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The only big film festival in my own backyard is back and it runs from November 12th through the 22nd. While it caters more to heavy run fest material and arthouse film, they do have some of the more interesting films playing this year:
The weird, lengthy comedy The Revenant (review)
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
and much more. Program after the break!
Two first-generation Chinese kids in suburban Boston find themselves on their own after their desperate mother is unwittingly involved in a pyramid scheme and arrested. Older brother Raymond takes a page from her marketing seminars to start creating a life for himself and his sister - casting a strange, pint-sized reflection on the American Dream.
By Lisa Horowitz
Principal photography began this week in Los Angeles on the Tsb Films-produced pic. It also will shoot on location in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Leo ("Frozen River") plays a fight attendant grounded in Longview, Texas, on Sept. 11, 2001, with an unaccompanied minor, 10-year-old Arab-American Omar (Keyvan), whose father works in the World Trade Center »
- Lisa Horowitz
-Kristen Bell has signed onto Burlesque, a drama starring Christina Aguilera (really? What has she been up to lately?) about a small-town girl (Aguilera) who joins a burlesque show in L.A. and competes with the show's loose-cannon star played by Bell. So yeah, Bell as a burlesque dancer...probably not going to see it, but at least it gives me the excuse to post a picture like the one to the right. -AnnaSophia Robb, Melissa Leo, Brad William Henke, and 10-year-old Anthony Keyvan will star in The Space Between, about "an unaccompanied minor flying on 9/11 and the flight attendant who tries »
- Michael Dance
Travis Fine, who who moonlights as an airline pilot, wrote and is directing this film. It is the "story of an unaccompanied minor flying on 9/11 and the flight attendant who tries to reunite him with his father who works in the World Trade Center."
The film is also going to be shot in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
The TSB Films production, written and directed by Travis Fine ("The Others"), began shooting Wednesday in Los Angeles. The story follows Montine (Leo), a flight attendant grounded in Texas with an unaccompanied Arab-American boy (Keyvan) on the morning of September 11, 2001. They desperately head east when she discovers his father works at the World Trade Center.
A pilot, Fine first began developing the story in 2004 while on autopilot in the cockpit of an American Airlines jet. He finished the script in 2008 in the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program.
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Melissa Leo, AnnaSophia Robb and Brad William Henke will star in The Space Between , an independent drama that began production this week in Los Angeles. Actor Travis Fine, who is also an airline pilot, wrote and is directing the story of an unaccompanied minor flying on 9/11 and the flight attendant who tries to reunite him with his father who works in the World Trade Center. Newcomer Anthony Keyvan plays the 10-year old Arab-American boy. »
Chicago – “Race to Witch Mountain,” now on Blu-Ray and DVD, is a head-scratcher, a movie with more than enough individual elements that should work but proof that a film is not just the sum of its parts. Dwayne Johnson is charismatic, AnnaSophia Robb is one of the better young actresses working today, Carla Gugino is always good, and the source material is beloved, but “Race to Witch Mountain” is a mess that never connects with its target audience or their parents.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0 The plot of “Race to Witch Mountain” is simple. A pair of aliens who look like teenagers (AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig) crash land near Las Vegas. While they’re being chased by an alien bounty hunter and a group of human men in black (including Ciaran Hinds, Chris Marquette, and Tom Everett Scott), they stumble into the life of a cab driver (Johnson) and a scientist (Gugino »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Andy Fickman is the director of Race to Witch Mountain starring Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino. Below you can read an interview where he discusses working on the remake of the classic family tale. Race to Witchmountain Just hit DVD. Race To Witch Mountain is a thrilling action-adventure about a hard luck Las Vegas cab driver Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson), whose life is thrown into chaos when apparent ‘runaway’ teenagers Sara (Annasophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) jump into his taxi. He soon realizes his two fares are children with exceptional paranormal powers whom he must p »
Race to Witch Mountain starring Carla Gugino just hit DVD. Below you can read an interview where she talks about the experience of being involved in the film. Race To Witch Mountain is a thrilling action-adventure about a hard luck Las Vegas cab driver Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson), whose life is thrown into chaos when apparent ‘runaway’ teenagers Sara (Annasophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) jump into his taxi. He soon realizes his two fares are children with exceptional paranormal powers whom he must protect as they elude a collection of ruthless enemies. What attracted »
The Rock now is a cab driver and finds two of his passengers are aliens. He agrees to drive them to their destination, but finds himself immersed in their pursuit from an evil alien and government officials. He also finds himself responsible for having to keep aliens from invading Earth. Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson) is a Las Vegas cab driver who gets two children as passengers in his cab. Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) offer Jack a large amount of cash to take them to their destination. It turns out that the two children are aliens and an alien assassin called a Siphon (Tom Woodruff, Jr.) is after them as well as Major Henry Burke (Ciaran Hinds). »
- Jeff Swindoll
Race to Witch Mountain Starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock has just hit DVD and below you can read where Dwayne talks about the film and the experience of being involved in the film. Race To Witch Mountain is a thrilling action-adventure about a hard luck Las Vegas cab driver Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson), whose life is thrown into chaos when apparent ‘runaway’ teenagers Sara (Annasophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) jump into his taxi. He soon realizes his two fares are children with exceptional paranormal powers whom he must protect as they elude a collection of ruthless enemi »
Carla Gugino talks about working in this new Disney remake
Carla Gugino is just part of the all-star cast that made up Race to Witch Mountain, which hits the shelves on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack today, August 4. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has passed along a brief chat with Gugino talking about her role in the film, and here's what she had to say.
