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Tribeca 2014: About Alex Review

13 hours ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

  In the 1983 drama The Big Chill a group of estranged college friends converge on a country home in the wake of their friend Alex’s suicide and reflect on their pasts, futures, relationships, and evolving (or regressing) world views.  In 2014′s About Alex a group of estranged college friends converge on a country home in the wake of their friend Alex’s attempted suicide and reflect on their pasts, futures, relationships, and evolving (or regressing) world views.  If it appears as though About Alex is the millenial-inspired remake of The Big Chill, you’d be wrong.  There’s plenty of differences to dispel that notion, but there isn’t anything new to add either.

As per the usual milieu of this story type, the friends in question share an openly incestuous bond, with many of the characters having had some sort of romantic entanglement in one way or another.  Josh »

- Damen Norton

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Tribeca Review: 'About Alex' Starring Aubrey Plaza, Nate Parker, Jason Ritter And Max Greenfield

21 April 2014 2:35 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, whom 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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Tribeca: A Tale of Two Alex's in "About Alex" and "Alex in Venice"

21 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Our Tribeca coverage begins with Glenn on two similarly titled indies

Alex is in crisis in both About Alex and actor Chris Messina's directorial debut Alex in Venice. Both films are indie dramas about the complexities of modern relationships, though one is decidedly much better than the other. While both Alexes are broad-strokes comparable to similar films that have come before, Jesse Zwick’s About Alex has trouble feeling like anything more than a cheap imitation. Populated by a cast of predominantly TV actors (Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, and Jason Ritter as Alex) and featuring a lot of nonsensical moments and illogical characters traits that could easily be the result of the first time feature writer and director’s inexperience, About Alex just doesn’t congeal into anything substantial. It lacks the generational pull of its most direct cinematic cousins, like Lawrence Kasdan’s Oscar-nominated 1983 classic The Big Chill »

- Glenn Dunks

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‘About Alex’ Review: Call It ‘The Medium Chill’ For the Twitter Generation

18 April 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“You know what this is like? This is like one of those eighties movies.” Jesse Zwick’s About Alex makes no bones about its apparent pedigree – the first-time filmmaker clearly pulled from a host of eighties features, especially the similarly themed The Big Chill for his debut, but he’s added a nice little twist to his work: no one is actually dead here. Instead, the group of college friends that make up the cast of About Alex are brought back together because someone is almost dead. (This actually makes quite a difference.) Reunited due to the attempted suicide of their pal Alex (Jason Ritter), the erstwhile group assemble at his house in upstate New York to welcome home a recently discharged Alex, find out what went wrong, and learn some stuff about themselves (and each other!) as the film unfolds over an appropriate ninety-six minute runtime. But although the premise of the film is clearly a »

- Kate Erbland

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About Alex Movie Review

18 April 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: About Alex Director: Jesse Zwick Cast: Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Jason Ritter, Jane Levy, Max Minghella, and Nate Parker Tribeca Film Festival 2014 We are now at a point in history where the Millennial Generation (people born between 1982 and 2004) is nostalgic about their youth. When post-post-college careers have become mind numbing and dull that the only cure from responsibility is a road trip or a weekend getaway. The movie “About Alex” should be re-titled “The Small Chill” or “The Big Chill: Millennial Edition” because it shares the same narrative thrust as Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 film “The Big Chill,” only with one caveat: what if the  [ Read More ]

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- Rudie Obias

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Big Chill

16 April 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

A group of reunited college friends hear it through the grapevine in The Big Chill.

The 1983 comedy-drama The Big Chill focuses on a group of thirty-somethings who reunite for the funeral of one of their friends and end up spending a weekend together, reminiscing about their shared pasts as children of the sixties and confronting the uncertainty of their lives as adults of the eighties.

Poignant and warmly humorous in equal measure, this baby boomer milestone made a star of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat) and is perhaps the decade’s defining ensemble film, featuring memorable performances by Tom Berenger (Inception), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), William Hurt (Broadcast News), Kevin Kline (Queen to Play), Mary Kay Place (Being John Malkovich), Meg Tilly (Agnes of God), and JoBeth Williams (Timer).

Co-opted a zillion times over the »

- Laurence

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Criterion Announces July Titles Including Cronenberg's 'Scanners', 'Insomnia' and 'Big Chill'

16 April 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Criterion has announced their July 2014 titles and among them is one fans have been waiting a long time to see introduced, David Cronenberg's head-exploding sci-fi Scanners, set for a July 15 release. The set will include a newly restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by Cronenberg, "The Scanners Way" visual effects documentary, a new interview with Michael Ironside, a 2012 interview with actor and artist Stephen Lack, an excerpt from a 1981 interview with Cronenberg on the CBC's "The Bob McLean Show" and Cronenberg's first feature film, Stereo (1969). Also on July 15 comes Robert Bresson's 1959 classic Pickpocket, telling the story of Michel (Martin Lasalle), a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. Features include: New, 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt Introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader The Models of "Pickpocket," a »

