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New to Streaming: ‘Entertainment,’ ‘Shaun the Sheep,’ ‘American Ultra,’ ‘Anna Karenina,’ and More

13 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | 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 the interwebs. 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 Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

American Ultra (Nima Nourizadeh)

From its first few shots, it’s clear that American Ultra is removed from the relatively grounded drama of Greg Mottola’s underrated Adventureland, the last film that paired Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. We first meet Eisenberg’s bloodied and beaten Mike Howell detained and chained to a table in a septic interrogation room. As an agent throws photographic evidence of »

- TFS Staff

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Contest: Win 'American Ultra' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart On DVD Plus Check Out An Exclusive Featurette

6 November 2015 12:51 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

They starred together in "Adventureland," and recently wrapped shooting on Woody Allen's next film, but sandwiched between for Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart is "American Ultra." Hitting theaters late this summer, you might've missed it, but we've got the movie on DVD for some lucky readers.  Read More: Review: 'American Ultra' Starring Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Directed by Nima Nourizadeh, the comedic thriller centers on the small-town life of stoner Mike (Eisenberg) and his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart). Mike’s sleepy world goes wild after he discovers that he’s actually a CIA sleeper agent with lethal fighting skills — and the target of government hitmen. The ultimate slacker, Mike transforms into an ultra-attacker as he and Phoebe fight to survive, and in the exclusive featurette below, the director explains his approach to marrying ultra-violence and comedy. To win the movie on DVD, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, »

- Edward Davis

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Screen unveils Stars of Tomorrow 2015 with Lff

5 October 2015 1:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International has revealed its Stars of Tomorrow, spotlighting the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers.

Click here to access the Screen Stars of Tomorrow microsite, including full profiles, picture gallery and digital edition

Now in its 12th year, the annual showcase spotlights up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers who will be making waves in the years to come.

Scroll down for the full list

Past Stars of Tomorrow selected by Screen include Benedict Cumberbatch (2004), Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (2005), Suffragette star Carey Mulligan, Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega (2011) and last year’s cover stars Taron Egerton, Olivia Cooke and Sam Keeley.

Stars of Tomorrow editor Fionnuala Halligan curates the stars after considering hundreds of candidates and consulting with industry experts including casting agents, talent agents, managers, producers and directors.

This year marks a partnership with the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18), which will present the Stars as part of its programme of events.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Screen, Lff unveil Stars of Tomorrow 2015

5 October 2015 1:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International has revealed its Stars of Tomorrow, spotlighting the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers.

Click here to access the Screen Stars of Tomorrow microsite, including full profiles, picture gallery and digital edition

Now in its 12th year, the annual showcase spotlights up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers who will be making waves in the years to come.

Scroll down for the full list

Past Stars of Tomorrow selected by Screen include Benedict Cumberbatch (2004), Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (2005), Suffragette star Carey Mulligan, Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega (2011) and last year’s cover stars Taron Egerton, Olivia Cooke and Sam Keeley.

Stars of Tomorrow editor Fionnuala Halligan curates the stars after considering hundreds of candidates and consulting with industry experts including casting agents, talent agents, managers, producers and directors.

This year marks a partnership with the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18), which will present the Stars as part of its programme of events.

Halligan »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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American Ultra Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates and Details

29 September 2015 4:48 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced places to bring American Ultra starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart to Digital HD on November 10th, followed by the American Ultra Blu-ray and DVD release date on November 24th.

Eisenberg and Stewart shed any previous typecasting to play a couple slackers-turned-human-weapons who leave a path of destruction in their trail. The film made over $15.4 million at the North American box office and should prove a fun romp on high definition home video.

American Ultra on Blu-ray will feature DTS:x audio and 1080p video. Like Dolby Atmos, DTS:x is a newer format that can be decoded by any receiver that decodes DTS-hd Master Audio, which is just about any receiver available at retail today.

Pre-order American Ultra on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo for a discounted price at Amazon.com.

A small selection of bonus features come on the Blu-ray and DVD editions of American Ultra. »

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American Ultra review – stoner turns state killer to little effect

6 September 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart brave an anarchic mish-mash with lots of violence but few laughs

This stoner/secret agent mash-up of The Bourne Identity and Pineapple Express promises cross-generic thrills and doesn’t skimp on crunchy violence, but comedy is in far shorter supply. Jesse Eisenberg is the hapless convenience-store clerk who discovers he has super-combat skills; Kristen Stewart is his long-suffering girlfriend with hidden secrets of her own.

