The Weekend Warrior 9/9/16: Sully, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life

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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

As expected, Labor Day weekend wasn’t good for the two new wide releases at all, although the romantic drama The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks), starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, ended up doing far better of the two. Also as expected, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems) won the weekend with a four-day total of $19.7 million, a little less than I predicted. The Light Between Oceans ended up with slightly over $6 million, roughly the same as my original prediction but 20th Century Fox’s thriller Morgan, starring Kate Mara, bomb-bomb-bombed with a ridiculously bad four-day opening of just $2.5 million in its first four days. The Mexican comedy No Manches Frida (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ended up faring better in just 362 theaters,
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Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower DVD Review

Director: Masahiko Murata

Starring: Junko Takeuchi, Maile Flanagan, Toshiyuki Mroikawa, Tony Oliver, Chie Nakamura, Kate Higgins, Kenji Hamada, Crispin Freeman, Nobuaki Fukuda, Michael Sorich, Rikiya Koyama, Troy Baker

Running Time: 87 minutes

Certificate: 12

Once again the long-running anime Naruto Shippuden offers up a theatrical venture that has no consequence. The film itself can simply be ignored from continuity and is in teh world of the film as well as it takes on a Pokemon The First Movie plot device at the end to make sure the events are never spoken of again. I always feel a bit annoyed at such conclusions because I’m left wondering “What was the point of it all?”

Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower sees Naruto sent back in time by 20 years on the hunt of Rogue Ninja Mukade. Upon arriving back in time, he discovers that Mukade, even though they travelled back just moments apart,
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Vr Troopers DVD Review

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Vr Troopers DVD Review
Title: V.R. Troopers Starring: Michael Sorich, Mike Reynolds and Gardner Baldwin Running time: 9 hours (26 episodes/3 discs), Rated TVY7 Special Features: None Ryan, Kaitlin and J.B. are a trio of young adults who are given the ability to travel into virtual reality as superheroes, which was created by Ryan’s missing father to defend the world from the evil Grimlord. Saban’s V.R. Troopers is a children’s action show which was shot in the style of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers but with sh*ttier acting and the special effects were even more lame. This show looks like one of those cheesy Japanese flicks from the 70′s with some American actors cast for [ Read More ]

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DVD Playhouse: September 2010

DVD Playhouse September 2010


Allen Gardner

The Girl Who Played With Fire (Music Box Films) Follow up to the hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finds Lisabeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) and Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) joining forces once again as Blomkvist is about to break a story on Sweden’s sex trade, which leads unexpectedly to a dark secret from Elizabeth’s past. Starts off well, then quickly nose-dives into sensationalism and downright silliness, with a pair of villains who are straight out of a Roger Moore-era James Bond film. A real letdown for those of us who felt Dragon Tattoo had finally breathed life into the cinema’s long-stagnant genre of the thriller. Bonuses: English language track; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

The Killer Inside Me (IFC Films) Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s classic, and notorious, novel about the psychotic mind of a small town sheriff (Casey Affleck,
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Starting Small: Ten Notable Shorts That Became Features

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While some filmmakers spend their entire careers maximizing the succinct pleasures of the short film, others start out by making shorts that they hope will maximize their chances of becoming a feature film director. This week alone will see the feature debuts of two directors who have turned their short films into full-length one -- Neill Blomkamp, whose 2005 socially conscious alien invasion tale "Alive in Joburg" has been turned into the Peter Jackson-produced "District 9," and Paul Solet, whose 2006 horror short "Grace," about a mother who refuses to give up on her miscarriage has morphed into a feature of the same name starring Jordan Ladd. Here's a look at ten other notable shorts that got the full feature treatment.

"Bottle Rocket" (1992)

Directed by Wes Anderson

What's another $4,000 after paying private school tuition? That was probably the pitch made by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson to their fathers, a year
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Film review: 'Noriega: God's Favorite'

Film review: 'Noriega: God's Favorite'
An amazing movie about the downfall of scrappy Panamanian strongman Manuel "Tony" Noriega, "Noriega: God's Favorite" looked great on the big screen of the Granada Theatre, where the Roger Spottiswoode-directed film premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Alas, despite its availability to distributors, the less than-$6

million production has not landed a theatrical deal. It is set to air April 2 on Showtime.

