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First Trailer For My Old Lady Premieres – Stars Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline & Kristin Scott Thomas

11 July 2014 11:11 AM, PDT

Paris. Kevin Kline. Charming love story.

The Cohen Media Group presents the first trailer for director Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady. Opening on September 10th, the film stars Maggie SmithKevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Looking forward to seeing this adorable film!

Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager — an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale — and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, can by contract collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death.

With no place to go, Mathias strikes a tentative lodging arrangement with Mathilde, »

- Melissa Thompson

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Get Exclusive Access To The Giver World Premiere And See The Advance Screening On Aug 11 From Fathom Events

11 July 2014 9:21 AM, PDT

Fathom Events is joining The Weinstein Company (TWC), Walden Media and the cast and crew of The Giver at the film’s theatrical premiere, live from the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York for an exclusive presentation of “The Giver: World Premiere Red Carpet Event” to select U.S. cinemas on Monday, August 11 at 7pm Edt and tape delayed at 7pm Cdt, Mdt and Pdt.

Audiences will experience the glamorous red carpet as though they were invited guests with the cast and crew, scheduled to include Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites and many others.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in exclusive interaction with the film’s stars only available onscreen at this premiere event as they speak directly to theater audiences from the red carpet.

Cinema guests will then enjoy the full length feature film four days before its official, public release »

- Michelle McCue

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Elegy To Connie – The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Review

11 July 2014 7:56 AM, PDT

Elegy To Connie screens Sunday, July 13th at 2:30pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd.) as part of The St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase

Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton lived in the predominately black Meachum Park section of Kirkwood. On February 7, 2008 he wrote a note that promised, “The truth will win out in the end”, then drove to Kirkwood City Hall with a gun. Outside, he shot and killed Kirkwood Police Sgt. Bill Biggs and took his gun. Inside the council chamber, he killed Officer Tom Ballman, four city officials, and critically wounded the mayor, who would die of his injuries a few months later. One of those murdered was Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Connie Karr and the new documentary Elegy To Connie is a tribute to her. The touching and unusual film employs nothing but stop-motion animation to address the events leading up to and following the Kirkwood City Council shooting. »

- Tom Stockman

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Ironclad: Battle For Blood – The Review

11 July 2014 6:09 AM, PDT

Directed by Jonathan English with Michelle Fairley, Roxanne McKee, Danny Webb.

Ironclad: Battle For Blood is a sequel to Ironclad which was released in 2011. I have not seen the first film but based on what is on view in Battle for Blood it would be worth seeking out. Ironclad: Battle for Blood is a different type of historical war movie. There are no fancy sword moves, no spell casting wizards or dragons running amok. What we have here is a serious version of the type of thing Monty Python used to do, especially in their movie about the Holy Grail, showing what life in the middle ages was really like. Dirty, dangerous, ignorant, short and brutish.

Opening titles tell us that in the 12th Century England had laid waste to Scotland and then withdrawn. Scottish clans raided estates and castles all over the northern part of England in retaliation.

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- Sam Moffitt

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The Damned, Starring Peter Facinelli And Sophia Myles, Coming To VOD July 25

11 July 2014 5:56 AM, PDT

Adding another spooky entry into the supernatural thriller genre comes The Damned.

The film follows American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli), widowed from his Colombian-born wife, who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Sophia Myles) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter Jill (Nathalia Ramos).

En route to the city of Medellin, a car accident leaves them stranded in a rundown isolated inn. When they discover the old innkeeper has locked a young girl in the basement, they are determined to set her free. But have they made a terrible mistake?

aka Gallows Hill, the film is written by Richard D’Ovidio (Thirteen Ghosts) and directed by Victor Garcia (Return To House On Haunted Hill). Here’s a look at the trailer.

Stars Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Saga, Nurse Jackie), Sophia Myles (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Underworld), Nathalia Ramos, Carolina Guerra (Da Vinci’s Demons), and Sebastian Martínez.