At its best, Max Landis’s script channels some of the anarchic energy of Into the Night (which his father, John, directed), but too often American Ultra looks like 17 different movies thrown into a body bag and left to duke it out. Topher Grace and Connie Britton have snippy fun as warring CIA drones each trying to manage an increasingly explosive situation, but Project X director Nima Nourizadeh seems too seduced by the action set pieces to keep his eyes on the characters. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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American Ultra Review

5 September 2015 6:55 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

What if Jason Bourne lost his memory not because of head trauma, but because he was a massive stoner? That’s the question screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, the upcoming Victor Frankenstein) asks with American Ultra, and he and director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) provide a pretty entertaining answer, for the most part at least, with this intriguing stoner comedy/action hybrid. Jesse Eisenberg is Mike Howell, an unmotivated stoner happy to waste his days getting high with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). What he doesn’t know is that he is the last remaining subject of a CIA program to create lethal sleeper agents, which sees him targeted for termination by smarmy company man Adrian Yates (Topher Grace). With his programming hidden beneath a haze of pot smoke, Mike must take down the highly trained government agents sent to kill him and save the day. So, yeah, American Ultra is pretty high (geddit? »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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American Ultra review: “A dull, pointless stoner caper”

4 September 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

American Ultra review: A film that really doesn’t know what kind of movie it wants to be…” American Ultra review

Jesse Eisenberg re-teams with his Adventureland co-star Kristen Stewart in this new stoner comedy from Max Landis (Chronicle), and director Nima Nourizadeh, who brought us the absolutely terrible party comedy, Project X, back in 2012.

Eisenberg stars as Mike, a shop attendant who spends his days writing graphic novels and getting high at the supermarket where he works. He loves his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), and is on the verge of asking her to marry him when he suddenly becomes a target of the C.I.A. Unbeknown to him, he is as highly trained as them; the ultimate killing machine who has just been ‘activated’ by his former handler.

Stoner comedies are a dime-a-dozen these days, especially from the likes of Seth Rogen and James Franco (Pineapple Express though, is »

- Paul Heath

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American Ultra movie review: Bourne to lose

4 September 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s one joke dragged out for 90 minutes, and while it’s not entirely unamusing, the comedy feels mired in the same stoner fog as its slacker protagonist. I’m “biast” (pro): like Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s one joke — stoner slacker Jesse Eisenberg is actually a sleeper badass covert operative, har har — dragged out for 90 minutes. And while it’s not entirely unamusing, the fact that the trailer tells the same story in two minutes and doesn’t feature any fewer jokes than the film itself tells you all you need to know. Mike Howell (Eisenberg: Rio 2) suffers from panic attacks, a kind of agoraphobia that doesn’t allow him to leave his small West Virginia town, and a complete and utter lack of ambition. But life isn’t too bad, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Nima Nourizadeh talks American Ultra

3 September 2015 4:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jesse Eisenberg is slacker turned sleeper agent in Nourizadeh’s hi-octane action-comedy, American Ultra.

“For me, the script combined so many different things in an interesting and organic way. The conventions will be familiar to filmgoers, but they are mashed up a little bit, which changes everything.” Iranian-British filmmaker Nima Nourizadeh is talking about action comedy American Ultra, in Cineworld cinemas September 4, 2015, which is his second film as director after 2012’s raucous found-footage teen comedy Project X, which marked him out as a director readily able to bring a fresh spin to tried-and-tested genre formulas. “I like taking things that people think they know and presenting them in a new light,” he adds.

Based on a screenplay by Max Landis, who previously penned Josh Trank’s alternative teen superhero outing Chronicle (2012), American Ultra re-teams Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart – after Adventureland (2009) six years ago, and before Woody Allen’s upcoming latest, »

- Gary Collinson

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Nima Nourizadeh talks American Ultra

3 September 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jesse Eisenberg is slacker turned sleeper agent in Nourizadeh’s hi-octane action-comedy, American Ultra.

“For me, the script combined so many different things in an interesting and organic way. The conventions will be familiar to filmgoers, but they are mashed up a little bit, which changes everything.” Iranian-British filmmaker Nima Nourizadeh is talking about action comedy American Ultra, in Cineworld cinemas September 4, 2015, which is his second film as director after 2012’s raucous found-footage teen comedy Project X, which marked him out as a director readily able to bring a fresh spin to tried-and-tested genre formulas. “I like taking things that people think they know and presenting them in a new light,” he adds.

Based on a screenplay by Max Landis, who previously penned Josh Trank’s alternative teen superhero outing Chronicle (2012), American Ultra re-teams Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart – after the romantic drama Adventureland (2009) six years ago, and before Woody Allen’s upcoming latest, »

- Paul Heath

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American Ultra review: Jesse Eisenberg's blazed Bourne indelicately mixes action and comedy

2 September 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jesse Eisenberg is the unlikely action hero at the centre of American Ultra, a fast-talking, hyper-violent action-comedy about a stoner who turns out to be a Jason Bourne-like sleeper agent. Making it an Adventureland reunion is Kristen Stewart, onboard as Eisenberg's equally-blazed girlfriend Phoebe.

Eisenberg plays Mike Howell in typically fidgety fashion, working a dead-end job at a convenience store while he tries to find the right moment to propose to Phoebe. When the CIA puts a kill order on him (Mike was part of the defunct "Ultra" programme before getting his memory wiped), old instincts kick in and before long he's turned a spoon into a deadly weapon to take down a pair of government goons.

