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8 items from 2015


Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Milk and Honey Route': For old times' sake

11 May 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of last night's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I'm the quick brown fox... "We both know things can't be undone." -Trudy "Says who?" -Pete "Mad Men" has chronicled a period of enormous social change (and taken place in a time of enormous change in television), yet it's often seemed agnostic on whether individual change is possible. Over the course of the series, fashions shifted and opportunities rose for women and minorities, but were the "Mad Men" characters themselves really changing with the times? Peggy has certainly grown, yet we've seen Don and Roger and Joan and others have epiphany after epiphany, only to eventually lean back on their old habits. (And even Peggy hasn't been immune to stagnation in her personal life, even as she's evolved professionally.) If anything, Don's frequent backsliding has been one of the most common complaints I've heard about the series' »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Faults Review

8 March 2015 11:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Control, and lack thereof, is at the black heart of Faults, the twisted and terrific directorial debut of Riley Stearns (some may recognize him for short film The Cub). Who claims to have control, who says they want it and who actually wields it are distinct questions the film raises and, over the course of a taut 89 minutes, suggests answers to that are both appalling and somewhat amusing.

Arriving at the heels of some other great cult films – including Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, which featured a stunning debut performance by Elizabeth Olsen – Faults sets itself apart by crafting two arrestingly good leads.

In one corner, there’s Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), a once-acclaimed expert on cults and mind control who is a step away from living out of his car, having lost his TV show, marriage and financial security in quick succession. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Faults | Review

3 March 2015 10:30 AM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Like a magician, Stearns subtly turns the story inside out. Faults does not feature any gimmicky plot twists or shocking turn of events, the narrative arc is so elegantly rendered that the slight of hand is barely recognizable. Faults deftly delves into its characters' personalities; and while sometimes the constant reminders of Ansel's faults and foibles may seem a bit much -- as if Stearns is mockingly kicking the guy in the ribs while he is already down -- it turns out that the director is quite justifiable in focusing on the cracks in Ansel's ego. So much of this film rests solely on Leland Orser's perpetually unraveling shoulders, but this claustrophobic character study also preys off of the gorgeously muted supporting performances of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Beth Grant, and Chris Ellis. »

- Don Simpson

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‘Jessabelle’ Review

10 February 2015 11:14 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Ana de la Reguera, Amber Stevens, Chris Ellis, Brian Hallisay, Vaughn Wilson, Larisa Oleynik, Fran Bennett, Lucius Baston | Written by Robert Ben Garant | Directed by Kevin Greutert

Jessabelle is yet another in the long line of Blumhouse-inspired supernatural thrillers that have flooded the market since the success of the like of Insidious, The Conjuring et al. This time round we follow a young woman, the titular Jessabelle, returning to her childhood home in Louisiana in order to recuperate from a horrific car accident which killed her boyfriend – on the very day they were set to move in together (oh the irony). Once settled in, she comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return; and – in a complete twist – has no intention of letting her leave. Dun dun dun!!!

Ok, so maybe I’m being a little harsh on Jessabelle, »

- Phil Wheat

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of McFarland, USA in St. Louis

9 February 2015 5:58 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Inspired by the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic.

With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his »

- Movie Geeks

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Trailer for Faults starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser

7 February 2015 12:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first trailer has been released for writer-director Riley Stearns’ psychological thriller Faults starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control. But Ansel’s specialty, deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science, and a series of financial setbacks has left him in debt to his manager. Ansel warns Claire’s parents that his deprogramming methods are risky and expensive, but they agree to hire him to kidnap and deprogram their daughter. Claire quickly reveals herself to be a formidable challenge. Her belief is unshakeable, and her logic is undeniable. A battle of »

- Gary Collinson

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Trailer for Faults starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser

7 February 2015 12:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first trailer has been released for writer-director Riley Stearns’ psychological thriller Faults starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control. But Ansel’s specialty, deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science, and a series of financial setbacks has left him in debt to his manager. Ansel warns Claire’s parents that his deprogramming methods are risky and expensive, but they agree to hire him to kidnap and deprogram their daughter. Claire quickly reveals herself to be a formidable challenge. Her belief is unshakeable, and her logic is undeniable. A battle of »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch: Brainwashed Mary Elizabeth Winstead Tries To Deprogram In The First Trailer For ‘Faults’

5 February 2015 9:18 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Post-cult trauma is a big thing in movies these days. The topic was explored with chilling preciseness in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” and the upcoming “Faults” extends that conversation. It’s easy to see why, the ideas of control, identity, and false perceptions are strong fodder for drama and conflicted characters. Mary Elizabeth Winstead ’s career choices have been rather rigorous, knocking down great performances in indies like “Smashed,” “Alex Of Venice,” and now "Faults." The movie tells the story of a washed up expert on mind control who is hired by the desperate parents of a young girl (Winstead) to deprogram their daughter who has fallen in with a cult. However, the gig doesn't unfold as planned, and soon the two are locked in a psychological battle of wills. The movie co-stars Leland Orser, Jon Gries, Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, and Lance Reddick. We debuted the poster yesterday and now the first trailer has. »

- Edward Davis

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