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World Mourns The Passing Of Star Trek Icon Leonard Nimoy

27 February 2015 10:42 AM, PST

“Live Long and Prosper,” Mr. Spock.

Sad new today, fellow Movie Geeks. Star Trek legend, Leonard Nimoy has sadly passed away. Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Leonard Nimoy. He died this morning at the age of 83 #Llap pic.twitter.com/M5994t9HIL

Star Trek (@StarTrek) February 27, 2015

After “Star Trek” ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series “Mission Impossible” as Paris, the mission team’s master of disguises.

From 1976 to 1982 he hosted the syndicated TV series “In Search of … ” which attempted to probe such mysteries as the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.

He played Israeli leader Golda Meir’s husband opposite Ingrid Bergman in the TV drama “A Woman Called Golda” and Vincent van Gogh in “Vincent, »

- Movie Geeks

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New Trailer and Poster Are Here For Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’

27 February 2015 9:32 AM, PST

Here’s a first look at the new trailer and poster for Cheatin,’ the award-winning, surreal animated adult tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and murder.

Inspired by the work of James M. Cain (“Double Indemnity”, “The Postman Always Rings Twice”), Cheatin’ marks Academy Award nominated Bill Plympton’s seventh animated feature film.

The film screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival in November 2014. In his Sliff review, Jim Batts called the film, “a wonderful, imaginative featuree animated film,” adding Plympton is, “at the zenith of his artistic powers here, with a long-form film that captures all of the charm of his quirky shorts.”

In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance.

But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity spells out an untimely fate.

With only the »

- Michelle McCue

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Eddie Redmayne Takes On Transgender Role As Einar Wegener in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl

27 February 2015 5:27 AM, PST

Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. Directed by Tom Hooper, the film is currently in production. pic.twitter.com/Ue9cVuE1rR

— Working Title (@Working_Title) February 27, 2015

The first photo of Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne as Einar Wegener in The Danish Girl has been released. Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything at the 87th Academy Awards.

The true love story of Danish artist Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda as he makes the pioneering journey to becoming a woman, Lili Elbe, in the 1920s.

Day one #TheDanishGirl #EddieRedmayne #AliciaVikander #TomHooper pic.twitter.com/F9CbA6N75s

— Working Title (@Working_Title) February 10, 2015

Directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper, starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as Einar and Alicia Vikander as Gerda, the Working Title film is currently in production and will be distributed by Universal Pictures »

- Michelle McCue

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My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn – The Review

26 February 2015 11:38 PM, PST

This review was originally published during Fantastic Fest 2014.

My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn gives us just a peek into the mind of one of cinema’s most celebrated directors. Directed and shot by his wife Liv Corfixen, My Life… is a documentary that follows the Danish director during the making of his 2013 film Only God Forgives. While her film can be appreciated as simply a small portrait of the acclaimed director, it also taps into the fear and anxiety every artist feels during the creative process. A daring undertaking for someone who has never made a documentary before.

Even though we see Refn in the most mundane situations (waking-up, playing with his kids), he still comes across as cool and enigmatic, not unlike his on-screen heroes. Often we see him in a contemplative state. There’s always a long pause for reflection before he answers a question or responds in a cryptic manner. »

- Michael Haffner

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Focus – The Review

26 February 2015 11:09 PM, PST

To pull a successful and entertaining con in a movie is to walk a fine line between feeling sensational and realistic. You want to give the audience a sense of magic and illusion while still making them say, “Well, that could happen.” It’s perfectly acceptable not to let us in on the con, but the con shouldn’t be on the audience. When all is finally revealed, I should think that was clever, not cheap.

There was hardly a moment where I cracked a smile or even a smirk during the entirety of Focus – a film that seems to think it can get by on style as opposed to smarts. Fashionable clothes, luxurious cars, and exotic locales can’t help this sorry attempt for a con film. Focus doesn’t have an ounce of charm or charisma beneath all the flash and glamour, which is a great shame considering the talent involved. »

- Michael Haffner

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Ballet 422 – The Review

26 February 2015 8:46 PM, PST

Last year proved to be an extraordinary one for feature-length documentaries about art and artists. 2014 saw the release of Tim’S Vermeer (a holdover from 2013), For No Good Reason, Jodorowsky’S Dune, all dealing with masters of pen, ink, and brush while Life, Itself explored the writing of Roger Ebert and Glen Campbell: I’LL Be Me offered an intimate portrait of the acclaimed musician. Barely two months into 2015, we’re now treated to an exceptional film which immerses us into the world of classic dance. Now, the ballet has been the backdrop for many classic dramatic films, from the fantasy world of The Red Shoes to the psychological terror of Black Swan. But there’s little back stage melodrama here. Director Jody Lee Lipes let’s us peek behind the curtain, past the tights and tutus for the sweat, strain, and stress for Ballet 422.

