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Directed by Jane Weinstock
Mental illness has long been a subject wrought with stigma and social taboos. Though even today those stigmas remains people are now more accepting of those troubled with emotional problems. The mission of psychiatric care mission is to learn why people think and behave the way they do. In the new drama The Moment, Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a woman who is struggling with a very personal and internal battle. While the performances in this film are above average, the film as a whole is severely lacking.
The Moment focuses on Lee (Leigh), a war photojournalist who has seen her fair share of horribleness. She has flashbacks and obsessive beliefs that she has a rash all over her body. When her boyfriend John (Martin Henderson) goes missing, she begins to feel as though she’s losing her grip on reality. »
- Randall Unger
It's been 30 years, but we all still remember the three rules: Don't expose them to bright light, don't get them wet, and never feed them after midnight.
"Gremlins," which opened on June 8, 1984, has been a pop culture mainstay ever since, playing often on TV, launching a number of careers, influencing countless other tongue-in-cheek horror movies, and even changing the way movies are rated.
Still, as familiar as you are with adorable Gizmo and demonic Stripe, there may be many things you don't know about "Gremlins" -- like the famous voices behind the gremlins, the in-jokes, and the film's role in the creation of the PG-13 rating. Read on for more secrets of the mogwai.
1. "Gremlins" marked the screenwriting debut of Chris Columbus, who would later go on to direct "Home Alone," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and the first two Harry Potter movies. He wrote the script as a calling card just to get noticed in Hollywood, »
- Gary Susman
June 2014. So what does the month of June usually remind one of during this time of year? Well, besides Father’s Day and possible scheduled weddings this sixth month in the calendar year marks the celebrated occasion for the ending of the school semester. Whether students are simply looking forward to their summer vacation or managed to complete a milestone in graduating from said grammar school, middle school, high school or college the month of June is closely identified with the school season coming to a close (unless one can escape the doldrums of a summer school session).
So to mark this auspicious occasion we should take a look at some random films with an educational theme. Hence, “Too Cool for School: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade” will briefly examine a selection of higher education ditties that taught us something (or perhaps nothing) during our heyday of cramming for tests. »
- Frank Ochieng
Throughout history various cultures have conducted rites of passage, initiating their younger members into the customs of their society, marking the transition between childhood, adolescence and adulthood. This transition often marks their full acceptance into a given group and is a clear turning point in their lives, from which point on it changes, often radically.
In modern times and particularly in Western cultures many of these formal ceremonies have fallen by the wayside – in their absence it is often up to the individual to figure out their own way in life, sometimes with school proms or fraternities marking a point of transition, and sometimes without any clear event to mark the occasion. Left to our own devices, the process can be a difficult time for anyone, as we struggle to redefine ourselves in the adult world and forge ourselves a new path in life.
Thankfully we were raised »
- Andrew Dilks
Eddie Murphy hasn’t put away his badge just yet.
Paramount has set a March 25, 2016 release date for Beverly Hills Cop 4. Here’s what we know: Murphy will reprise his detective role, with Jerry Bruckheimer back to produce, and Brett Ratner sitting in the director’s chair. The script is being written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who were also responsible for Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.
But if there’s going to be a fourth installment of this 1980′s series, we have a few burning questions, ranked in order of importance:
- Is Bronson Pinchot returning, and, if so, »
- Samantha Highfill
Somehow those khaki shorts and double-pocketed, button-down shirts Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst has been wearing for almost 15 years now just don’t get old. Rain or shine, Probst’s chiseled grin and call-it-as-it-is questioning continue to keep the series fresh and entertaining, as well as in top rankings. We recently put the Emmy winner in the hot seat to answer some of our standard 7 Questions. 1. You’re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones do you choose? Jeff Probst: Fast Times, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter 2. If your TV carried just … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
The 15 Greatest Stoner Movies Of All Time Whoa! Excellent! By Caroline Perkins This Sunday is a day when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ by forcing uncomfortably-attired children to pose for pictures next to old men dressed up like rabbits, compelling them to search the earth for tiny, stale balls of chocolate and feigning excitement when they find them in plain sight. It is also 4/20, a day when millions of potheads around the world will wake and bake, eat said chocolate, and then go back to sleep for the remainder of the day. From Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke to Fast Times At Ridgemont High, here is a retrospective of some of the greatest stoner films in our fair nation's history. 1. The Big Lebowski The Dude, His Dudeness, Duder, El Duderino, call him what you will. He is the true unemployed, robe-wearing middle aged, half-and-half [...] »
- Caroline Perkins
Undoubtedly one of the biggest -- and unique -- actors of his generation, Nicolas Cage got his start in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in a part so small if you blink you'd miss it. Then, after changing his name from Coppola to Cage, the actor's career took off and he's been a leading man ever since.
