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War Dogs Review

3 hours ago | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

A serious movie with a comedic element or a comedy with some serious undertones. It's hard to place exactly what War Dogs is.  If a gun was put to ones head, like the opening of the movie, then it's more serious than anything else. Sure, there's plenty of dark humour here, but ultimately the movie is trying to bring a serious subject to the masses. The movie is based on a true story two young men, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), who find themselves chasing a $300 million contract from the Pentagon, to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. The pairing of Teller and Hill is an interesting, albeit unlikely one. However, it's one that works very, very well with Jonah Hill being on top "asshole" form.  That said Teller is no slouch either, shifting from massage therapist to death and destruction dealer with ease. To round things off, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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War Dogs review – Jonah Hill is repellently brilliant

16 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This tale of twentysomething arms dealers can’t quite match its star’s tremendous performance

Jonah Hill is so repellent – all swagger, sweat and unapologetic sexism – in War Dogs, that for a while, you don’t immediately realise what a blitzkrieg of a performance he delivers. Bulked up considerably for the role, he plays Efraim Diveroli, one half of a real-life pair of twentysomething Yeshiva schoolfriends from Miami who made millions by hawking dodgy supplies to the Us military. He looks like a doughnut stuffed with testosterone and reckless ambition; his hyena laugh has a combination of pleading neediness and mania that makes it chillingly effective. It’s the force of Hill’s tremendous, committed performance, plus the chemistry with costar Miles Teller (very much the straight man here as Efraim’s business partner, David Packouz) which carries a film that takes too many cliched routes to ever match the quality of its lead actor. »

- Wendy Ide

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‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ Critical Roundup: Reviews Are Mixed On Jason Statham’s Latest Thrill Ride

26 August 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 2011, “Con Air” director Simon West directed the Jason Statham action vehicle “The Mechanic,” a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film, about professional assassin Arthur Bishop who makes his hits look like accidents. The film garnered mixed reviews and grossed over $60 million worldwide. Now, Statham returns as Bishop in the sequel “Mechanic: Resurrection” and critics are still mixed on the latest high-octane action fare.

Read More: ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ Trailer: Jason Statham Kicks Ass & Takes Names in Action-Packed Sequel

Los Angeles Times‘ Noel Murray says that when the film clicks “it becomes action cinema in its purest visual form: just one buff, taciturn dude doing major damage to his enemies,” but that only constitutes about half the movie. He suggests to “fast-forward to the stunts” when it comes out on home video, arguing that you “won’t miss a thing.”

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Frank Scheck claims that “Resurrection” is “certainly »

- Vikram Murthi

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War Dogs review – gun runners Jonah Hill and Miles Teller off target

25 August 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Todd Phillips’ excitable real-life story of two twentysomething dudes keeps telling us how bad arms dealing is but how cool they are

Todd Phillips’ smug bro adventure stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as two adorable twentysomething arms dealers having some pretty wild times in Miami and Fallujah. It puts an excitable spin on the true story of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli: young stoner dudepreneurs who got rich brokering minor arms deals to the Us military and were finally busted for flogging dodgy Chinese ammo. (The movie is based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article about their exploits.)

With its generic hints of The Hangover (which Phillips directed) and the boiler-room machismo of The Wolf of Wall Street (which took Jonah Hill to the big league), this is a strangely tiresome film with little in the way of comedy, preoccupied with reassuring the audience of its savvy satirical credentials by »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Paramount TV, Anonymous Content Nab Rights to 9-Year-Old Reporter Hilde Lysiak’s Books (Exclusive)

25 August 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nine-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak — who made national headlines this April when she reported on a possible murder — is building out her growing resume, and is headed to TV.

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to the pint-sized journalist’s forthcoming book series “Hilde Cracks the Case” with the intent to develop a TV show based on the four mystery novels that will be released by Scholastic.

Inspired by true news stories that Lysiak has broken throughout her aspiring career as a journalist, the mystery novels star Hilde and her older sister Izzy, her sidekick newspaper photographer, as the two girls stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

The Paramount/Anonymous pact also includes the rights to Lysiak’s own life story. While the TV character will be based on Lysiak, she will not star in the project.