So, what’s with the number? »

- Jim Batts

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The Lazarus Effect – The Review

26 February 2015 7:30 PM, PST

Imagine if you had the power to bring a loved one back from the dead. But as a result of this resurrection, the person brought back to life is not quite the same as they were before their demise. The “playing God” formula has been around from the original Frankenstein to Pet Sematary and Re-animator but it’s likely never been done with less style, imagination, or coherence than the new horror/sci-fi dud The Lazarus Effect.

“This pig smells like shit” is the profound opening line of The Lazarus Effect, which centers on Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde), an engaged pair of university research scientists who have achieved the impossible—bringing the dead, foul-smelling Porky back to life! After another successful test run on a recently deceased pooch, Frank, Zoe, and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) are ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. »

- Tom Stockman

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Out Of The Dark (2014) – The Review

26 February 2015 7:09 PM, PST

It’s been some time since I’ve had that feeling of being “had,” going into something with hopeful expectations, only to find out that it was all a ruse. Cinema is often like this, drawing us in, capturing our emotions and interests, even playing off our primal instincts. Michael Bay knows the mass loves explosions, so there are always plenty in his films, all of which appear int he films’ trailers. Trailers are another way that we, as viewers, can be duped. It’s a necessary evil, I suppose. The nature of the marketing beast that, inevitably, will always accompany the anticipation involved with being a movie watcher. This has become something of a cultural agreement of modern society. We tolerate in order to be entertained.

I find it “crazy” how individuals associated with one film, generally applauded for being a success, can turn around and be equally associated with a flop, »

- Travis Keune

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Watch Ben Stiller And Naomi Watts In While We’Re Young Trailer

26 February 2015 6:32 PM, PST

Noah Baumbach’s latest feature, While We’Re Young, follows the tale of a middle-aged filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) finding their stagnant lives reinvigorated by their friendship with a young couple (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver).

The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and will open in theaters March 27, everywhere April 2015.

(Yahoo! Movies)

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are Josh and Cornelia Srebnick, happily married middle-aged members of New York’s creative class. They tried to start a family and were unable to — and have decided they’re okay with that. But as Josh labors over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, it’s plain that he has hit a dry patch and that something is still missing.

Enter Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), a free-spirited young couple, who are spontaneous and untethered, ready to drop everything in pursuit of »

- Michelle McCue

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Wings Screening With Live Organ Music March 8th – St. Louis Theatre Organ Society

26 February 2015 5:54 PM, PST

“Hello Yank, welcome to a very merry little war. And now how about a wee drop for the King and Uncle Sam?”

The 1927 silent classic Wings will screen at 2pm on Sunday March 8th at the St. Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral Auditorium (3633 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) with live organ music by Dr. Marvin Faulwell.

In 1927, the first Best Picture Oscar went to Wings, a thrilling silent WW1 drama from director William S. Wellman. Wings told the story of poor boy Jack (Charles Rogers) and rich boy David (Richard Arlen) who are in love with the same woman, which causes the two to become bitter enemies. When WW1 breaks out the two are thrown together and quickly become friends, although David is too nice to let Jack know that the girl back home doesn’t love him. Clara Bow plays the girl who is madly in love with Jack but »

- Tom Stockman

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Kristen Wiig Stars in First Trailer For Welcome To Me

26 February 2015 5:36 PM, PST

What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery?

In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets.

Watch the trailer for Welcome To Me, directed by Shira Piven from an original screenplay by Eliot Laurence.

Wiig was intrigued by how real the bizarre and darkly-­‐funny script felt, which she says made the “comedic parts even more funny and the dramatic parts more amazing.”

She hopes that the audience will have the same love-­‐hate relationship with the character that she does. “You feel sorry for Alice and at the same time, you totally get why people are frustrated with her, and »

- Michelle McCue

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Simon Pegg Stars In The New Trailer for Kill Me Three Times

26 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST

Shootings, car chases, crashes, explosions, fires, and so much more, check out the new trailer for director Kriv Stenders’ Kill Me Three Times.

The action thriller stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown and Simon Pegg.

Watch the red-band trailer Here.

Simon Pegg plays the mercurial assassin, Charlie Wolfe, who discovers he isn’t the only person trying to kill the siren of a sun-drenched surfing town (Alice Braga). Charlie quickly finds himself at the center of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge.