Although more festival showcases are certainly in order, most of the intended mature audience will discover the project's many virtues over time through cable play dates and a long ancillary shelf life. Written by journalist and nonfiction author Lawrence Wright, adapting his just-published debut novel "God's Favorite", "Noriega" stars Bob Hoskins in another superb performance -- arguably his greatest yet -- with a well-picked supporting cast of veterans and relatively unfamiliar faces.

Starting with the torture and murder of Noriega's well-known foe Hugo Spadafora in 1985 and climaxing with the general's seeking shelter from American soldiers and outraged Panamanians inside the Vatican Embassy, "Noriega" is a wild tale that many potential viewers are probably not fully acquainted with.

The filmmakers and Wright make no promises of accuracy on every detail, conversation, date or even names and faces. But in the tradition of art "re-imagining" reality, "Noriega" is a major success, bringing to a potentially wide audience a film that is literate, challenging, even a tad controversial in its occasionally sympathetic portrayal of the "Little General".

Intricately constructed around the spiritual and international crisis Noriega confronts when the invasion of 1989 ends his corrupt career -- using a fictional confession to periodically provide insights into the protagonist's complex mind -- "Noriega" is intelligently lurid, unabashedly funny and sickeningly violent.

It holds too many oddities and subtle storytelling flourishes to begin to do justice to a one-of-a-kind experience that, for example, features a sunny scene on a boat with Gen. Tony, a bevy of topless girls and Oliver North (Edward Edwards) talking about their troubles with Contras and Colombians.

Or, if that's not wicked enough, there's the scene where tough chit-chatting Fidel Castro (Michael Sorich) sticks Tony with the bill at an intimate summit in a Havana nightclub.

An alcoholic despot whose primary beliefs are "forget the past" and that God has given him extraordinary luck, Tony is a big, bad, bisexual barrio boy turned "tin-pot fascist," with a sultry mistress (Rosa Blasi), a witch doctor, loyal second in command Roberto (Tony Plana), who "knows too much," and, last but not least, a jealous wife (Denise Blasor).

After the Spadafora affair, Noriega drives Panamanian President Nicky Balretta (Luis Avalos) to resign and also banishes Roberto, while making a big show of holding elections. As the forces of betrayed drug lords, American intelligence and military and his own internal critics close in, Noriega brutally overturns the results of the election and stops a coup by Roberto's replacement (Nestor Carbonell) in its tracks with a well-placed phone call and his own fierce personality -- a tremendous sequence that Hoskins pulls off spectacularly.

With an excellent soundtrack of Latin-flavored songs and instrumentals, the well-paced, entirely absorbing scenario concludes with Noriega and a savvy papal nuncio (Jeffrey Demunn) enduring the U.S. military's barrage of hard-rock music in a bizarre standoff.

And Tony's story is not over yet, we learn in the finale. Convicted of racketeering and drug trafficking and serving a 30-year sentence in federal prison in Miami, Noriega is eligible for parole this year.

Filmed in the Philippines, the production is first-rate in all regards. Pierre Mignot's cinematography, Owen Paterson's production design and Florence-Isabelle Megginson's costumes work together magically to help fully realize the perceptive, at times playful, cinematic ministerings of Spottiswoode ("Tomorrow Never Dies", Showtime's "Hiroshima").


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A Nancy Hardin/Industry

Entertainment production

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Screenwriter: Lawrence Wright

Producer: Nancy Hardin

Executive producers: Arnon Milchan,

Nick Wechsler, Roger Spottiswoode

Director of photography: Pierre Mignot

Production designer: Owen Paterson

Editor: Mark Conte

Costume designer: Florence-Isabelle Megginson

Casting: Judith Holstra



Manuel "Tony" Noriega: Bob Hoskins

Papal nuncio: Jeffrey Demunn

Roberto: Tony Plana

Maj. Giroldi: Nestor Carbonell

Vicky: Rosa Blasi

Felicidad: Denise Blasor

President Nicky Barletta: Luis Avalos

Running time -- 120 minutes

No MPAA rating

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