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Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? Find Out Thursday Night at Schlafly Bottleworks

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“I didn’t bring your breakfast, because you didn’t eat your din-din!”

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? screens Thursday December 3rd at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks

The 1962 shocker Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? blended Psycho with Sunset Boulevard to compelling effect. One of the great movies about the movies, (and the best movies about the movies bite the hand that feeds them), and the best of director Robert Aldrich’s ‘women’s pictures’. It’s about a couple of self-loathing sisters hauled up together in a decaying Hollywood mansion, a too-close-to-home study of the real life rivalry between stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford or even as a veiled study of homosexual self-depreciation with the sisters as aging drag queens. But these are the very things that make the picture great. It is precisely because it can be read in this way that makes Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? »

- Tom Stockman

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Mae and Raquel! Myra Breckinridge Wednesday Night at Schlafly Bottleworks

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“Well, the end of another busy day. I can’t wait till I get back to bed. If that don’t work I’ll try to sleep!”

Myra Breckinridge screens Wednesday night December 2nd at Schlafly Bottleworks at 8pm

You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew Film series, and there’s nothing stranger than this month’s entry, Myra Breckinridge. Gore Vidal’s 1968 satirical novel Myra Breckinridge was considered un-filmable to begin with. That’s probably true. There’s no way that this story about a sex change operation could have ever become a classic mainstream movie. But the 1970 film version is not all that bad, In fact, thanks mostly to some really clever casting (bringing Mae West into the film was a stroke of genius and a young Farrah Fawcett is quite a sight) and a wonderful, bitingly funny and dead-on performance by a young Raquel Welch, »

- Tom Stockman

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Victor Frankenstein – The Review

25 November 2015 5:42 AM, PST

By Cate Marquis

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in Victor Frankenstein, a kind of origin story/re-imagining of classic monster story told from Igor’s point-of-view.

Medical student Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) is visiting a circus in Victorian London in search of animal body parts for his secret experiments, when a beautiful trapeze artist (Jessica Brown Findley) falls from her perch. The doctor rushes to assist but she is already being aided by the circus’ self-taught doctor, a hunch-back clown (Radcliffe). Impressed by the nameless clown’s skill and knowledge of anatomy, Frankenstein helps him escape the circus and takes him back to his laboratory, where he treats his physical problems. Given the name of Victor’s missing roommate, Igor Straussman, Frankenstein offers him friendship, a place to stay, an extensive library and a chance to help in his effort to create life.

The film is a mash-up of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, »

- Movie Geeks

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Legend – The Review

24 November 2015 10:19 PM, PST

An actor uses different means to convey a character to the audience. Tom Hardy’s main strength resides in his voice. Whether it is creating a bombastic and operatic voice for the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, delivering lines in the manner of a Southern preacher in Lawless, or conducting conversations in a charming Welsh accent in last year’s criminally underrated Locke – not to mention his restrained growl in this year’s Mad Max: Fury Road – Hardy consistently shows a knack for bringing to life memorable characters through his unique vocal inflexions and speech patterns.

Legend is no different. Except this time around, Hardy is given the task to create voices and characters for twin brothers who share some similarities – both have a bad habit of getting into trouble – but are quite different. Hardy plays the famous 1960s English gangsters the Kray brothers. Reggie is the suave »

- Michael Haffner

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The Good Dinosaur – The Review

24 November 2015 9:58 PM, PST

Recalling that classic episode of TV’s “Seinfeld”, most folks would frown on “double-dipping” (that’s the accusation hurled at George Costanza when observed dunking the same chip into salsa a second time). But in this occasion the “dd” would be considered a “pretty,pretty” good thing. That’s because in 2015 film goers will (as of Thanksgiving Eve) get to double dip into Pixar Studios’ tasty movie diversions. It doesn’t quite make up for the lack of a feature film last year, but the company’s releases are nearly always a welcome treat at the multiplex. Just this past June we were dazzled by the adventures of the emotions of a preteen girl named Riley in the wondrous Inside Out (look for it to get a whole lotta’ Oscar love). This new film is a bit more Earth bound (rather than “brain bound”?). Well, it’s really set way, »

- Jim Batts

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Chris Evans And Robert Downey Jr. Debut First Trailer/Poster For Captain America: Civil War On Jimmy Kimmel Live

24 November 2015 9:46 PM, PST

Host Jimmy Kimmel has had quite the week on his late night talk show. On Monday, his guests were director J.J. Abrams and actors Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams gave viewers a sneak peek of the film with a new clip.

