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Mad Men: The Final Season Part 1 Blu-Ray Review

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When AMC announced they were splitting the final season of Mad Men into two seven-episodes halves, similar to what had been done with Breaking Bad in its last two years, I could only roll my eyes in disdain. The splitting of cable drama seasons is often an annoyance, and while it can work out fine with some series – The Walking Dead and its enormous fanbase seem to have adjusted just fine to the strategy over the years, in part because they’ve being doing it since the second season – it feels especially cumbersome and unnecessary when imposed upon the final years of a long-running drama that has long-since established a workable format.

It’s easy to forget that Breaking Bad seriously struggled with the half-length season format in its 2012 episodes, given how utterly brilliant the final eight hours were in 2013, but where Vince Gilligan and company had so carefully cultivated »

- Jonathan R. Lack

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Exclusive Video Interview With Sam Rockwell On Laggies

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It is a shame that very few people know Sam Rockwell’s name. Most casual moviegoers are probably at least familiar with his face though, due to his scene-stealing turns in films as diverse as The Green Mile, Galaxy Quest, Iron Man 2 and Frost/Nixon. However, he also has a stellar resume of independent projects, including critically acclaimed turns in Moon, Conviction, The Way Way Back and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Rockwell is formidable at playing men with a sense of arrested development. (his turn as the buffoonish but tender Owen in The Way Way Back even got him some long-overdue Oscar buzz). That made him a prime choice to join the cast of Laggies, a new comedy-drama from director Lynn Shelton.

In the film, the actor plays Craig, a lawyer and hopeless romantic who falls for young, aimless, twenty-something Megan (Keira Knightley). Rockwell gives the role the »

- Jordan Adler

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6 Blood-Curdling Screen Screams

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It all begins with character. If we know a person, and we’re emotionally invested in their situation and their journey – whether those emotions are positive or negative ones – then we feel a connection. If we feel a connection, then a properly executed blood-curdling scream from that character will stay with us forever. It makes the hair on the back of our necks stand on end. It makes our collective breath catch in our throat. It twists in our guts like a giant, rusty-edged blade, and leaves a ringing in our ears. The power of this unearthly noise is such that it haunts us long after the end credits have ground to their inevitable halt.

There is one, single ingredient required from the performer to produce a great blood-curdling scream, and that is terror. The finest, most distressing film vocalizations come from that moment of crushing realization – that sudden and »

- WGTC Staff

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In Defense Of The Theatre

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These days, it is all too common for people to skip out on the experience of watching a film in theatres for the more comfortable and convenient vantage point of their couch. The ability to see the latest films from one’s television is more and more ubiquitous, made possible by the presence of various video-streaming services (as well as the rise of Redbox), the increasingly shorter time span between a film’s release and its availability on these services, and the understandable sticker shock that comes with buying a ticket to the movies, often leading people to ‘wait until it’s on DVD.’

These trends mean that fewer people are going to the movies frequently (only 13% of the American population goes at least once per month), but it doesn’t always mean that going to the movies is a waste of time or money. Film, first and foremost, is »

- Kyle Miskell

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Art Inspires Life: 7 Fantastic Films About Artists

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If cinema is itself art, then what better medium to really explore the lives of some of the greatest artists of our time? With cinematographers using their palette of light and shadow, and screenwriters drawing entire worlds with their fine-tipped words, they work together to depict these master painters, as they bestow upon the world some of the most important examples of skill and craftsmanship in history.

