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Goon: Last of the Enforcers review – feeble Canadian sports comedy

10 September 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An ice hockey hero returns to the rink in this puerile sequel to 2011’s Goon

In this inane sequel to Michael Dowse’s 2011 Canadian sports comedy Goon, Seann William Scott returns as Doug Glatt. An ice hockey hero, captain of the Halifax Highlanders and “a huge, Jewish freight train”, Glatt is good natured and more than a little slow. When he gets his face pounded in on the ice by blond-haired baddie Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell), he hangs up his skates and takes early retirement. He tries his luck with a new job in the basement office of an insurance company (“Doug Glatt – storage room. That’s you!”), while pregnant wife, Eva (Alison Pill, doing her best but not showing her range), tries to keep his spirits up, but it’s not long before he’s sneaking back to the rink.

Directed and co-written by Jay Baruchel (one of the »

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‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’ Review

9 September 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Seann William Scott, Alison Pill, Marc-Andre Grondin, Liev Schreiber, Wyatt Russell, Kim Coates, Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Callum Keith Rennie, Jonathan Mark Cherry | Written by Jay Baruchel, Jesse Chabot | Directed by Jay Baruchel

Back in 2011, Michael Dowse’s Canadian sports comedy Goon was a minor hit with critics, but only ended up taking a modest $12m at the U.S. box office. Evidently, however, the film has since picked up something of a cult following, which explains the presence of this somewhat belated but nonetheless entertaining sequel that reunites the majority of the key players.

The directorial debut of actor Jay Baruchel (who co-wrote and co-starred in the first film), the sequel finds sweet-natured but dim-witted ice hockey bruiser Doug “The Thug” Glatt (Seann William Scott) still playing for his beloved Halifax Highlanders and now married to former girlfriend Eva (Alison Pill), who has just announced that she’s expecting. »

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Goon: Last of the Enforcers review – manic man-child skates on thin ice

8 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Seann William Scott returns for a barely necessary follow-up, whose roll-call of sporting cameos far exceeds its punchline tally

Hollywood’s haphazard summer season persists with this sequel to the 2011 knockabout ice-hockey comedy, a film surely no more than 10 people felt required a follow-up. Writer-turned-director Jay Baruchel has a funny-strange way of compiling it: he pads his vaguely depressive central thrust – Seann William Scott’s dim-bulb brawler Doug Glatt realising he’s now too old to throw down – with reels of boysy inside-hockey business that yield more shrugs than laughs. Enough useful players are on the roster to generate sporadic mild chuckles – Mvp Wyatt Russell, as Glatt’s thunderous bad-boy rival, inadvertently nails a major issue (“The world isn’t watching … just Canada, and maybe three or four states”) – but nobody lands the one knockout punchline to elevate matters above tolerable mediocrity.

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- Mike McCahill

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Goon: Last Of The Enforcers review

8 September 2017 4:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The long-awaited sequel to Goon arrives in UK cinemas. It ain't essential, but it's fun...

“I’m not as tough as I used to be.”

Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the sequel to 2011s Goon, is a film about the world changing. The new owner of the Halifax Highlanders has expectations of the team and he’ll bring new players in to achieve them. The new kids coming into the league are something else; all-rounders, and some of them can really fight. Bruiser Doug Glatt’s home life is pulling him away from the game, and his body can hardly keep up with it anymore. So what exactly is a displaced hockey goon supposed to do? 

There’s a weird tragedy bubbling beneath the surface of Goon 2, but it’s never really dealt with. The subject of head injuries and being so drawn to and entertained by the violence that causes them, »

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Giveaway – Win a Goon: Last of the Enforcers T-shirt

2 September 2017 10:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Goon: Last Of The Enforcers, in UK cinemas 8th September, we have an official t-shirt available to giveaway courtesy of Vertigo Releasing.

This star-studded, pumped up sequel to the smash hit comedy Goon is a foul-mouthed, action-packed and hilarious excursion into the wild, knock-em-out world of ice hockey that sees the original cast returning for more bone- cracking and rib-tickling mayhem.

American Pie’s legendary Stifler, Seann William Scott, is simply sensational – putting as much humour as he does pathos – as the don’t give a puck hockey star Doug Glatt (based on the life of American maverick Doug Smith) – a role he was born to play, at least twice. He’s supported here with a top drawer cast including Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, Spotlight) and Alison Pill (Midnight In Paris, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), reprising their roles from the first film, Elisha Cuthbert »

- Gary Collinson

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New to Streaming: ‘Carrie,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘It Comes at Night,’ ‘Bottle Rocket,’ and More

1 September 2017 4:44 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)

Wes Anderson’s feature debut, the slyly comedic Bottle Rocket, positions its heroes, three young wannabe criminals with an eye for small-scale robberies, as blind innocents, lost in the unfamiliar world of adulthood. As part of his 75-year plan, Dignan (Owen Wilson) forms a gang, consisting of himself, Anthony (Luke Wilson) who’s fresh out of a voluntary psychiatric hospital, and Bob (Robert Musgrave) who »

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Film Review: ‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’

1 September 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A gem among umpteen lame Canadian hockey comedies, 2011’s “Goon” was an unexpectedly snappy mix of violent slapstick, screwball farce and modern dude humor, one that struck a chord with viewers (at least eventually, particularly up north; in the U.S., it found its primary audience in home formats after modest box-office performance). Belated sequel “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” brings back most of the winning original cast, plus some promising new faces, in a slick followup.