On Tuesday, guests Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. were on the show to promote Captain America: Civil War. While there, the two actors surprised the audience with the first poster and dazzling trailer for the upcoming superhero movie.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, »

- Michelle McCue

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Bela Lugosi’s Plan 9 From Outer Space Cane Sells for $10,000

24 November 2015 9:23 PM, PST

Ed Wood’s 1959 masterwork Plan 9 From Outer Space is nowhere near the worst movie ever made, as anyone who’s seen it might testify. What can be said about it? It defied any traditional movie-making conventions and does it without any shame whatsoever. Wood had to have the cast baptized in order to make this bizarre film, and that’s the least strange thing about it. The original title Grave Robbers from Outer Spacewas later ditched, but Criswell mentions it during the intro nevertheless.

Plan 9 was promoted as “almost starring Bela Lugosi” because he died before the film could even get finished, and the footage of Lugosi from this film was originally filmed by Wood to be included as a part of his movie The Ghoul On The Moon, which never got made, so Wood just shoehorned those scenes (which just involve Lugosi walking around with a cane »

- Tom Stockman

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This Week’s Wamg Podcast – By The Sea, Creed, The Hateful Eight and More!

24 November 2015 9:10 PM, PST

This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s  Jim Batts and Tom Stockman with special guest Lynn Venhaus discuss the weekend box office. We’ll review Secret In Their Eyes, The Good Dinosaur, By The Sea, The Night Before, Creed,  and the new Hunger Games movie. Tom’s wife will call in and talk about meeting Quentin Tarantino at the Directors Guild screening of his latest, The Hateful Eight, in New York last week. We Are Movie Geeks The Show is a weekly podcast and can be heard streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.

Here’s this week’s show. Have a listen:



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- Movie Geeks

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Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer And Nicki Minaj Star In First Trailer For Barbershop: The Next Cut

24 November 2015 8:57 PM, PST

Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are reunited in Barbershop: The Next Cut, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (“The Best Man” films, “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins”).

It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.

Check out the brand new trailer now.

Barbershop: The Next Cut also stars Regina Hall (“Think Like a Man”), Oscar winner Common »

- Michelle McCue

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Sarah Wayne Callies And Jeremy Sisto Star In First Trailer For The Other Side Of The Door

24 November 2015 8:22 PM, PST

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for their upcoming thriller The Other Side Of The Door, starring Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto.

A family lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. But when she disobeys a sacred warning to never open that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.

Directed by Johannes Roberts and produced by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Horns), The Other Side Of The Door hits theaters everywhere March 11, 2016.

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- Michelle McCue

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The Revenant Screens At The Academy; First Reactions To Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Film

24 November 2015 7:50 PM, PST

Alejandro González Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Revenant.

© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

The Revenant screened Monday night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in their state-of-the-art Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Revenant is 20th Century Fox’s upcoming film directed and co-written by Academy Award winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).

Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, »

- Michelle McCue

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The Little Prince Trailer Is Pure Magic

24 November 2015 7:05 PM, PST

Here’s a look at the first trailer for The Little Prince. The animated feature is from Mark Osborne, director of Kung Fu Panda, and features the voice cast of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Paul Giamatti, with Mackenzie Foy and Albert Brooks.

This isn’t the first adaptation of the film. Director Stanley Donen helmed the 1974 musical version starring Richard Kiley as The Pilot, Steven Warner as The Little PrinceBob Fosse as The Snake and Gene Wilder as The Fox.

Based on “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the movie was an Official Selection in May at the Festival de Cannes 2015. Paramount Pictures released the film in France July 2015.

Read Variety’s review here.

The score is from Hans Zimmer, Camille and Richard Harvey.

The Little Prince opens in theaters March 18, 2016.

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- Michelle McCue

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of In The Heart Of The Sea In St. Louis

24 November 2015 2:14 PM, PST

Oscar winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) directs the action adventure In The Heart Of The Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade.