This week, Cage stars in David Gordon Green's "Joe," as a hot-tempered, but protective ex-con in a role that has critics raving about the actor's restrained performance. Whether or not you're a fan of the intense star, there's no denying he's a cinematic force to be reckoned with.
1. Born Nicolas Coppola, the actor chose Cage as his stage name to honor comic book superhero Luke Cage.
2. Inspired by Superman's birth name, »
- Moviefone Staff
International Women's Day, Bristol & London
Bristol's Translation/Transmission takes International women's day at face value with a documentary survey of women's activism around the world. The scope is equally diverse, from a 1970s deconstruction of Rapunzel to poet Audre Lorde's Berlin years. Each screening is accompanied by discussions and/or introductions. Taking a different tack, April's Birds Eye View film festival launches with a BFI screening of doc Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines, a celebration of female super-empowerment taking in the likes of Xena, Riot Grrrl and, of course, Lynda Carter.
Watershed, Sun to 30 Mar; BFI Southbank, SE1, Sat
Blending his visual virtuosity with a mystifying Scottish sci-fi story, Glazer's latest movie is beguilingly strange and highly anticipated. But the questions just »
- Steve Rose
Last night, for the first time in several months, Matthew McConaughey wasn't at home watching his favorite show on TV: HBO's True Detective, in which he stars as the brilliant but deeply troubled homicide cop Rustin "Rust" Cohle. "I'm doing what the public's doing," he says. "I received all eight episodes, but I said, 'You know what? I'm gonna check them out each Sunday night and then sit on each episode for a week.' I've found myself going back and watching each one of them about three times during »
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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Was it nearly two years ago that Ryan Lochte swam into our hearts, wearing a grill on the Olympic podium and making a valid case for why “jeah” should be added to the dictionary? Fear not, fans of charismatic and handsome athletes. We’ve found Lochte’s successor in snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg. Spoice!
The 20-year-old Park City, Utah native won the first U.S. Olympic gold in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding over the weekend, earning tons of early press and getting to mingle with American Olympic greats like Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi. As an underdog in the event Shaun White withdrew from early last week, even Sage was surprised he made it to the finals. Once there, the first time Olympian used a trick he had never tried before in his medal-winning run. This kind of easygoing attitude and resemblance to Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High »
- Emily Exton
Youth Runs Wild! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."Heckerling’s raucous 1982 high school comedy based on screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s book is a virtual template for the dozens of teen flicks produced in its wake. Co-starring longtime character actor Ray Walston as the strait-laced history teacher engaged in a one-sided war with Spicoli, the modern day Maynard G. Krebs (a reference that may fly over the heads of those under 50), the film served as a launching pad for a slew of young actors who went on to become some of the mainstays of the last few decades including Sean Penn as Spicoli, Nicolas Cage (billed as Nicolas Coppola), Forest Whittaker, Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Jason Leigh. »
- Trailers From Hell
His new movie, Last Vegas, is a geriatric take on the party town stag weekend. He talks about why he'll never return, Hollywood's obsession with youth, and playing Falstaff in a fat suit
Last year, Kevin Kline spent a fortnight in Las Vegas shooting his latest movie. It was his first trip to that infamous mecca of sex and excess. "And my last," proclaims the 66-year-old, voice rolling, theatrical. "Everyone looked so miserable. I would see these couples pushing babies in strollers through the casinos like zombies. It was horrible." He shakes his head, sorrowful.
"And I just couldn't bear the constant noise. I would step outside the hotel to get some fresh air and it would be 'boom, boom, boom'" – he does an impressive impression of pounding bassline – "disco music blaring on the kerb, by the pool, everywhere. That is not my idea of tranquillity."
This, I suspect, is more like it. »
- Jane Mulkerrins
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