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If 2012 is the end of the world, that's all right with me. Hollywood has overstocked the Mayan calendar's final year with so many potentially amazing movies that trying to cut it down to a top ten was virtually impossible. How could movies like The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave or Lincoln not be on this list? Ten then became twenty, which was more satisfying but there were still a few major films lingering. So, while I could have easily done 30, here are my ten most anticipated films with a bloated honorable mention list. Is your most anticipated on the list? Here are my honorable mention anticipated films of 2012, from least to most anticipated: John Carter, This is 40, World War Z, Gangster Squad, Wreck-It Ralph, Lincoln, The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave, American Reunion, Looper And now the top 10, complete with photos and brief descriptions. 10. Les Miserables - While I have a feeling this musical »
- Germain Lussier
Let’s face it. We can’t hide it. We all have those movies that we like that others would shun. These are guilty pleasures: the ones that aren’t that great but we love for some reason or another. Here are mine. Be sure to list yours in the comments, if you’d like.
Last Action Hero (1993)
Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Here’s the thing: I will defend this movie’s concept till Doomsday. A movie about a kid with a magic ticket that gets pulled into an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie? Genius concept. Yes, the kid is annoying. Yes, the movie doesn’t reach the heights of a McTiernan/Black team-up as well as one might think. It’s interesting to note that McTiernan isn’t working as much »
- Zack Parks
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What I liked first about The Truman Show when I went to see it in 1998 was knowing so little about it in advance. Had I been sheltered somehow? Or in those days was it possible to come upon a movie like a novice, or a stranger from a remote part of the world? Imagine even if it had been the first film you saw: it might have explained the entire medium!
Against that, once I started watching the picture, I said to myself: "Oh, yes, I know this. I know what this is going to be." I don't mean I had thought of the idea myself, or could have done it, »
- David Thomson
I. On Videogames
Why do we play videogames? For some people, the answer is easy. We know why the average smartphone user plays Angry Birds: To pass the time between subway stops, or to make dinner with the in-laws less painful, or because they’re bored in a doctor’s office. (Remember when you were a kid, and your parents took you to see a pediatrician, and all the kids in the waiting room were playing with that weird magical wooden play cube, with the geometric blocks you could push back and forth on a roller coaster wire? Angry Birds »
- Darren Franich
Once Upon A Time is taking Sunday nights by storm - read my ode to the cast Here - so how could we not dive right into a Round Table discussion about our new favorite obsession?
In our first Ouat forum, writers Christine Orlando, Dan Forcella, Nick McHatton and Jeffrey Kirkpatrick tackle the events from the latest Cinderella-centric episode, "The Price of Gold," as well as ponder theories and the general direction of the series.
How do you feel about the license being taken with major fairy tale moments, such as how Rumplestiltskin eliminated Cinderella's fairy godmother?
Nick: Obviously, a lot of things need to be tweaked and changed to give cohesion to the story, and as long as it's being done it a way that doesn't dishonor the source material I'm okay with that. While it's unfortunate Cinderella's fairy godmother is no more, it did allow Cinderella to take »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeffrey Kirkpatrick)
Yesterday, we brought you the news of Jake Abel being in talks to join the cast of the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s first adult novel published, The Host as one of the two male leads opposite Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones).
Now, Deadline reports that Max Irons (Vivaldi, Red Riding Hood) will be cast as the other male lead – for the role of Jake. Irons beat out other actors including Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Vengeance) for the role in the film that Andrew Niccol (In Time, The Truman Show) has written and will direct.
“The Host” is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Jake Abel is no stranger to roles in movies adapted from Ya books and now it looks like he might be adding another one to his resume as he becomes frontrunner for a lead role in Stephenie Meyer’s The Host.
Abel, who has appeared in The Lovely Bones, I Am Number Four and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, apparently has the look that fits the Ya genre because book-to-movie adaptations seem to be becoming his niche. The trend continues as Deadline brings word that negotiations should begin soon for Abel to appear in The Host as Ian, a tough guy that hands out harsh treatment to Wanderer, an alien that’s possessing an Earth woman named Melanie. Eventually, Ian overcomes his thuggish tendencies and becomes attracted to Wanderer.