The film stars Chris Hemsworth (“The Avengers,” “Rush”) as the vessel’s veteran first mate, »

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Creed – The Review

24 November 2015 1:37 PM, PST

Yes, Creed – as in Apollo. Who knew one of the most popular and tragic characters in the Rocky mythology had a son? This is the premise in the latest installment of the Rocky franchise (technically Rocky 7, for those of you keeping count) titled Creed.

At first I thought this was just a clever way of disguising the fact that this is indeed a “Rocky movie”, because let’s face it, after the triumphant original (Rocky, 1976) not all the sequels lived up to the standard. The first few were good, but after Rocky IV (1985) – the one where he beats “the Russian” – Rocky V (1990) and Rocky Balboa (2006) just felt old and desperate. And not done very well. Even Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, couldn’t save them. So naturally the idea of another Rocky movie couldn’t have been an easy pitch, not to mention there was a certain disappointment that everyone’s »

- Melissa Thompson

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Beasts Of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight Among 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

24 November 2015 1:00 PM, PST

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the La Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations.

Nominees for Best Feature included Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight and Tangerine.

“This year’s nominees are a testament to the strength, vitality and diversity of independent, artist-driven filmmaking,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “It’s an astonishingly strong group of films and performances this year and we look forward to celebrating them all at the Spirit Awards.”

Spotlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman »

- Michelle McCue

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Star Trek Beyond Gets An IMAX Release Beginning July 22, 2016

24 November 2015 12:41 PM, PST

Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and IMAX Corporation today announced that Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the blockbuster franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in IMAX theaters worldwide beginning July 22, 2016.

Star Trek Beyond is directed by Justin Lin and reunites Jon Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin.

Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Lydia Wilson and Joe Taslim are joining the cast.

Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the film’s writers are Roberto Orci & John D. Payne & Patrick Mckay; and Douglas Jung & Simon Pegg. The film is produced by J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci, and Justin Lin through his Perfect Storm Entertainment. The executive producers are Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Lindsey Weber.

IMAX provides a one-of-a-kind movie going experience to audiences all over the world,” said Lin. “I am excited »

- Michelle McCue

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Production Begins On Doctor Strange – Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams And Tilda Swinton

24 November 2015 12:18 PM, PST

Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“Black Mass,” “The Imitation Game”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Martian”), Rachel McAdams (“Southpaw,” “Sherlock Holmes”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Steve Jobs,” “A Serious Man”) with Mads Mikkelsen (“Clash of the Titans,” “Casino Royale”) and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).

The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, is directed by Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”). The film will be shot in several locations around the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal.

Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

Doctor Strange is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3’s goal—over the course of four years and nine »

- Michelle McCue

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Watch Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett And Natalie Portman In Knight Of Cups Trailer

24 November 2015 10:45 AM, PST

From Broad Green Pictures, watch the brand new trailer for Knight Of Cups .

The cast includes Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Armin Mueller-Stahl and the voice of Ben Kingsley.

Earlier this year, Knight Of Cups had its World Premiere in the Competition Programme at the 65th Berlin Film Festival. Watch the press conference here.


Rick is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.

In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. »

- Michelle McCue

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My Life In China – The Review

23 November 2015 7:52 PM, PST


Review by Stephen Tronicek

Kenneth Eng’s My Life In China  is the best type of intimate documentary, because it feels ultimately human: Imperfect, but vastly more interesting than anything fully fabricated. The fact is, documentaries such as He Named Me Malala don’t work, because they keep too much of a perfect arm’s length distance from the topic at hand. My Life In China doesn’t bother with that, because it knows that life is not wrapped up perfectly like a bow.

Interestingly, that may not have even been the goal of Eng. My Life In China  focusses on the time in 2007 that the director and his father spent in China. His father had become bankrupt in America, and having deserted China years ago, he and his father traveled back to China in effort to see if the father would want to return. This is already an interesting »

- Movie Geeks

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Composers Mychael Danna And Jeff Danna Utilize Alternative World Music Instruments For The Good Dinosaur Score

23 November 2015 5:19 PM, PST

Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur features an original score by Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna and Emmy-nominated composer Jeff Danna. The soundtrack is available today.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Among his body »

- Michelle McCue

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