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The Stray Movie Review

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The Stray Movie Review
The Stray Purdie Distribution Director: Mitch Davis Written by: Mitch Davis, Parker Davis Cast: Michael Cassidy, Sarah Lancaster, Connor Corum, Scott Christopher, Eliza de Azevedo Brown, Shiloh Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 9/28/17 Opens: October 6, 2017 America is dog country. Forty-four percent of our households have dogs: seventy-eight million canines find themselves as U.S. […]

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Dogs Are Love - Trailer for True Story Film 'The Stray' About a Cute Dog

"One dog can change everything." Purdie Distribution has revealed a trailer for a new dog movie called The Stray, about a stray dog named Pluto who changes the lives of one family. The full cast of mostly unknowns includes Sarah Lancaster, Michael Cassidy, Scott Christopher, Connor Corum, Jacque Gray, Cory Dangerfield and Coral Chambers. I'm a big, big time dog lover, and I'm always on the lookout for films about dogs, but this doesn't look that good. Oddly, the dog barely shows up in the trailer that much. It's all about the people. This looks about as cheesy and mediocre as A Dog's Purpose, the other dog movie this year. At least the doggie looks cute, with his charming different colored eyes. That's about all I can say. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Mitch Davis' The Stray, direct from YouTube: ‪The Stray tells the true story of how a stray dog,
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Who Would You Vote For as "Best Young Actor/Actress"?

Each year when my Bfca ballot arrives I stop in my tracks, stumped, when I get to "Young Performer". Categories that aren't Oscar correlative are often trickier.

Oh dear. How uneasy I feel..."

That's not because you're free of predicting (anyone trying to predict with their own ballot really ought to find a new profession -- criticism: ur not doing it right) but because it's a subsection of acting you probably haven't been discussing at all. You suddenly remember that you need to have been considering it with as much seriousness as you have made your other selections.

I imagine that Ellar Coltrane, the now 20 year old star of Boyhood, will be tough to beat since this category is for the 21 and under set. But even if the category were adjusted downward to 17 and younger (which we strongly support as a rule change -because it's always weird when an adult
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Transcendence,' 'Sabotage,' 'Ginger Snaps'

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Dom Hemingway"

What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy

safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.

Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)

What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."

Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics,
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Heaven Is for Real movie review: extraordinary claims, no evidence

You’d think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There’s barely even a story here. I’m “biast” (pro): always want to love Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly

I’m “biast” (con): total atheist

I have not read the source material

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

Heaven is for real? Proven by a movie?! Well, no. At best, this cinematic sermon almost humbly acknowledges that even Christians know their fairy tale about a heaven of fluffy white clouds and Jesus in a bathrobe sounds like, you know, a fairy tale that is hard to accept at face value. At worst, it’s a shameless money grab by a family in desperate financial straits cashing in on the fantasies of their little boy. I don’t see how either option — or
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First Clip & Ten Images Revealed For ‘Heaven Is For Real’

After seeing the first trailer yesterday for Heaven Is For Real, today we’ve got a first clip to share and some brand new stills. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story that has inspired millions across the globe — that of a little boy’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, and his father’s search for the courage and conviction to share his son’s discovery with the world.

The versatile Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman, volunteer firefighter and pastor struggling to make ends meet in a tough year for his family. After his bright young son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum in his feature film debut) is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, Todd and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival. But they are wholly unprepared
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Brand New ‘Heaven Is For Real’ Trailer!

The international trailer for Heaven Is For Real, a film based on a book of a similar name (Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back) hit the web earlier today. The film, if you couldn’t guess already, details a little boy’s trip to heaven and back again. Quite the skill there, lil’ fella.

The film is already notably out in select regions, but the U.K. won’t get the film until later this month, so for any one of our regular britons, the trailer below might be of interest! It’s pretty powerful and admittedly it’s nice to see Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church back in something major and Randall Wallace back on the ball.

Heaven Is For Real comes out in U.K cinemas on the 30th May, is directed by
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Quiet Ones, Paul Walker Movie Flop, While Derided Diaz Female Revenge Comedy to Top Us/Canada Chart

‘The Other Woman’ 2014 box office: Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann comedy to top North American box office chart despite mostly bad reviews (photo: Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, and Leslie Mann in ‘The Other Woman’) Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy The Other Woman will easily top the North American box office this weekend, April 25-27, 2014. The story of three women who gang up to take revenge on their cheating husband/lover, The Other Woman — which would have been more accurately titled "The Other Women" — opened with a solid $9.3 million at 3,205 U.S. and Canadian locations on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. As the old saying goes, "If you give them trash, they’ll gobble it up (and ask for seconds)" — or something along those lines. Anyhow, 20th Century Fox’s $40 million-budgeted The Other Woman, which has
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Heaven Is For Real: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