Not returning, however, are original director Michael Dowse or writer Evan Goldberg, with star and co-writer Jay Baruchel taking over helming duties in his feature directorial bow. The earlier duo are missed. One immediately detects the lowered brow of Baruchel and Jesse Chabot’s new material, as well as its competent but uninspired handling, which extends to less viscerally funny rink action. “Goon” was a keeper. The perhaps prophetically named “Last” isn’t exactly 101 minutes in the penalty box, but »

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Watch Seann William Scott in Exclusive 'Goon: Last of the Enforcers' Clip

30 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

We met Doug "The Thug" Glatt (Seann William Scott) in Goon, a lovable lug who found his calling as an enforcer in semi-professional ice hockey, protecting his teammates by beating up their opponents. He overcame the odds to lead his team to glory and win the heart of hockey fan Eva (Alison Pill). Now married with a child on the way, Doug and Eva return in Goon: Last of the Enforcers. After a brutal encounter with an opposing enforcer (Wyatt Russell), Doug reluctantly retires. Watch...

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Review: ‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’ is a Padded, Heartfelt Sequel

30 August 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The best part of hockey comedy Goon is its ability to never forget itself. Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg didn’t write it (based on Adam Frattasio and Douglas Smith’s non-fiction book) like your usual sports film where winning or losing was the goal. They instead brought to life a soft-spoken, compassionate guy whose only talent isn’t laying guys out on the ice like his bloodthirsty fans believe. No, Doug Glatt’s (Seann William Scott) calling is as protector for his family, friends, and teammates. He joined the Halifax Highlanders to provide a spark as well as a formidable presence that would lend his more talented linemates peace of mind and confidence. Victory was never about securing a championship, it was reminding his team what hockey meant beyond the scoreboard.

So when things cut to black on a game for which success occurred before the puck dropped — and »

- Jared Mobarak

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AMC announces cast and story details for new comedy drama series Lodge 49

27 August 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that AMC has tapped Sonya Cassidy (Humans), David Pasquesi (Veep), Eric Allan Kramer (Mike & Molly), Brent Jennings (Shameless) and Linda Emond (The Big Sick) to star alongside Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some!!, Ingrid Goes West) in Lodge 49, a new comedy-drama series from creator Jim Gavin, showrunner Peter Ocko and executive producer Paul Giamatti.

The series is described as “a modern fable” and follows Sean “Dud” Dudley (Russell), “a likable ex-surfer who attempts to maintain his positive outlook on life while still reeling from the death of his father, the collapse of the family business, and any semblance of the idyllic middle-class life he knew. Dud finds himself deposited by fate at the doorstep of Lodge 49, home to the Ancient and Benevolent Order of the Lynx, a dusty dying fraternal order. Dud finds solace in this dark, mysterious retreat, which offers cheap beer and strange alchemical philosophies. »

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Film Review: Aubrey Plaza Steers the Unsettling ‘Ingrid Goes West’

23 August 2017 4:09 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) is an actor who always seems to do something memorable in her performances. In “Ingrid Goes West,” she carries an entire movie on her quirky and sometimes disturbing character… that of a bipolar stalker who can’t find balance.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The interesting element of the film is that they establish that Plaza’s character of Ingrid is unbalanced from the first scene. She viciously attacks someone, and is sent to a mental health facility to do time and rehabilitation. What happens when she is let loose from those restraints is the guts of the movie, and it eventually devolves into an unexpected “anti-hero” story of a person who can’t get what she wants, until she does. As a smaller independent film, co-writer and director Matt Spicer gives it room to breath, and at the same time allows it to express its inevitability. Ten years ago, »

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Lodge 49: Casting Announced for New AMC Series

22 August 2017 9:41 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Who else is joining Lodge 49? Recently, AMC announced Linda Emond (pictured, left), Eric Allan Kramer (pictured, right), Brent Jennings, Sonya Cassidy, and David Pasquesi have joined the upcoming TV show.The comedic drama follows Dud (Wyatt Russell), an ex-surfer who "finds himself deposited by fate at the doorstep of Lodge 49, home to the Ancient and Benevolent Order of the Lynx, a dusty dying fraternal order."Read More… »

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TV News Roundup: Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix Stand-Up Special Sets Premiere Date

22 August 2017 4:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, Jerry Seinfeld announces his Netflix debut stand-up special, and “Real Housewives of New Jersey” lands a premiere date.

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Jerry Seinfeld is making his Netflix debut on Sept. 19 with the original stand-up special “Jerry Before Seinfeld.” In the hour-long special, Seinfeld returns to The Comic Strip in New York City, the club that helped launch his career. Interspersed with new material, including legal pads with every joke he’s written since 1975 and childhood videos, Seinfeld will perform the jokes that put him on the comedy map.

