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Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams Prove They're a Great Comedy Couple in 'Game Night'

Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams Prove They're a Great Comedy Couple in 'Game Night'
Farce is a beast to get right in movies. The fact that Game Night hits the mark more often than it hits a wall is cause for cheering. Hell, if you have Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams to play the game-loving marrieds heading a cast of merry pranksters, you're already ahead of the game. I wasn't thrilled that the rowdy Mark Perez script fell into the hands of directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein since they perpetrated the 2015 remake of Vacation on an unsuspecting public. But high spirits carry
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Game Night Review: A Tricky, Twisted Comedy Thriller That Wins

Game Night Review: A Tricky, Twisted Comedy Thriller That Wins
One of the many perks of living in Los Angeles, aside from the weather, are the opportunities movie lovers are afforded, like a Tuesday night early screening of Game Night, plus a Q&A with star Jason Bateman and directors John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein. During the Q&A, one fan brought up how this movie, thankfully, gave hardly anything away with the trailers that debuted before the movie's release, which was completely true, especially since the trailers focus on the straight-up comedy aspects of Game Night, as one would expect from a movie starring Jason Bateman, and revealed practically nothing about the surprisingly effective thriller aspects of the movie... and how dark it can get at times.

I remember being surprisingly impressed when the trailers for Game Night first came out, but it still didn't strike me as being anything too groundbreaking. It looked like a funny comedy with some solid action elements,
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Rachel McAdams talks her eclectic career, being Canadian, and Game Night

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Rachel McAdams talks her eclectic career, being Canadian, and Game NightRachel McAdams talks her eclectic career, being Canadian, and Game NightMarni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine2/21/2018 10:33:00 Am

Rachel McAdams is sitting in the parking lot of Martins Millwork, a purveyor of fine home building materials, in rural Georgia where she’s visiting some friends just before Christmas.

“I was coming back from Target. I was just getting suction cups for our Christmas wreaths and I’m now pulled over in the middle of, I don’t really know where,” she says with a laugh, apologizing for being 10 minutes late for our call. Halfway through our interview she has to placate a curious Martins employee who wants her to move on. She gives him a little wave and tells him sorry, that she’ll be gone soon. So Canadian.

Since her breakout role in 2004’s Mean Girls the native of St.
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Film Review: ‘Game Night’

Film Review: ‘Game Night’
Party games like Pictionary, Charades, or Trivial Pursuit aren’t the same thing as real life. But one reason games like these never go out of style is that they’re about a lot of things, like competition and quick strategizing and supreme knowledge of pop culture, that are now survival skills in many a corporate office (and more than a few marriages).

Game Night,” a trip-wired suspense comedy about six middle-class nerds who get together for a weekly Tostitos-and-beer game night, only to stumble into a simulated reality game that’s staged as if it were a matter of life or death (and here’s the trick: maybe it is), is the sort of cinematic gimcrack that’s all perilous mechanics, whipsaw reversals, and unabashed contrivance. It’s like “Deathtrap” recast as a megaplex thriller that keeps pranking the audience. The gimmicky, mouse-trap fun of it hinges on one’s willingness to see the game board
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‘Game Night’ Review: Jesse Plemons is Hilarious in Self-Aware Comedy of Errors

‘Game Night’ Review: Jesse Plemons is Hilarious in Self-Aware Comedy of Errors
February is usually dumping ground for studio fare, and while “Game Night” won’t change that, it’s at least more satisfying than the low bar would suggest. With a packed lineup of players and a board that covers far more area than you’d expect from a wide-release early spring lark, the latest studio effort from directing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein is a dark romp for all the players involved.

A pair of trivia and competition soulmates Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) gather their usual roster of friends together for their regular games group. Ryan (Billy Magnussen) goes through dates like changes of clothes, Kevin and Michelle (Lamorne Morris and Kylie Bunbury) have such a worry-free marriage that one offhand comment can puncture their contended bubble, and their nosey police officer neighbor Gary (Jesse Plemons) keeps trying (and failing) to join in on the fun.
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"Game Night"

Sneak Peek new footage from the upcoming comedy thriller "Game Night", directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, starring Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"), Rachel McAdams ("Doctor Strange"), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad") and Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld") opening March 2, 2018:

"...a group of friends meet regularly for their 'game night'...

