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Written by Don Jakoby
Directed by John Carpenter
The name John Carpenter, much like Wes Craven, is synonymous with the horror genre. Few American filmmakers have a filmography so thoroughly steeped in horror that their names instantly come to mind of rabid fans of the genre whenever asked to list their favourite directors, or at least those that left an indelible mark on horror cinema. From all the way back in the late 1970s with films like Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween to as recently as 2010’s The Ward, Carpenter is one of the iconic directors having attained legendary status. If Assault, which is more thriller than horror, is any indication, he can also direct action scenes with relative aplomb. 1998 finally saw him meld horror and action with Vampires.
Opening in a sleepy New Mexican town, vampire exterminators Jack Crow »
- Edgar Chaput
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Great actors are a filmmaker’s best friend. Michael Shannon transforms the otherwise heavy-handed economic morality tale, 99 Homes, into something dynamic and alive. Director Ramin Bahrani often favors preaching over telling a compelling story, but it’s a worthwhile sermon as we continue to extricate ourselves from the Great Recession. Mostly, it’s just a pleasure to watch the force of nature that is Michael Shannon deconstruct the American Dream with terrifying precision.
Back in the day, Rick Carver (Shannon) was a legitimate real estate agent. He enjoyed, “Putting people in homes” and giving families hope for a bright future. The de-regulation and reverse-mortgages of the new millennium, however, transformed him into an evictions enforcer. The propulsive opening sequence finds Carver ruthlessly scheduling his next foreclosure, even as he looks upon the lifeless body of his latest “client, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Wamg has passes to the St. Louis area screening of 99 Homes.
In this timely thriller, when single father Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home, his only chance to win it back is to work for Rick Carver (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon), the ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place.
It’s a deal-with-the-devil that may save his family home; but as Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.
99 Homes opens in St. Louis on October 9.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of 99 Homes on Tuesday, October 6th at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.
We will contact the winners by email. »
- Movie Geeks
Not so much entertaining as it is enraging, 99 Homes gets in your face with the injustices suffered by countless hardworking people in the global financial crisis.
Michael Shannon is just the man to represent the stone-cold face of capitalism as a property developer who cashes in on others' misfortunes, while Andrew Garfield is a young father who could go either way when offered the chance to sell his soul.
This would be box office poison were it not for these two fine performances, constructed in layers (before being stripped to their bare bones), so that neither man is wholly good, or evil. Shannon, however, has the tougher job to convey some sort of humanity as Rick Carver, after a brazen opening scene that finds him resolutely unmoved by the suicide of a man he was about to evict.
Carver acts on behalf of a bank that is foreclosing on mortgage »
In this timely thriller, charismatic and ruthless businessman, Rick Carver (Academy nominee Michael Shannon), is making a killing by repossessing homes – gaming the real estate market, Wall Street banks and the Us government. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield), a single father trying to care for his mother (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and young son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash becomes so desperate to provide for his family that he goes to work for Carver – the very man who evicted him in the first place. Carver promises Nash a way to regain his home and earn security for his family, but slyly seduces him into a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an »
- Gary Collinson
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
This behind-the-scenes clip above gives us an idea of what it's like to shoot in the wild, expansive landscape of Wyoming — which, in this case, is being staged as Northern California. "You cannot compare this to shooting in a studio," said "Hell on Wheels" star Anson Mount ("In Her Shoes.") "Some people get stuck in an office. This is our office here on 'Hell on Wheels,'" said Chad Oakes, a producer on the show. Read More: Watch: Exclusive 'Hell on Wheels' Season 4 Promo Finds Might Cities Rising The fourth season of AMC's western drama series, "Hell on Wheels," hits DVD and Blu-ray shelves this week. The show, which follows Cullen (Anson Mount) on his quest to avenge his murdered wife, is currently in its fifth season, airing Saturdays at 9pm. Check out the clip above for a glimpse of Tim Guinee ("Iron Man") in the most fabulous of coats, »
- Sara Itkis
The ratings for Hell on Wheels have dropped lower and lower so AMC decided to end the series with season five. Will the fifth season's ratings be the show's best numbers yet or, will they drop lower. Will the execs regret not cancelling the show instead of giving it a final season? Stay tuned.