Bravo Media’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is returning for its eighth season on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. Returning for Season 8 is Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, and Siggy Flicker, who are joined by new housewife Margaret Josephs. The women are faced with new trials and tribulations that test their close friendship in the new season. The »

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AMC’s Lodge 49 Announces Cast, Show Details

22 August 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Wyatt Russell was previously announced as playing the lead role

The post AMC’s Lodge 49 Announces Cast, Show Details appeared first on ComingSoon.net. »

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Top 5 Reasons to See Ingrid Goes West

22 August 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Top 5 Reasons to See Ingrid Goes WestTop 5 Reasons to See Ingrid Goes WestAmanda Wood8/22/2017 1:05:00 Pm

The summer is drawing to a close, but there are still plenty of cool movies to catch in theatres. Ingrid Goes West is one such movie, and it’s out in theatres right now!

It stars Aubrey Plaza as a social media stalker who moves to California to become best friends with Elizabeth Olsen’s Instagram star Taylor, and things predictably go south pretty quickly. O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, and Pom Klementieff also star in this millennial fairy tale of friendship gone wrong. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 reasons to see Ingrid Goes West for yourself, because this is one late summer movie that can’t be missed.

Check out the list below, and catch Ingrid Goes West in Cineplex theatres now. Get tickets here!

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‘Lodge 49’: Sonya Cassidy, Eric Allan Kramer & David Pasquesi Among 5 Cast As Series Regulars In AMC Drama Series

22 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sonya Cassidy (Humans), David Pasquesi (Veep), Eric Allan Kramer (Mike & Molly), Brent Jennings (Shameless) and Linda Emond (The Big Sick) have been case as series regulars opposite star Wyatt Russell in AMC's upcoming comedic drama series Lodge 49, from creator Jim Gavin, showrunner Peter Ocko and executive producer Paul Giamatti.  The series is slated to air in 2018. Written and created by Gavin, the straight-to-series Lodge 49 is a modern fable set in Long Beach and… »

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Ingrid Goes West Review: Single White Female for the Instagram Obsessed

10 August 2017 1:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Aubrey Plaza takes a stab at social media obsession in Ingrid Goes West. Written and directed by Mat Spicer, the film is a fairly humorous if uneven take. The world of Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook is ripe for obvious satire. Ingrid Goes West has ample ammunition to target the facade of commercialism and narcissism. It needed to dig deeper regarding the mental health aspects of the story. Ingrid is an unbalanced, mentally ill character. Her desperate antics are funny to a point. Then become a sad reflection of the so-called connected world.

Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid Thorburn, a mentally unstable millennial unable to cope with her mother's death. Fresh out of an asylum and flush with cash from her inheritance, Ingrid succumbs again to her psychosis. She becomes fixated on the glamorous lifestyle of social media star, Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). The beautiful Los Angeles socialite has it all. »

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Director Matt Spicer on the Instagram Culture of ‘Ingrid Goes West’

10 August 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It could be easy to dismiss Ingrid Goes West as an attack on society’s newfound reliance on social media, perhaps a not too distant cousin of some Black Mirror episode; but the truth is somewhat more layered. Yes – Ingrid focuses on a troubled woman (Aubrey Plaza) consumed by the ideal Instagram lives of others (Elizabeth Olsen & Wyatt Russell) to the point where she moves to La and befriends said Insta-couple so as to be Exactly like them. Which (to be fair) paints a rather ‘stalkery’/Talented Mr. Ripley-esque portrait of social media. Yet the film also … »

- Tommy Cook

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Ingrid Goes West Review

9 August 2017 6:44 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Matt Spicer’s darkly comedic Ingrid Goes West is a scary, relevant, anti live-in-skin “thriller” dusted with millennial glitter. Dare I hope audiences might silence their phones for 97 minutes and emerge with a new view of their superficial cyber worlds? Social media is no longer a “fad” or “trend,” but a distraction-based lifestyle. Spicer and co-writer David Branson Smith pit the lives we post against the ones we live, because *everything* can’t be “The Best” or #blessed. Followers aren’t always friends, reality is not “filterable” and wired connectivity isn’t healthy “socialization” once addiction sets in. We’ve failed you, internet. Please forgive our prayer hand emoji usage and obnoxious hashtags.

Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid Thorburn, an Instagram addict who exhibits fantastical understandings about followers and interactions. Poor Charlotte (Meredith Hagner) merely comments with condolences on one of Ingrid’s posts, then Ingrid maces Charlotte for not »

- Matt Donato

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'Ingrid Goes West' Review: Aubrey Plaza Goes Crazy in Social-Media Satire

9 August 2017 9:46 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Social media is destroying our lives – but what if it's not? What if a digital imitation of life is all we can generate? That's the main idea that courses through Ingrid Goes West, a pitch-black comedy that dances around its central theme without ever facing it head on. But oh, the demented, delicious mischief it kicks up.

The antiheroine of the title is played by the one-and-only Aubrey Plaza, who's allowed to go completely off the chain here. Her Ingrid Thorburn never stops tapping "Like" on Instagram, but no one likes her. »

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