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Paramount Pictures released their new drama film, "The Gambler," into theaters yesterday, December 25th, and all the reviews have been turned in from the top, major movie critics in the biz. It turns out that they were pretty mixed with their opinions, giving it an overall 55 score out of a possible 100 across 31 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars: John Goodman, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson and Michael Kenneth Williams. We've provided blurbs from a few of the critics, below. Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score, saying: "Actually, Mom is the essential difference between Wahlberg and Caan. Caan has the glow of mother love on him. Wahlberg plays Jim as having made the adjustment to a lack of love, but in a twisted way. He's gambling now to see if the universe loves him." Kyle Smith over at the New York Post, »
- Andre Braddox
Universal Pictures released their new Angelina Jolie directed drama film, "Unbroken," into theaters yesterday,December 25th, and all the major, top movie critics in the biz, have served up their reviews. And things turned out mixed, getting an overall 59 score out a possible 100 across 42 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. It stars: Garrett Hedlund, Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock and Miyavi. We've provided blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it an excellent 100 score, saying: "When you get through it, though, you can’t help but feel uplifted by this tough-skinned movie that can stand with the best muscular wartime dramas in the American movie canon." Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it an 88 score, stating: "Jolie has an army of craftsmen in her corner, notably camera poet Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men). But it's her »
Walt Disney Pictures released their new fantasy/musical film, "Into The Woods," into theaters yesterday, December 25th, and all the top,major movie critics have turned in their reviews. It ended up resonating quite well with most of them, getting an overall 71 score out of a possible 100 across 33 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Tracey Ullman, Frances de la Tour, Johnny Depp, Lucy Punch, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Simon Russell Beale, Tammy Blanchard, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Richard Glover, Joanna Riding, and Annette Crosbie. We've provided blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Stephen Holden from The New York Times, gave it a nice 90 grade, saying: " Into the Woods, the splendid Disney screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, infuses new vitality into the tired marketing concept of entertainment for “children of all ages. »
- Andre Braddox
When James Wan’s breakout film, Saw, was first released back in 2004 it was met with a flurry of unfair criticism. Richard Roeper famously said that it was “nothing but a glorified snuff film” and that he “despised” it for this very reason. Saw also ushered in a new era and introduced a horror movie sub-genre known as “torture porn.” However, this isn’t really a fair assertion.
If you were to re-watch the film today, you’ll realize that it’s not the gruesome parade of elaborate traps and mindless display of violence many see it as retroactively. Saw is no more an extreme horror exercise than David Fincher’s critically lauded Brad Pitt/Morgan Freeman thriller, Se7en.
However, there are plenty of other films out there that are much more deserving of the “extreme-for-extreme-sake” label. Films that are trying way too hard to be controversial. And »
- Jesse Gumbarge
Sony Pictures gave in to demands today and pulled The Interview from theaters, after hackers threatened a 9-11-style attack on any theater showing the film. Despite the fact that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a statement stating there was no evidence of a terrorist plot against U.S. movie theaters that are screening The Interview, Sony gave theater owners the option to break contractual agreements and pull the film, most of which chose to do so. Later, Sony said they were choosing to cancel The Interview "in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors to not show the film."
"Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale - »
Sony pulled the Christmas Day release of “The Interview” on Wednesday after hackers levied threats to attack theaters showing the comedy, causing a slew of exhibitors to say they wouldn’t screen the movie.
The decision has already sparked a large variety of opinions, with many angry at the studio and exhibitors for pulling out of the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as a duo on a mission to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Industry figures including Judd Apatow, Rob Lowe, Jimmy Kimmel and more have taken to social media to weigh in, with several slamming Sony for the decision.