"...but one night they find themselves investigating an actual murder mystery..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Game Night"....
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How Game Night screenwriter Mark Perez sold Jason Bateman

Game Night will be a fun night out for grown-up couples. It’s an all star comedy broken up into couples: Jason Batemen and Rachel McAdams, Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris and Billy Magnussen with Sharon Horgan. It’s comedy gold when the couples go over to Brooks (Kyle Chandler)’s house for a murder mystery evening, not realizing that real criminals have hijacked their plans. It’s a dark action comedy that goes to real violent places. Mark Perez wrote the screenplay for Game Night. Monsters and Critics spoke with Perez about making sure the mystery works, ensuring the cast had great chemistry...read more
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The Preview Reel: Game Night and Annihilation

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, wherein we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Black Panther obliterated box-office records last weekend as it earned over $192 million during the three-day weekend, good enough for the second biggest superhero opening ever behind The Avengers (2012). That is insanely impressive, and the king of Wakanda is likely to continue his box-office reign for a while. However, there are two new challengers entering the box-office ring this weekend—the comedy Game Night and the sci-fi thriller Annihilation. Are either of these worthy of seeing instead of Black Panther again? Find out below.

Game Night

What we are excited about: It’s been a while since we have had a straight-forward comedy in theaters, and this could provide some good counter-programming to the movies we have been seeing lately. Apart from Black Panther, and the award nominated films, January and February have
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Game Night directors hope you notice the comedy looks like an action movie

Game Night combines the petty hilarity of competitive couples with the absurdity of immersive mystery theater. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as a married couple whose host weekly game nights. Max (Bateman) and Annie (McAdams) agree to let Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) host one night. Brooks plans a murder mystery evening, only some real criminals come after him and all the couples think it’s part of the game. The comedy team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein directed Game Night. The fun of Game Night isn’t just the comic misunderstandings, but the real trouble into which the...read more
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Game Night In St. Louis

Jason Bateman (the “Horrible Bosses” films, “Arrested Development,” “Ozark”) and Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight,” “Dr. Strange”) team up in New Line Cinema’s action comedy Game Night.

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be.

Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out
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‘Tad The Lost Explorer’ & The Mythological Locations in Film

Mythical cities and locations have intrigued historians, scientists and humankind for centuries. Did they exist? Where did these stories come from? Well, whether we’ve found any real-life evidence related to these legendary locations, films have explored these in great depth over the years. One such film is Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas; Midas was a revered king in Greek mythology in which he had the power to turn everything he touched to gold. To celebrate the release of the film in cinemas on the 9th February we’ve looked at movies that include some of these widely speculated wondrous locations.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

“…in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea.” Maybe one of the more famous mythical locations in history, Atlantis was first introduced to us by Plato in his Timaeus and Critias works.
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A Major Tgit Crossover Night Is Coming and the First Footage of Olivia Pope Meeting Annalise Keating Is Here

Clear your schedule for the night of March 1! Not only is that the night that Olivia Pope meets Annalise Keating, but it's also the night that Meredith Grey meets Andy Herrera, the newest badass lady heroine in the Tgit world. Just before Scandal and How to Get Away launch their crossover, Grey's Anatomy will feature an appearance by firefighter Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz), who appears to have her hand stuck in a person. If she moves her hand, the person dies, and we're suddenly having flashbacks to that episode where Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) had her hand stuck in the body with the bomb (Rip bomb squad guy Kyle Chandler).  Then, at 9 p.m., Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) shows up on Scandal to ask...
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New ‘Game Night’ Trailer Showcases a Crazy, Wild, and Scary Adventure

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for their upcoming action/comedy ‘Game Night’, and it surely delivers–at least from a comedic perspective. We’ve seen a good look at the film in it’s previous trailer, but this trailer not only ratchets ups the comedy, but also the tension as we see stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams get caught up into shenanigans, forcing them into the expected comedic situations.

What makes this trailer so noteworthy is that it is the latest film from newly tapped ‘Flashpoint‘ directors John Francis Daleyand Jonathan Goldstein. Although the duo’s comedy instinct was showcased in the less-than stellar ‘Vacation’ reboot, their knack for comedy with a heart manifested itself wonderfully in their screenplay for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘. This film, however was scripted by Mark Perez (Accepted) and in addition to McAdams and Bateman, the film stars Kyle Chandler, Lamorne Morris, Jesse Plemons,
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Game Night (2018) Movie Trailer 2: Jason Bateman & Rachel McAdams’ Game Night Become Real

Game Night Trailer 2 John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein‘s Game Night (2018) movie trailer stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, and Lamorne Morris. Game Night‘s plot synopsis: “Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks [...]

