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Exclusive Video Interview With The Cast Of About Alex

14 August 2014 9:28 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Taking its inspiration from The Big Chill, About Alex is a new ensemble drama from director Jesse Zwick that tells the story of a group of high school friends who reunite one weekend after one of them tries to commit suicide. A strong cast and some sharp writing from the first time filmmaker turn what could have been a melodramatic story into something that really resonates, thanks to the big, beating heart that’s at the centre of it.

Our very own Isaac Feldberg reviewed the film last week, and gave it 4/5 stars and saying:

It’s extremely easy to forgive an imperfect movie for its flaws when, like About Alex, it showcases a big, beating heart that is clearly in the right place.

Last week, I had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with the cast of the film while they were attending the La press day. »

- Lindsay Sperling

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack Is No. 1

13 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Get out your Dancing Baby Groot: the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is at the top of the Billboard 200 charts, with 109,000 copies sold last week, presumably thanks to its selection of throwback tracks. Turns out Peter Quill's Awesome Mix Vol.1 is just as good as promised. Will this be The Big Chill of our modern-day era? Get ready for so many weddings featuring "Hooked on a Feeling" and "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)." »

- Lindsey Weber

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Blu-ray Release: The Dogs of War

13 August 2014 6:12 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.99

Studio: Twilight Time

Christopher Walken goes to the gun--a helluvan gun--in The Dogs of War

The 1980 action-filled war thriller film The Dogs of War is based upon the 1974 novel of the same name by Frederick Forsyth.

Directed by John Irvin, the film stars Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths) and Tom Berenger (The Big Chill) as part of a small, international unit of mercenary soldiers privately hired to depose President Kimba of a fictional “Republic of Zangaro”, in Africa, so that a British tycoon can gain mining access to a huge platinum deposit.

The Dogs of War title is a phrase from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, which uses the line “Cry, ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war.” But we didn’t have to tell you that.

The Dogs of War release by Twilight Time represents the film’s Blu-ray debut!

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- Laurence

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Film Review: ‘About Alex’

8 August 2014 6:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A pleasant, not particularly inspired entry in that overstuffed subgenre of “Big Chill” knockoffs, “About Alex” stages a bittersweet reunion for six old college friends (plus one tag-along) after one of them attempts suicide. That the attempt proves unsuccessful is merely one example of debuting writer-director Jesse Zwick’s softer, gentler approach to exceedingly unoriginal material, and neither the script’s up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel. Still, it’s not without its mellow pleasures, including an above-average cast whose names should draw a few more eyeballs than usual to this likable-enough effort in VOD and limited theatrical circulation.

That the troubled young man who sets things in motion is named Alex — just like the deceased in “The Big Chill” — is one of several deliberate nods to Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 touchstone, itself a key inspiration for “thirtysomething,” the TV show created by Zwick’s father, »

- Justin Chang

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About Alex | Review

8 August 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Still the Chill: Zwick Assembles Fine Cast for Routine Exercise

Jesse Zwick, son of director Edward Zwick, has amassed a fine cast of young actors for a revamp of what will inevitably compared to Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill (1983), where a reunion of old friends transpires over the death (in this case, near death) of one of their old group members. While Kasdan’s film represents the pinnacle of this dramatic formula, there have been plenty of films since then that benefit greatly from its influence. A glossy, less dire example would be the more recent Channing Tatum headlined 10 Years (2011), while Guillaume Canet gets dibs for the best thing since Kasdan with his 2010 Little White Lies. With About Alex, Zwick has a written a smartly observed treatment to define the trials and travails of a new generation of quickly aging twentysomethings, a group of young adults already greatly at »

- Nicholas Bell

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In the War Zone: Trailer for Guantanamo-Set Drama Starring Stewart, Maadi

8 August 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Camp X-Ray’ trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo’s ‘war zone’ (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. "Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone," a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie trailer, set in Guantanamo’s temporary detention center Camp X-Ray. A "war zone" in more ways than one; he’s referring not only to the physical danger faced by the U.S. military guards (and their Muslim prisoners — or rather, "detainees"), but also, and more ominously, to a war of minds and mindsets between the two groups, who may have more in common with each other than is apparent on the surface. Private Amy Cole aka Kristen Stewart is forewarned: "You can talk to ‘em, but do not let these guys learn anything about you. Do not let them get inside your head. »

- Andre Soares

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Review: 'Big Chill'-Esque 'About Alex' Starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella And More

7 August 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Every generation needs a couple of reunion movies, and in “About Alex" we have another one. First-time writer-director Jesse Zwick doesn't so much swing for the fences as attempt to dribble a single down the baseline. This comedy-drama doesn't reach any untold heights, but with formula pictures like this, you can only hope the company is pleasant. With this cast, those meager expectations are reached. Jason Ritter is Alex, who we greet just as he's tweeting about his impending suicide attempt. News of his ultimately failed attempt circulates, from one phone call to another, before a troupe of handsome character actors find themselves sequestered in Alex's rustic cabin in the countryside. It's very much like “The Big Chill” in how these character represent a specific generation, willingly ready to discuss and dissect their own shortcomings. And then Alex returns home, and he's basically a ghost to these people, as they »