- Brad Brevet

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David Cronenberg's 'Scanners,' 'The Big Chill' & Essential Jacques Demy Hit Criterion In July

16 April 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Summer is coming, and we know you want to be outside, but should the rains come or if you're stuck on a long car ride, Criterion has got you covered in July, announcing a new slate of titles. First up, David Cronenberg's "Scanners" gets the Criterion treatment, and it's coming packed with features. Not only does the film have a brand new transfer, the set comes with Cronenberg's first film "Stereo," a new documentary about the film's special effects, vintage interviews and more. It's enough to make your head explode. Next, Lawrence Kasdan's seminal, baby boomer drama "The Big Chill" joins the collection. With the film celebrating its 25th anniversary at Tiff last year, Criterion has wisely grabbed footage from that event and put it on the upcoming release that also includes a documentary about the making of the movie, and a whole new transfer for your eyes and ears. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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2014 Tribeca Film Festival Must-See Movies: 'About Alex,' 'Begin Again' And More

15 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The 13th Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday, April 16 with a lineup featuring over 50 world premieres and even more must-see films.

This year’s Tribeca line-up begins Wednesday, April 16 with a screening of Time Is Illmatic, a documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic. After the screening, Nas himself will perform songs from his legendary album.

Features Premiering At Tribeca

TV comedies collide in About Alex, which stars Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza and New Girl’s Max Greenfield – not to mention Jane Levy (Subergatory), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project, The Social Network), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Nate Parker and Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost). Written and directed by Jesse Zwick, this The Big Chill homage takes place during a weekend away, as old friends in their mi-twenties come together to help one in the group who is suicidal.

Another TV-star driven film premiering at Tribeca is Life Partners, starring »

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The Criterion Collection Announces Its July 2014 Titles

15 April 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The Criterion Collection has announced two new titles, two Blu-ray upgrades and a seven-film box set for release this July. Check out the new cover art along with a full list of extra features for each in the gallery viewer below! Debuting in the collection are David Cronenberg's Scanners and Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill as well as a set of Jacques Demy films that includes Lola , Bay of Angels , The Umbrellas of Cherbourg , The Young Girls of Rochefort , Un Chambre en Ville and Donkey Skin . Erik Skjoldbjærg's Insomnia and Robert Bresson's Pickpocket , meanwhile, are receiving HD upgrades. Special features for the new releases are listed as follows: Scanners - New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director David Cronenberg, with »

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Wamg At The Draft Day Press Conference With Kevin Costner

11 April 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In Draft Day, on the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Recently, Wamg sat down with Kevin Costner in a press conference where he spoke to members of the media about his new role in Draft Day, Field Of Dreams, and how affected he was by Rock Hudson in Giant. Check it out below!

There’s a line in the movie where you say, “What do you want?!” Is this a direct reference to Field Of Dreams where you at one point said, “What do you want? »

- Melissa Howland

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Watch: Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Special 'Dial H For Hitchcock'

8 April 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You'll want to make some time for this excellent "Siskel & Ebert" special from 1983, “Dial H for Hitchock,” in which the beloved and much-missed critical pair do their thing (after a few promos for their review of “The Big Chill”, for whatever reason). The show highlights an interesting bit of film history: it was made to coincide with the rerelease of several Hitchcocks in the early 80s–“Vertigo,” “Rear Window,” “Rope,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “The Trouble With Harry”–all of which had been hard to see in the U.S. for some years before 1983, Hitchcock himself having intentionally kept prints scarce to increase their value. “Vertigo” and “Rear Window”, of course, are two of Hitchcock's absolutely most influential film, so it's strange to imagine a time when many film fans wouldn't ever have seen them. This isn't just a Hitchcock hagiography though: the other three films aren't quite of the same legendary status, »

- Ben Brock

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Kevin Costner Talks Draft Day, His Career, What We Can Learn from the Movies, How Giant Influenced His Outlook on Life, and More

7 April 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Kevin Costner brings gravitas and believability to his role in Draft Day as Sonny Weaver Jr., the hard-pressed general manager of the Cleveland Browns who finds himself in what seems like a no-win position on the most important day of his life.  Facing pressure from all sides, he must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to stay in the game as the lines between his personal and professional life begin to blur.  Opening April 11th, the film directed by Ivan Reitman also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and Ellen Burstyn. At the film’s recent press day, Costner turned introspective as he looked back on his career, the films he’s made, and the movies like Giant that have inspired him.  He spoke about his conviction that Draft Day can become a new sports movie classic, how he lives off his intuition and passion, how his »

- Sheila Roberts

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Goodbye World's Two Story Tones Never Quite Mesh

1 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Goodbye World director Denis Hennelly has acknowledged the influence of Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill on his own film, in which old college chums gather at the largely self-contained mountain house of James (Adrian Grenier, sporting a beard that just looks so slappable) and Lily (Kerry Bishé, who can totally do better) on the eve of a "large-scale cyber attack" that collapses the nation's infrastructure.

