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Fantastic Fest 2015: Camino – The Review

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Zoe Bell has proven that she’s up to the challenge of getting her hands dirty in films like Raze, Bitch Slap, and her career igniting role in Death Proof. Her physicality is without question. She more than holds her own in Camino as she rumbles in the jungle with a bunch of Columbian thugs. There’s a stark realism to her maneuvers, punches, and kicks, but the stunt woman turned actress from New Zealand doesn’t quite have the strength to carry this 70’s and 80’s throwback action film. Camino suffers from a case of being both monotonous and feeling like a film you’ve seen done better before.

Avery Taggert (Zoe Bell) is an award-winning photojournalist. Her new assignment is to venture into the jungles of Colombia and document a group of religious freedom fighters led by Fantastic Fest mainstay and all-around wild man Nacho Vigalondo – an inspired bit of casting. »

- Michael Haffner

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Sliff 2015 Lineup Announced; Alex Winter’s Deep Web Opening Night Film

3 October 2015 11:36 AM, PDT

The schedule for the 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) has been announced and once again film goers will be offered the best in cutting edge features and shorts from around the globe.

The festival takes place November 5-15, 2015.

Sliff kicks off on November 5 with the opening-night selection, Deep Web, with director Alex Winter, who’s honored with the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award. (Trailer)

Highlights from this year’s festival include:

The 33 Anomalisa The Assassin Brooklyn Carol I Saw the Light Krisha The Lady in the Van Legend Love the Coopers Remember Son of Saul Touched with Fire Youth

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According to Sliff, the festival will feature more than 125 filmmaking guests, including honorees: actor/director Alex Winter, winner of the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award; director Trent Harris, winner of the Contemporary Cinema Award; and director Rosemary Rodriguez, winner of the Women in Film Award. »

- Michelle McCue

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Composer Harry Gregson-Williams’ The Martian Score And “Songs From The Martian” Available Now

2 October 2015 1:17 PM, PDT

Columbia Records is releasing “Songs From The Martian” and “The Original Motion Picture Score” by composer Harry Gregson-Williams to the critically acclaimed and much anticipated movie The Martian, available digitally today at iTunes here: Songs Album and Score.

A deluxe edition of the album, “The Martian Deluxe Soundtrack” (Songs Album and Score) is exclusively available at Amazon here.

The Martian also opens nationwide today and features a star-studded cast, including Matt Damon in the lead role as Astronaut Mark Watney. (Review)

The ’70s-laden album is comprised of some of the greatest classics from disco’s golden era (tracklist below) including “Turn The Beat Around” (Vickie Sue Robinson), “Hot Stuff” (Donna  Summer), “Rock The Boat” (Hues Corporation), “Waterloo” (Abba), and “I Will Survive”(Gloria Gaynor), and others.

The music evinces the plight of the film’s protagonist, Astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon (the Bourne film series), who during a »

- Michelle McCue

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Daniel Craig And Christoph Waltz Star In Final Spectre Trailer

2 October 2015 12:54 PM, PDT

In the final trailer, 007 infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as Spectre.

Sam Mendes returns to direct Spectre, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time.

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as Spectre.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold »

- Michelle McCue

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Crimson Peak In St. Louis

2 October 2015 7:49 AM, PDT

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.

From the imagination of director Guillermo Del Toro comes a gothic romance starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre), two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Mama), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor series) and Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, FX’s Sons of Anarchy). In Crimson Peak, they will discover the power that love has to make monsters of us all.

Crimson Peak opens in theaters on October 16th.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Crimson Peak on Tuesday, October 13th at 7Pm in the St. Louis area. »

- Movie Geeks

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Win Tickets To Young Frankenstein At B&B Theatre’s October Retro Night

2 October 2015 7:30 AM, PDT

Before you see the new Victor Frankenstein movie this Thanksgiving, see the original 1974 classic – Young Frankenstein!

Mel Brooks’ monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the curvaceous Ings (Teri Garr), he creates a monster (Peter Boyle) who only wants to be loved.

Young Frankenstein will be playing for one night only this Thursday, October 8th at the B&B Wildwood 10!  Retro Night showtimes are at 4pm and 7pm and tickets are only $5.

Get yours today at bbtheatres.com

Wamg is giving away free pass vouchers for the show.

Answer the following:

Which Irving Berlin song is sung by Dr. »

- Movie Geeks

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Mississippi Grind – The Review

2 October 2015 6:49 AM, PDT

By Cate Marquis

Mississippi Grind is a low-budget, indie-style road trip movie about two down-on-their-luck fellows, a gambler and his smooth-talking financier, as they make their way down the Mississippi River to a big poker game in New Orleans. With beautifully shot scenes in St. Louis, as well as other river town locations, this rambling, gambling road trip features a fine performance by Ben Mendelsohn and possibly the best-ever performance by Ryan Reynolds, who play a pair of losers looking for redemption and a final jackpot.

Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a middle-aged addictive gambler who has some skill at poker but no little judgment on when to walk away. Gerry is eking out a living in a dead-end job in a small upper Midwestern town when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger man looking for a “talent” to back. The set-up has echoes of Paul Newman’s “The Hustler »

- Movie Geeks

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Sicario – The Review

2 October 2015 5:31 AM, PDT

By Cate Marquis

Sicario” means “hitman” in Mexico, as the audience learns at the start of the film of the same name. Although there is indeed a hitman in Mexico, little is straightforward in this mysterious thriller from Denis Villeneuve, the director of “Prisoners” and “Incendies.”

Those films are filled with shades of gray and uncertainties, and pivot on unexpected twists. Those who saw his previous films will know what to expect in pacing and tone, and that this Canadian director has a taste for murky, unsettling almost-horror film-like suspense. However, people who have seen the movie trailers for Sicario and are expecting a straightforward action film with Emily Blunt kicking butt likely will be surprised. Blunt does play the central character, and she is indeed tough stuff, but the film she is in may not be the one you expect.

Blunt plays Kate, a fast-rising young Arizona policewoman who »

- Movie Geeks

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Watch The New TV Spot For Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

2 October 2015 5:05 AM, PDT

As we head into the chilly month of October, it’s time to break out the sweatshirts, hot chocolate and scary movies.

Paramount Pictures has released the first TV spot for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the sixth film in the blockbuster horror franchise, will premiere in RealD 3D closing night of the Screamfest Horror Film Festival on Thursday, October 22nd at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

The screening marks the series’ return to the largest and longest running horror film festival in the U.S., where the first Paranormal Activity film made its debut in 2007.

The film is produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli, based on the film Paranormal Activity by Oren Peli. Story by Brantley Aufill and Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman, with a screenplay by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman and Adam Robitel & Gavin Heffernan.

Directed by Gregory Plotkin, the movie stars Chris J. Murray, »

- Michelle McCue

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The Martian – The Review

1 October 2015 9:23 PM, PDT

We’re almost a week into the Fall, a time for serious stuff at the cinema, not saucers and BEMs (bug-eyed monsters). Well, hold on to your ray-guns, this isn’t a Summertime sci-fi staple with a much delayed release date. You see, the title character is actually an Earthman, but he’s also an alien since he’s not on his home planet. Huh? And this isn’t a tale set hundreds of years in the future, or is it set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” (gotta’ wait another ten weeks or so for that). No, this is set in the very near future (unlike that other star franchise), plus it’s rooted pretty much in the realities of space travel. No warp drives or matter transporters here, so star hopping takes a long, l-o-n-g time. Oh, and this flick’s main setting has »

- Jim Batts

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First Poster And Trailer For Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice Film

1 October 2015 8:54 PM, PDT

Opening in theaters in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s a first look at the new trailer and poster for The Choice.

From New York Times Bestselling Author Nicholas Sparks, witness an incredible love story full of romance, hope, and heart-wrenching choices when Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) meets the beautiful Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer).

The Choice tells the story of Travis Shaw and Gabby Holland, who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen.

Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’ beloved North Carolina setting, culminating in the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

The movie also features Maggie Grace, »

- Michelle McCue

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Celebrate The Start Of Rock The Kasbah’s Rocktober With Bill Murray In New “The Man and the Music”

1 October 2015 8:36 PM, PDT

This is the story of Richie Lanz…The Man and the Music.

Celebrate the start of Rock The Kasbah’s Rocktober by getting to know legendary rock manager Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) in this brand new behind-the-scenes look – “The Man and the Music.”

A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock The Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson.

First seen in The Rolling Stone article, hear what some of your favorite rock musicians had to say about Richie, his legacy, and his famous antics throughout the years.

Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on »

- Michelle McCue

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Sleeping With Other People – The Review

1 October 2015 4:48 PM, PDT

Sleeping With Other People is a forgettable, by-the-numbers romantic comedy that relies on tiresome clichés and unfunny sex jokes. The newest from writer/director Leslye Headland opens at Columbia University in 2002 where students Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) lose their virginity to each other one night. Jump ahead 13 years and horndog Jake is reintroduced having an angry confrontation with his current girlfriend over his serial inability to stay committed. Meanwhile, Lainey is having an affair with Matt Sovochek (Adam Scott), now a gynecologist married to pregnant Emma (Katherine Waterston). After over a decade of not having contact with one another, Jake and Lainey reconnect at a sex addiction support group meetings. They suddenly become platonic best friends, venting their  frustrations over their sexual and romantic lives while falling for each other in the process.

