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Richard Linklater Dissects a Scene from 'Boyhood'

6 hours ago

When I published my 2014 top ten list a couple days ago, I had quite a few nice things to say about Boyhood, a passion project that ended up capturing a spot on the list as my #3 movie of the year. Of all that drew me into the film, perhaps the thing I love most about it is how writer-director Richard Linklater and his crew captured the everyday moments of the main character's life, not necessarily the peaks or the valleys that would traditionally (on film anyways) define his childhood but rather the terrain in between that comprises the majority of his hike into adulthood. One such moment in the film is when Mason (Ellar Coltrane) is riding in the car with his family, including his father (Ethan Hawke), on the way to celebrate his 15th birthday. Mason's dad pulls up in a minivan, prompting Mason to ask what happened to »

- Jordan Benesh

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'Black or White' (2015) Movie Review

8 hours ago

"Do you hate black peoplec" "Not all of them..." This is the beginning of a courtroom exchange that takes place late in Mike Binder's Black or White and it absolutely, without a doubt, makes for the best couple of minutes in what is an otherwise unoriginal race drama involving a white grandfather fighting for custody of his half-black granddaughter. It's a scene that has something to say in a very honest, upfront way and it makes me wonder why Binder felt it was necessary to beat the audience over the head with stereotypes over the course of the rest of the film. Is it a lack of confidencec A fear of telling a racially charged story and not wanting to appear insensitivec What is itc Tackling racial issues is no easy feat, but sugar-coating things so it's easier to confront tough topics doesn't make it any better. Beyond racial themes, »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Nicole Kidman in First Clip from Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert'

9 hours ago

I do not know about you, but whenever Werner Herzog has a new movie coming out, I get very excited. Even if I end up not liking the movie, he always makes something unique and interesting. And, hopefully, insane. Queen of the Desert is the title of his latest, and it sounds like it could be his most traditional film. You can watch a new clip of the film below, featuring Nicole Kidman and Damian Lewis. The film is based on the true story of Gertrude Bell, who was a writer, archaeologist, political attache for the British Empire, and much more at the turn of the twentieth century. Along with Kidman and Lewis, the also film stars Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (that's big shoes to fill...) and James Franco as Henry Cadogan. We have not gotten a narrative feature from Herzog since My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, »

- Mike Shutt

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Watch: All the 2015 Super Bowl Movie Trailers

10 hours ago

This Sunday brings Super Bowl Xlix and with it comes several new trailers at $4.5 million a pop (and that's for only 30 seconds) and you better believe studios are getting a jump start on the festivities, releasing many of them early and as they are released I'll be updating this post... That is, until game time, which is when I'll be rooting my Seahawks onto victory. So far we know we'll be getting a new trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service, Seventh Son, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Jurassic World and so far we've got a Super Bowl-themed trailer for Minions, a new trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and another for Terminator Genisys. Additionally we have the trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which will play during the pre game, as well as a teaser for the new Tomorrowland trailer as Disney wants to keep you in some suspense. »

- Brad Brevet

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'Project Almanac' (2015) Movie Review

10 hours ago

I don't think I could even begin to attempt to explain how the time travel is supposed to work in director Dean Israelite's Project Almanac, but it's not as if it matters. A group of teenagers stumble on blueprints telling them how to make a time machine, they make it, use it to get rich, popular and to party at Lollapalooza. What's not to understand about thatc Of course, when things begin to go wrong, and one of them attempts to fix things on his own, it's no longer fun and games. Yes, the butterfly effects is in full... ahem... effect. Told using the found footage style of filmmaking, Project Almanac is never going to come together logically, but that doesn't stop it from being a harmless little time travel feature that does tend to wear thin and overstay its welcome once things begin to fall apart for the group of five teens. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: 'Terminator Genisys' Super Bowl Trailer and New Poster

11 hours ago

Paramount has released the Terminator Genisys Super Bowl trailer ahead of time along with a new poster for the upcoming sequel directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee. Set for release this July, the film finds John Connor (Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sending Sgt. Kyle Reese (Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Clarke) and safeguard the future, but an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future... Check out the new trailer and poster below. sb id="1406565" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First 'Ted 2' Trailer Delivers More of the Same

11 hours ago

I feel as if I was one of the few that didn't really like Seth MacFarlane's Ted, a film that wore out its welcome about 30 minutes in and continued for another 76. Now, thanks to everyone that disagreed with me the foul-mouthed anthropomorphic teddy bear is back in Ted 2 and the first trailer has just dropped, promising more of the same as semen is spilled on the floor and into Mark Wahlberg's eyes... hardy, har, har. Joining Wahlberg with MacFarlane again providing the voice of the titular Ted are Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Jessica Barth and Dennis Haysbert. Apparently the plot will revolve around Ted getting married and wanting to start a family, thus you get into a situation where there's a need for a sperm donor and then Ted needs to prove he's a "person". Apparently Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office Predictions: 'American Sniper' Will Get Another Easy Win On Super Bowl Weekend