Described as a real-life “Harriet the Spy,” Lysiak made her own news in April when she was »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Second Opinion – War Dogs (2016)

25 August 2016 10:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

War Dogs, 2016.

Directed by Todd Phillips.

Starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper and Kevin Pollack.

Synopsis:

During the Iraq War, two twenty-somethings living in Miami exploit the government’s initiative to allow small businesses to bid on Us Military contracts.

The War Dogs prologue, narrated by Miles Teller, will stun audiences in the revelation that modern warfare is less concerned with patriotism, and in defeating the (nondescript) terrorists, but it’s all about money and private contracts. Well, I say ‘stun’ – really, it’s the film that thinks it will stun its audience with this little factoid (one that has been common knowledge for nearly a decade). This conservative shock tactic may startle those born circa 2000, but for its target audience they will roll their eyes, and mumble, “Yes, movie, we know! I’m sure you’re about ‘stun’ us more with the notion that the »

- Matthew Lee

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Exclusive Miles Teller Talks War Dogs

25 August 2016 4:54 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Todd Philip’s first feature film since ending The Hangover Trilogy, War Dogs, hits our screens tomorrow, and we’ve got our hands on an exclusive interview with star Miles Teller where he talks about how he got involved in this wild true story of two twenty something arms dealers who got offered million dollar government contracts, filming the movie in Romania and Morocco, and co-stars Jonah Hill and Ana De Armas . Check it out below. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Film Review: War Dogs

24 August 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Raucous entertainment and early promise inevitably succumbs to drab predictability in Todd Phillips' War Dogs. Based on the true story of David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), two twentysomething friends who bluffed their way into a multi-million dollar Pentagon contract and were subsequently arrested by the FBI, here we have a film that is The Wolf of Wall Street with Ak-47s and a hundred million rounds of ammo rather than shoddy stocks and bonds.

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- CineVue

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Movie Review – War Dogs (2016)

24 August 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

War Dogs, 2016.

Directed by Todd Phillips.

Starring Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas and Kevin Pollak.

Synopsis:

David Packouz (Teller) is a down-and-out masseuse, living with his girlfriend with few ambitions, and a baby on the way. At a funeral for an old school friend he bumps into his childhood best friend Efraim (Hill), and soon enough Efraim has him embroiled in his arms dealership. As the business grows, so does the danger, money and conflicts. All based on a true story.

They often say that those who can write great comedy can write great drama. The same can be applied to those who write mediocre comedy and, thusly, mediocre drama. Adam McKay showed how a pro could move from the silliness of Anchorman to the high stakes of Oscar-bait The Big Short. The Hangover and Road Trip director/writer Todd Phillips has now stepped up to the plate, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Movie Review – War Dogs (2016)

24 August 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

War Dogs, 2016.

Directed by Todd Phillips.

Starring Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas and Kevin Pollak.

Synopsis:

David Packouz (Teller) is a down-and-out masseuse, living with his girlfriend with few ambitions, and a baby on the way. At a funeral for an old school friend he bumps into his childhood best friend Efraim (Hill), and soon enough Efraim has him embroiled in his arms dealership. As the business grows, so does the danger, money and conflicts. All based on a true story.

They often say that those who can write great comedy can write great drama. The same can be applied to those who write mediocre comedy and, thusly, mediocre drama. Adam McKay showed how a pro could move from the silliness of Anchorman to the high stakes of Oscar-bait The Big Short. The Hangover and Road Trip director/writer Todd Phillips has now stepped up to the plate, »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘War Dogs’ review: “An enjoyable, if somewhat unbelievable action/ comedy”

23 August 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

War Dogs review: Miles Teller and Jonah Hill lead this enjoyable and extremely funny true story…

Our War Dogs review by Paul Heath, August 2016.

