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Vacation (2015) – The Review

3 hours ago

Oh, can ya’ hear it? That infectious, steady beat emanating from your local multiplex’s state of the art speakers? Is that Lindsay Buckingham imploring you to join him and cruise down the “Holiday Road”? Why of course it is! It’s time again to load up and head out on another Vacation! Oh, but hold up, this isn’t just another excursion, we’re about to switch lanes and take a different route, via the “sequel/reboot highway”. First, lets; a take a glance at our rearview mirror. In the late seventies, the National Lampoon magazine (the counter-culture’s humor monthly of choice) ran a terrific prose article called “Vacation 58″ written by freelancer John Hughes (yes, the future “Brat Pack” patron saint). Jump to 1978 when the mag exploded into movie houses with the smash National Lampoon’S Animal House. The studios desperately wanted more hit flicks from Nl. Unfortunately »

- Jim Batts

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Watch The First Trailer For Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Bengazi

12 hours ago

2013 saw the release of Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, the true story of Seal Team 10 and the failed United States Navy SEALs counter-insurgent mission “Operation Red Wings.” Based on Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson’s book, the film received two Oscar nominations for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, received positive reviews and went onto a $149 million box office gross worldwide.

In 2014, Clint Eastwood brought to the screen American Sniper, based on the memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (2012) by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The film became a box office success (worldwide $547 million), was embraced by moviegoers, received great reviews and went onto garner six Academy Awards nominations.

Now comes Paramount Pictures’ 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Bengazi. The devastatingly haunting first trailer for director Michael Bay’s upcoming film stars Pablo Schreiber, John Krasinski, »

- Michelle McCue

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Jonathan Levine’s The Night Before Red Band Trailer Stars Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie And Joseph Gordon-Levitt

20 hours ago

From Jonathan Levine, the acclaimed director of 50/50, comes the new Nsfw trailer and poster for The Night Before.

Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity.

Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

The two funniest moments from the trailer without a doubt: re-enacting the scene from Big and the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Miley Cyrus singing “Wrecking Ball.” Hilarious stuff!

Also starring Lizzy CaplanJillian BellMindy Kaling and Michael Shannon, The Night Before opens November 25, 2015.




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(L-r) Writer Evan Goldberg, actors Anthony Mackie, »

- Michelle McCue

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New Trumbo Photos Feature Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren and Diane Lane

21 hours ago

Bleecker Street has sent us these two new photos from director Jay Roach’s highly anticipates Trumbo featuring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren and Diane Lane.

It was announced today that the film will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation.

The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Featuring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Alan Tudyk, and Michael Stuhlbarg, Trumbo opens in theatres on November 6, 2015.

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- Michelle McCue

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Meghan Trainor Recording Original Song For The Peanuts Movie

21 hours ago

Grammy-nominee, Meghan Trainor, announced today she is recording an original song for The Peanuts Movie.

To celebrate the occasion, Meghan’s fans can check out her social sites for a Peanuts-inspired image of the pop star in true-to-style round headed glory.

According to Lucy van Pelt, the song, “Better When I’m Dancin’,” promises to knock your block off. Music enthusiasts Snoopy and Woodstock could not be reached for comment, but did release this statement, “’/’’!’”/’/’!/’!’” The Peanuts own virtuoso Schroeder added, “Please don’t touch my piano.”

Meghan Trainor commented: “I was thrilled to be offered the chance to see an early version of The Peanuts Movie – and to then be inspired to write a song that captured the film’s spirit, energy and sense of joy. It was a pleasure to work with director Steve Martino to make sure the song did right by the incredible characters that the »

- Michelle McCue

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Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Southpaw With Wamg

23 hours ago

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriters Kurt Sutter and Richard WenkSouthpaw tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Recently, Wamg sat down with star Jake Gyllenhaal in a small roundtable discussion. Check out some of the highlights below!

Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle.  When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he »

- Melissa Howland

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Easy Rider Screens on 16mm August 3rd at Schlafly Bottleworks

28 July 2015 9:20 AM, PDT

“You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.”