12 hours ago

American Sniper is going to be a three-time winner this year, mimicking last years Ride Along run. $257 million on a $59 million budget is playing with power, they timed it perfectly to capture everyone's desire for January action. $31.7 million is my prediction for the weekend, gotta go low because last Super Bowl weekend only netted $70 million for the top 12, and I'm still in the 80s with my calls. Project Almanac is getting a thousand more theaters than any other new release, which is the only reason it's going to get this high. Well, also the early reviews seem to be somewhat positive, it's still fresh as of Thursday morning - but basically nothing can save a new release geared towards men on Super Bowl weekend. It's a lost cause at $9.8 million. Thankfully, it cost them next to nothing, and given our next two films Paramount will probably take it. I've seen »

- Laremy Legel

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Watch: Trailer for 2015 Foreign Language Oscar Nominee 'Timbuktu'

28 January 2015 11:55 AM, PST

Of this year's five Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language feature I've seen three of them -- Ida, Leviathan and Wild Tales -- and while Ida is the perceived front-runner this is a category that can always offer a bit of a surprise, one such surprise just might be Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu, which Cohen Media will begin distributing on January 28 (find theaters here) and have just released the first official domestic trailer. Here's the synopsis: Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. »

- Brad Brevet

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Deleted Scenes on 'Fury' Blu-ray Build More Character

28 January 2015 10:50 AM, PST

Last night I watched the over 50 minutes of deleted and extended scenes on the recent Blu-ray release of David Ayer's Fury. Most were rightly excised from the film, but there are a few moments that I believe should have remained, moments adding depth to Brad Pitt's Don 'Wardaddy' Collier and Jon Bernthal's Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis, giving reason for their behavior where some audiences may have questioned their motives. To begin, one scene that would have been featured early in the film finds Grady in tears, telling Don he simply can't go anymore. What we largely get in the theatrical release when it comes to Grady is the animal the war has made him. There are brief moments, especially between him and Norman (Logan Lerman), where he shows a little bit of the man he used to be, but I got the impression many perceived Grady to be nothing more than an animal, »

- Brad Brevet

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'Black Sea' (2015) Movie Review

28 January 2015 8:03 AM, PST

Scottish director Kevin Macdonald found some early success and notoriety with his first narrative feature The Last King of Scotland, which ended up earning Forest Whittaker an Oscar. Since then films such as State of Play and The Eagle haven't played so well, though his 2013 feature, How I Live Now, managed to turn some heads, even if it wasn't released on a very wide basis. Known at the beginning of his career as a documentary filmmaker, he's continued on that track here and there, most recently with Marley, but now he comes to the table with his latest fictional feature, a submarine thriller titled Black Sea starring Jude Law as a submarine captain in search of lost Nazi gold. While Black Sea has something of an Indiana Jones-sounding plotline, it's far more serious than that. To go along with the search for sunken gold off the coast of Georgia, there's »

- Brad Brevet

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'Black Sea' (2014) Movie Review

28 January 2015 8:03 AM, PST

Scottish director Kevin Macdonald found some early success and notoriety with his first narrative feature The Last King of Scotland, which ended up earning Forest Whittaker an Oscar. Since then films such as State of Play and The Eagle haven't played so well, though his 2013 feature, How I Live Now, managed to turn some heads, even if it wasn't released on a very wide basis. Known at the beginning of his career as a documentary filmmaker, he's continued on that track here and there, most recently with Marley, but now he comes to the table with his latest fictional feature, a submarine thriller titled Black Sea starring Jude Law as a submarine captain in search of lost Nazi gold. While Black Sea has something of an Indiana Jones-sounding plotline, it's far more serious than that. To go along with the search for sunken gold off the coast of Georgia, there's »

- Brad Brevet

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Apatow's 'Trainwreck', Baumbach's 'While We're Young' and 'Paul Blart 2' In Today's MPAA Ratings

28 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST

It's a bit of a light bulletin this week with new MPAA ratings for movies such as Judd Apatow's latest comedy starring Amy Schumer and, surprise, it's rated R and the same goes for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, which I saw in Toronto last year and you can read my review here. Finally it's a PG-rating for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which is fine considering I assume it will mainly be kids and their parents buying tickets for that one... Well, that and high schoolers high on weed. You can check out the complete bulletin below. 40 Weeks Rated PG-13 For brief strong language and some pregnancy issues. The 7th Dwarf Rated PG For thematic elements and some suggestive material. The Barber Rated R For violence, language and some sexual material. Extinction Rated R For horror violence, terror and language. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Rated PG For some violence. »

