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Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Liam Neeson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart | Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild | Directed by Seth MacFarlane
When it comes to a Seth MacFarlane film, the easiest way to work out whether you’ll like it is to ask the simple question, do you like Family Guy? That is the level of humour you can expect; and with Ted 2 a live-action episode of Family Guy is exactly what you get…
When Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and his wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) decide they want to have a baby, they soon run into problems. When they decide to adopt, the state becomes aware of Ted’s existence and he finds himself ruled to be property, and not a human being. With John’s (Mark Wahlberg) help »
- Paul Metcalf
Written by Steven Rogers
Directed by Jessie Nelson
From the opening credits sequence, Love the Coopers feels like classic studio holiday schmaltz. Santa Clauses ride around town, dogs dressed in Hanukkah and Christmas garb embrace, and families take pictures for greeting cards. The Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” scores the montage, completing an idyllic portrait of dull but harmless seasonal cheer.
The film appears to be heading towards a whitewashed but benign universe as the principal characters get introduced, suggesting a basic story structure warm and familiar enough to be a Christmas hearth. Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam (John Goodman) Cooper plan a Christmas dinner for their dispersed family, all while their marriage disintegrates due in part to the couple’s age. Their passion has waned as the years have gone by, leading to constant argument over song lyrics, grocery shopping, and seemingly everything else.
- Max Bledstein
Love the Coopers is as problematic as its title. Does it mean love from the Coopers or is it a statement that someone loves the Coopers (perhaps its narrator — we’ll get to that a moment), or perhaps something else? Unlike its title, the message here is painfully simple. Here’s a film that’s so sincere it forgets to spice things up a bit. Told though a narrator who spells it all out without any wit or commentary (we later find out why this narrator, voiced by Steve Martin, is all knowing and God-like), we’re introduced to a wide ensemble spanning four generations in suburban Pittsburgh.
They include John Goodman and Diane Keaton as Sam and Charlotte Cooper, respectively. Their marriage is falling apart for multiple reasons, ranging from past tragedy to their current emotional isolation from each other. Their psychological games aren’t quite as cruel as those in Le Weekend, »
- John Fink
Christmas is nearly upon us and we have a fantastic festive-themed giveaway to tie in with the upcoming release of Christmas With The Coopers, which hits UK cinemas on December 1st.
It’s the festive season in the Cooper household and Charlotte Cooper (Diane Keaton) has one simple wish… for her family to have the perfect Christmas. But four generations of the Cooper clan gathering under the same roof is anything but perfect.
We have three of the pictured merchandise packs to give away! Each pack includes a Christmas with the Coopers branded chocolate advent calendar and a Diy Christmas tree which includes mini baubles and fairy lights.
John Goodman (Trumbo), Olivia Wilde (Rush), Jake Lacy (Girls, Carol), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Marisa Tomei (Trainwreck), Anthony MacKie (Avengers), Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), Alan Arkin (Argo) and June Squibb (Nebraska) lead an all-star cast in this unforgettable yuletide comedy. »
- Paul Heath
Longmire alum Bailey Chase has lined up two recurring roles — on David Lynch's upcoming Twin Peaks follow-up series for Showtime and on NBC’s supernatural cop drama Grimm. He also has signed with Apa for representation. On Twin Peaks — whose cast officially is being kept under wraps except for returning star Kyle MacLachlan — Chase is joining fellow new cast additions Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Knepper, Balthazar Getty and Amanda Seyfried, among others. On Grimm, Chase… »
Christmas is barreling down the tracks faster than who knows what, and with it, comes some holiday cheer. To celebrate Christmas with The Coopers arriving in cinemas on December 1st, we've got some epic movie merchandise to giveaway. Simply fill in your details below and keep an eye out for the postman! It’s the festive season in the Cooper household and Charlotte Cooper (Diane Keaton) has one simple wish...for her family to have the perfect Christmas. But four generations of the Cooper clan gathering under the same roof is anything but perfect. John Goodman (Trumbo), Olivia Wilde (Rush), Jake Lacy (Girls, Carol), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Marisa Tomei (Trainwreck), Anthony Mackie (Avengers), Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), Alan Arkin (Argo) and June Squibb (Nebraska) lead an all-star cast in this unforgettable yuletide comedy. Spending Christmas with the Coopers will never be a silent night. Loading... Comp open to residents of Republic of Ireland. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
The box office has finally rebounded after a brief slump in October with the release of Spectre last weekend, which took in $73 million, higher than the entire top 10 in the last week of October, and The Peanuts Movie ($45 million). As expected, both of those hit movies retained the top two spots this weekend, with Spectre taking in $35.4 million and The Peanuts Movie staying put in second place with $24.2 million. As expected, new releases such as Warner Bros.' The 33, CBS Films' Love the Coopers and Clarius Entertainment's My All American, along with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's By the Sea opening in limited release, didn't provide any serious competition.
