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Film Review: Werner Herzog Towers Over Miscast ‘Jack Reacher’ Star Tom Cruise in Five Mere Scenes

20 December 2012 10:42 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – While normally I’d never think the date I screened a film was newsworthy, being subjected to “Jack Reacher” on Dec. 13, 2012 turned out to put even a therapist into therapy. The very next day, well, just two words: Sandy Hook.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

The theme of a senseless mass shooting in this Tom Cruise movie turned out to foreshadow the actual massacre at that condemned elementary school in Newton, Conn. Anything but serendipity, the cinematic-turned-true event still has me reeling and will most certainly have audiences feeling déjà vu.

The film almost feels disrespectfully “too soon” to see now that it’s opening day, but the show must go on. This surprisingly rated-“PG-13” film on its relatively low $60-million budget is an attempted cross between Tyler Perry’s “Alex Cross,” “Dirty Harry” and – dare I even utter his name? – the unparalleled Jason Bourne.

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- (Adam Fendelman)

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25 October 2012 8:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 30 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated advance screening of “Flight” with Denzel Washington from Robert Zemeckis!

Flight,” which opens on Nov. 2, 2012 and is rated “R,” also stars John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly, Nadine Velazquez, James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty, Tamara Tunie, Garcelle Beauvais, Rhoda Griffis, E. Roger Mitchell, Dylan Kussman and Kwesi Boakye from director Robert Zemeckis and writer John Gatins.

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Robert Pattinson Eyes: Mission: Blacklist Poster

12 May 2012 3:05 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

He’s got Robert Pattinson’s eyes: Mission: Blacklist poster Robert Pattinson was officially cast in Mission: Blacklist, as American military interrogator Eric Maddox, about ten days or so ago. Producing company Embankment Films isn’t wasting any time. The sales poster for Mission: Blacklist, which will be peddled at the Cannes Film Festival, has been making the rounds online for several days. "In a World of Lies Only One Man Could See the Truth." That man was apparently Pattinson’s Maddox, who claimed to have eschewed torture while trying to figure out the whereabouts of fallen Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The brief Mission: Blacklist plot synopsis reads as follows: Unlike other Interrogators fresh out of training, Eric Maddox (Robert Pattinson) has a brilliant and beautiful mind. He has a unique ability to decipher highly complex patterns from seemingly random events. His mission is to trap the world’s most wanted man, »

- Zac Gille

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Sales Poster for Robert Pattinson's 'Mission: Blacklist'

12 May 2012 12:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The only thing I'm not a big fan of here is the title and the use of the colon. Unless you are inviting some kind or any kind of confusion with the Mission: Impossible why do this? Otherwise, Mission: Blacklist sounds interesting as we get a first look at a sales poster for the film, which will surely be floating around the Cannes marketplace next week looking for some money. Based on a true story, Mission: Blacklist is an adaptation of Eric Maddox's book "Capturing Saddam: The Hunt for Saddam Hussein--As Told by the Unlikely Interrogator Who Spearheaded the Mission." Embankment Films, which released the poster, gives us the following synopsis: Unlike other Interrogators fresh out of training, Eric Maddox (Robert Pattinson) has a brilliant and beautiful mind. He has a unique ability to decipher highly complex patterns from seemingly random events. His mission is to trap the world's most wanted man, »

- Brad Brevet

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Kickstarter Provides ‘The Steps’ for More than Funding

28 April 2012 11:06 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Independent online video enthusiasts may recall the early 2010 original noir mystery web series based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Steps told the story of Charlie Madison, “a lowlife private investigator from Los Angeles who’s forced to live under an assumed identity in middle America to escape his criminal past.” And The Steps was able to tell that story (as well as promote it by way of billboards on Chattanooga buses) because its writer/director Dylan Kussman received a financial grant from Create Here, “a local program to build Chattanooga’s cultural economy through arts, economic and cultural development initiatives.” For the second season of The Steps, Kussman and his production shop Giantleap Industries wanted to take Madison’s story back to the town where Madison came from, and give the character a 24-hour action-packed window in which the former Hollywood Pi attempts to find evidence that would clear his name and instead finds trouble. »

- Joshua Cohen

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Exclusive: Kurtwood Smith Talks Dead Poets Society

17 January 2012 10:21 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Kurtwood Smith reminisces on Dead Poets Society, which debuts on Blu-ray January 17

Dead Poets Society is one of those movies that is not only a classic, but is fun to revisit to see so many familiar faces when they were much younger. The drama helped launch the careers of Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, House's Robert Sean Leonard, Melora Walters, and showed that funnyman Robin Williams could do dramas as well. The film also starred Kurtwood Smith, who had just come off Robocop and Rambo III. He would later be known as Topher Grace's cantankerous father in That '70s Show, but he plays a different sort of dad in Dead Poets Society, the overbearing disciplinarian who wants his son (Robert Sean Leonard) to do him proud. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Kurtwood Smith for Dead Poets Society, which makes its Blu-ray debut January 17. Here's what he had to say below. »

- MovieWeb

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Dead Poet.S Society – The Blu Review

17 January 2012 5:29 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The We Are Movie Geeks interview with Kurtwood Smith, who played Mr. Perry in Dead Poet’S Society, can be found Here.

The beloved 1987 Disney drama Dead Poets Society has graduated to Blu-ray, and to the film’s many, many fans, the new hi-def transfer is going to be a godsend. The first thing you’ll notice is that the colors are stunningly vibrant and deep. The subject did not lend itself to a wealth of coloring in the film, but every color handled by the transfer is vivid and perfectly saturated. The blue skies and reds that appear throughout the film look very good. In perfect contrast to the brightly lit interiors and exteriors are the more darkly lit scenes which feature deep black levels and never lose any detail. The film does have a few moments of film grain, but the general condition of the source materials results »

- Tom Stockman

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