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American Ultra Review

2 hours ago | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

What if Jason Bourne lost his memory not because of head trauma, but because he was a massive stoner? That’s the question screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, the upcoming Victor Frankenstein) asks with American Ultra, and he and director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) provide a pretty entertaining answer, for the most part at least, with this intriguing stoner comedy/action hybrid. Jesse Eisenberg is Mike Howell, an unmotivated stoner happy to waste his days getting high with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). What he doesn’t know is that he is the last remaining subject of a CIA program to create lethal sleeper agents, which sees him targeted for termination by smarmy company man Adrian Yates (Topher Grace). With his programming hidden beneath a haze of pot smoke, Mike must take down the highly trained government agents sent to kill him and save the day. So, yeah, American Ultra is pretty high (geddit? »

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American Ultra review: “A dull, pointless stoner caper”

23 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

American Ultra review: A film that really doesn’t know what kind of movie it wants to be…” American Ultra review

Jesse Eisenberg re-teams with his Adventureland co-star Kristen Stewart in this new stoner comedy from Max Landis (Chronicle), and director Nima Nourizadeh, who brought us the absolutely terrible party comedy, Project X, back in 2012.

Eisenberg stars as Mike, a shop attendant who spends his days writing graphic novels and getting high at the supermarket where he works. He loves his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), and is on the verge of asking her to marry him when he suddenly becomes a target of the C.I.A. Unbeknown to him, he is as highly trained as them; the ultimate killing machine who has just been ‘activated’ by his former handler.

Stoner comedies are a dime-a-dozen these days, especially from the likes of Seth Rogen and James Franco (Pineapple Express though, is »

- Paul Heath

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American Ultra movie review: Bourne to lose

4 September 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s one joke dragged out for 90 minutes, and while it’s not entirely unamusing, the comedy feels mired in the same stoner fog as its slacker protagonist. I’m “biast” (pro): like Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s one joke — stoner slacker Jesse Eisenberg is actually a sleeper badass covert operative, har har — dragged out for 90 minutes. And while it’s not entirely unamusing, the fact that the trailer tells the same story in two minutes and doesn’t feature any fewer jokes than the film itself tells you all you need to know. Mike Howell (Eisenberg: Rio 2) suffers from panic attacks, a kind of agoraphobia that doesn’t allow him to leave his small West Virginia town, and a complete and utter lack of ambition. But life isn’t too bad, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Nima Nourizadeh talks American Ultra

3 September 2015 4:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jesse Eisenberg is slacker turned sleeper agent in Nourizadeh’s hi-octane action-comedy, American Ultra.

“For me, the script combined so many different things in an interesting and organic way. The conventions will be familiar to filmgoers, but they are mashed up a little bit, which changes everything.” Iranian-British filmmaker Nima Nourizadeh is talking about action comedy American Ultra, in Cineworld cinemas September 4, 2015, which is his second film as director after 2012’s raucous found-footage teen comedy Project X, which marked him out as a director readily able to bring a fresh spin to tried-and-tested genre formulas. “I like taking things that people think they know and presenting them in a new light,” he adds.

Based on a screenplay by Max Landis, who previously penned Josh Trank’s alternative teen superhero outing Chronicle (2012), American Ultra re-teams Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart – after Adventureland (2009) six years ago, and before Woody Allen’s upcoming latest, »

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Nima Nourizadeh talks American Ultra

3 September 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jesse Eisenberg is slacker turned sleeper agent in Nourizadeh’s hi-octane action-comedy, American Ultra.

“For me, the script combined so many different things in an interesting and organic way. The conventions will be familiar to filmgoers, but they are mashed up a little bit, which changes everything.” Iranian-British filmmaker Nima Nourizadeh is talking about action comedy American Ultra, in Cineworld cinemas September 4, 2015, which is his second film as director after 2012’s raucous found-footage teen comedy Project X, which marked him out as a director readily able to bring a fresh spin to tried-and-tested genre formulas. “I like taking things that people think they know and presenting them in a new light,” he adds.

Based on a screenplay by Max Landis, who previously penned Josh Trank’s alternative teen superhero outing Chronicle (2012), American Ultra re-teams Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart – after the romantic drama Adventureland (2009) six years ago, and before Woody Allen’s upcoming latest, »

- Paul Heath

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Wamg’s 2015 Fall Movie Preview

2 September 2015 6:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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!

September

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 PicturesThe 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

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Watch 'Victor Frankenstein' QandA with Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy

2 September 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, 20th Century Fox debuted the first trailer for the revisionist thriller Victor Frankenstein. The horror movie is heading to theaters this November. To keep the promotional train humming, they have released two Q&A videos with the movie's leading men, Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. In Victor Frankenstein, Daniel Radcliffe offers a much different take on the classic Igor character. In this latest sneak peek, he had this to say about bringing the iconic literary figure back to life for a new generation.