- Marty Shaw
"At first I was a bit surprised by the tearjerker ending of Jeff Who Lives at Home, mainly because it seemed like such a blatantly Hollywoodesque attempt to tug at the audience’s heartstrings. But as time passed, it dawned on me that Jeff Who Lives at Home is essentially commenting on the concept of writers and directors playing god, albeit with significantly more subtlety than The Truman Show and Stranger Than Fiction. As the Duplass brothers toy with Jeff, they simultaneously play with the viewers’ emotions, thus reminding us of the highly manipulative powers of filmmakers." -Don Simpson Be sure to check out our interview below with Jay and Mark Duplass in support of their upcoming film Jeff Who Lives at Home, from the 2011 Austin Film Festival in Austin, Texas: »
- Dave Campbell
The 1981 Nobel prize-winner Elias Canetti once wrote a play called Their Days Are Numbered, in which people are named after the year in which they're doomed to die. He couldn't think of anything to add after the first short act. The same is the case with this high-concept sci-fi thriller by the author of The Truman Show. In a dystopian Los Angeles nobody ages after they're 25, money has been replaced by time, only the rich become immortal, people pay by the minute, steal hours off one another, and the world is policed by timekeepers. The endless chases on foot and by car are unsuccessful attempts to prevent the audience thinking about the plot.
Justin TimberlakeCillian MurphyScience fiction and fantasyPhilip French
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- Philip French
Director: Andrew Niccol
Running time: 109 minutes
Synopsis: In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality.
In Time director and writer Andrew Niccol has given us some unique cinema in his career including the cautionary, futuristic Gattaca and The Truman Show that questioned life and the western world’s ravenous thirst for celebrity culture.
In Time places us in a world where the aging gene has been altered. Borrowed from an idea from Logan’S Run, everyone lives to 25 but when you reach that age, a countdown begins that’s embedded in your lower arm and then you have one year left before you die. With In Time, »
- Dan Bullock
Andrew Niccol’s debut feature as writer/director was 1997's clinical, Huxley-esque Gattaca, which he then immediately followed with scribe duties on the rightly revered The Truman Show. These two sleeper-classics, as well as story work on The Terminal and a further writer/director credit on underrated Nicolas Cage vehicle Lord Of War, mark Niccol out as one of the most consistently interesting filmmakers working today.
In Time, Niccol's latest project as both writer and director, ostensibly sees him return to an area closer to that of Gattaca. Another examination of human nature when faced with the inexorable march of scientific progress, In Time eschews many of that former film’s more stoic elements, instead aiming for a more scattergun, blockbuster approach.
Niccol presents a future where time, not money, is currency. »
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Andrew Niccol has written at least two films with a frightening level of prescience pertaining to our modern world; The Truman Show pipped to the post – and perhaps even inspired – our fascination with surveilling the mundanities of others in reality TV shows like Big Brother, whereas Gattaca voiced frightening concerns about genetic modification which are today becoming a very real possibility. His latest, In Time, a far sillier effort than his previous works, strays away from any sort of incisive commentary, and though it feels disappointingly malnourishing as a result, there’s probably just about enough here for rabid sci-fi fans to still get a fair kick out of it.
Quite obviously inspired by the classic Logan’s Run, this film transpires in a time in which aging has essentially been halted, and once a human reaches the age of 25, they stop developing, retaining that appearance »
- Shaun Munro
Gattaca and The Truman Show -- two of the most powerful, most profound science fiction movies ever -- have trained me to think of a new film from Andrew Niccol (writer and director on the former, writer on the latter) as something of an Event. I’ve tried to forget that his Simone was less than fully satisfying... but now that In Time disappoints, too, I’m starting to worry that Niccol has said all he has to say. In Time diverts, if temporarily, with its so of-the-moment anger -- we could call it Occupy Time. And that’s probably how it will mostly be remembered: as a marker of a shift in the culture. This is the moment when the second decade of the 21st century truly began, we may look back and realize, with a populist rage at way-out-of-whack inequality finally boiling over... and Niccol, as screenwriter and director here, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Dreamworks Animation’s Puss in Boots was poised to have a killer weekend, but Snowtober had other plans. The 3D Shrek spinoff still claimed the top spot with an estimated $34 million, but a freak snowstorm in the Northeast and Halloween weekend led to this weekend being fairly soft overall. Despite the slow-goings, Puss still managed to earn the record opening for a Halloween weekend, narrowly beating out 2006’s Saw III which took in $33.6 million. The sci-fi actioner In Time opened to an as expected $12 million, while the weekend’s other wide release The Rum Diary made a mere $5 million. Hit the jump for more. Title Weekend Total 1 Puss in Boots $34,000,000 $34,000,000 2 Paranormal Activity 3 $18,500,000 $81,300,000 3 In Time $12,000,000 $12,000,000 4 Footloose $5,400,000 $38,400,000 5 The Rum Diary $5,000,000 $5,000,000 Puss in Boots performed way short of its cousin predecessor, Shrek the Fourth, which opened to over $70 million last year. It’s not really fair to compare the two, as Shrek »
- Adam Chitwood
Chicago – Andrew Niccol has delivered complex, daring science fiction before, most notably in his scripts for “The Truman Show” and “Gattaca.” Sadly, “In Time” will never be mentioned in the same breath with those films. This is a one-idea film and that one idea is poorly executed. With some of the cheesiest, surface-level dialogue of the year, a complete lack of chemistry between the leads, and some of the choppiest action editing of the year, “In Time” is a near disaster.