Writer-director Mike Leigh is the latest cinematic artist to tackle a biographical tale of a great master, with Mr. Turner heading for theatres soon (October 31st 2014 in the UK, December 19th in the Us). Exploring the life and times of Joseph Mallord William Turner – an especially prolific English romantic landscape painter working in the 1800s – the film premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where cinematographer Dick Pope won a special jury prize and lead actor Timothy Spall won Best Actor. Often referred to as “the painter of light, »

- Sarah Myles

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Review [Lff 2014]

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A vampire in a hijab is such a provocative image that I’m surprised it’s never been used before. This mashup of predatory, sexually charged vampire imagery and the hijab’s minimizing of a woman’s personality, body and mobility makes for a cracking incongruity that director Ana Lily Amirpour exploits to the max, turning a clumsy mass of heavy black cloth into her vampire antiheroine’s bat-wings.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in Bad City, located in a bizarre future Iran. The streets are largely devoid of life and the inhabitants all housebound drug addicts or walled-in rich. The camera pans around the empty city, casually showing us a river bed full of rotting corpses. What the hell has gone wrong in this world?

Our hero is Arash (Arash Marandi), a young landscape gardener with nothing to his name other than a cool car. »

- David James

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Sons Of Anarchy Review: “Greensleeves” (Season 7, Episode 7)

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“Greensleeves” was a bit of a reprieve from the growing body count that Sons of Anarchy has been throwing at viewers this season. Unfortunately, that didn’t keep the tragedies at bay. Even with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) attempting to come to a less bloody resolution for the conflict that he created with Marks (Billy Brown), there were too many variables at play to have predicted the outcome of tonight’s shocking final scene.

Let’s face it. Jax practically begged Marks to retaliate. He’s been stacking the odds against himself from the very beginning. Not only has he created a situation where everyone on the wrong side of the law was forced to choose a side, and even some wearing badges (it wasn’t surprising that Officer Eglee chose to remain on good terms with the club), but ultimately, it wasn’t between him and Lin. When all the chips fell, »

- Lindsay Sperling

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The Flash And Jane The Virgin Land Full Season Orders On The CW

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In what should come as news to no one, The CW has already given full-season orders to two of its freshman dramas: The Flash and Jane the Virgin. The network announced the news via Twitter this morning:

Just announced: full season orders for @CW_TheFlash and @CWJaneTheVirgin!

The CW PR (@TheCW_PR) October 21, 2014

That tweet was soon followed by a statement from CW president Mark Pedowitz, who praised both shows and stressed the network’s desire to for a broader audience:

“We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with The Flash launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and Jane The Virgin recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country.”

Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, »

- James Garcia

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Gifts Players With Three New Runes

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Monolith has released its first free add-on for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, offering players three rather helpful runes for no money at all. Known as the Power of Shadow pack, this gifted piece of Dlc will certainly be a great help for gamers who’ve yet to beat this challenging action-adventure game. However, those who would prefer to enjoy the base experience, without any additional perks, will likely want to pass altogether.

Honestly, I’m kind of glad that this add-on wasn’t available to me during my review process, because the included runes are far too cheat-like. That said, I likely wouldn’t have bothered to download them.

Anyways, as for the runes, there are three of them in this pack and they’re set-up as follows:

One With Nature – Immunity to poison attacks from Uruk captains

Ascendant – Double focus time for ranged combat

Elven Rage – Increased damage resistance, »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom Review [Lff 2014]

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Within the first ten minutes of The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom, you realize that you’re going to have to seriously recalibrate your cheese tolerance levels. An adaptation of a Chinese novel, the film quickly introduces an apparently endless parade of bearded, angry men in elaborate armour who smirk at the camera like 1950’s serial villains. The rest of the movie is devoted to a super-saccharine, vaseline-on-the-lens love story that comes with a strong whiff of Twilight.

Before I summarize the plot, I should confess that I didn’t understand most of it. The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom is a pretty well known story in China, being a smash hit novel first and having been adapted to cinema multiple times. So, Jacob Cheung’s film assumes you’re going to know who’s who before it even begins, a tactic that might save on exposition for »

- David James

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Details Three Of Its Badass Allies

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The Dragon Age games have never been easy, and it looks like the series’ third instalment will be more of the same. This means that, in order to counteract Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s presumed difficulty, players will need to be smart about how they approach battles and who they take with them. Allies will once again be of utmost importance, and will certainly be the key to many victories, not to mention some unfortunate defeats.

