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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 11-15, 2014)

15 August 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Expendables 3

(Lionsgate)

In the moviegoer’s hierarchy of needs, a PG-13 “Expendables” is about as essential as a Joel Schumacher remake of “Tokyo Story.” Or, to put it in terms more appropriate to its target audience: You need “The Expendables 3” like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time. From train-crashing start to back-slapping finish, Lionsgate’s latest and longest showcase for Sylvester Stallone and other aging slabs of B-movie beef — the marquee names this time around include Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford — smacks of desperation and teen-audience pandering, from the literally bloodless action to the introduction of a younger, hotter backup team of fighters (call them the Hip Replacements). It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to keep the beleaguered series going, when it would »

- Variety Staff

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Shock Video Interview: Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan on Zombie Relationships in Life After Beth

13 August 2014 3:12 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Hitting theaters this Friday, the zombie comedy drama Life After Beth marks the debut feature of writer/director Jeff Baena (whose previous credit is as a writer on David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees).

Dane DeHaan stars as Zach Orfman, a young man whose world has been shaken following the sudden death of his girlfriend, Aubrey Plaza's Beth Slocum. Things get weird, though, when Beth simply comes back to life with no memory of having ever died. Now, Zach has to deal with his now-undead girlfriend (who seems to be getting increasingly more undead), Beth's overprotective parents (played by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) and his gun-loving older brother, Kyle (Matthew Gray Gubler), who goes on a bit of a power trip when more of the recently deceased start coming back.

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- Silas Lesnick

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Interview: Aubrey Plaza, Matthew Gray Gubler & More on Zombie Comedy 'Life After Beth'

13 August 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a re-run of our interview with Aubrey Plaza, Matthew Gray Gubler and the cast of "Life After Beth" from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Sometimes the chemistry on a set works just perfectly, and you can just tell the cast had a ball making the movie. Such is the case with “Life After Beth,” Jeff Baena’s directorial debut, which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival. The zombie comedy has a lively cast led by Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan, with comic talents Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser offering zany support. Baena, who co-wrote “I Heart Huckabees” with David O. Russell over a decade ago (and is Plaza's boyfriend today), here offers a fresh and funny take on what can be an overplayed genre. Rather than highlighting the zombies’ flesh-eating qualities, the film focuses on the love »

- Kristin McCracken

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Melbourne 2014 Review: Life After Beth, A Tame Zom-Com

12 August 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The ever sardonic Aubrey Plaza stars as Beth, alongside Dane DeHaan's Zach, in this frequently odd but half-cooked zombie comedy from the writer of the excellent I Heart Huckabees. Director Jeff Baena only lends some of his brain to the task, unlike Huckabees, a miasma of complex comedy, Life After Beth is only part-way good. It particularly falls apart by the film's tepid ending.It starts strong; Beth is dead, she was bitten by a snake on a hike. Cut to Zach (DeHaan) who is seen slack jawed picking out black serviettes for her funeral service. We soon learn he is the boyfriend, a strange concoction of Goth sensibility and weakling persona; his character is both poorly presented and frequently annoying. DeHaan is simply not...

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Why Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza's ‘Life After Beth’ Make Out Could Have Been Awkward

7 August 2014 12:42 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

How's this for symmetry: Jeff Baena's script for a zombie rom-com called “Life After Beth” was brought back from the dead after his real-life girlfriend, Aubrey Plaza, decided she wanted to star as the movie's zombie girlfriend, Beth. (It is really good for symmetry, trust us). Baena, 37, had early success as the writer of the David O. Russell-directed “I Heart Huckabees,” a charming indie that helped him score a bunch of studio re-write jobs, which can feel like screenwriter purgatory. But when Plaza, the “Parks and Recreation” star, decided that she liked “Life After Beth,” a spec that Baena had. »

- Jordan Zakarin

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Mark Wahlberg in 'Transformers' is the best bad performance of the year

30 June 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

So maybe we all can just agree to disagree about Transformers. The critical establishment collectively agreed to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt with 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned semi-decent reviews mainly because it was less obnoxiously worse than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. But Trans4mers led that same critical establishment into hilarious paroxysms of scathing invective. (EW’s own Chris Nashawaty called it “numbing, exhausting, and migraine-inducing.”) Predictably, the movie made $100 million over the weekend.

Bad movies have made a lot of money since forever. There’s a generation of young-dude moviegoers who »

- Darren Franich

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Trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby released

28 June 2014 12:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has been released online, which you can view below. The film from writer/director Ned Benson stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and James McAvoy (Filth) in the leads, with William Hurt (Body Heat), Bill Hader (Adventureland), Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Wexler (Teeth) and Ciaran Hinds (Munich) supporting. The film is distributed by The Weinstein Company.

Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled »

- Scott Davis

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Fantasia’s Second Wave of Programming Announced

27 June 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed its second wave of programming, which includes a screening of Ju-On: The Beginning of the End and a 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, where Tobe Hooper will be presented with a lifetime achievement award:

“Official Closing Film – Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York

Fantasia will close its 2014 edition with the North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York, the controversial latest from the legendary filmmaker behind such landmarks as Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York, New Rose Hotel and the recently re-released Ms 45.

Welcome To New York is loosely based on the Dsk scandal and stars the iconic Gérard Depardieu in one of the bravest performances of his career. Co-starring is the equally sensational Jacqueline Bisset.

Abel Ferrara will be on hand to host this special evening, »

- Jonathan James

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‘Life After Beth’ Trailer: Aubrey Plaza is the Zombie Next Door

26 June 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

When the recent wave of supernatural romance crashed upon the shores of popular culture, we learned that there is apparently no creature from the horror genre that cannot be made sexy or adorable when enough creativity is applied. Vampires and werewolves have been regularly flexing their pecs in movies like Twilight and shows like True Blood, and even zombies discovered true love in cute rom-zom-com Warm Bodies.

Because nothing makes for a more sweet and promising relationship than a bit of decomposition, the rom-zom-com genre is making a comeback this year in Life After Beth, the feature directorial debut from I Heart Huckabees writer Jeff Baena, which stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Zach Orfman, a teenager mourning the tragic passing of his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza). Before long, however, the strange behavior ...

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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Aubrey Plaza is a zombie in first trailer for Sundance comedy ‘Life After Beth’

26 June 2014 11:35 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

MTV first shared today the first trailer for the comedy Life After Beth, a zombie comedy starring Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza as his girlfriend who comes back from the dead.

The film is the directorial debut of Jeff Baena, the scribe behind I Heart Huckabees, and also stars Anna Kendrick, Alia Shawkat and John C. Reilly.

It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance and is in limited release August 15. Check out the trailer below.

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- Brian Welk

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Fantasia 2014: Second Wave Titles Include New Ju-On Film, Open Windows, Life After Beth, The Drownsman, Let Us Prey, At the Devil's Door, Creep; Tribute to Tobe Hooper

26 June 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We're back with more titles heading to the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival as well as a few new images and word on a Lifetime Achievement Award for Tobe Hooper. Read on for all the details!

From the Press Release:

Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil additional highlights to rev you up for our July 10th Press Conference, where our full 2014 film lineup will be revealed.

Official Closing Film - Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York

Fantasia will close its 2014 edition with the North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York, the controversial latest from the legendary filmmaker behind such landmarks as Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York, New Rose Hotel and the recently re-released Ms 45.

Welcome To New York is loosely based on the Dsk scandal and stars the iconic Gérard Depardieu in one of »

- Debi Moore

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Second Wave of Fantasia International Film Festival Films Announced, Including Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York!

26 June 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The Montreal-based Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to run again this year from July 17th-August 5th, and having already boasted a very impressive first wave of films (including a special presentation of James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy), the second wave of films has now been announced, making the festival sounds like an even more impressive place to be next month. We’ve combined the two announcements into one, just to give you fright fiends a glimpse at the awesome list of titles coming to festival goers next month.

First Wave:

Opening Film: Jacky In The Kingdom Of Women (Jacky Au Royaume Des Filles)

Fantasia 2014 will launch with the Canadian premiere of Jacky In The Kingdom Of Women (Jacky au royaume des filles), a sharp political satire from comic book genius Riad Sattouf (Les Beaux Gosses) that took the Rotterdam Film Festival by storm.

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- Jerry Smith

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Abel Ferrara coming to Fantasia Fest in second wave of programming

26 June 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 18th Fantasia International Film Festival’s second lineup of films was unveiled Thursday, and it features the closing night film on August 5, Welcome to New York directed by Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Ms. 45).

Ferrara will be present to talk about his latest film, starring Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset. The film was received with warm reviews after appearing out of competition at Cannes and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Fantasia Film Fest runs July 17 to August 5 in Montreal, and the full lineup of films, in addition to the ones already announced, will be released July 10.

View the whole press release of second wave lineup announcements below.

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Fantasia Announces Second Wave

Of 2014 Programming Montreal, Thursday June 26, 2014 – Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil additional highlights to rev you up for our July 10th Press Conference, where »

- Brian Welk

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Watch The Heart Warming Trailer For The Good Lie Starring Reese Witherspoon

21 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Reese Witherspoon stars in the feel good film on the fall – The Good Lie. Produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the movie opens in theaters on October 3rd.