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A current movie trend is the True Story. The Railway Man, Philomena, the upcoming Million Dollar Arm and Walking with the Enemy are some of the April and May titles. Just released is Heaven is for Real, and KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) say it's a film that will get you thinking:

"What happens after we die? This age old question is tackled by an adorable 4 year old named Colton in Heaven is for Real. The film follows the story of the Burpo family, headed by Renaissance man Todd, the towns pastor, wrestling coach, fireman, and garage door repairman, as they struggle with questions of life, death, faith, family, and community surrounding the near death of their son Colton. The cast of this film was quite brilliant creating an ensemble that had a genuine thread of connectivity and community between each character.
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Weekend Box Office: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Claims Top Spot, Easter Weekend Boosts Religious Films

While the top five remains unchanged from yesterday's box office report, the real items of interest are the religious films that populated the top ten.  (An argument can also be made for just how poor a showing Wally Pfister's Transcendence has had.)  While Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 were once again the only competition for the top spot, newcomer Heaven Is for Real made a real push into the top three, nearly bumping the animated family-friendly sequel from its perch.  Though they dropped off from their position's in last week's box office, God's Not Dead and Noah managed to hang in the top ten, perhaps helped by the holiday weekend.  Take a look at the top ten box office estimates below: Title Weekend Total 1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $26,200,000  $201.0 2.  Rio 2  $22,700,000  $75.6 3.  Heaven is for Real  $22,200,000  $29.3 4.  Transcendence  $11,000,000  $11.0 5.  A Haunted House 2  $8,800,000  $8.8 6.  Divergent  $5,900,000  $134.1 7.  Draft Day  $5,890,000  $19.5 8.  Oculus  $5,200,000  $21.2 9.  God's Not Dead
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See This/Skip That: From Transcendence to Heaven Is for Real

See This/Skip That: From Transcendence to Heaven Is for Real
It's Johnny vs. Jesus at the box office this weekend, but which should you see? Depp dulls in Transcendence, but Greg Kinnear makes a real case for Heaven. Skip ThisTranscendence var brightcovevideoid = '3482679943001'; Unfortunately for Johnny Depp, he is not Her. That is to say, his largely vocal performance as Dr. Will Caster, an artificial intelligence pioneer who uploads his mind into a computer, isn't nearly as evocative and rich as Scarlett Johansson's in last year's similarly themed Spike Jonze film. Where Johansson was effervescent and engrossing as the operating system Samantha, Depp's Caster seems bored and detached
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'Heaven Is For Real': The Reviews Are In

This Easter weekend, the based-on-a-true-story movie "Heaven Is for Real" opens in theaters across the country. As the title would imply, and just like the novel and children's book of the same titles, the story focuses on a young boy (Connor Corum) who comes out of emergency surgery claiming that he took a side-trip through heaven and met Jesus (on a multi-colored horse, no less). Greg Kinnear plays his preacher father who must decide how ...

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Box Office: 'Heaven Is For Real' tops 'Captain America' and 'Rio 2' on opening day

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Box Office: 'Heaven Is For Real' tops 'Captain America' and 'Rio 2' on opening day
"Heaven is for Real" is a real success at the box-office. The faith-based drama starring Greg Kinnear wowed with a $3.7 million take on 2,400 screens over its opening day Wednesday, good enough for a No. 1 finish over the blockbuster sequels "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Rio 2." The film's long-term prospects are looking promising as well, with audience exit polling resulting in an "A" CinemaScore for the film, which was made for a reported pricetag of only $12 million. Based on the bestselling non-fiction book by Todd Burpo, "Heaven is for Real" centers on a young boy (Connor Corum) who comes back from a near-death experience claiming he experienced Heaven. The film's box-office triumph follows on the success of other recent faith-based films including "God's Not Dead" ($42 million to date), "Son of God" ($62 million) and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" ($249 million) starring Russell Crowe. Other wide releases this weekend include “Transcendence" starring Johnny Depp,
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‘Heaven Is for Real’ Reviews: Does the Faith-Based Film Make Believers Out of Critics?