With an original screenplay by James McFarland, the film also stars Sullivan Stapleton (as a gambling addict who attempts to pay off his debts through a risky life insurance scam), Teresa Palmer (as a small town Lady Macbeth), Callan Mulvey (as a wealthy beach club owner simmering with jealousy), Luke Hemsworth (as a local surfer fighting for the woman »

- Michelle McCue

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Second Spectre Production Video Blog and Sam Mendes Behind The Scenes Photo Are Here

26 February 2015 2:26 PM, PST

Artist: Jonathan Olley Spectre © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sony Pictures has released this photo of director Sam Mendes on the set of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/Eon Production action adventure Spectre.

The latest behind-the-scenes footage from the set of Spectre focuses on Mendes and includes Daniel Craig as James Bond, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q.

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

Joining Daniel Craig (Ian Fleming’s James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner) are Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, »

- Michelle McCue

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Run All Night In St. Louis – Stars Liam Neeson

26 February 2015 2:23 PM, PST

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the action thriller Run All Night, starring Oscar nominee Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Oscar winner Common and Oscar nominee Ed Harris, under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Non-Stop”).

Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.

But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past »

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Check Out The Hilarious Trailer for The Lady In The Van Starring Dame Maggie Smith

26 February 2015 10:34 AM, PST

Based on a true story by writer Alan Bennett, watch the first trailer for director The Lady In The Van, starring Maggie SmithDominic CooperJames Corden and Jim Broadbent.

The film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

The Lady In The Van is the big screen adaptation of writer Alan Bennett’s iconic and celebrated memoir, directed by long-standing Bennett collaborator Nicholas Hytner – The Madness of King George and The History Boys.

Nestled in a prime spot for the end of the year awards season, and a possible nomination for Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van opens in theaters on November 2015.

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- Melissa Thompson

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie In St. Louis

26 February 2015 9:15 AM, PST

Opening on March 6, Wamg has your free passes, plus a prize pack to see Chappie!

From director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) comes Chappie, starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, with Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Chappie on Wednesday, March 4th at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.

One grandprize winner will take home a Chappie prizepack. »

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Al Pacino And Christopher Plummer Star in New Clip From Danny Collins Movie

25 February 2015 5:59 PM, PST

From Bleecker Street studio comes the first clip for Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Plummer.

Plummer and Pacino together – this scene alone makes me want to see the film.

Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.

From director Dan Fogelman, the movie features songs by John Lennon.

Go behind-the-scenes of Danny Collins in this featurette. The film opens in select theaters March 20th.

Bleecker Street is also releasing this fall Trumbo, a film I can’t wait to see and one to watch when awards season comes around. The successful career of 1940s Hollywood »

- Melissa Thompson

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Sicario, Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, To Open September 2015

25 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST

Lionsgate has announced that their upcoming drama, Sicario, will open on September 18, 2015 in limited release and September 25, 2015 in wide release.

The cast includes Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and is from director Denis Villeneuve.

In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force (Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro) who have enlisted her in their plan to take out a Mexican cartel boss.

The film, scored by Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory Of Everything), is the composer’s second collaboration with Villeneuve (Prisoners). Read our interview with Jóhannsson Here. The cinematography is from Roger Deakins.

Sicario is written by Taylor Sheridan and produced by Basil Iwanyk, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill, Edward McDonnell.

Filming began on June 30, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. »

- Michelle McCue

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Love & Mercy Trailer Stars Paul Dano, John Cusack & Elizabeth Banks

25 February 2015 2:48 PM, PST

Starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, watch the first trailer for Love & Mercy.

The movie presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.

In September 2014, the film had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the La Times’ early look at Love & Mercy, Steven Zeitchik wrote the movie, “Is a refreshing surprise,” and “offers the prospect of actors at the top of their game. Dano suggests a man whose genius does fierce battle with his other instincts, while even in Wilson’s beaten-down state Cusack avoids a mopey victim and goes for something edgier and funnier, his spaciness undercut with comedy.”

Directed by Bill Pohlad »

- Michelle McCue

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Composer Junkie Xl Creates Score for Warner Bros. Thriller Run All Night

25 February 2015 1:31 PM, PST

Grammy nominated producer and composer Junkie Xl provides the raw, gritty score for Warner Bros. crime thriller Run All Night starring Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, and Joel Kinnaman.

Directed by Jaume Collett-Sera, the film follows Brooklyn hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), who finds himself haunted by the sins of his past when his estranged son becomes a target of his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris).

The film opens in theaters nationwide March 13th, 2015. The Run All Night original motion picture soundtrack will be available on Water Tower Music on March 10th, 2015.

Junkie Xl‘s recent credits include the box office hits Divergent and 300: Rise Of An Empire. Junkie Xl’s upcoming projects include the highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters on May 15.

He is also re-teaming with Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer to score the upcoming film Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Junkie Xl »

- Michelle McCue

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