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Swiss Army Man – Review

30 June 2016 10:16 PM, PDT

For many, Summer is a time to “get away from it all”. That’s been a theme for lots of movie characters over the years. Robert Redford in All Is Lost and James Franco in 127 Hours escaped the rat race to explore the world solo, but both getaways lead to disaster (we just saw that last weekend with Blake Lively in The Shallows). Of course, solitude is often not a choice, but the result of fate. It perhaps started with Robinson Crusoe (made into several films), the idea of one or two people (or the seven TV folks on a “three-hour tour”) stranded on a desolate island. Swept Away was an Italian flick and an American remake, but the recent epic adventure that most movie fans would recall might be 2000’s Cast Away, This new film explores similar themes, but while Tom Hanks had a volleyball named Wilson as company, »

- Jim Batts

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Our Kind Of Traitor – Review

30 June 2016 8:16 PM, PDT

John le Carré incorporates many of the same ingredients in each of his literary recipes: espionage, intrigue, and corruption. How he uses these ingredients and a few others sprinkled in is what makes each of his dishes satisfying. Our Kind Of Traitor might be the author’s least complicated recipe. There are fewer players and even fewer entanglements than some of his recent film adaptations, such as A Most Wanted Man and the acclaimed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. As a result, Our Kind Of Traitor might be the most easily digestible for those looking for a more straight-forward approach to his world of international crime.

Ewan McGregor stars as a poetry teacher who dips his pen into the wrong inkwell. After a vacation in Morocco with his wife turns sour (Naomie Harris), the “professor” ends up going out on the town with a man he meets one night at a restaurant, »

- Michael Haffner

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The Legend Of Tarzan – Review

30 June 2016 7:42 PM, PDT

The Legend Of Tarzan brings back an old Hollywood hero for a summertime, popcorn-munching adventure in 19th century colonial Africa. The movie, which stars Alexander Skarsgard and a sterling supporting cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Margot Robbie and Djimon Hounsou, provides a certain amount of fun and serviceable entertainment. It is likely to please Tarzan fans more than the 1984 Greystoke, as this movie has a less serious tone but a story closer to the original books than some movie Tarzans. Still, the fine cast is not quite enough to rescue the film entirely from its shortcomings, some inherent in the Tarzan story.

The character Tarzan debuted in Edgar Rice Burrough’s 1912 novel “Tarzan of the Apes,” and made to leap to films in the silent era, in a 1918 film of the same name. But many film fans know the character best from the early sound era Johnny Weissmuller movies. »

- Cate Marquis

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The Purge: Election Year – Review

30 June 2016 6:13 PM, PDT

A ludicrous premise revisited – once a year, for a 12-hour spell, all crime is legal and cops and hospitals can’t help you! The first The Purge was a tight if unremarkable home invasion thriller while Purge: Anarchy opened things up, taking the bloody action to the streets. Both scored big box office (and home viewing), so now the third chapter arrives in the form of The Purge: Election Year, another ridiculous, but worthwhile exercise in violence and ham-fisted political commentary.

Like the first sequel, The Purge: Election Year focuses on a handful of innocents who, for various reasons, find themselves out on the streets during the Purge. Frank Grillo returns from part two as Leo Barnes, now promoted to the Secret Service, assigned to protect Charlie Roam (Elizabeth Mitchell), a female senator whose family is murdered during the purge in an 18-years-earlier prologue. She’s running for President on »

- Tom Stockman

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Les Cowboys – Review

30 June 2016 5:33 PM, PDT

Review by Stephen Tronicek

A 16-year-old girl goes missing, well not missing, just she goes to live the life that she wants to live, and her father overreacts and spends his every waking hour trying to catch her. Midway through, that story ends and the girl’s brother continues the search to find her. Les Cowboys is split between these stories and each can be ripped apart on a conceptual level.

So, starting with the father. The film wishes the audience to think that this is a tough man who is only desperately trying to find his daughter, but the performance seems to take away any sense of desperation. Francois Damiens is overacting completely, and the disturbing subtext that is hidden under the surface here seems to create tonal dissonance. On that subtext. The fetishization of the Wild West displayed at the beginning of the film seems to suggest the »

- Movie Geeks

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Vigilante Diaries Blu-ray

30 June 2016 5:28 PM, PDT

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release the action-comedy Vigilante Diaries  in Theaters and iTunes on June 24th, and and arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 5th. 

The film features an all-star ensemble cast led by Paul Sloan (I Am Wrath, The Night Crew), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (A-Team, Ufc Light Heavyweight Champ), action icon Michael Jai White (SpawnThe Dark KnightKill Bill,Black Dynamite), Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir DogsKill Bill).

It’s a fun one :)  Check out the trailer:

Now you can own the Vigilante Diaries Blu-ray!

We Are Movie Geeks has two copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Vigilante movie is (mine is Death Wish 3)! It’s so easy!