A new trailer for Inquisition hit the Internet today, detailing available player classes and three of the large RPG’s nine followers. What starts with a brute force bang transitions to ranged warfare, before moving to elemental means. Overall, it’s a great look at the game, which will surely make fans drool on their keyboards.

Out of this particular trio — which includes Bull the fearsome bandit, whose crushing strikes look to be unparalleled, Sarah »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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The Conjuring Director James Wan To Helm A DC Comics Movie?

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Earlier today, it was announced that The Conjuring director James Wan had officially signed on for the horror film’s sequel, which was recently delayed and is now slated for release in 2016. However, buried in that news story was a little hint pointing toward another project on Wan’s slate: A DC Comics film.

Wan’s Conjuring 2 directing gig comes with a nice producing deal at New Line Cinema, but Warner Brothers is interested in keeping him behind the camera for as long as possible. They see him as “an emerging major filmmaker” and they hope he will grow in that capacity on their lot. So, what better way to keep Wan around for a bit longer than hand him the reins to one of the recently-announced high profile comic book films slated for release between 2016 and 2020?

The director will reportedly “make an important movie for New Line and Warner Bros or DC. »

- James Garcia

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Ori And The Blind Forest Continues To Impress In Latest Gameplay Clip

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Since being unveiled back at E3 2014, Ori and the Blind Forest has been near the top of most Xbox One owner’s most anticipated lists. Though we’re still waiting patiently for an official release date reveal, Mashable has debuted a stunning new gameplay clip which you can check out above.

In Ori and the Blind Forest, players step into the shoes of the titular guardian spirit as he searches for his mother, who has been kidnapped by an evil entity. Joining Ori on his quest is Sein, a tiny sprite who can attack for our hero. During their quest, both characters can be further upgraded with an assortment of different and unique abilities.

Besides its gorgeous graphics, the thing that has people most hyped about Ori is the Metroidvania inspired gameplay. If you are somehow unfamiliar with this genre, the basic gist of it is that it centers around 2D platforming and exploration. »

- Eric Hall

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4 Things You Need To Know About The 100 Before You Watch Season 2

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The 100 may have been the last series that The CW rolled out this past Spring, but that doesn’t mean it finished short by any means. The show quickly became “must-see TV,” earning itself a solid following and a quick renewal. But, with only 13-episodes making up its first season, the writers moved hastily through the central story arc, covering a lot of ground between beginning and end.

Although Creator/Executive Producer Jason Rothenberg and his team proved themselves with less, the network has given them an additional 3 episodes this season to work their magic – starting with freeing Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and most of the remaining 100 from the Mountain Men, and reuniting them with their scattered friends.

Season two is gearing up to to be even more intense than what we’ve already seen (if that’s possible), and we simply cannot wait for it. If you didn’t tune in last season, »

- Lindsay Sperling

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These Final Hours Review

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The world is going to end in 12 hours. Balls of fire have descended from the sky to turn the ocean into a pool of rumbling, quickly spreading magma, and the heat has already evaporated all life on many coastlines. In Perth, Australia, the clock is ticking – for those who have not already evaded the apocalypse by taking their own lives.

Bleak and blisteringly intense, These Final Hours is an end-of-the-world title from Australia that manages to give a few jolts, despite the overwhelming familiarity of this countdown to doomsday scenario. Titles like Last Night and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World explored how people choose to spend their final moments, while the ravaged roads in The Book of Eli and The Rover lead to a despairing version of a place where life has already gone to the dogs. Despite a familiar template, this is a taut, tense »

- Jordan Adler

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Reliving A Dangerous Game: Remembering The Saw Franchise’s Best Traps

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Can you believe it’s already been ten years since James Wan kickstarted one of the most successful horror franchises in genre history? While the Saw movies have gone on to rake in millions and millions of festive Halloween dollars, manned by numerous writer/director teams, it all started when Wan and his creative cohort Leigh Whannell created a horror movie with a better twist than M. Night Shyamalan has ever achieved. After blowing horror audiences away, Lionsgate Entertainment and Twisted Pictures realized the moneymaking potential behind future Saw movies, resulting in an October movie-going ritual that saw seven franchise films in total.