What attracted you to Race to Witch Mountain?
Carla Gugino: For starters, I was a big fan of the original films. I had a motor home for many years as a kid, so I always related to the children in the original movie - although I didn't really relate to the alien part of their life. I thought the script was really good. Plus, I'm a big fan of [director] Andy Fickman, so when we sat down to talk about it, I decided we »
Here’s a list of some of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week we’re particularly interested in. Plus, some old favorites (and not so favorites) coming out this week for the first time on Blu-ray.
- Joe Gillis
Just as Return From Witch Mountain lost a little of the magic that made the original Escape to Witch Mountain so special, the series continues to atrophy with the third entry in the conceptual story with Race to Witch Mountain. Escape to Witch Mountain shrouded its story in mystery by keeping the children’s history concealed from both the antagonists, the audience and the children themselves. The film as a whole was a testament to discovering identity, a feat which Return From Witch Mountain couldn’t quite replicate as it became nothing but a film to demonstrate how good Disney had become at its cable-based stunt work. So what benchmark does that leave for Disney to score with Race to Witch Mountain?
Whatever it is, Disney definitely doesn’t quite achieve it.
- Lex Walker
The new child stars of the Disney remake talks about the new film, working with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and future films
Walt Disney Studios relived their 1975 classic Escape to Witch Mountain with a new modern-day spin in the popular remake Race to Witch Mountain, which hits the shelves on DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD combo set on August 4. This new remake got a revamped cast with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Carla Gugino and even the grown-up child stars of the original film, Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann. Of course, the new film also needed new child stars which they got in the wonderful combination of AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig, who portray the alien siblings Sara and Seth. I had the chance to speak with Robb and Ludwig over the phone recently about their new film on DVD and Bd, and here's what they had to say.
So, first of all, »
You can relive the magic with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Carla Gugino on DVD and Blu-ray this August. Race to Witch Mountain will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 4. The film will be released in a barebones single-disc edition ($35.99 Srp), a two-disc Special Edition ($44.99 Srp) and a three-disc Blu-ray edition, that also comes with the standard edition DVD ($51.99 Srp). The two-disc and Blu-ray will also come equipped with a DisneyFile Digital Copy. The film stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig.
Las Vegas taxi driver Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson) sets off on the adventure of a lifetime when two mysterious teens ask him to drive them deep into the Nevada desert. Jack agrees to take siblings Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) to Witch Mountain, a shadowy government outpost devoted to studying inexplicable phenomena - including UFO sightings. But his young passengers are no ordinary teens. »
Race to Witch Mountain Directed by: Andy Fickman Written by: Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback (screenplay), Matt Lopez (screen story), Alexander Key (book) Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig This race runs on two tracks – one wins, one doesn’t. You really have to watch Race to Witch Mountain with both eyes. One to see the movie that was made for an audience of tweenies. The other to judge the movie against an average director’s competency scale. Somewhat schizophrenic I admit but you know Film Junk always takes the big risks for its readers. Let me say right up front that I enjoyed both movies but one more than the other. With my one eye, I saw a film that could be enjoyed by anyone from 8 -14. It portrays two ingratiating teens that are both heroes and aliens. (Perhaps someone like that lives with you). A »
Quickcard Review Race to Witch Mountain Directed by: Andy Fickman Cast: Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Carla Gugino Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins Rating: PG Click here to read Nick Allen's complete scorecard review Plot: A Las Vegas cab driver (Johnson) assists two alien teenagers (Robb, Ludwig) in retrieving their space ship which is being guarded deep beneath Witch Mountain. Who’s It For? I'm not sure what makes this a family film. My niece and nephew saw it opening weekend and said, "It had a lot of action." That's it. That's what made it good. Which continues my theory ... kids will sit through anything in the theater and think it's good. Overall We used to be able to smell what the rock was cooking. But alas no more. Over the years Dwayne Johnson has put »
It’s the kind of movie that’s chock full of too many rote car chases and bad guys who spout clichés like “I could have had you shot just for trespassing on U.S. government property” as if they want you to shout out the inevitable followup question: “So why didn’t you?” And still you can’t utterly condemn Race to Witch Mountain, because it’s even as it’s completely generic and doesn’t really do much justice to its progenitors (I plan to review the original Escape to Witch Mountain and its sequel, Return From Witch Mountain this week), it is, at least, a kids’ movie that doesn’t resort to even a single fart joke and doesn’t talk down to its young audience. Alas that that sets it apart in the current movie environment, but it does. Dwayne Johnson (Get Smart) -- we’re »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Thanks to nine new market openings -- notably a No. 1 premiere in the U.K. generating $6.5 million from 467 locations -- 20th Century Fox International's "Marley & Me" grabbed the top spot on the international circuit during the weekend, edging out "Watchmen."
The family drama, based on John Grogan's book about an obstreperous 100-pound dog, grossed a family-friendly estimate of $13.9 million from 2,708 screens in 34 markets, also including a first-place opening in Russia that provided $1.7 million from 517 locations. "Marley's" cumulative international gross stands at $51 million.
Paramount's "Watchmen," from director Zack Snyder, faded to second place with $13.5 million from 5,309 screens in 54 markets for an international gross to date of $49.5 million. The adaptation of the comic book series from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons opened at No. 1 in the prior frame with a gross of $26.6 million.
- By Frank Segers
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