War Dogs is the latest film from Todd Phillips, the director of The Hangover trilogy, a series of films that thankfully came to an end back in 2013 after making a total of $1.4 billion worldwide. The last movie in that series is enough to make most cinema-goers to head for the proverbial hills when the mention of a new Phillips movie hits, but there’s one thing that you can’t deny this filmmaker for – his ability to execute a comedy. Here, Phillips turns to the likes of Scorsese or De Palma for inspiration and brings a very true story to screens, albeit mixed with his customary wit and laughs aplenty.

Jonah Hill and Miles Teller lead the cast of War Dogs, the latter playing male masseuse »

- Paul Heath

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‘Sausage Party’: Why Seth Rogen’s R-Rated Animated Comedy Was Long Overdue

23 August 2016 6:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sausage Party” may be a film about a hotdog that wants to have sex with a bun, but it still represents a watershed moment for Hollywood. The raunchy comedy that’s grossed $65 million after two weeks in theaters is the first R-rated CG animated movie. Co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, “Sausage Party” has sex, violence and curse words in a format that has always been reserved for family-friendly fare.

Read More: Seth Rogen’s R-Rated ‘Sausage Party’ Tries to Break Through the Family-Friendly Animation Glass Ceiling

The movie features the voices of comedic stars like Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, James Franco and Paul Rudd playing anthropomorphized food items who discover their only reason for existing is to be eaten by humans. Directors Conrad Vernon (“Monsters vs. Aliens”) and Greg Tiernan (TV’s “Thomas & Friends”) have backgrounds in traditional animation aimed at children, but there’s nothing traditional about this deranged dark comedy. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Deauville Opens With Brad Furman’s ‘Infiltrator,’ Pays Tribute to Michael Moore

23 August 2016 5:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Brad Furman’s “The Infiltrator,” a crime thriller starring Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger, is set to open Deauville American Film Festival.

The Infiltrator,” which will be released in France by Arp Selection, turns on the true story of a U.S. customs official who infiltrated the drug trafficking network of Pablo Escobar.

The Infiltrator” will have its French premiere at the festival, along with David McKenzie’s “Hell or High Water,” James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone” and Todd Phillips’s “War Dogs” with Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper.

Michael Moore will be honored at the festival, along with James Franco and Stanley Tucci. The homage to Moore, which underscores the festival’s willingness to have a greater political undertone than in previous years, will be followed by the French premiere of “Where to Invade Next.”

Spanning 14 films, the competition includes »

- Elsa Keslassy

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War Dogs review – the Iraq war's Big Short

23 August 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jonah Hill delivers a charm offensive as a profiteering arms dealer, redeeming a dark comedy that distrusts its own material too much to be original

I’ve never quite heard a laugh like Efraim Diveroli’s: a mix between a whinnying horse and a large metal door in need of some grease. It’s a performative laugh, forced out not chuckled, and the initial reaction is one of annoyance. But over time it grows on you. When you hear it, it means you did well, and you are in on something that’s about to be big. More and more you’ll do whatever it takes to encourage another one of these high-pitched tones of glee.

As portrayed by Jonah Hill in Todd Phillips’ dark arms-dealing comedy War Dogs, Diveroli is a massive force of nature – a living version of the giant boulder that tries to kill Indiana Jones, but wearing a chai necklace. »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Movie Review: War Dogs

22 August 2016 10:23 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Big Short was one of the strangest success stories of 2015. It was directed by Adam McKay, the guy who gave us Anchorman and Step Brothers and had not shown he was able to direct Academy Award winning movies, but his film about the recession in the mid-2000s became one of the most acclaimed movies of the year. It won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and McKay was even nominated for Best Director, which is just strange to think about. It was certainly worthy of all of those accolades, but in hindsight it looks like a miracle that it worked so well. Todd Phillips is trying to do the same thing with his new film, War Dogs. He is known for his outrageous R-rated comedies (The Hangover, Old School, Due Date), but he is taking a stab at the dramedy genre with this based-on-a-true story flick. Much like The Big Short, »

- Scott Davis

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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: Why ‘Ben-Hur’ Is Biggest Flop Among Wimpy Openers

22 August 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The studios often save the dog days of August for their weakest performers and sure enough, this weekend proved the rule. (In the past,  “The Butler” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Straight Outta Compton” did strong business in August.) Yes, “Suicide Squad” grossed over $20 million, as it became the first non-animated film to have a three-peat at number one since “Dead Pool.” But three weak new releases— “Ben-Hur” (Paramount), “War Dogs” (Warner Bros.) and “Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus) —opened to less than $15-million.

