7 items from 2015
"It's hard for me to describe," a therapy patient tells Val of his latest problem. "It's something kind of f--ked up." "Good," she replies. "That's my specialty." Val, played wonderfully by Michaela Watkins, is the heroine of "Casual," a smart and often moving new dramedy debuting tomorrow on Hulu. She's 39, recently separated from her cheating husband, and she and teenage daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) are living with her brother Alex (Tommy Dewey), cynical co-founder of an online dating service that's starting to blow up. "Casual" was created by Zander Lehmann, and executive produced by Jason Reitman. While the use of Alex's website as a central plot device, as well as the very active nature of Laura's sex life, could make this seem like a TV series version of Reitman's critically-savaged "Men, Women & Children," Lehmann, Reitman and company are telling a much more specific story here, about three people damaged in a particular way, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Kurt Russell almost always elevates whatever movie he’s in, no matter the quality of the script or the other performances. With Bone Tomahawk this once again proves true as the charismatic icon significantly improves this sluggishly paced, stiff western.
At the start of writer-director S. Craig Zahler‘s debut, a pack of cannibals invade the small town of Bright Hope. They kill and kidnap folks, including the wife of Arthur (Patrick Wilson), Samantha (Lili Simmons). Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell) puts a team together, including himself, an injured Arthur, the smooth-talking John Brooder (Matthew Fox), and the deputy Chicory (Richard Jenkins), to go rescue Samantha, who, Hunt admits, is probably dead. It’s a men on a mission story.
The main problem is there’s zero emotional stakes. Arthur wants his wife back, but it’s hard to invest in his journey when the set up is so forced. Wilson, »
- Jack Giroux
I wouldn't typically choose to put these two posters in the same post, but they arrived at the same time and, well, I guess I'm lazy. Either way, just below are the posters for the Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen as well as the Kurt Russell-led Western Bone Tomahawk and they are about as far apart from one another in effort and quality as could possibly be. First for London Has Fallen, a sequel to the Antoine Fuqua film Olympus Has Fallen that once again find Gerard Butler playing a Secret Service agent only this time he's across the pond when trouble arises. After the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world's most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests »
- Brad Brevet
“...if you’re a child of the 80s, your Westerns are 'Silverado' and 'Tombstone,'” "Bone Tomahawk" co-star Patrick Wilson told EW. “To do a movie with Kurt [Russell] is one thing — to do a Western with Kurt is like, ‘Alright! I’m going to be next to Wyatt Earp up there on a horse!’” And the actor's excitement certainly matches ours. With the cast being rounded out by Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, David Arquette, Fred Melamed, and Sean Young (!) this horror-western (!!) boasts an intriguing premise: a sheriff teams up both with a cowboy and a bumbling old man (Jenkins) to rescue a group of captives from a bunch of cannibalistic cave-dwellers. And yet, the one concern is that this film, marking the directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler, still has no distribution, which does make one wonder about the finished product. However, it seems that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I know where to find battery acid... Midway through "Tad & Loreen & Avi & Shanaz"(*), Hannah tries to mend things with Fran after last week's fiasco by telling him that she's not the person he thinks he is. He tells her, "I think you're not the person you think you are. I think that's where the confusion is." (*) The title's a play on "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," the 1969 Paul Mazursky film about two couples who eventually all wind up in bed together. I suspect it is a movie Avi has watched many times, and possibly has this photo somewhere in his office. Fran seems a perfectly rational, well-adjusted person, which means he can not be long for this show, but can provide temporary value in calling out Hannah on her crap. In this case, though, his advice applies to most of the ensemble, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Before he was announced as Marvel's Black Panther back in October, Chadwick Boseman took on the iconic role of James Brown in the Universal Pictures biopic Get on Up. With the drama currently available on Blu-ray and DVD, we have an exclusive deleted scene, where Chadwick Boseman gets some bad news from the parole board. Although he obviously went on to become an influential musician, James Brown wanted to become a mechanic after his release from prison. As you can see in this scene, the terms of his parole did not make that possible.
In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42's Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves, and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from »
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7 items from 2015
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