Both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie have been faring well with critics, with Spectre earning a 63% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and The Peanuts Movie pulling in an 86% "Fresh" rating. While The Peanuts Movie did come in a distant second place last weekend, »
Russell Crowe fails to convince as a novelist struggling with stress and parenthood
Russell Crowe is a Pulitzer prize-winning novelist who… no, stop there, I don’t buy it. Just like I don’t buy Crowe’s am-dram post-traumatic stress seizures (something for the Oscar judges, sir?), his brow-furrowing typing, his cutesy-goofy parenting (“you’re my potato chip”) or, indeed, any other part of this ludicrously overegged symphony of phoniness from Gabriele Muccino, director of the equally fatuous Seven Pounds.
“It’s about life, about death, loss, about love and fear to lose the person you love,” burbles Muccino of Brad Desch’s unaccountably Black List-approved script, which splits its time between dad-slash-author Jake (Crowe) raising young daughter Katie, and grown-up Katie (Amanda Seyfried) wrestling with lovelorn daddy issues.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
James Bond and Charlie Brown are showing solid staying power at North American multiplexes, heading for respective weekends of $35 million for “Spectre” and $27 million for “The Peanuts Movie,” early estimates showed Friday.
But several newcomers are facing a cool reception from moviegoers. Holiday comedy “Love the Coopers” is headed for a moderate $6.5 million opening at 2,603 sites while mining drama “The 33” is showing little traction with a quiet $3.5 million launch at 2,452.
Universal’s “By the Sea,” a marital dysfunction drama that Angelina Jolie Pitt directed, wrote and co-stars in with real life husband Brad Pitt, has opened unimpressively with a projected $100,000 at 10 theaters in major cities. By comparison, the studio’s “Steve Jobs” took in $521,522 at four theaters in its first weekend in early October.
“Spectre” looks likely to decline about 50% from its opening weekend and should close out the weekend near $135 million. “Skyfall,” its immediate predecessor, slid 53% in its »
- Dave McNary
It’s all rather implausible and hugely melodramatic as it milks ham-fisted histrionics from high soap opera. A pitiable excuse for a movie. I’m “biast” (pro): really like Russell Crowe…
I’m “biast” (con): …though he’s been trying my patience lately
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In 1989 New York (or, well, Pittsburgh standing in, unconvincingly, for New York), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jake Davis (Russell Crowe: The Water Diviner, Noah) and his young daughter (Kylie Rogers) stumble through their grief over losing his wife, her mother in a car accident. The crash has left Jake with a combination of manic depression, palsy, and seizures brought on, apparently, by guilt (he was driving and distracted) and brain injury. It’s rather implausible and hugely melodramatic, which is all this pitiable excuse for a movie is concerned with: milking ham-fisted histrionics from high soap opera. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, November 13. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide The 33 Director: Patricia Riggen Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Bob Gunton, Gabriel Byrne, Naomi Scott, Jacob Vargas, Oscar Nunez, Juan Pablo Raba Synopsis: "Based on a true story about the collapse at the mine in San Jose, Chile that left 33 miners isolated underground for 69 days." Love the Coopers Director: Jessie Nelson Cast: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Alex Borstein, Jon Tenney, June Squibb, Michelle Veintimilla Synopsis: "When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night »
- Steve Greene
Social media is filled with complaints about retailers jumping the gun on Christmas. Hey the jack-o-lantern’s not yet ripe when the tinsel and wreaths go on sale. Well at least this inspired one of the great double holiday flicks, The Nightmare Before Christmas. So, if the mall starts early, why not the attached (usually) multiplex theatres. Hollywood loves sending out movies at the end of the year set around the staples of the season. So, before you even think about grabbing the turkey (let’s not get ahead of this piece) for Thanksgiving, here’s a flick about a big, big family getting things set for the big Christmas Eve shindig. Now Mom’s a perfectionist, so everything has to be plotted out and just right. Of course, like most families, things are far from perfect. Doesn’t mean they can’t try their darndest in the new star-packed cinema stocking, »
- Jim Batts
What kind of title is Love The Coopers, anyway? Does it represent the bland sentimentalities of a Hallmark card hastily signed on the way to your parents’ house? Is it meant as a plea to audiences, a last-ditch effort to get you to care about its disparate collection of thinly constructed personalities? This overwrought family Christmas comedy is as devoid of nuance as its plain title suggests. Worse than that, Love The Coopers is overly familiar and exceedingly dull despite its warm, genial cast.