‘Heaven Is for Real’ Reviews: Does the Faith-Based Film Make Believers Out of Critics?
Heaven Is for Real” is really dividing critics, but at least none of them seemed to hate it. Although, not very many were impressed by the depiction of the club in the clouds that it's promoting. The faith-based film stars Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly as the parents of a young boy (Connor Corum) who, after suffering a near-death experience, swears that he met Jesus in Heaven. Currently, “Heaven” holds a 54 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a little over half of its 48 reviews reflecting positively on Sony's Easter weekend release. Also read: ‘Heaven Is for Real’ Review: Even.
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Film Review: Spirituality Over Dogma Uplifts ‘Heaven Is for Real’

Chicago – It would be easy to dismiss “Heaven Is for Real,” given that it is based on the visions of the afterlife by a child, that just happens to coincide perfectly with Christian doctrine (Jesus, Angels, etc.). But there is more to this film in the sincerity of its spirituality, and it succeeds with that inspiration.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The key was establishing a viable authenticity to the atmosphere of the vision, and get the right cast to deliver it, which director Randall Wallace (“Secretariat,” “We Were Soldiers”) was able to accomplish. He creates a hometown America that is part of the scenario, a luxurious and spacious hinterland of unyielding peace. The juxtaposition of the otherworldly garden of the boy’s vision with the wonder of earth creates a “heaven” that is for real, if we open our eyes. That spirit of simplicity becomes the kingdom.

Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) is a church pastor in a small,
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Movie Review: Heaven is for Real

The film Heaven is For Real begs the question, is heaven for real? The film is based on the true story of a four-year-old boy’s account of heaven as told by his pastor/father Todd Burpo played by Greg Kinnear.

The story takes place in small town America. The Burpoes are a beautiful family, struggling financially while going through life with just about the best attitude possible. In the face of typical life adversities, we learn the importance of love and faith to this family. When the unthinkable happens, their community comes together in prayer for the beyond adorable Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) after he has fallen devastatingly ill. I cannot begin to describe just how super cute this boy is. Those that have read the book will not be disappointed at just how perfect and true to character this young actor has played his role.

As time goes by,
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Film Review: ‘Heaven Is for Real’

Film Review: ‘Heaven Is for Real’
After the contentious likes of “Noah” and “God’s Not Dead,” Hollywood’s season of Christian-themed cinema continues in relatively innocuous fashion with “Heaven Is for Real,” a bland, earnest yet appreciably restrained adaptation of Midwestern minister Todd Burpo’s inspirational bestseller about his young son’s miraculous glimpse of eternity. Audiences not inclined to suspend their disbelief, let alone take a leap of faith, will have no use for the film’s corn-fed sincerity or its clean-scrubbed celestial visions. Still, it’s something of a relief to report that the movie isn’t quite the vomitous bucket of spiritual saccharine the ads would suggest, and those willing to engage may be pleasantly surprised by some of its understated virtues: a carefully open-minded appeal to skeptics, a wry sense of humor that wards off sententiousness at key moments, and a fine cast of name actors (led by Greg Kinnear) who
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Box office brief: Will Christian audiences turn out for 'Heaven Is for Real'?

Box office brief: Will Christian audiences turn out for 'Heaven Is for Real'?
It’s no secret that Christian-themed films have the potential to be box office gold, but even though faith-based audiences are starved for more material, it doesn’t always pan out the way studios might hope.

While Paramount’s expensive and provocative Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah continues to climb the steep slope toward domestic profitability and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God failed to reach Passion of the Christ heights (after seven weeks in theaters it still hasn’t even made Passion’s opening weekend numbers), the independently released God’s Not Dead came out of nowhere
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‘Heaven Is for Real’ Joins Parade of Faith-Based Movies at Easter Box Office

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‘Heaven Is for Real’ Joins Parade of Faith-Based Movies at Easter Box Office
Sony is getting an early start on the Easter holiday weekend with ”Heaven Is for Real,” the big-screen story of a small-town pastor whose son claims to have visited Heaven. The film is slated to arrive Wednesday in more than 2,400 theaters nationwide. The PG-rated family drama is adapted from a 2010 best-selling Christian book written by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. It's directed by Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”) and stars Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Hayden Church and newcomer Connor Corum. Sony bought the book rights in 2011 and teamed with Joe Roth (“Oz the Great and Powerful”), who produced the $12...
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Interview: Greg Kinnear is Preaching in ‘Heaven Is for Real’

Chicago – The actor Greg Kinnear has been known for his neat and tidy image, but never has he portrayed a religious leader. His role as Todd Burpo – a pastor of a church and the father whose son believes “Heaven Is for Real” – brings the energy of spirituality to the movies just in time for the Easter holiday.

Born in small town Logansport, Indiana, Greg Kinnear was the son of a career diplomat, and moved around quite a bit as a child, even living overseas. He is a veteran actor who first came into prominence when he hosted the first version of “Talk Soup” on the E! Network in 1991. Four years later, he made a splashy film debut as David Larrabee in the 1995 remake of Billy Wilder’s “Sabrina,” directed by Sydney Pollack.

Greg Kinnear Portrays a Skeptical Pastor in ‘Heaven Is for Real

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