- Gabe Toro

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‘About Alex’ Review: An Intentionally Generation-Defining Drama That Doesn’t Dig Deep Enough

7 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If About Alex seems a little too much like an unofficial remake of The Big Chill, that’s the point. The drama centers around a group of estranged friends from college who are reunited at a country house when one of their schoolmates attempts suicide. It even opens with a scene involving a bath, followed by a montage introducing all the characters in their present grown-up worlds. And, of course, the guy who slits his wrists here is also named Alex. The main difference, though, is that he doesn’t die. The others aren’t in town for his funeral, therefore, but rather just to be with him for his recovery. Where the movie is similar to its 1983 inspiration and where it’s different is significant to what it says about today’s generation of post-grad people on the cusp of being thirty-something. The ensemble gathered for this Alex (Jason Ritter) includes types who parallel the characters »

- Christopher Campbell

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About Alex Review

7 August 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

“You know what this is like – this is like one of those ’80s movies.” No one could accuse writer-director Jesse Zwick of being absent-minded in putting together About Alex; this is one indie that wears its main inspiration - The Big Chill – on its sleeve, like a beloved accessory. Luckily, Zwick’s knack for naturalistic dialogue, coupled with his easily charming cast, is more than enough to make up for the film’s lack of originality. While it covers familiar ground, About Alex still feels decidedly comfortable and easy to slip into.

A big part of the movie’s relaxed charm is its cast, culled from some of network TV’s best and most zeitgeisty shows. With Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Max Greenfield (New Girl) and Jane Levy (the late, lamented Suburgatory) all in the cast, it’s almost tricky to view About Alex as its »

- Isaac Feldberg

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About Alex Review – Indie Effort Revisits The Big Chill

6 August 2014 8:43 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

About Alex Review

Writer/Director Jesse Zwick’s About Alex involves suicide and a group of friends hanging around a house, so there’s no way to avoid comparisons to The Big Chill, but I’m reminded far more of any number of indie films, especially 2010′s Helena from the Wedding, which doesn’t involve suicide, but focuses on a rather similar group of friends hanging around a house. On the other hand, most everything I would say in reviewing The Big Chill, I would also say about About Alex, and that’s a hell of an endorsement already.

Before even getting to the film, there’s a danger with this effort such that audiences may be prone to finding the cast the most interesting thing about it. The titular Alex is played by Jason Ritter, and his college friends who rally around him after he attempts suicide are: Aubrey Plaza, »

- Marc Eastman

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About Alex Mines Old Anxiety With New 30-Somethings

5 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill had much to say about the angst of losing touch with your younger self and the noble folly of trying to reclaim it. Since its release in 1983, the dramatic tropes of Kasdan's film — big, nostalgic musical cues and characters smoking pot and dancing goofily — have become as familiar as its central depiction of mid-30s malaise. All of those elements resurface in About Alex, a lightweight Big Chill reworked for today's young professional set, which proves too clumsy and self-conscious to live up to its weighty subject matter.

Zwick makes a few changes to the formula. The ensemble is whittled from eight to a slightly more manageable seven, though it's still cobbled from a hodgepodge of types, including a »

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New to Blu-ray: Noah, Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, The Big Chill Criterion Collection, and More

1 August 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the definitive, remastered Twin Peaks box set, a Biblical epic from Darren Aronofsky, a salsa dancing comedy, a new Criterion Collection addition with a killer soundtrack, a Werner Herzog box set, and more.  Briefly: Noah (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $17.99 (55% off) Cuban Fury [Blu-ray] - $19.78 (34% off) The Other Woman [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) The Big Chill (Blu-ray + DVD) - $27.59 (31% off) Herzog: The Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $149.99 (6% off) Marty [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (43% off)

The post New to Blu-ray: Noah, Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, The Big Chill Criterion Collection, and More appeared first on Collider. »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Big Chill Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

31 July 2014 8:10 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

In Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill a group of thirtysomethings are drawn together when Alex, one of their friends, commits suicide. Once idealistic college students of the late 1960s, the group has now become successful adults of the 1980s. Sam (Tom Berenger) is now an actor. Harold (Kevin Kline) owns a chain of shoe stores and his wife Sarah (Glenn Close) is a doctor. Karen (JoBeth Williams) is the wife of an ad executive, Meg (Mary Kay Place) is a lawyer, Michael (Jeff Goldblum) is a writer for People magazine and Nick (William Hurt) has found success...as a drug dealer.

Along with Alex's younger girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly), the group spends the weekend at Harold and Sarah's house. They wax nostalgic for the past, lament about the present and voice uncertainty about their future. They argue, joke around with one another, drink, get high, have sex (some of »

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The Big Chill (Criterion) Blu-ray Review

31 July 2014 8:10 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

In Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill a group of thirtysomethings are drawn together when Alex, one of their friends, commits suicide. Once idealistic college students of the late 1960s, the group has now become successful adults of the 1980s. Sam (Tom Berenger) is now an actor. Harold (Kevin Kline) owns a chain of shoe stores and his wife Sarah (Glenn Close) is a doctor. Karen (JoBeth Williams) is the wife of an ad executive, Meg (Mary Kay Place) is a lawyer, Michael (Jeff Goldblum) is a writer for People magazine and Nick (William Hurt) has found success…as a drug dealer.