"I play Igor Strausman. Victor sees me in the circus. This is where he finds me. He spots my talents, and lifts me out of this god awful existence that I have been living for my entire life."

Victor Frankenstein will bring a twist on the legendary Mary Shelley tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant prot&#233g&#233 Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe »

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McAvoy, Radcliffe Tease "Victor Frankenstein"

2 September 2015 5:58 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

If you like boys with beards, check out two brief new promos for 20th Century Fox's "Victor Frankenstein" film starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. Paul McGuigan helms the film from a script by Max Landis and the movie is slated to open November 25th.

In the film, radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision. When Victor's experiments go too far, only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

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American Ultra review: Jesse Eisenberg's blazed Bourne indelicately mixes action and comedy

2 September 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jesse Eisenberg is the unlikely action hero at the centre of American Ultra, a fast-talking, hyper-violent action-comedy about a stoner who turns out to be a Jason Bourne-like sleeper agent. Making it an Adventureland reunion is Kristen Stewart, onboard as Eisenberg's equally-blazed girlfriend Phoebe.

Eisenberg plays Mike Howell in typically fidgety fashion, working a dead-end job at a convenience store while he tries to find the right moment to propose to Phoebe. When the CIA puts a kill order on him (Mike was part of the defunct "Ultra" programme before getting his memory wiped), old instincts kick in and before long he's turned a spoon into a deadly weapon to take down a pair of government goons.

Staging a fake viral outbreak, the government seal off Mike's small West Virginia town to pen him in and finish the job. Topher Grace's conniving agent Yates pulls the strings from Langley »

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The Week in Spandex – Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Blade, Man of Steel 2, Suicide Squad, Gotham, Supergirl, Heroes Reborn and more

29 August 2015 4:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Blade, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel 2, Batman, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen, Supergirl, Booster Gold, Heroes Reborn and more…

Marvel’s first Phase Three offering Captain America: Civil War wrapped production this week, after which a selection of promotional art arrived online, showing which characters will be joining Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) “teams” in the big superhero face-off. We’ll not spoil them, but you can take a look at the promo art yourself here, and click here to read Jeremy Renner’s comments on which side Hawkeye is on. »

- Gary Collinson

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Max Landis details his rejected ideas for Chronicle 2

26 August 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Max Landis has been in the news a lot lately, partially due to his latest movie American Ultra bombing at the box office, but the writer also shared some of the pages of his Fantastic Four script and even talked about the plans he had for a trilogy. However before Fantastic Four and American Ultra, Landis was best known for Chronicle, which was directed by Josh Trank. Now Landis has spoken out about the ideas he had for a sequel.

“It begins in the storm with Steve (Michael B. Jordan),” Landis told The Daily Beast. “Lightning is going behind Steve and you hear Andrew (Dane DeHaan) going, ‘Leave me alone!’ and then you hear Matt (Alex Russell) go, ‘What’s going on? You have to come down right now!’ The next shot is the sun is rising over Seattle, they’re on a cliff outside the city, the camera’s »

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Comic Book Review – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #3

26 August 2015 4:09 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch reviews Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #3…

The reborn Egyptians keep walking, the Copycat Killers keep killing, and the museum gala where these and other seemingly random events will converge looms large!

As with last month’s Dirk Gently [review here] our action isn’t as much of a firework display this month – it’s more of a lit fuse occasionally catching the blue-touch paper as it passes the random firework of a serial copycat killer on a murderous knife attack or the risen corpse of a centuries dead Egyptian demanding the lifeforce of the living. However our story this month concentrates on building just that…the story.

With the Hotel Party coming to an abrupt close due to our Egyptian friends stealing the lifeforce from a number of guests, Dirk makes his way to the lobby to complain to the Hotel receptionist about several things including the ice machines.  Due »

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Victor Frankenstein Trailer With Intro By James McAvoy And Daniel Radcliffe

25 August 2015 7:34 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe introduce you to their new film in a special version of the trailer for Victor Frankenstein, and this one is just as crazy as a Frankenstein film written by Max Landis is likely to be.

Told from the perspective of Igor (Radcliffe), this is a very different take on the tale of the mad scientist and his creation.

A little like taking Sherlock Holmes and running an updated, slick, action vehicle out of the general premise, Landis spins a wild-looking tale, with a Frankenstein that isn’t quite as likely to get pitchforked, but may have larger problems.