Nearly every scene, line, and theme in “In Time” is based on the same relatively clever (but also kinda goofy) concept of a world in which time is literally money. It’s a good idea for the foundation of a sci-fi script but nothing is built on it. We are genetically engineered to have one year to live after we turn twenty-five. And we have a ticking clock »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Justin Timberlake's sci-fi thriller has audiences and critics divided.
By Kara Warner
Photo: 20th Century Fox
What do you get when you mix a futuristic, time-as-money/life-or-death premise; a cast of pretty young things, including Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Matt Bomer and Cillian Murphy; plus the sound sci-fi sensibilities of writer/director Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca," "The Truman Show") and appropriately stylized cinematography by Roger Deakins ("True Grit," "The Reader")? "In Time" is what, a complex, visually appealing sci-fi thriller that has audiences and critics somewhat divided. (The critical collective over at Rotten Tomatoes is at 36 percent rotten, while its audience rating sits at 76 percent fresh.)
Take a few moments to check out the film's ticking points, if you will, as we sift through the "In Time" reviews!
"The premise builds on the notion that time is money. In the movie's dystopian future, »
Writer and sometimes-director Andrew Niccol fixates on the future and doesn’t offer a sunny outlook, whether it’s in Gattaca, The Truman Show, or S1m0ne. It should come as no surprise, then, that In Time is yet another trip into the dystopian world of tomorrow, where lifespan has replaced money as the commodity of choice, and people stop aging when they reach 25. If they’re lucky—or well-off—they can earn or exchange days, weeks, months, and even years, thereby extending their time on earth.
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Summary: Watch with your heart, not your head, and you'll have an absolute blast.
In Time is the brainchild of writer/director Andrew Niccol—and somehow, calling it a “brainchild” just feels right. At various points along its narrative arc, In Time wants to grab you by the heartstrings or the gonads, but it never once loosens its early grip on your cerebrum. Niccol, famed for mind-twisters like Gattaca and The Truman Show, has made his mark by making audiences go, “hmm”. With In Time, he returns to his familiar stomping grounds in the high-tech near-future—not only tackling big issues in society, but waving guns around in front of their faces and challenging them to futuristic arm-wrestling matches. How successful is this approach? When I say that In Time is closer to Minority Report than Gattaca, I'm not making a judgment about its quality. The bottom line is that »
- Josh Harrison
Writer and sometimes-director Andrew Niccol fixates on the future and doesn’t offer a sunny outlook, whether it’s in Gattaca, The Truman Show, or S1m0ne. It should come as no surprise, then, that In Time is yet another trip into the dystopian world of tomorrow, where lifespan has replaced money as the commodity of choice, and people stop aging when they reach 25. If they’re lucky—or well-off—they can earn or exchange days, weeks, months, and even years, thereby extending their time on earth. Yes, this is a story of haves and have-nots. Justin Timberlake plays one of the latter, who ekes… »
In the sci-fi, futuristic "thriller" In Time, no one ages past 25 and time is a form of currency -- which sounds pretty cool, but actually causes more problems than it solves.
Timberlake plays Will Salas, a blue collar worker living in the lower echelons of "time" wealth. Even so, he has the heart of a lion. He saves a reckless "time billionaire" (played by the dreamy Matt Bomer) from a bunch of thugs led by the sleazy Fortis (Alex Pettyfer -- am I sensing a Magic Mike connection here?) Bomer's character thanks him by giving Will all of his time wealth -- which is over a century.
This unexpected time windfall turns out to be more of a curse than a blessing and creates several complications for Will. He winds up on the run not only from Fortis and his band of thugs, but also from the official "Timekeepers" who »
- Dino-Ray Ramos
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