Read a list of tweets below, which will be updated as more come in:
I expect The Interview to turn up online. Because, dig it, you can knock the rock but you can't stop the rock.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 18, 2014
I have enjoyed movies that offended me deeply. »
- Variety Staff
Paramount Pictures released their new Chris Rock comedy film, "Top Five," into theaters today, and the the top movie critics in the biz, have served up their reviews for it. It turns out that most of them really enjoyed it, rewarding it with an overall 83 score out of a possible 100 across 30 reviews at the Metecritic.com site. The movie stars: Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Jb Smoove, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che. We posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Manohla Dargis from The New York Times, gave it a perfect 100 score! He said: "In setting Andre on his search for self, Mr. Rock has carved out a third way, in the process creating a black character who’s fully human and a comedy that’s wholly a blast." Betsy »
- Andre Braddox
20th Century Fox released their new action/Bible film, "Exodus: Gods And Kings," into theaters this weekend and all the reviews are in from the top critics. It turns out that they were pretty mixed about how they felt about it, giving it an overall 52 score out of a possible 100 across 35 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: John Turturro, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, and Aaron Paul. We've included blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a perfect 100 score, saying: "As a fictional, big-budget, 3-D, epic interpretation of Moses’ journey, Exodus: Gods and Kings is spectacular." Justin Chang at Variety, gave it a 90 score, stating: "What’s remarkable about Scott’s genuinely imposing Old Testament psychodrama is the degree to which he succeeds in conjuring a mighty and momentous spectacle — one that, for sheer astonishment, »
- Andre Braddox
Lionsgate released their new action/drama film, "Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay Part 1," into theaters today, and all the reviews are in from the top, major movie critics. It turns out that the majority of them thought it was, at least, pretty good with an overall 63 score out of a possible 100 across 44 reviews over at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Jena Malone. We included blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a great 88 score, saying: " It's easily the most political of the three films. It also is the most absorbing and best in the series." Alonso Duraide over at TheWrap, gave it an 83 grade, saying: »
The range of Mike Nichols’ work during his long career was reflected in the outpouring from friends and fans on social media Thursday morning following the news of the director-producer’s death at the age of 83.
Everyone who knew Mike Nichols at all had this in common. (And this is hard truth.) We felt blessed for every moment we spent with him. God.
— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) November 20, 2014
So very sad to hear of Mike Nichols death. A great talent, a wonderful, bright, charming human being.
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) November 20, 2014
We lost the legendary Mike Nichols today. A pioneer of stage and film. A true visionary and a friend.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols is a genius who uses his powers to make us laugh and cry and think and feel more alive. I don't want to apply the past tense.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 20, 2014
We lost a legend today. »
- Variety Staff
Universal Pictures released their new comedy film, "Dumb And Dumber To" into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the major,top movie critics. It turns out that the film really missed the mark with these guys, only garnering up an overall 35 score out of a possible 100 across 31 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin and Kathleen Turner. We posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a "less than stellar" 63 score to start things off. He stated: "Everyone has piled into this dumber, sillier, more consistently funny reprise with an enthusiasm that’s infectious, and not in a low-grade medical way." Sara Stewart at the New York Post, gave it a 50 score, simply saying: "From time to time, it works." Susan Wloszczyna from RogerEbert.com, »
Legendary American film critic Roger Ebert gets a loving tribute in the form of documentary Life Itself. It's a fitting match between filmmaker and subject - director Steve James is the man behind Hoop Dreams, a film Ebert championed and named his best of the year in 1994.
Using Ebert's 2011 memoir as a jumping off point, Life Itself follows the writer from his formative years at the University of Illinois, to his hard-drinking newspaper days at the Chicago Sun-Times and on to TV fame with Gene Siskel on syndicated show At the Movies.