Along with Alex’s younger girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly), the group spends the weekend at Harold and Sarah’s house. They wax nostalgic for the past, lament about the present and voice uncertainty about their future. They argue, joke around with one another, drink, get high, have sex »

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Snow White Prequel (Stupidly) Drops Snow White, Gets New Title and Release Date

31 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

‘The Huntsman’ release date announced as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ drops Snow White aka Kristen Stewart (photo: Chris Hemsworth in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has a new title, as the "sequel" to Rupert Sanders’ 2012 fantasy adventure Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled to arrive on screens in 2016 without Snow White — played by Kristen Stewart as an armor-clad Joan of Arc-ish heroine (minus the burning at the stake) in the original film. So, Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has now been renamed The Huntsman. Now, does it sound idiotic to drop Snow White from what was purportedly going to be a Snow White movie sequel? Well, it does — and that’s because it is. So, instead of calling Snow White and the Huntsman 2, or rather, The Huntsman, a "sequel," the film is now being referred to as a "spin-off" — or, to be more precise, »

- Zac Gille

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Snow White Spin-Off Gets New Title, Release Date - But (Stupidly) Lacks Snow White and Stewart

31 July 2014 3:59 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

‘The Huntsman’ release date announced as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ drops Snow White aka Kristen Stewart (photo: Chris Hemsworth in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has a new title, as the "sequel" to Rupert Sanders’ 2012 fantasy adventure Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled to arrive on screens in 2016 without Snow White — played by Kristen Stewart as an armor-clad Joan of Arc-ish heroine (minus the burning at the stake) in the original film. So, Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has now been renamed The Huntsman. Now, does it sound idiotic to drop Snow White from what was purportedly going to be a Snow White movie sequel? Well, it does — and that’s because it is. So, instead of calling Snow White and the Huntsman 2, or rather, The Huntsman, a "sequel," the film is now being referred to as a "spin-off" — or, to be more precise, »

- Zac Gille

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Daily | Ferrara, Herzog, Simon

31 July 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

One of the most anticipated films of the upcoming fall festival season is Abel Ferrara's Pasolini, featuring Willem Dafoe in the title role and focusing on the final days of the filmmaker and poet's life. Evan Louison talks with Ferrara for 1985. More interviews in today's roundup: Werner Herzog, John Waters, Isabelle Huppert, Jan Hrebejk and Robert Pattison. Plus Lena Dunham on Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill (1983), an excerpt from Glenn Kenny's new book on Robert De Niro, David Simon's next television series and remembrances of the legendary makeup artist Dick Smith. » - David Hudson »

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Noah,' 'The Other Woman,' 'Twin Peaks'

29 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery"

What's It About? David Lynch's two season TV series had viewers riveted to figure out who killed the beaming blonde homecoming queen Laura Palmer. And maybe, just maybe, some of us fell a little in love with Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), the curious FBI agent sent to investigate Laura's murder while enjoying many damn fine cups of coffee.

Why We're In: This ten-disc set comes with both seasons of "Twin Peaks," as well as the movie "Fire Walk With Me," plenty of featurettes, and deleted scenes (!!!!) from the beloved TV series. Not that we'll ever really know what happened in the strange little town of Twin Peaks, Wa.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Cuban Fury"

What's It About? Nick Frost ("The World's End," "Hot Fuzz," "Shaun of the Dead") stars as a down-and-out dude named »

- Jenni Miller

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'Noah', Herzog Collection, 'Big Chill' and 'Twin Peaks' On DVD and Blu-ray This Week

29 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Herzog: The Collection I've been reviewing Werner Herzog movies for the last 13 weeks or whatever it is and all in anticipation of this new 16-film collection from Shout Factory, which finally releases today and includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Land of Silence and Darkness, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Stroszek, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Ballad of the Little Soldier, Where the Green Ants Dream, Cobra Verde, Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and My Best Fiend. Of the bunch I can tell you flat out Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek, Nosferatu the Vampyre and Fitzcarraldo are great films and that's without the special features this set contains, which are: English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, »

- Brad Brevet

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‘The Den,’ ‘The Big Chill’ and ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ Are the Best Blu-ray/DVD Releases of the Week

29 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Den Liz (Melanie Papalia) has received a grant to study The Den, a popular online video-chat service (like ChatRoulette) that matches up strangers for conversations, interactions and dick pics. After being pranked a few times by bored kids she witnesses what she believes to be a real murder and calls the police. Nothing comes of it, but she’s thereafter harassed by a particular user capable of infiltrating and controlling her laptop. Soon her friends and family are targeted by the unknown assailant and Liz is forced into an online fight with real-world consequences. You have every right and reason to be leery. This horror flick is composed entirely of footage captured on webcams, cell phones, GoPros and more. Even less promising, the images are displayed as video windows on a computer screen. I »

- Rob Hunter

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