Looking back on the Saw franchise as a whole, it’s quite astounding to see how Jigsaw’s traps evolved over time. Starting in such a simple manner with some crudely thrown together torture devices, each Saw movie introduces bigger and badder traps with working mechanical parts and more menacing scales. »

- Matt Donato

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Talking To The Cast Of Hannibal At PaleyFest 2014

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One of TV’s most underrated shows has finally begun to generate some of the attention it deserves in the form of fervent critical acclaim and a devoted cult fanbase. I’m of course talking about NBC’s Hannibal. While the show’s basic premise is inspired by Thomas Harris’ novel, Red Dragon, series creator Brian Fuller has carved out (no pun intended) a unique psychological thriller that is visually stunning, despite its nightmarish tone.

Hugh Dancy stars as Will Graham, a special investigator for the FBI whose vivid (and often burdensome) imagination allows him to understand the mindset of killers. Along with Special Agent Jack Crawford (Lawrence Fishburne), the two seek the assistance of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) to investigate a series of puzzling crimes. Of course, they have no idea that Hannibal is himself a serial killer.

This past weekend, the cast of the show attended the »

- Justine Browning

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Nursing Comedy No Angels Is Yet Another British Show Getting An American Remake

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The sheer volume of British television shows that receive the U.S. reboot treatment continues to baffle me, mainly because the majority are often massive flops. Much like the recent Guardians Of The Galaxy Chinese subtitle issue, wherein the nuanced comedy was lost in translation, a similar fate often befalls British shows headed across the pond. Still, we can hold out hope that ABC Studios and Amblin TV won’t make a complete balls-up of No Angels.

The dramedy is being spearheaded by producer Julie Anne Robinson (Suburgatory), who is no stranger to the naughty antics of those Northern nurses. Robinson directed two episodes of the original series, which followed four nurses who work and live together. It began airing in 2004 and ran for two seasons, which wasn’t nearly enough in my opinion.

No Angels managed to perfectly blend the silly, funny and true-to-life aspects of the nurses’ daily lives, »

- Gem Seddon

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Kim Basinger Joins Shane Black’s Noir Thriller The Nice Guys

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Could Kim Basinger be gearing up to bag another Oscar? Possibly so, as we’ve just learned via THR that the actress has signed on to appear in Warner Bros.’ period noir, The Nice Guys.

Co-written and directed by Shane Black and set in 1970’s Los Angeles, the movie has acquired a tasty cast line-up that continues to sizzle with each new announcement. So far, we know that Ryan Gosling is on board to play Holland March, a socially-inept L.A. private detective who befriends Russell Crowe’s musclebound goon. Why do they hook up? Does it matter? After all, this is Shane Black, who could make a fast-paced, dialogue-rich movie out of a discarded shopping list. But alright, for those who want to know, the pair join forces to solve the mystery of a missing girl and the death of a porn star.

Basinger’s appearance will of course »

- Gem Seddon

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Launch Trailer For Sunset Overdrive Ushers In The Awesomepocalypse

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With little over a week until its release, Insomniac Games has unveiled the bombastic, no-holds-barred launch trailer for Sunset Overdrive.

The Xbox One exclusive is due to arrive on October 28th, and is one of the key titles for Microsoft going into the holiday season. Taking place within an idiosyncratic and unusually colourful post-apocalyptic landscape, Insomniac’s latest shooter pits players against the villainous Od’d — humans that have succumbed to an uncontrollable virus that turns them into hulking, mutated beasts.

What gives Sunset Overdrive its unique selling point is the game’s emphasis on traversal, with every nook and cranny of Sunset City — the title’s fictional setting — designed in a way that encourages players to parkour around the urban environment kicking seven shades of orange out of the Od’d as you go.

From the trailer, we can gather that Insomniac’s open-world title also offers up a tonne of customization options, »

- Michael Briers

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