A gritty period drama that takes place in the 1860s, Hell on Wheels revolves around the institutionalized greed and corruption behind the building of America's Transcontinental Railroad as loyalties are abandoned and the race between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines intensifies. The cast includes Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robin McLeavy, Jennifer Ferrin, Phil Burke, Tim Guinee, Dohn Norwood, Reg Rogers, Byron Mann, A. Zhou, Tzi Ma, and MacKenzie Porter.
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The fifth and final season of AMC’s Hell On Wheels just had its debut this past Saturday , and thanks to the awesome gang at eOne entertainment, we’re giving away three Amazon giftcards, which can be used to purchase each episode as it comes out. Personally, I dig the show, with its gritty and highly entertaining plot and twists.
Starring Anson Mount and Colm Meaney, “Hell on Wheels” examines the institutionalized greed and corruption behind the building of America’s Transcontinental Railroad as loyalties are abandoned and the race between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines intensifies. In season 5, Cullen Bohannon (Mount) finds himself a stranger in a strange land – the mountain town of Truckee, Calif., home to the Central Pacific Railroad. This rough railroad town teems with thousands of Chinese workers, foreign in language, culture and traditions. Despite the challenges of corralling his new workforce, Cullen leads »
- Jerry Smith
In this timely thriller, charismatic and ruthless businessman, Rick Carver (Academy nominee Michael Shannon), is making a killing by repossessing homes – gaming the real estate market, Wall Street banks and the Us government. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield), a single father trying to care for his mother (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and young son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash becomes so desperate to provide for his family that he goes to work for Carver – the very man who evicted him in the first place. Carver promises Nash a way to regain his home and earn security for his family, but slyly seduces him into a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost – on Carver’s orders, »
- Gary Collinson
In this timely thriller, charismatic and ruthless businessman, Rick Carver (Academy nominee Michael Shannon), is making a killing by repossessing homes – gaming the real estate market, Wall Street banks and the Us government. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield), a single father trying to care for his mother (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and young son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash becomes so desperate to provide for his family that he goes to work for Carver – the very man who evicted him in the first place. Carver promises Nash a way to regain his home and earn security for his family, but slyly seduces him into a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with »
- Gary Collinson
It’s good to see that Andrew Garfield has wasted no time continuing on, despite disappointingly losing the web-slinging role, and this first trailer for 99 Homes looks like just the intense tonic.
Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani and based on the true story of Rick Carver (played here by the mighty Michael Shannon), who does well for himself by serving eviction notices. On the flip-side, Garfield is single father Dennis Nash who initially is affected by Shannon’s dirty work but then is given the chance to earn back his family home by working for him.
It’s an impressively intense first trailer for the film that also stars Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, J.D. Evermore, Clancy Brown and Tim Guinee. There were positive reports from our folk at Tiff last year and to be honest, anything with Shannon in is going to have a certain brilliant level of darkness. »
- Dan Bullock
Broad Green Pictures has released the first trailer for director Ramin Bahrani’s (Man Push Cart) intense dramatic thriller 99 Homes. Inspired by true events, the film stars Michael Shannon as a businessman who makes a comfortable living serving eviction notices and carrying out removals of people from their homes. Andrew Garfield is a single father who experiences Shannon’s work first hand, but is then given the opportunity to try and get his house back by working for Shannon’s character. I caught the movie at Tiff last fall and it’s really good. Bahrani walks a fine line between timely and preachy, but Garfield and Shannon both give amazing performances (unsurprisingly), with Garfield in particular doing some heartbreakingly earnest work. It was a thrill to see the actor in his first non-Spider-Man onscreen role since The Social Network, and the guy doesn’t disappoint. Here’s hoping he »
- Adam Chitwood
Reg Rogers (The Americans, The Knick) and Tzi Ma (24, Million Dollar Arm) have signed on as series regulars for the fifth and final season of AMC's Hell On Wheels, joining Tim Guinee who was recently promoted to regular, and Byron Mann. Rogers, repped by Innovative Artists and Brookside Artist Management, will play James Strobridge, the tough-as-nails construction superintendent for the Central Pacific Railroad. Losing an eye to a blasting accident hasn't quieted his… »
Us-based Australian director Frank Lotito will direct The Olive Sisters, a romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, which will star Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia. Lotito takes over from Fred Schepisi, who is still attached to the project as an executive producer. A former stand-up comic, Lotito made his feature directing debut on Good Ol. Boy, a Us comedy which will have its world premiere later this month at the Seattle International Film Festival. Based on a true story, set in 1979 and scripted by Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn and Gregory Scott Houghton,. Good Ol. Boy centres on a family from India that moves to the Us with hopes of living the American Dream.