1. You must have a U.S. mailing address.

2. No purchase necessary.

We’ll contact the winners next week! »

- Tom Stockman

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The Academy Releases Oscar Dates; Invites 683 To Join Membership

30 June 2016 1:18 PM, PDT

The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced key dates for the 89th Oscars. The Academy Awards presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Academy key dates for the 2016 Awards season are:

Saturday, November 12, 2016                   Governors Awards

Thursday, January 5, 2017                         Nominations voting opens

Friday, January 13, 2017                            Nominations voting closes

Tuesday, January 24, 2017                        Oscar Nominations Announcement

Monday, February 6, 2017                         Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, February 11, 2017                      Scientific and Technical Awards

Monday, February 13, 2017                       Finals voting opens

Tuesday, February 21, 2017                       Finals voting closes

Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017             89th Academy Awards

The date for the 89th Academy Awards was previously announced, as was the date for the 90th Oscars (March 4, 2018).

The 89th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

On Monday, AMPAS announced that it had »

- Michelle McCue

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Feel The Brotherly Love Between Chris Pine And Ben Foster In New Texas-Sized Trailer For Hell Or High Water

30 June 2016 12:52 PM, PDT

Watch the brand new “Texas” trailer for CBS Films’ Hell Or High Water.

The film opens in select theaters on August 12th and nationwide on August 19th.

Hell Or High Water is fresh at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes  and a bright green 82 on MetaCritic

Hell Or High Water is a modern action drama set in West Texas where the distinction between honest men and outlaws has blurred beyond recognition.

Featuring a cast that includes Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart,” “True Grit”), Chris Pine (“Star Trek,” “Into The Woods”), Ben Foster (“3:10 To Yuma,” “The Messenger”) and Gil Birmingham (“The Lone Ranger,” “Twilight”), Hell Or High Water is produced by Sidney Kimmel, Peter Berg, Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn and executive produced by Gigi Pritzker, Bill Lischak, Michael Nathanson, Rachel Shane, John Penotti and Bruce Toll.

A story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers — Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, »

- Michelle McCue

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John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman To Return In Wreck-it Ralph Sequel

30 June 2016 12:43 PM, PDT

Wreck-It Ralph is heading back to the big screen, and this time, he’s wrecking the internet. The Oscar®-nominated Walt Disney Animation Studios team from the original film is reteaming for the follow-up, including director Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “The Simpsons”) and producer Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Bolt”). Phil Johnston (writer, “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” “Cedar Rapids”) joins Moore as director and a writer on the project. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return as the bad-guy-turned-good, Ralph, and the girl with the game-winning glitch, Vanellope von Schweetz. The untitled sequel will hit theaters—literally—on March 9, 2018.

The filmmakers and Reilly made the announcement on Facebook Live today: https://www.facebook.com/Disney/videos/10153760073335954/

“From the moment we started working on the first ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters,” said Moore, who has been developing it since shortly after the release of the first film, and »

- Michelle McCue

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James Franco And Bryan Cranston Star In New Trailer For Why Him?

30 June 2016 12:27 PM, PDT

James Franco goes breaking dad on Bryan Cranston in the first trailer for Why Him?.

Check out the Red Band & Green Band trailers and new poster for Why Him?.

Red Band trailer – Nsfw!

Green Band trailer

Directed by John Hamburg and produced by Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Dan Levine, the screenplay is by John Hamburg & Ian Helfer with the story by Jonah Hill and John Hamburg & Ian Helfer.

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned’s panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. »

- Michelle McCue

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Annabelle 2 Begins Filming – Scheduled For May 19, 2017 Release In Theaters

30 June 2016 12:08 PM, PDT

She’s back! Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s Annabelle 2, with David F. Sandberg (upcoming “Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on The Conjuring movies.

In Annabelle 2, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

The film stars Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Lulu Wilson (upcoming “Ouija 2,” “Deliver Us from Evil”), Philippa Anne Coulthard (“After the Dark”), Grace Fulton (“Badland”), Lou Lou Safran (“The Choice”), Samara Lee (“Fox Catcher,” “The Last Witch Hunter »

- Michelle McCue

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Watch Tom Hanks In First Trailer For Sully

30 June 2016 11:50 AM, PDT

155 passengers. 1 plane. 1 heroic pilot.

From Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby”) comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama Sully, starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (“Bridge of Spies,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

Watch the brand new trailer now.

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s copilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.

Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, »

- Michelle McCue

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Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War On Digital HD on Sept. 2 and Blu-ray on Sept. 13

30 June 2016 8:28 AM, PDT

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War has conquered both audiences and critics, debuting to $179.1 million—the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time. When it arrives early on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13, viewers can join the nonstop action and pick their side—Team Cap, commanded by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), or Team Iron Man, led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). And don’t miss the 60+ minutes of in-depth bonus features that take viewers behind the battle lines with their favorite Super Heroes!