Staging a fake viral outbreak, the government seal off Mike's small West Virginia town to pen him in and finish the job. Topher Grace's conniving agent Yates pulls the strings from Langley »

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American Ultra Review

1 September 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

  Though marketed as something of a stoner comedy, Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra may just catch you by surprise, as an adrenaline-fuelled, action thriller with more inclination for speed than weed, with more of a point than a mere blunt or a joint. Undoubtedly jovial in parts, with a playful, adventurous tone, what transpires is

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- Stefan Pape

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In Real World, 'Compton' Not (Anytime Soon) to Break Record as Highest-Grossing Domestic Hit Directed by Black Filmmaker

28 August 2015 4:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »

- Zac Gille

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Max Landis has an idea for Lethal Weapon 5

24 August 2015 1:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

While promoting American Ultra, screenwriter Max Landis has described his idea of what a new Lethal Weapon sequel should look like...

If Lethal Weapon is to return to our screens at all, it will almost certainly take the form of a reboot. But what if Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were miraculously reunited for a fifth time? Screenwriter Max Landis has one possible answer.

During an interview with Grantland for his latest movie American Ultra, the new action comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh, Landis was thrown a fun hypothetical question: if you were given $130m to make a new Lethal Weapon, would you do it? Landis' reply was an emphatic yes, which he followed with a remarkably well-formed, off-the-cuff pitch:

The final Lethal Weapon, if I have to pocket-pitch it right now, is Murtaugh and Riggs are asked to work with a group of, like, four cops who are younger, »

- ryanlambie

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 17-21, 2015)

22 August 2015 11:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hitman: Agent 47

During a rare moment of quiet amid the glass-smashing, brain-bashing mayhem of “Hitman: Agent 47,” a character offers the wise observation that we are all a bit more complicated than our internal circuitry might suggest. Applying this logic to the movie itself, it’s fair to conclude that while Aleksander Bach’s directing debut is indeed the junky, incoherent shoot-’em-up we feared it might be, to dismiss it as just another late-August studio craptacular doesn’t quite do it justice. But what to call it, exactly? The 47th best action film of 2015? A feature-length Audi commercial, or a promo reel for the Singapore Tourism Board? The most unnecessary artistic contribution ever made by someone named Bach? Fox is surely hoping that “surprise box office hit” might be a plausible alternative, though the best one will likely be able to say on that front is that where disastrous franchise relaunches are concerned, »

- Variety Staff

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Friend's 'Hitman,' Eisenberg-Stewart 'Ultra' Bomb: Weekend Box Office Estimates

22 August 2015 8:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »

- Zac Gille

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Chronicle Writer Max Landis Has A Super Cool Idea For A Lethal Weapon 5

22 August 2015 3:07 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With so many classic movies receiving sequels, reboots, and reimaginings, it’s really just a matter of time before we get a fifth Lethal Weapon movie. Screenwriter Max Landis -- who previously penned Chronicle -- believes he has found a way to breathe new life into the classic action franchise. In a recent interview with Grantland, while discussing their new film American Ultra, the conversation with Landis and director Nima Nourizadeh quickly turned towards how to go about a new adventure between Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover). To which Landis quickly gave his pitch: The final Lethal Weapon, if I have to pocket-pitch it right now, is Murtaugh and Riggs are asked to work with a group of, like, four cops who are younger, who were all involved in an action movie that we didn’t see. You hear the report, and it sounds »

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New Kristen Stewart,American Ultra Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

21 August 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Lionsgate released their new action/comedy movie, "American Ultra," into theaters today , August 21st, 2015, and all the top, major movie critics have submitted their reviews reviews. It turns out that it got a pretty mixed bag with an overall 50 score out of a possible 100 across 29 reviews at Metacritic.com. The film stars: Connie Britton, Jesse Eisenberg, John Leguizamo, and Kristen Stewart. We've posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Peter Hartlaub from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a decent 75 grade, stating: "The screenplay is deceptively tight, even as the main characters seem to be buzzing aimlessly through the proceedings. Like the most successful films of the drug-hazed genre, this movie only appears to be going off the rails." Leah Greenblatt over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 grade too, saying: "Check your brain at the popcorn-butter pump in the lobby and enjoy it." Brian Truitt from USA Today, »

- Andre Braddox

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'American Ultra' review

21 August 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

American Ultra” is this August’s attempt to reel in audiences still hungry for that last bit of relentless, momentous summer action and thirsty for an original story. It succeeds moderately well at delivering both. The film follows lost soul/American slacker yute Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg). A kind, but broken burnout who spends his days manning the register at a Cash ‘n’ Carry convenience store, getting high in the empty parking lot, and sketching out the various adventures of his unrealized comic creation “Apollo Ape.” His nights pass with his beloved Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) in their not quite rundown, but “lived in” stoner love shack. Mike is crippled by paralyzing panic attacks whenever he attempts to travel and is convinced that he’s hobbling Phoebe’s full potential. She does, in fact, seem all but saintly, initially. Phoebe functions as what one character describes as Mike’s “girlfriend, mother, »

- Roth Cornet

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