While their 10-year-old son Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a .good old boy. propels him further away from his family.s ideals. The cast includes Jason Lee »
- Don Groves
If we wanted a sensible police drama, we wouldn't be watching The Following. Where has all the craziness gone, asks Ron?
This review contains spoilers.
1.7 The Hunt
One of the best things about The Following is that it is set in a world with an infinite supply of serial killers. That's also one of the worst things about The Following, as it lends itself to laziness. Whenever one of the killers we know is in trouble, well, we just have that person turn to someone in his network of murderer pals to help him solve his problem. When it's someone like Arthur Strauss reaching out to one of his many students, it makes sense. We've seen Strauss at work training other killers, we know he's got hundreds of students committing thousands of murders, and it makes sense that they'd be willing to stick their neck out to help the man »
The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 18: “Loser Edit”
Written by Luke Schelhaas
Directed by Brooke Kennedy
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS
When word came down that “Loser Edit” would be another issue-driven episode of The Good Wife – this time, gay marriage was to be the focal point – there was a collective cringe. Was this to be another “Debate” scenario? The good news is that no, The Good Wife didn’t shoot itself in the foot to that degree this week. On the other hand, “Loser Edit” feels very much of a piece with much of the so-so back half of this troubled season: where The Good Wife once exhilarated, it now mostly ticks off plot-beat boxes, however pleasurably.
There’s an array of appealing guests this week, though most of them don’t get much to do. The most prominent is the returning Lily Rabe, whose nosy reporter »
- Simon Howell
Recently, CBS delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 19 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Winning Ugly," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and drama-filled stuff as Alicia and company get attacked with a State's Attorney Election voting recount scandal. They'll try to fight it off, and more! In the new, 19th episode press release: Alicia And Eli Try To Stop A Recount When Potential Voter Fraud Is Discovered In The State's Attorney Election. Press release number 2: When potential voter fraud is discovered in the State's Attorney election, Eli and Alicia are going to take steps to stop a recount by enlisting the help of a well-respected civil rights lawyer, Spencer Randolph (Ron Rifkin). Also, Diane is going to learn she unwittingly submitted false evidence in Cary's case. Guest stars feature: Ron Rifkin (Spencer Randolph), John Procaccino »
Recently, Fox served up the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Following" episode 7 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "The Hunt," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and intense stuff take place as Max shows back up on the force and runs into a deadly menace. Ryan and Mike try to track down a new, dangerous threat, and more! In the new, 7th episode press release: New Dangers Lie In Wait For Ryan. Press release number 2: With only a few days before Joe Carroll's execution, Ryan and Mike will shift their focus to a new threat. In the meantime, after being approved to start work again, Max is going to rejoin the task force and come dangerously close to a deadly menace. Guest stars feature: John Lafayette as Scott Turner; Tim Guinee as Duncan; Gbenga Akinnagbe as Tom; Monique Gabriela Curnen »
Recently, CBS served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 18 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Loser Edit," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and drama-filled stuff take place when Alicia becomes the subject of a leaked email scandal. New problems for Cary may arise, and more. In the new, 18th episode press release: Questions Regarding Alicia's Leaked Emails Catch Her Off Guard During A Television Interview. Press release number 2: Still reeling from the cyber-hack at her law firm, Alicia is going to get ambushed with questions about her leaked emails during a television interview. In the meantime, Diane will take on a case that pits her sympathies towards gay marriage against the rights of religious freedom. Also, an investigator is going to start looking into the evidence Diane used to get Cary out of prison. Guest »
- Andre Braddox
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