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” has earned a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  “Captain America: Civil War” is the highest-grossing film of 2016 domestically, internationally and globally, earning more than $1.14 billion at the worldwide box office. It also continues Marvel Studios’ winning streak as the 13th consecutive film from the Marvel Cinematic »

- Tom Stockman

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16mm Double Feature Night July 5th – Day The Earth Stood Still and Richard Pryor Live On The Sunset Strip

29 June 2016 8:43 PM, PDT

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday July 5th and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

“Klaatu barada nikto!”

First up is: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

The sci-fi parable The Day The Earth Stood Still starring Oscar winner Patricia Neal tells the story of Klaatu, a visitor from another world (played by Michael Rennie) with his allmighty robot Gor who land unexpectedly at the White House to stop people from expanding the human violence beyond frontiers of the planet Earth. When he sees that he cannot »

- Tom Stockman

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Wamg Giveaway – Win a Steven Seagal Movie Bundle: Code Of Honor, Absolution, and Sniper: Special Ops

29 June 2016 8:26 PM, PDT

Steven Seagal’s newest action-packed film Code Of Honor is arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD July 5 (read more details Here) . To celebrate, We Are Movie Geeks is giving away a 3-pack of  great Steven Seagal movies: Code of Honor (Blu-ray), Absolution (Blu-ray), and Sniper: Special Ops (DVD).

It’s so easy to win!

All you have to do is to leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite Steven Seagal movie is! (mine is Out For Justice)

1. You must have a U.S. mailing address.

2. No purchase necessary.

Absolution: When a contract killer (Steven Seagal) encounters a girl on the run from a mob boss (Vinnie Jones) with powerful political ties, he is torn between protecting the girl, and remaining loyal to the government agency that hired him for the mission.

Sniper: Special Ops: When the mission to rescue a U.S. Congressman who »

- Tom Stockman

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No Men Beyond This Point – Mockumentary Debuts on DVD July 12th

29 June 2016 7:43 PM, PDT

No Men Beyond This Point  is a  hilarious mockumentary that takes a unique look at what the world would be like if men were obsolete!

Anne Caughlan, Shuswap Film Society calls No Men Beyond This Point:

“Intelligent, Full Of Humour, And Thought-provoking.”

The festival favorite No Men Beyond This Point debuts on DVD and digital July 12 from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film was written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Sawers (Camera Shy) and stars Rekha Sharma (“The 100”), Ben Cotton (Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome), Patrick Gilmore (Cabin in the Woods), Hilary Jardine (“Van Helsing”), Tara Pratt (“Standard Action”) and Bruce Harwood (“The X Files”). No Men Beyond This Point took home awards for Best Feature Audience Award, Best Feature Actor (Patrick Gilmore), Best Script (Mark Sawers) and Best Feature Editing at the 2015 Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival and Best Supporting Actress »

- Tom Stockman

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Happy Birthday Ray Harryhausen – Here are His Ten Best Films

29 June 2016 3:36 PM, PDT

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman

Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts  and  The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad  passed away in 2013 at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and »

- Movie Geeks

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Check Out Renée Zellweger in the New Bridget Jones’S Baby Trailer

28 June 2016 1:23 PM, PDT

Two Choices. Endless Possibilities.

 The new trailer for Universal Pictures’ Bridget Jones’S Baby has just debuted online!  The new film in the beloved comedy series hits theaters September 16.

Check it out:

Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby.  Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan.  Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new.  For once, Bridget has everything completely under control.  What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn »

- Tom Stockman

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Join Artist Tom Sachs for A Space Program This Weekend at Webster University

27 June 2016 8:56 PM, PDT

A Space Program screen this Friday through Sunday (July 1st – 3rd) at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo 63119). The film begins each evening at 8:00. 

In A Space Program, internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ historic piece, Space Program 2.0: Mars, which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012.

For Space Program 2.0: Mars, Tom and his team built an entire space program from scratch. They were guided by the philosophy of bricolage: creating and constructing from available yet limited resources. They ultimately sent two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question… are we alone?

Directed by Van Neistat, »

- Tom Stockman

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Evil Goes Viral! The Levenger Tapes Arrives On DVD July 5

27 June 2016 8:05 PM, PDT

The chilling horror film The Levenger Tapes arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand July 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Evil goes viral when The Levenger Tapes arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand July 5 from Lionsgate. Johanna Braddy, Lili Mirojnick, Morgan Krantz, and Chris Mulkey star in the terrifying found-footage thriller. When three college students go missing, a team of small-town detectives must scour through disturbing videos left behind to try and piece together their whereabouts. As the clues come to light, it seems their disappearance may be connected to another sinister crime. The Levenger Tapes DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

This chilling horror tale follows three college students on an ill-fated weekend getaway. After finding what seems to be evidence of murder, the kids disappear, leaving behind a video camera. Thinking the missing students’ footage may help solve the kidnapping of a teenage girl, »

- Tom Stockman

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