The film also marks the return to feature films of director Paul McGuigan, which is somewhat odd in itself, because it’s been quite the hiatus since Push and Lucky Number Slevin, but if the trailer can be believed, it looks like he’s at the top of his game. »

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Max Landis details his rejected pitch for a Fantastic Four trilogy

25 August 2015 11:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the wake of Fantastic Four’s disasterous release, Josh Trank’s Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis released the first four pages of his own script for the reboot of Marvel’s First Family, which was ultimately rejected by 20th Century Fox. Well, now the writer has opened up to The Daily Beast about his vision for the movie, which would have been the first instalment of a trilogy.

“My Fantastic Four was an on-the-run movie. It begins with their origin, which is an illegal Branson-esque space launch where they want to go see this thing. They become the biggest celebrities in the world, except then they wreck and they get these horrible powers. The government is hunting them and they split up, and you really get into the dynamics of these people as they’re learning to control their powers. So the origin takes place in the first two minutes »

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Max Landis Says 'American Ultra 2' Would Be a Kristen Stewart Action Movie

25 August 2015 10:51 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Despite being a fun, original action movie and what some are actually calling the best on-screen romance of the year, American Ultra didn't exactly light it up at the box office this weekend. Its weak sixth-place finish and $5.5 million probably won't get it a sequel (unless the international box office smokes the competition), but that doesn't mean writer Max Landis isn't already thinking about the further adventures of potheads-turned-assassins Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) and Phoebe...

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Why Audiences Rejected American Ultra, According To The Movie's Screenwriter

25 August 2015 8:31 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Max Landis has some choice words about the state of original concepts in movies. The screenwriter behind Chronicle and the James McAvoy-Daniel Radcliffe film Victor Frankenstein film saw his most recent work, American Ultra, hit theaters this past weekend. Unfortunately, it was beaten in ticket sales by Sinister 2 and Hitman: Agent 47. This prompted an intense rant from Landis on social media about original films vs. sequels, reboots and adaptations.  According to Yahoo, which pulled Landis' tweets, he began by acknowledging the box office placement, which was even behind The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, both of which had already debuted in theaters in previous weeks.    ...American Ultra was also beaten by the critically reviled Hitman Agent 47 and Sinister, despite being a better reviewed film than either.. . Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 22, 2015 According to Landis, American Ultra is a good movie, considered better than »

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American Ultra screenwriter blames film's failure on fear of originality

25 August 2015 3:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Max Landis has taken to Twitter to ask whether his action comedy’s underwhelming box office opening is the result of a tired industry

Screenwriter Max Landis has spoken out on Twitter about the box office failure of his new film American Ultra, claiming it might be the result of a remake and sequel-focused industry.

Related: American Ultra: should the amnesiac spy trope be forgotten?

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Max Landis Says 'American Ultra 2' Would Be a Kristen Stewart Action Movie

24 August 2015 7:01 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Despite being a fun, original action movie and what some are actually calling the best on-screen romance of the year, American Ultra didn't exactly light it up at the box office this weekend. Its weak sixth-place finish and $5.5 million probably won't get it a sequel (unless the international box office smokes the competition), but that doesn't mean writer Max Landis isn't already thinking about the further adventures of pot-heads-turned-assassins Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) and Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). In an interview with The Daily Beast, Landis -- who coins himself "an idea machine" -- dishes on his ideas for sequels to both American Ultra and the movie that helped launch his big-screen writing career, Chronicle. As for American Ultra, Landis says the...

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Kristen Stewart Will Be An Ass-Kicking Action Hero In American Ultra 2, If It Ever Happens

24 August 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s time for some frank talk: unless something drastic happens, American Ultra is not going to get a sequel. The movie didn.t even crack the top five at the box office in its opening weekend, reviews haven.t been kind, and no one is particularly clamoring for more. But none of that is going to stop writer Max Landis from talking about the sequel that could have been. Sitting down with The Daily Beast, Landis, who is well known for saying exactly what is on his mind at all times, revealed that he already had an American Ultra sequel in mind. This time around, it would switch things up and put Kristen Stewart.s character front and center, making her the action-movie badass. He said: American Ultra might not make enough money for a sequel, but the sequel is a Kristen Stewart action movie. Mike at the very »

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Max Landis Reveals His Ideas For The Fantastic Four Trilogy

24 August 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Chronicle writer Max Landis knows how to create original concepts and bash out killer scripts. Whether his intended visions for the prolific amount of screenplays he’s penned over the years truly come into being when passed to a director, you can’t doubt his enthusiasm for the craft. Even when he’s not contracted by studios and producers, he’s often busy tapping out a sequel or reboot to a movie that he might not own the rights to — but has oodles of passion for. Super Mario Bros., Ghostbusters, Lethal Weapon 5 are just a small pool of examples.

The most high-profile? Fantastic Four. Following the film’s public denouncement by every critic worth their salt, he posted the opening pages of his spec script to Twitter. Naturally, it hewed closer to the comic book and people on the whole thought it showed enormous potential. While »

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