James's film picks up with Ebert in the final months of his life - he's wheelchair-bound having undergone a succession of surgeries and treatments for papillary thyroid cancer. As a result, large sections »
Paramount Pictures released their new sci-fi/drama film, "Interstellar," into theaters this weekend, and all the major,top movie critics have sent in their reviews. it turns out that all the twists and turns this movie delivered, resonated quite well with most of them, getting an overall 73 score out of a possible 100 across 46 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace and David Gyasi. We posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an awesome 100 score, saying: "What a beautiful and epic film is Interstellar, filled with great performances, tingling our senses with masterful special effects, daring to be openly sentimental, asking gigantic questions about the meaning of life and leaving us drained and grateful for the experience. »
Interstellar features Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, but it's the rare Hollywood film where the director is the unquestioned star. This is a Christopher Nolan joint, from its epic scope, its tangled storytelling gymnastics, and its unrivaled insistence on Nsa-level control and pre-release secrecy. The director, who made his name with the backwards-running Memento, and burnished his reputation with the Dark Knight trilogy and the mind-bending Inception, goes all in with Interstellar, an ambitious tribute to the film that most inspired him: Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the near future, Earth is slowly starving and suffocating, »
- Jeff Labrecque
You could be kind and suggest that the term "nightcrawler" refers simply to a person who owns the midnight hours, sort of like a night-owl. But in Dan Gilroy's directorial debut, the title refers to the the cold-blooded vultures who chase the bloodiest crime scenes in order to capture the gore on video for television news. They truly are worms that wiggle to the surface at night, and the wormiest of all is Jake Gyllenhaal's Lou Bloom. Part Rupert Pupkin, part Weegee, Lou finds his true calling with a camera and police scanner, and he quickly becomes Rene Russo »
- Jeff Labrecque
Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new action/drama movie, "Fury," into theaters yesterday, October 16, and all the reviews are in from the major,top movie critics in the business. It turns out that most of them liked it with an overall 64 score out of a possible 100 across 38 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs. We've provided blurbs from a couple of the critics, below. Mick Lasalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a perfect 100 score, saying: "At its best, Fury examines the psychological experience of warfare." Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times, gave it an 80 score, stating: " What makes this film distinctive is the adroit way it both subverts and enhances old-school expectations, grafting a completely modern sensibility onto thoroughly traditional material." Joe Neumaier over at the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 grade. »
Stanley Kubrick believed that casting was 80 percent responsible for the failure or success of a film. Put the right actor—not necessarily the best actor—in the right role, and everything has a way of falling into place. The Judge is a father-son courtroom drama featuring a Jaded Lawyer and an Ornery Coot, and it would be difficult to imagine better choices than Robert Downey Jr., who produced the film with his wife, and Robert Duvall. Downey, in his first real drama since 2009's The Soloist, "plays the closest thing to a real human being he's tackled in ages," writes EW's critic Chris Nashawaty. »
- Jeff Labrecque
20th Century Fox released their new drama/thriller movie, "Gone Girl" into theaters today, and all the reviews are in from the major,top movie critics, and it turns out to have resonated quite well with most of them, getting an overall 79 score out of a possible 100 across 45 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon,and David Clennon. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a perfect 100 score, saying:" Grimly dark humor and spot-on production design buttress the captivating story and heighten the unnerving atmosphere...Gone Girl will leave you breathless and haunted." Joe Nuemaier over at the New York Daily News, gave it another wicked 100 score, stating: "Fincher is a fearless filmmaker who understands his audience’s intelligence (not to mention their »
"Marriage is hard work," says Amy Dunne in Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. The longer one has been married, the greater one understands the meaning behind the phrase "honeymoon period." In David Fincher's adaptation of Flynn's bestseller, the magical romance between Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) has hit the wall five years in. They fall in love in New York City, but when they both lose their magazine jobs and his mother falls ill in Missouri, they move to his hometown and quickly drift apart. How far apart? Nick may have murdered her. When Amy goes »
- Jeff Labrecque
Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new action flick, "The Equalizer" into theaters this weekend, and the top critics have submitted their reviews. It ended up pleasing roughly half of them, getting an overall 57 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews over at Metacritic.com. The movie stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo. We've included blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a nice 88 score, saying: "The Equalizer features some gruesomely creative violence, but it’s equally memorable for the small, gritty moments set in that diner, or on the rough-and-tumble streets of Boston. And most of all, it’s got Denzel going for it." Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter, gave it another nice 80 score, stating: " Ramping up his style to a more dynamic and elegant level than he’s achieved previously, »
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