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Texas Rising Review: History Dares to Mess with the Lone Star State

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Near the end of Texas Rising’s fourth hour, General Sam Houston (Bill Paxton) tells his ragtag troops, “follow me a little longer down this twisted, bloody road.” It’s a daunting proposition, not only for them, but for viewers as well. History’s 5-night, 10-hour miniseries (expanded from an original 6) is a hugely ambitious and unwieldy mishmash of tone and genre. It picks up just after the fall of the Alamo in 1836, and weaves together a myriad of tales that revolve around the battles between Houston’s band of soldiers and rangers, and Santa Anna’s (Olivier Martinez) Mexican army. The miniseries’ director, Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) saturates the arid landscape with sepia tones, dust, and death. In fact, many things about Texas Rising’s aesthetics feel wonderfully old school, something akin to Lonesome Dove, although it never matches that epic’s taught pacing and whip-smart dialogue and charm. »

- Allison Keene

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3 New Ant-man Images Size up Paul Rudd, Michael Doulgas, and Evanelinge Lilly

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Marvel has released three new Ant-Man images. The upcoming film starts Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a thief who works with brilliant inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to pull off a heist that will save the world. Now that the marketing campaign for Avengers: Age of Ultron is winding to a close, I assume that Disney and Marvel are really going to start ramping up on Ant-Man, and it will be interesting to see how they market the movie since it comes so soon after The Avengers and it’s on the opposite side of the spectrum—a new superhero in a standalone story. How do you sell a palette cleanser? I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Check out the new Ant-Man images below. The film opens in 3D on July 17th, and also stars Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, David Dastmalchian, »

- Matt Goldberg

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9 Movies You Forgot Were Scored by Hans Zimmer

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If you were to stop someone on the street and ask them to name any film composer, their answer would likely be John Williams or Hans Zimmer. Indeed, with 169 credits to his name, Zimmer is one of the most prolific film composers of our time, and also one of the most memorable. From the “Brahhhmmmm” of Inception to the emotional swells of The Thin Red Line, Zimmer’s work has transcended the cinema time and time again to become part of the pop culture lexicon. But one of the qualities of Zimmer’s work that doesn’t seem to get enough credit is his versatility. He is equally at home in the world of a giant, heady sci-fi film as he is in a Nancy Meyers romantic comedy. This versatility has served him well—almost too well. With so many credits to his name and a chameleon-like ability to mask his signature, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Fantastic Four International Trailer Brings New Footage; Josh Trank Denies Reshoot Rumors

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A new Fantastic Four international trailer has gone online, and it contains some flashes of fresh footage.   Although the trailer is largely similar to the most recent U.S. one, there are some flashes of the emotional side of the story, which is Reed Richards’ (Miles Teller) desire to “fix his friends”. There will probably be another trailer in about a month or so that delves deep into the plot, but at this point, I think they’ve struck the right balance with teasing out the story but not giving away too much. Meanwhile, director Josh Trank is trying to do a bit of damage control. His career recently took a hit when he left the second Star Wars spinoff because word was he couldn’t hack it on the set of Fantastic Four. Now word has leaked that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has been hired to do reshoots last month, »


- Matt Goldberg

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More The Martian Images Feature Matt Damon Surviving Ridley Scott’s Red Planet

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20th Century Fox has released more The Martian images online after releasing the first few this past weekend. Based on Andy Weir’s self-published 2012 novel of the same name, the movie revolves around an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after he is injured and presumed dead by his team. With limited resources and a finite amount of time before his oxygen runs out, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) must use the power of science to keep himself alive on the red planet. I’m really hoping that director Ridley Scott breaks his streak of making disappointing movies and just churns out another good one, but this story has a lot of potential. Based on what little we’re seeing so far, it looks good, and I especially like the hodgepodge design of Watney’s spacesuit. Check out the new The Martian images below, which includes a first look at Kristen Wiig’s character, »


- Matt Goldberg

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Game Of Thrones Recap: “The Gift”

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Tonight's hour has a relatively weak theme of altruism running throughout, but that potentially interesting narrative slant is overwhelmed by the relentless shuffling of characters. Let's see where they all ended up. [caption id="attachment_463495" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via HBO[/caption] Castle Black In an effort to ally himself with the Wildlings north of the wall, and to offer them sanctuary south of the wall in the area of land controlled by the Night's Watch known as "The Gift," Lord Commander Snow rides north with Tormund Giantsbane (and a satchel of dragonglass weapons). And that's about all we see from him this hour. See ya next week, Snow! Meanwhile, Gilly, Sam, and Little Sam pay a visit to the dying Maester Aemon, who soon passes away and is set aflame by the men of the Night's Watch. Sam's eulogy isn't exactly noteworthy, but Aliser Thorne's reminder that Sam is now without any allies is certainly foreboding. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Dheepan Review | Cannes 2015

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There was excitement and hope and murmurs that Youth or even Carol would win the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture in Cannes. So when the winner was finally announced, there were jeers in the press room. But there was also applause for Jacques Audiard and Dheepan, his first Cannes selection since 2012 and a 180-degree turn from Rust and Bone and the Oscar nominated The Prophet. One of the most awarded French filmmakers and a regular of the Cannes circuit, Audiard has always been kaleidoscopic in his films, going from one style to another. While Dheepan is a good film, it is not a great one. Inspired by 18th century writer Montesquieu, Audiard depicts how foreigners see France, their life often a combat because they feel uprooted or displaced and completely challenged. [caption id="attachment_463513" align="alignright" width="350"] Via Ugc Distribution[/caption] Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) is not his real name. He was given the »

- Talia Soghomonian

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