Continue reading: Game Night (2018) Movie Trailer 2: Jason Bateman & Rachel McAdams’ Game Night Become Real
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Black Panther Now Tracking For Monster Opening, May Beat Deadpool

In news that will almost certainly surprise nobody, the long-awaited, highly anticipated Marvel movie Black Panther is currently tracking for a $150 million opening weekend – which indicates a significant uptick in pre-booked tickets since last week’s estimate, as well as an expectation of smashed records for its Presidents Day weekend debut. These figures are indeed impressive, but in order to fully appreciate them, a little context is needed.

Pre-release tracking was initially developed as a way for studios to analyze the impact of advertising strategies on potential moviegoers and involves various methods of gauging interest levels in a film prior to its release, as well as – nowadays – measuring pre-booked ticket sales. In recent years, the accuracy of estimates produced by tracking has been questioned – with blame for mistakes being placed on the widely used ‘tracking’ methodology’s perceived inability to correctly measure the influence of social media. However, given the high profile of this project,
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'Game Night': Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams Strategize in New Trailer

'Game Night': Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams Strategize in New Trailer
Couple Annie (portrayed by Rachel McAdams) and Max (played by Jason Bateman) may have bonded over their love of competition, but in the new trailer for Game Night, that passion leads to danger.

As the first trailer established, the pair and some friends gather for a weekly couples' game night that Brooks (Kyle Chandler) hosts with the premise that he wants to kick it up a notch. The "murder mystery party" purports that one of them will be taken and whomever finds the victim wins. The new clip reveals the
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Game Night Trailer #2 Pushes Jason Bateman to the Edge of Insanity

Warner Bros. has released the second trailer for their upcoming action-comedy Game Night, featuring a ton of new footage that wasn't released in the first trailer from November, or the two TV spots that arrived last month. This trailer arriving just days before the Super Bowl doesn't come as much of a surprise, since, while most of the other studios are dropping big bucks to promote their movies during the big game, Warner Bros. has traditionally sat out the Sunday competition. Thankfully, we don't have to wait until Sunday to enjoy this new footage.

The trailer begins with a brand new flashback scene, that shows how Max and Annie, played by Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams}, first meet. Both were opposing captains of bar trivia teams, who both answer a question about the purple Teletubbie's name (Tinky-Winky) at the exact same time, then bond over his red purse. Annie reveals
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‘Black Panther’ Bounds Toward Huge $150 Million Presidents Day Weekend Opening

‘Black Panther’ Bounds Toward Huge $150 Million Presidents Day Weekend Opening
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for as much as $150 million in its North American opening on the four-day Presidents Day weekend, updated tracking is showing.

That’s significantly above the first tracking on Jan. 25 for the Chadwick Boseman tentpole, which initially placed the debut in the $100 million to $120 million range for the Feb. 16-19 period. “Black Panther” could break the Presidents Day weekend record of $152 million, set in 2016 by “Deadpool.” It will easily top the second-highest debut for the four-day holiday, set in 2015 when “Fifty Shades of Grey” opened with $93 million.

Black Panther” has been gaining steam this week. Fandango reported Wednesday that “Black Panther” is outpacing all superhero movies in advance ticket sales for Fandango’s online tickets service, eclipsing 2016’s “Batman v Superman.” It topped Fandango’s daily ticket sales in the wake of its world premiere and first screenings two days earlier.

The newest tracking showed total awareness of “Black Panther” at 88%, unaided
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A Night of Fun Takes a Amusingly Deadly Turn in New Trailer For Game Night

Another funny trailer has been released for the great looking dark comedy Game Night, which stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler and Michael C. Hall. The story features a group of friends getting together for a little murder mystery game night that takes a deadly turn when the host is actually kidnapped. This takes the group of friends on a wild adventure to try and rescue him. I'm really hoping that this movie brings on the laughs. The latest trailer is packed full of new footage that I think you'll all enjhoy.

The film was co-directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Vacation) from a script written by Mark Perez (Accepted) and this is the synopsis:

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with
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New trailer for Game Night starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams

With just a month to go until Game Night arrives in cinemas, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s upcoming comedy which stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury, Lamorne Morris, and Billy Magnussen; check it out here…

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each
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