Making it even more challenging for this trio of weak domestic performers to make their money back: None are scheduled to open in China, which is increasingly the second and sometimes biggest single territory for theatrical grosses. That’s a big deal in a studio world increasingly shifting its focus on a sure thing.

The Top Ten

1. Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.) Week 3 – Last weekend »

- Tom Brueggemann

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His name is Jonah: an unscientific analysis of the War Dogs actor's skills

22 August 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hill is one of the funniest comics working in Hollywood, but are his ‘straight’ roles anything more than funny teeth and wigs? We launched an investigation

Wikipedia, the supreme arbiter of culture in 2016, describes the motion picture War Dogs, which was released in the Us over the weekend, as an “American biographical crime war comedy film”. That’s not just a mouthful. That’s you swallowing a Chipotle burrito like a duck getting fed through a tube. It’s one of those movies that says: “This is funny, but … is it?” Jonah Hill has made a career out of starring in these sorts of movies. In Wolf of Wall Street, he got to wear funny teeth and flash a prosthetic penis, but he also got to flex his dramatic muscles while acting out a real-world cautionary tale. War Dogs forgoes the fake teeth and phallus, but lets Hill gain a »

- Dave Schilling

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Bo Report: The Shallows, War Dogs debut strongly but Suicide Squad still tops

21 August 2016 4:14 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Blake Lively in The Shallows.

WB's Suicide Squad is still well and truly top dog in its third week of release, ringing up an additional $3.1 million over the weekend to bring its overall takings to $27.7 million.

The David Ayer-directed supervillain extravaganza dropped less here (47 percent) than in the States, where it nosedived in its second week off the back of a critical drubbing.

Coming in at number two at the local Bo was Roadshow's Bad Moms, dropping a mere 25 percent to pull in $2.4 million, bringing its cume to $7.6 million..

Also in its second week is Sony's adults-only toon Sausage Party, which dropped thirty percent to bring in $1.7 million over the weekend off 204 screens and has now made $5.2 million overall.

The best debut came from Jaume Collet-Serra's Queensland-shot The Shallows, starring Blake Lively as a surfer battling a hungry shark, which racked up $1.5 million off 214 screens, followed by War Dogs, »

- Harry Windsor

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Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Flops With $11.4 Million, ‘Suicide Squad’ Still on Top

21 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben-Hur” derailed spectacularly at the multiplexes this weekend, as the latest attempt to revive the chariot racing epic opened to an anemic $11.4 million. That’s a disastrous result for the $100 million production, putting “Ben-Hur” in the ranks of the summer’s biggest flops.

Metr0-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount co-produced the remake of Lew Wallace’s novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”; the book was the basis for the 1959 blockbuster that followed Charlton Heston into the arena. Here Jack Huston took the reins as a Jewish prince who must exact his revenge after his adopted brother (Toby Kebbell) betrays him.

“This is the bomb of the summer,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “They went big and they went home.”

Although MGM put up roughly 80% of the budget for the film, its failure will be felt at Paramount. The studio has had a bad streak at the box office of late, »

- Brent Lang

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Jonah Hill Says He Had to Be Hospitalized for Doing Too Much Fake Cocaine on the Set of The Wolf of Wall Street

20 August 2016 12:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jonah Hill had some serious side effects from the prop cocaine used on the set of Wolf of Wall Street. The actor sat down with Bill Simmons on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons to discuss his latest release, War Dogs. While discussing his dual experiences in both comedy and drama, Hill talked about one of his favorite films, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. And at one point, Simmons asks how actors fake having a cocaine high. "You just do," Hill told Simmons in the video. "I did so much fake cocaine in Wolf of Wall Street, I got bronchitis for three weeks. »

- Blake Bakkila, @bcbakkila

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