I suppose the audience is expected to laugh at the assumed outrageousness of all the explicit dialog about sex, »

- Tom Stockman

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Coming Home (2014) – The Review

1 October 2015 4:24 PM, PDT

Let’s get this out-of-the-way. This new film from China has nothing to do with the Oscar-winning 1970’s classic Coming Home from director Hal Ashby. Mind you, there have been Asian remakes of English language films such as the Blood Simple (the Coen brothers’ first flick) inspiring A Woman, A Gun, And A Noodle Shop. This cinematic adaptation of a celebrated novel begins during the most repressive era of the Mao regime (perhaps when “Red China” was the most crimson), when the country had cut almost all ties with the West. It looks back at how the political climate was tearing families apart as the trio at this story’s center learns that all their problems do not end after the reunion in Coming Home.

The film begins sometime during those turbulent 1960’s. Teenager Dan Dan (Huiwen Zhang) is focused on rehearsing for the upcoming auditions for the ballet celebrating the military, »

- Jim Batts

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See The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 As Many Times As You Want With Regal Ultimate Ticket

1 October 2015 11:19 AM, PDT

Regal Entertainment Group today announces the next Regal Ultimate Ticket for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the fourth and final film in the blockbuster franchise.  Avid fans with the Regal Ultimate Ticket can see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 every single day while the movie is in theatres.

There are only 1,000 of these limited edition, stainless steel Hunger Games: Mockingjay –Part 2 tickets available on a first come, first served basis.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, and distributed by Lionsgate, will be released in theatres on November 20. (Trailer)

“Regal prides itself on marketing innovation and with the success of the recent launch of the Regal Ultimate Ticket, we wanted super fans to have the chance to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 every single day,” said Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer at Regal Entertainment Group.  “Regal is excited to »

- Michelle McCue

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Bridge Of Spies In St. Louis

1 October 2015 7:30 AM, PDT

© 2015 Dreamworks II Distribution Co., LLC

Wamg has your free passes to one of the most riveting dramas of 2015!

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 PicturesBridge Of Spies tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

Directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, Bridge Of Spies stars: two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan; three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, »

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Fantastic Fest 2015: The Witch – The Review

30 September 2015 10:17 PM, PDT

When the title of a film basically tells you what to expect, it’s sometimes hard to be surprised or shocked by the content of a film. This is both an advantage and disadvantage in The Witch. Yes, there’s a witch(es) but how they function in the story is different than what you would expect. The Witch is less interested in showcasing occult rituals and cackling hags – though a few scenes brilliantly showcase this. It’s more interested in using the fear of a witch to illustrate paranoia and mistrust within a family. Robert Eggers strives for more than just straight-up horror in his directorial debut. Therein lies a minor problem for genre fans. Yes, as the title states, there is a witch(es). You just might be surprised that The Witch isn’t necessarily a terrifying tale of she-devils on the prowl. Than again… that’s not necessarily a bad thing. »

- Michael Haffner

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of 99 Homes In St. Louis

30 September 2015 2:44 PM, PDT

Wamg has passes to the St. Louis area screening of 99 Homes.

In this timely thriller, when single father Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home, his only chance to win it back is to work for Rick Carver (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon), the ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place.

It’s a deal-with-the-devil that may save his family home; but as Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.

Directed by Ramin Bahrani, the film also stars Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, Tim Guinee and Clancy Brown.

99 Homes opens in St. Louis on October 9.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of 99 Homes on Tuesday, October 6th at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.

We will contact the winners by email. »

- Movie Geeks

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Cast And Filmmakers From Star Trek Beyond Discuss Film At Dubai Press Conference

30 September 2015 9:31 AM, PDT

L-r: Executive Producer Jeffrey Chernov, Writer Douglas Jung, Director and Producer Justin Lin, Chris Pine, Writer and Actor Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin attends a press conference promoting ‘Star Trek Beyond’ at Burj Al Arab on September 30, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

The Star Trek Beyond crew gathered today at the prominent Burj Al Arab Hotel, in one of the Emirate’s largest press conferences, ahead of its filming in Dubai.

The press conference, which was attended by more than 100 local and international media, included the film’s director and producer Justin Lin, executive producer Jeffrey Chernov, writers Douglas Jung & Simon Pegg and stars Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba.

Dubai Film and TV Commission announced that Star Trek Beyond, the latest film in the globally renowned sci-fi franchise, will »

- Michelle McCue

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Clint Eastwood Begins Filming Sully – Stars Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart And Laura Linney

30 September 2015 7:27 AM, PDT

Production is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama Sully starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (upcoming “Bridge of Spies,” “Captain Phillips,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, under the direction of Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby”).

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) 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 co-pilot, 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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