bizarre for family crowds, and “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp, revived a campy ’70s show that most of America had forgotten. Burton, once a reliable purveyor of popcorn hits, hasn’t scored since 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

But the director of “Batman” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is on firmer ground with “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” an adaptation of the best-selling novel about a young boy who is taken in by an orphanage populated by children with extraordinary powers. It’s mixture of the magical and the macabre seems a perfect fit for Burton’s quirky sensibility. The film is expected to open in first place, with roughly $26 million when it debuts in 3,520 locations. Fox is distributing the film, »

- Brent Lang

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Gal Gadot Strips Down in First Keeping Up with the Joneses Clip

23 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Suspecting something is off with her new neighbor, Karen Gaffney (Isla Fisher) decides to spy on Natalie Jones (Gal Gadot) in a new clip from Keeping Up with the Joneses, in theaters October 21. What Karen doesn't quite realize is that Karen is an actual, real-life spy. After following her to a Bloomingdale's fitting room, Natalie surprises her by coming out of the fitting room wearing some skimpy lingerie.

20th Century Fox debuted this first clip on YouTube earlier today, arriving more than three months after the first trailer debuted. This spy comedy certainly will have quite the challenge when it opens in mid-October, during one of the most crowded weekends of the year. Keeping Up With the Joneses will hit theaters on October 21, going up against Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Universal's Ouija: Origins of Evil, Lionsgate's Boo! A Madea Halloween and PureFlix's I'm Not Ashamed.

The comedy follows »

- MovieWeb

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Usain Bolt Races James Corden, Owen Wilson in Hilarious Parking Lot Sprint

28 September 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It was the race of a lifetime - sort of. In a hilarious Late Late Show segment, host James Corden takes on Olympic legend Usain Bolt and Owen Wilson in a 100-meter dash in the CBS Television City parking lot. And boy, was it a nail-biter. Corden, Bolt and Wilson lined up alongside the entire staff of The Late Late Show as they prepared for the sprint. "Corden and Bolt - two titans of fitness - going head to head. Oh, and Owen Wilson is here too," the announcer deadpanned. "And the runners are taking their marks!" The race of the year. »

- Rose Minutaglio, @RoseMinutaglio

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Usain Bolt Races James Corden, Owen Wilson in Hilarious Parking Lot Sprint

28 September 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It was the race of a lifetime - sort of. In a hilarious Late Late Show segment, host James Corden takes on Olympic legend Usain Bolt and Owen Wilson in a 100-meter dash in the CBS Television City parking lot. And boy, was it a nail-biter. Corden, Bolt and Wilson lined up alongside the entire staff of The Late Late Show as they prepared for the sprint. "Corden and Bolt - two titans of fitness - going head to head. Oh, and Owen Wilson is here too," the announcer deadpanned. "And the runners are taking their marks!" The race of the year. »

- Rose Minutaglio, @RoseMinutaglio

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Our favourite moments from Zoolander on its 15th anniversary!

28 September 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Our favourite moments from Zoolander on its 15th anniversary!Our favourite moments from Zoolander on its 15th anniversary!Garrett McCormick9/28/2016 11:17:00 Am

Time sure does fly! It’s been 15 years since Derek Zoolander blessed our lives with his classic look, Blue Steel, and when Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell joined comedic forces to create the wackiest, over the top, hilarious comedy that is Zoolander. Stiller played Derek Zoolander, a fashion icon/trained fighter whose mission was to take down an assassination. This action-comedy became an instant classic during its 2001 release, and people still talk about it today! Those gorgeous eyes, radiant skin, silky hair, and The Look…as if we could forget.

The cult classic also includes Christine Taylor, Jerry Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jon Voight, along with cameos from a bunch of A-list celebrities. Stiller wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film, but all of »

- Garrett McCormick

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The Weekend Warrior 9/30/2016: Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Masterminds

28 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.   

This Past Weekend:

 While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month. »

- Edward Douglas

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James Corden Joins Backstreet Boys for One-Time, 6-Man Performance (Video)

28 September 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Backstreet’s back? Alright. (Fine.) James Corden is bringing boy bands back — one cute one, one funny one, one nice one, one “other” one, and one maverick at a time. The CBS “Late Late Show” host misses the old days of *Nsync, O-Town, 98 Degrees — heck, maybe even you, Lfo. (Not so fast, 5ive.) “I want matching outfits, synchronized dancing and Way over-budget music videos,” Corden explained last night. Also Read: Usain Bolt Smokes Owen Wilson, James Corden and Entire Show Staff in Race (Video) So he swung for the fences on Tuesday, welcoming the top-selling boy band of all time to his. »

- Tony Maglio

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Usain Bolt Smokes Owen Wilson, James Corden and Entire Show Staff in Race (Video)

28 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Last night, we found out who the actual fastest man in the world was. Spoiler alert: It was still Usain Bolt, and by a lot. James Corden challenged the Jamaican sprinter to a foot race in the CBS campus parking lot, one that somehow Owen Wilson weaseled his way into. At that point, all bets were off, so the entire “Late Late Show” staff showed up to give it a go. The starting blocks were pretty crowded, and Wilson tried his best to cheat into a victory. It didn’t throw off the Olympian one bit. Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Eats Bull Penis to. »

- Tony Maglio

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Masterminds In St. Louis

27 September 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.

Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, »

- Movie Geeks

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Can Miss Peregrine Beat Magnificent Seven at the Box Office?

27 September 2016 10:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

September has proven to be quite the difficult month for box office predictions, with three newcomers under-performing two weeks ago, and last weekend's winner The Magnificent Seven over-performing to win with $34.7 million. This weekend, three newcomers arrive to close out the month, 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon and Relativity's Masterminds. Only one can take home the box office crown, and we're predicting that movie will be Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Box Office Mojo reports that Miss Peregrine will debut in roughly 3,400 theaters this weekend, with Deepwater Horizon opening in an estimated 3,000 theaters while Masterminds is set to open in roughly 2,800 theaters. While there is no Rotten Tomatoes score for Masterminds, both Miss Peregrine (62% Fresh) and Deepwater Horizon (89% Fresh) are faring quite well with the critics thus far. We're predicting that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will come out on top this weekend with $32.4 million. »

- MovieWeb

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Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis Talk Breaking Character at ‘Masterminds’ Premiere

27 September 2016 9:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While much of America was glued to the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Relativity Studios rolled out a black carpet on Monday night for the “Masterminds” premiere at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Absent Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and producer Lorne Michaels – who were needed in New York City for this weekend’s 42nd season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” – stars Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Mary Elizabeth Ellis gathered to celebrate the long-gestating Jared Hess-helmed film.

Galifianakis was joined on the carpet by David Ghantt, the real-life ex-con he plays in the film. He explained to Variety that the first time they sat down to meet over lunch in Santa Monica, he was instantly able to find the good in the bank robber’s DNA.

“It was easy to have empathy for him,” Galifianakis explained to Variety. “David is actually a very sweet guy. »

- Jeremy Blacklow

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