In the snowy suburbs around Pittsburgh, four generations of the Cooper family prepare for their annual Christmas gathering. Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam (John Goodman) hope to keep their rocky marriage and impending divorce a secret long enough to host one last, happy family holiday dinner. Their son Hank (Ed Helms), meanwhile, contends with his own marital and parenting issues while keeping his unemployment a secret »
- Zachary Shevich
“Love the Coopers” proves critics don’t like being told what to do, because the majority of reviews aren’t obeying the title’s directive. In fact, they mostly hate the Coopers. With a total of 15 available so far on Rotten Tomatoes, 11 are deemed “rotten,” giving the dysfunctional family holiday film starring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried a low 29 percent approval rating. With only a few reviews available at the moment, that rating could always improve. But based on the reaction readily available, it seems more likely to plummet than rise. See Photos: 25 Holiday Movies. »
- Greg Gilman
Pan may have only hit movie theaters last month, but today Warner Bros. has revealed that the blu-ray will be landing just in time for the Holidays with a bundle of special features as well. Come inside to learn more.
Critics and audiences didn't respond all too favorably with the new Peter Pan movie, so perhaps that's why the film is getting a blu-ray release just two months after it's theatrical debut. Today, WB revealed that Pan will hit blu-ray on December 22nd, just Barely in time for Christmas (if you're looking for a last minute stocking stuffer).
Discover how Peter got to Neverland when “Pan” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”) comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Fittingly given that its title sounds like a demand, “Love the Coopers” peddles holiday sorrow, cheer and uplift with off-putting insistence. Director Jessie Nelson’s dramedy follows a familiar family-reunion template in detailing the Yuletide get-together of the Coopers, a clan fracturing under the weight of divorces, unemployment, unrealized dreams and loneliness — as well as past joys that all its members desperately want to reclaim. Decked out in the usual tinsel-and-mistletoe trappings, the film lurches awkwardly between gloominess and giddiness, never hitting the boisterously bittersweet groove it seeks. Failing to carve out an identity distinct from its many subgenre predecessors, this slushy feel-good saga faces a stormy theatrical forecast at best.
Ten years after “The Family Stone,” Diane Keaton again takes the lead of a contrived getting-the-relatives-back-together film that eventually employs the threat of tragedy as a device for familial reconciliation. Before “Love the Coopers” ventures down that misbegotten path, »
- Nick Schager
This Friday is a big occasion for Angelina Jolie: Her third directorial project, By The Sea, hits theaters. The movie is particularly personal for the actress, given that she wrote and produced, and costars alongside husband Brad Pitt. But the date is also significant for the industry as a whole. November 13 will see the release of three different female-directed movies, with Jessie Nelson's Love The Coopers (starring Diane Keaton and Amanda Seyfried, among other big names), and The 33, Patricia Riggen's adaptation of the Chilean mine collapse, joining Jolie's feature. It's not hard to see why this triple release could be a game-changer in »
Now that awards season is upon us, allow me to suggest a new category: Most Extravagantly Wasted Cast. And the winner is…Love the Coopers, which squanders the likes of Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei, Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde, June Squibb, Amanda Seyfried and Anthony Mackie in a Christmas comedy of numbing tedium and tackiness. Some entries in the largely undistinguished dysfunctional-family-holiday-film subgenre — The Family Stone (also with Keaton) and Jodie Foster’s Home for the Holidays, to name two — are watchable despite their forced zaniness and predictable emotional beats; the spectacle of attractive stars packed
- Jon Frosch
Most fans of Angelina Jolie Pitt, as she has rechristened herself, will have to wait to see the actress’ latest big screen effort.
“By the Sea,” a drama about marital dysfunction that Jolie Pitt directed, wrote and co-stars in opposite her real life husband Brad Pitt, will open this Friday in 10 theaters in a handful of major cities. The film cost $10 million to produce and Universal, the studio behind the project, insists that it was always intended to be an homage to European art films, not a commercial enterprise.
That’s a departure from the previous Bradgelina venture, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” which was one of the biggest hits of 2005, racking up nearly $480 million globally. Expectations are pretty low for this one and critics have been cool, knocking the picture for being a tad precious. But Universal is having a monster year at the box office and betting on Jolie Pitt paid off with “Unbroken, »
- Brent Lang
Kathy Griffin was an unknown comedic actress when she landed her breakout role on NBC’s 1996 sitcom “Suddenly Susan.” But three seasons in, she discovered a sobering truth after grilling her co-stars about their wages. “I had the second-lowest salary on the cast,” she says. “Judd Nelson made four times what I made, and he ended up getting fired.” When her agents balked at securing her a pay hike, she marched up to the office of Warner Bros. TV chief Peter Roth to demand a raise. “It was an all-out brawl,” says Griffin, who wrote down a number on a napkin and slid it over to Roth, channeling a used-car salesman. “I got a raise,” she says. “I still didn’t make equal to what the guys were making.”
Photograph by Adam Voorhes; Prop Styling by Robin Finlay
A decade later, she stormed up to another executive suite: this time »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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