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5 items from 2011

Interview: ‘Young Adult’ Director Jason Reitman on Open-Ended, Non-Message Directing

18 December 2011 1:58 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Instead of trying to fill giant shoes in the shadows of his legendary filmmaker father Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters”), Jason Reitman has been successfully blazing his own path of films without message that are designed to incite your thoughts and question your actions.

Following the Golden Globe-nominated “Thank You For Smoking,” Oscar-winning “Juno” (with writer Diablo Cody) and Oscar-nominated “Up in the Air,” Reitman’s second collab with Cody switches to the journey of a “Young Adult” who seemingly learns to change her wicked ways but fails to.

Jason Reitman defiantly poses for the lens on on Dec. 7, 2011 for “Young Adult”.

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

That, Jason Reitman says, is reality more often than not. He says people typically don’t make drastic improvements with themselves unless, for example, it’s part of a 12-step program. “Young Adult” stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody Sway Us to Like the Unlikable in ‘Young Adult’

9 December 2011 2:51 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) isn’t a girl you’d Facebook like. She’s got one too many dark passengers, she’s a repugnant drunk, she likes too much pink, her white dog is too puffy and most would consider it less than Usher cool that she’s throwing herself at a married man she couldn’t bag back in high school. Or is she? And is Mavis so different than you?

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Those are director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody’s key questions in their new collab “Young Adult” about one woman’s late-blooming arrested development. And questions they remain long after the credits roll. Reitman – the son of the legendary “Ghostbusters” filmmaker Ivan Reitman – is a non-message man. He doesn’t believe in them. Instead, he’s an open-ended, open-minded mystery man who wants you to think for yourself – or at least think at all. We »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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2 December 2011 1:36 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – In our latest dramedy edition of Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “Young Adult” from the director of “Up in the Air” (Jason Reitman) and the writer of “Juno” (Diablo Cody) starring Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson! Bonus! Tweet us your senior picture!

Young Adult” also stars Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe, Jill Eikenberry, Richard Bekins, Mary Beth Hurt, Kate Nowlin, Jenny Dare Paulin, Rebecca Hart, Louisa Krause, Elizabeth Ward Land, Brian McElhaney and Hettienne Park. The film opens on Dec. 9, 2011.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Young Adult” courtesy of, just answer our question below. That’s it! This advance screening is on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below. »

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The Bleeding House - Tribeca Film Festival Review

11 July 2011 6:29 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

A good-hearted try at a bloody slasher flick falls short of a full pint. Marilyn and Matt Smith have a troubled marriage. They fight all the time and their daughter Gloria seems a bit off. She decorates her room with insects. Their son Quentin has the Iq of a toaster and is plotting to run away from home with his girlfriend Lynne. Murky incidents such as odd house fires and furtive sexual encounters fill the Smith's family heritage. This should be good. Unfortunately, Philip Gelatt.s directorial debut .The Bleeding House. is a couple cards short of a full house. The lack of terror is not the fault of supporting actors Alexandra Chando, Nina Lisandrello, Richard Bekins, Charlie Hewson and »

- Ron Wilkinson

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Film Review: Bradley Cooper’s ‘Limitless’ Unlocks 100% of Hollywood’s Ridiculousness

18 March 2011 3:31 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – If you’re not easily susceptible to vertigo and can survive the intro cut scene, “Limitless” proceeds to treat you to one part thrill ride and one part exercise in ridiculousness. While we often go to the movies to escape, “Limitless” manipulatively exploits our deepest and darkest desires for wealth, power and Google-like global conquests.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

The film’s frustrations start and end with its story, which was written for the screen by Leslie Dixon based on the novel by Alan Glynn. Dixon, who has come a long way from “Mrs. Doubtfire” with this immediate-gratification film that goes out one ear just as fast as it enters the other, bases her premise on an experimental, non-fda-approved drug with no street name.

Predictable with every try at a twist or turn, even if your brain got extracted from your head you’d still be able to channel from it the »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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