Easy Rider screens in 16mm at 7:30pm Monday August 3rd at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood

Easy Rider (1969) is much more than a 60s relic – it’s still a great movie even today. I find it fascinating that Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda took Roger Corman material and gave it an European- influenced arthouse approach. Combined with breathtaking visuals, a well-chosen rock soundtrack and some classic, stoned, improvised dialogue Easy Rider is still an impressive movie all these years later. Fonda had recently made The Wild Angels, Hopper the less remembered The Glory Stompers, and Jack Nicholson Hells Angels On Wheels, but Easy Rider reinvented the biker movie (or technically created a new subgenre: the “hippy” Biker Film), and things were never quite the same in Hollywood for the rest of the Seventies. »

- Tom Stockman

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This Week’s Wamg Podcast – Woody Allen, Pixels, Vacation, and More!

28 July 2015 12:23 AM, PDT

This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s  Jim Batts, Dane Marti and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review Pixels, Irrational Man, Paper Town, and Vacation. We’ll also discuss at length the career and films of Woody Allen.  We Are Movie Geeks The Show is a weekly podcast and we will soon be 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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Trailer and Poster for Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine

27 July 2015 3:30 PM, PDT

In his signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, shrouded in shadows below a milky apple, Steve Jobs’ image was ubiquitous. But who was the man on the stage? What accounted for the grief of so many across the world when he died?

From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine is a critical examination of Jobs who was at once revered as an iconoclastic genius and a barbed-tongued tyrant.

It was announced today that director Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs film will screen for audiences on October 3 at the New York Film Festival. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the film has been chosen as the Centerpiece for the 53rd Nyff. (trailer) Steve Jobs opens in theaters on October 9 and is thought by some to be an Oscar season contender.

A candid look at Jobs’ legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life, »

- Michelle McCue

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Peter Bogdanovich’s She’S Funny That Way Gets A New Release Date – August 21

27 July 2015 1:35 PM, PDT

She’S Funny That Way, the latest film from award-winning director Peter Bogdanovich, will now hit theaters and VOD on August 21, 2015. The Broadway-set screwball comedy stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, and Will Forte.

Check out the latest clip.

When established director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) casts his call girl-turned-actress Izzy (Imogen Poots) in a new play to star alongside his wife (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex-lover (Rhys Ifans), a zany love tangle forms with hilarious twists.

Jennifer Aniston plays Izzy’s therapist Jane, who is consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold’s playwright Joshua (Will Forte), who is also developing a crush on Izzy.

She’S Funny That Way will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and On Demand on August 21st.


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- Michelle McCue

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Win A Vacation Movie Prizepack

27 July 2015 11:40 AM, PDT

To celebrate the release of Vacation on July 29th, Wamg has a cool prizepack to give away to one lucky reader.

Enter for a chance to win:

1 CD Soundtrack

1 Walley World T-shirt

1 Walley World Air freshener

2 Beer koozies

The next generation of Griswolds is at it again. New Line Cinema’s Vacation, starring Ed Helms (“The Hangover” films) and Christina Applegate (the “Anchorman” films), takes the family on the road for another ill-fated adventure. The film marks Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s directorial debut.

Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.

Add Your Name And Email In Our Comments Section Below.

1. Must have a U.S. mailing address.

2. No purchase necessary.

We will contact the winner by email. »

- Movie Geeks

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Ricki And The Flash In St. Louis

27 July 2015 4:28 AM, PDT

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Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in Ricki And The Flash.

In an original and electrifying film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family.

Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki’s ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline’s new wife.

Ricki And The Flash opens in theaters on August 7, 2015.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for »

- Movie Geeks

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The Room with Tommy Wiseau in Person Midnights This Weekend at the Tivoli

26 July 2015 8:30 PM, PDT

“I got the results of the test back – I definitely have breast cancer!”

The Room  screens Midnights This Weekend at the Tivoli – with Tommy Wiseau in Person! – as part of the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight Series. All seats $15.00, no passes.

There will be thousands of plastic spoons flying through the air in the Tivoli’s main screen this weekend. Grown men in tuxedoes will be throwing footballs three feet away from each other in the Tivoli’s lobby. What’s going on and who will that strange man with the sunglasses, odd accent and black stringy hair be that everyone will be crowded around?

Forget Ant-Man! The wait is almost over. The St. Louis movie event of the summer is this weekend! Our city is bracing itself for the arrival of the one and only Tommy Wiseau! St. Louis-area fans of The Room will have the opportunity to meet the film’s talented, »

- Tom Stockman

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