The Big Chill is a fine model to work from, since any apocalypse movie worth its now valuable salt focuses more on the characters than the destruction, but Goodbye World's two story tones never quite mesh.

The soapy material is at odds with the largely distant catastrophe, which often feels too abstract to be a real threat; the comp »

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Jeff Goldblum's Reddit Ama is the most Jeff Goldblum thing ever

22 March 2014 10:05 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Jeff Goldblum is a national treasure, and the actor's recent Reddit Ama session is just further proof of that fact.

In support of his new films "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Le Weekend," the frequent "Portlandia" guest star opened the floor to a variety of questions on Thursday (March 20) -- touching on his seminal work in "Jurassic Park," whether he'd return to "The League" and his life's sandwich history.

And yes, every answer was written, uh, exactly as you'd expect Jeff Goldblum to verbalize it. It is, in a word, perfect.

Can you tell us something about yourself that we may find surprising?

Hahaha. Surprising. Hmmmm.

I've never had a cavity or a filling.

See? You're surprised.

What is your favorite dinosaur? I have you pegged for a stegosaurus man.

I'm no expert but since childhood I've had a fondness for the triceratops, because I read a kid's book about »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Tribeca announces Spotlight, Midnight

6 March 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tribeca Film Festival 2014 world premieres include Every Secret Thing, Miss Meadows and Zombeavers.

Spotlight features 31 films comprising 22 narratives and nine documentaries, of which 20 receive world premieres. The Midnight section will open with Preservation and includes the Efm buzz title Zombeavers.

Special Screenings include 6, a work-in-progress documentary by The Cove director Louie Psihoyos. The transmedia Storyscapes line-up returns for the second year. As previously announced, the festival will open on April 16 with the Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic and runs through April 27.

“Spotlight and Special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s programme, both in range of styles and stories,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal relationships at pivotal moments of transition. We look forward to sharing these engaging stories with audiences.”

“Whether they made us laugh, squirm, or plain scared the heck out of us, each of the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tff announces Spotlight, Midnight

6 March 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tribeca Film Festival 2014 world premieres include Every Secret Thing, Miss Meadows and Zombeavers.

Spotlight features 31 films comprising 22 narratives and nine documentaries, of which 20 receive world premieres. The Midnight section will open with Preservation and includes the Efm buzz title Zombeavers.

Special Screenings include 6, a work-in-progress documentary by The Cove director Louie Psihoyos. The transmedia Storyscapes line-up returns for the second year. As previously announced, the festival will open on April 16 with the Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic and runs through April 27.

“Spotlight and Special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s programme, both in range of styles and stories,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal relationships at pivotal moments of transition. We look forward to sharing these engaging stories with audiences.”

“Whether they made us laugh, squirm, or plain scared the heck out of us, each of the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards – Final Results – 2013 Films

2 March 2014 11:40 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards

Here are the results for the 12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.

Thank you to the 298 movie fans from across the nation voted in the awards this year.

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Best Blockbuster

8.29 Gravity

7.54 Frozen

7.43 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

7.17 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

6.91 Iron Man 3

6.5 Monsters University

6.16 Man Of Steel

6.14 Despicable Me 2

6.11 Fast & Furious 6

5.04 Oz The Great And Powerful

Funniest

7.97 The Wolf Of Wall Street

7.46 The World’S End

7.17 This Is The End

6.67 The Heat

6.66 We’Re The Millers

6.59 American Hustle

6.17 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues »

- Jeff Bayer

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From Hitchcock Leading Lady to the Producer of a Top Best Picture Contender: Full List of Presenters at the 2014 Academy Awards

24 February 2014 2:37 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among the Oscar 2014 presenters, you’ll find a number of past Oscar winners and nominees. With a couple of exceptions, not from the very distant past, mind you, as the overwhelming majority of presenters are performers working in »

- Steve Montgomery

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Kevin Costner Facts: 17 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the '3 Days to Kill' Star

21 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Kevin Costner is the "All-American Man" and the world loves him for it.

From "Dances with Wolves" to "The Untouchables" to "JFK," one simply needs to watch Costner's filmography to capture the essence of America and understand its past. Let's face it, the man stars in Westerns and baseball-related movies like he's contractually obligated.

It all started over 30 years ago, when Costner got his first break in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" and, while his part was eventually cut, the director didn't forget him. After getting cast in Kasdan's next project, "Silverado" -- a Western, of course -- the actor's career took off and helped make him the international talent he is today.

Even if you're familiar with Costner's work, there's still some mystery about the well-established actor. From his surreal encounter with Richard Burton to his musical endeavors, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Kevin Costner. »

- Jonny Black

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