- Brad Brevet

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Paramount Shuffles Horror Slate, Moving 'The Ring 3', 'Friday the 13th' & Latest 'Paranormal Activity'

27 January 2015 2:57 PM, PST

Paramount has three notable horror films on the horizon and one of them is a direct sequel, another is a reboot and yet another is a "something like a sequel" and all three are being shuffled around the release board. First off, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was previously scheduled for a March 13 release, but will now open on October 23, returning the franchise to its successful Halloween roots. Next is Rings, the third film in The Ring franchise with F. Javier Gutierrez directing after he was supposed to direct the remake of The Crow, which he is no longer attached to and seems to have pretty much fallen to pieces. Rings will hit theaters on November 13 of this year. amz asin="1932234411" size="small"No details on the plot for Rings, at least none specifically though Samara is expected to return as is the fateful videotape (I think it's going to be a prequel). Aviva Goldsman, »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch the Best Scene of 2015... So Far

27 January 2015 1:16 PM, PST

I'm still debating as to whether or not The Boy Next Door is a send-up of the thriller genre and director Rob Cohen just didn't know what he was doing or if it's really as god-awful stupid as it appears on the surface. I mentioned the following scene in my review at length and now it has come online for you to enjoy. If you didn't know the nature of the story, The Boy Next Door stars Jennifer Lopez as a literature teacher at a local high school who ends up having sex with Ryan, the titular boy next door, a 19-year-old played by Ryan Guzman. However, before they hit the sheets, Ryan gives her a gift based on their shared love of Ancient Greek author Homer... that gift being "The Iliad"... Here's how it played out... Considering how much of the publicity for this film focused on the "steamy »

- Brad Brevet

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The 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Now Has My Attention

27 January 2015 12:58 PM, PST

I was always uninterested in the idea of a Ghostbuster 3. I just didn't see the point of getting the old crew back together all these years later. Then Paul Feig stepped in and it was decided it was no longer going to be a sequel, but instead a reboot and a female-led reboot at that. Considering Feig's history with Melissa McCarthy it was pretty much a no-brainer she would come on board, and she has, and to little surprise Feig's Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig has also signed on. But it's the next two names I'm most excited about, those being "Saturday Night Live" stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. McKinnon has been crushing it on "SNL" ever since joining the crew back in 2012 and I just love Jones' style of comedy and these four ladies together immediately make this something I want to see. Previously, names such as Jennifer Lawrence, »

- Brad Brevet

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Disney Wants Chris Pratt for 'Indiana Jones' Because They Can't Possibly Leave Anything Alone

27 January 2015 12:12 PM, PST

As much as I do not want it to happen, I know it is only an inevitability for Disney to want to reboot the Indiana Jones series after buying the rights from Paramount in 2013. Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade are two of my favorite movies, and unlike most fans who want to be over saturated with a product until they die, I am happy just having those films. We've already been soiled by Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So, Disney is looking at someone already under their employment in the Marvel franchise to take over the fedora from Harrison Ford, everyone's new favorite person Chris Pratt. The man already has Guardians of the Galaxy, has Jurassic World coming out later this year, and is starting production on The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington. Throw another thing at him. I mean, why notc Look, I have nothing against Chris Pratt. »

- Mike Shutt

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Snyder Meets Marvel in 'Watchmen' vs. 'Avengers' Trailer Mashup

27 January 2015 11:05 AM, PST

As much as I haven't necessarily enjoyed Marvel's movies as of late and the same goes for a relatively lackluster appeal to Zack Snyder's latest output of films, I have to admit to watching this mashup, giving Joss Whedon's The Avengers the Snyder visual touch, and actually thinking it works quite well. Then again, I'm not convinced it's all about the music. In the end, the Smashing Pumpkins' "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" is what made that Watchmen trailer as it is still an immensely watchable trailer even today, long after the bad taste of the film has left us. Check out the mash-up below. via The Playlist yt id="DYYlYnT1CZg" width="500" »

- Brad Brevet

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'Ted 2' is Coming... Get Itc Coming...

27 January 2015 10:23 AM, PST

The first trailer for Ted 2 will be online this Thursday at 9Am Pst and Universal is teasing you with the stupidity to come with this first teaser poster, which pretty much tells us what's in store. The sequel to the 2012 comedy about a talking teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane hits theaters on June 26 and stars Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton, Morgan Freeman and Dennis Haysbert. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: 'Child 44' Trailer Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace & Gary Oldman

27 January 2015 9:09 AM, PST

Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are back together after starring in the overlooked 2014 gem The Drop, in the 1950s-set thriller Child 44 alongside Gary Oldman and under the direction of Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money). Set for release on April 17, the film chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo's psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists "There is no crime in Paradise." Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments. sb id="1399843" height="272" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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