IFC Films will »

- Michelle McCue

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – The Review

10 July 2014 8:55 PM, PDT

One could argue the significance of the events that take place in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s widely considered the finest Star Wars film made to date but an argument could be made as to whether anything actually happens in the film. Yes, there is one major revelation that goes without saying, but isn’t the film merely just a stepping-stone to the next chapter? The film essentially is one long Saturday morning serial entry that practically ends with a voice-over announcing, “stay tuned next week Jedi; same Star time… same Star channel.” That feeling of seeing only the first part in a larger story can be said for the recent entry in the Apes reboot series. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes leaves a lasting impression based on the impressive special effects, rich visual landscapes, and moving character interactions (kind of like the other entry in the »

- Michael Haffner

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Video Games: The Movie – The Review

10 July 2014 7:57 PM, PDT

It’s another one of those full disclosure moments for me as a reviewer. I am not a hardcore gamer. Do I enjoy video games? In general, yes. Do I get excited when new games get released? No, not really. Do I play video games more than 1-2 hours a week? Not even close. I spend too much time watching movies to be a true gamer. However, I do still have an appreciation for the pixelated pastime.

Being a child of the 80s, I grew up giving my Nes and Snes a hardy workout. That’s Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nes, for those who have been hiding under a rock for the last 30 years. I never owned an Atari, although I did secretly cherish my Commodore, the Radio Shack Atari knock-off system. Hey, I too could play Pitfall, amongst other classics, with that system!

While most of my minimal »

- Travis Keune

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Third Person – The Review

10 July 2014 7:50 PM, PDT

I’m not going to beat around the bush here. Third Person is the worst film I’ve seen so far this year. Sure, it’s easy to dump on a lame comedy like Tammy but Oscar-winning writer/director Paul Haggis’ new drama aims so high so has that much farther to fall. Best Picture Oscar notwithstanding, I’ve never met another film lover who has much good to say about Haggis‘ Crash. It’s hard to think of a more ham-handed piece of popular filmmaking in memory that scored such big prizes (at least until 12 Years A Slave). In Third Person Haggis copies the Crash template by setting up three seemingly random episodes with three seemingly random sets of characters, some of whom eventually become intertwined with one another during a two-day period. The resulting film is overlong, self-indulgent and thoroughly uninteresting.

Liam Neeson plays Michael, an unhappy Pulitzer »

- Tom Stockman

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Jason Bateman, Tina Fey & Jane Fonda Are Among Family In This Is Where I Leave You Poster

10 July 2014 5:56 PM, PDT

Check out the brand new poster for This Is Where I Leave You.

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

The dramatic comedy is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. It features a starring ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development »

- Michelle McCue

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack Details, New Featurette & Photos

10 July 2014 5:21 PM, PDT

Hollywood Records and Marvel are set to release three albums from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on July 29, 2014.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film, plus score by composer Tyler Bates (“Watchmen,” “Slither,” “Dawn of the Dead”). Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is the collection of 12 songs including Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” “I’m Not in Love” by 10cc, Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” and The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” and Guardians of the Galaxy is the digital score soundtrack.

The film opens in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

Music plays a major role in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, “One of the main »

- Michelle McCue

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes New Featurettes And Listen To Michael Giacchino’s Soundtrack

10 July 2014 2:42 PM, PDT

The Empire Strikes Back, The Godfather 2, Aliens, The Dark Knight. Filmgoers can add a new title to the list of great sequels with director Matt ReevesDawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Starring Andy Serkis as “Caesar,” the movie opens later tonight at theaters nationwide and the highly-anticipated sequel already represents more than 70% of Fandango’s weekend ticket sales.

According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 “Apes” ticket-buyers, 81% of them are Serkis fans and 74% contend that the Apes and Hobbit star should be considered for an Oscar for his motion capture performances.

Here’s a look at the latest featurettes with Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell on the escalating showdown between genetically evolved apes and humans.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes concluded with the apes breaking free from their human captors – just as a deadly human-created virus spread globally. Caesar, the benevolent ape leader, »

- Michelle McCue

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Life Itself – The Review

10 July 2014 2:24 PM, PDT

The 2014 march of outstanding documentaries about artists continues on with the best of the impressive group of feature films. But this artist’s means of expression are not the brush as in Tim”S Vermeer or still photography as seen in Finding Vivian Maier or cinema itself (along with many superb illustrators) in Jodoworsky’S Dune. Nope, this artist’s (and after viewing this film, that title is not up for debate) means of expression were words with typewriters, computer keyboards, and his own voice utilized instead of brushes on canvas or cameras. The subject of Steve James’s (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) new feature documentary is celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert. He had been a fixture on TV screens for decades, discussing and debating current movies usually with Gene Siskel, so you may think that you know everything about good ole’ “Uncle Rog”. But though he left »

- Jim Batts

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Check Out The New Trailer And Poster For Starred Up

10 July 2014 2:05 PM, PDT

Watch the trailer for Tribeca Film’s Starred Up. The critically acclaimed film, directed by David Mackenzie and starring Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn, opens in Us theaters on August 29th and VOD on August 26th.

The film is a raw look inside prison life that features an authentic dialogue of UK prison slang from screenwriter Jonathan Asser.

Starring Jack O’Connell (star of the upcoming Unbroken), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) and Rupert Friend (“Homeland”), Starred Up focuses on 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, who is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father.

As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist, who runs an anger management group for prisoners.

Torn between gang politics, »

- Michelle McCue

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Reese Witherspoon Stars In First Trailer For Wild

10 July 2014 1:37 PM, PDT

On Wednesday, Fox Searchlight Pictures debuted the first poster for their upcoming film, Wild. Today the studio has released the first trailer for director Jean-Marc Vallée’s (Dallas Buyers Club) new movie. Check it out below.

Reminds me of 2007′s Into The Wild starring Emile Hirsch – another true story.

Wild is based on the bestselling memoir by Cheryl Strayed.

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision.

With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

Also starring Gaby Hoffman and Laura Dern, Wild opens in theaters on December 5.

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- Melissa Thompson

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Catherine Keener Enters A War Zone In Trailer For War Story

10 July 2014 12:39 PM, PDT

Opening in theaters and VOD July 30th, watch the trailer for War Story.

A battle-scarred photojournalist (Catherine Keener) risks her life to rescue a young refugee in this gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller. Sir Ben Kingsley also stars.

The film screened earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Todd McCarthy wrote the second feature from director Mark Jackson was, ” A compelling, beautifully filmed character study of a war zone photographer in personal turmoil..”

In her Sundance review, Kim Voynar (Movie City News) said, “War Story is cinematic storytelling at its finest.”

The post Catherine Keener Enters A War Zone In Trailer For War Story appeared first on We Are Movie Geeks.

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- Michelle McCue

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OneRepublic’s “Ordinary Human” Music Video From The Giver

10 July 2014 10:11 AM, PDT

See new footage from the highly anticipated film, The Giver, in OneRepublic’s “Ordinary Human” music video.

The haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past.

With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before.

The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, »

- Michelle McCue

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Trailer Hits For Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

10 July 2014 8:01 AM, PDT

“Never give up. No matter what.” – Louie Zamperini

From director and Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie, watch the first trailer for her upcoming film Unbroken. From this beautifully cut preview, the movie has all the makings of an Oscar champion – expect to see great things for Unbroken at next year’s Academy Awards.

Jolie directs and produces the epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. 

Sadly, Zamperini passed away on July 2 at age 97.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.

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- Michelle McCue

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Heroin Documentary A Short Life Screens Monday at The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

9 July 2014 8:25 PM, PDT

A Short Life screens Monday, July 14th at 5:00pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd.) as part of The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films with strong local ties. The various film programs that will screen at the Showcase range from full-length fiction features and documentaries to multi-film compilations of fiction and documentary shorts. Many programs include post-screening Q&As with filmmakers. Filmmakers of all ages within a 120 mile radius of St. Louis are strongly encouraged to submit their works, or at the very least attend the event to celebrate with us and the amazingly talented St. Louis filmmakers.

A Short Life is a documentary by Derek Phillips »

- Tom Stockman

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Almost Human – The Blu Review

9 July 2014 5:00 PM, PDT

Writer and director Joe BegosAlmost Human (2013) may draw influence from the oft-remade “Body Snatcher” genre of science-fiction, but where he strives to stand apart is by bringing the classic standard to the modern grindhouse horror audience. This is a gory, violent rendition of the concept of alien creatures taking over human bodies and controlling them from within like robots. While this approach has its niche market, I always contend that viewers should try and look past the gore and violence but still embrace it as they experience the film as a whole, then make judgments based on more than simply the visceral sights and sounds that may prove distasteful on their own.

Almost Human, not to be mistaken for the short-lives futuristic sci-fi television series that aired the same year, presents itself with a surprisingly low key, unassuming disposition of simplicity. The film avoids the more darkly comedic, or »

- Travis Keune

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Win A Family Four-Pack Of Tickets To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue

9 July 2014 3:14 PM, PDT

Wamg has your passes to take all your little peeps to see Disney’s Planes: Fire And Rescue!

The movie is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire.

When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. »

- Movie Geeks

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