They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”

Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.

In The Good Lie, Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war.

Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. »

- Michelle McCue

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The Definitive War Movies: 30-21

18 June 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.

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30.  Black Book (2006)

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Conflict: World War II

In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »

- Joshua Gaul

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Will Ferrell And Mark Wahlberg Looking To Reteam For Daddy's Home

5 June 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Mark Wahlberg has made a solid career leaping from one genre from another. He has tackled dramas like Lone Survivor and The Fighter. He's gone action hero in Max Payne and the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction. But for me, Wahlberg is at his best in comedies, be it as a teddy bear-loving manchild in Ted, a philosophically tormented firefighter in I Heart Huckabees, or a sociopathic body builder in Pain & Gain. So color me stoked that he is lining up to join the Will Ferrell comedy Daddy's Home. Deadline reports Mark Wahlberg has entered into negotiations with Paramount Pictures to co-star in Daddy's Home, a laffer the studio is hot to shoot soon. If the deal is closed, Wahlberg would be reuniting with Will Ferrell, with whom he starred in the hit 2010 action-comedy The Other Guys. You might well recall that buddy-cop movie had the pair playing partners who »

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Jonah Hill Jumps Into Controversy Just As His Career Gets Serious

3 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For someone who has achieved a high degree of fame in his 20s, Jonah Hill managed to stay out of the tabloids and gossip columns—until now. This past weekend he unleashed a homophobic slur at a paparazzo while he was walking with a friend in the Larchmont Village area of Los Angeles.

Losing his cool, the 30-year-old star lashed out at a photographer who was teasing him about his flowered shorts. “Suck my d—k, you f—-t,” Hill told the man who had been trailing him all day.

Ironically in this week’s Variety cover story, Hill was asked how he’s been able to avoid attracting negative press all these years, something he attributed to his good upbringing and working nonstop.

“Since ‘Superbad,’ I haven’t taken a break. I go make movies, so I don’t’ have the time to be a mess,” he says, “At least not yet. »

- Jenelle Riley

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The weirdest instruments used in movie scores (includes goat testicles)

31 May 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

From the Waterphone to a four-headed double bass made with forks and spoons, composers have been experimenting with weird and wonderful instruments over the years for film soundtracks. Now, Alex Heffes has been bashing a bike for Stephen Frears's new Lance Armstrong biopic.

The as-yet-untitled film charts the rise and fall of the infamous American cyclist as he won seven Tour de France titles, only to have them stripped away when it was proven that he was using performance-enhancing drugs. Ben Foster is playing Armstrong, alongside Chris O'Dowd as David Walsh, the journalist who exposed him, while Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman also makes an appearance.

The film will inevitably be packed with dramatic episodes both on and off the cycling track, calling for a powerful, thematically-resonant score to back them up. This is where renowned composer Heffes (State of Play) stepped up with a suggestion.

"We decided to mount »

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American Hustle DVD Review

25 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: David O. Russell

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner

Running Time: 138 minutes

Certificate: 15

American Hustle’s tone is set from the opening caption, citing the events of the film as ‘mostly true’. David O. Russell’s 70s-set caper – which is indeed loosely based on the FBI Abscam operation which saw a pair of con artists forced to set up a sting corruption in order to frame several politicians – is the follow-up to Silver Linings Playbook, recasting both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in roles secondary to The Fighter’s lead talent, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. With the zaniness amped up, they play the con artiste counterparts Irving Rosenfeld (complete with hilariously terrible toupee) and Sydney Prosser (complete with hilariously terrible English accent), with the Oscar-winning Lawrence in usual scene-stealing form (who’d have thought it..?) as the former’s erratic wife, and Cooper »

- Jacob Stolworthy

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Easter Podcast: Noah, Under the Skin, Budapest Hotel

20 April 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Season Premiere

Ready for another year of the podcast? The gang is back: Nathaniel R, (The Film Experience), Joe Reid (The Wire), Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) and Nick Davis (Nick's Flick Picks) reunite to discuss this unusually robust auteur spring at the movies. 

This week's topics: Darren Aronofsky's peculiar muddy vision for Noah starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Emma WatsonJonathan Glazer (Birth) and Scarlett Johansson's Under the Skin; and Wes Anderson's biggest hit The Grand Budapest Hotel. Did we want to check in and stay?

Under Noah's Skin at the Budapest Hotel

00:00 Noah (story diversion, auteur vision, character work)

18:45 Under the Skin (visual storytelling, interpretation, Scarlett)

29:00 Noah and Under the Skin (in communication)

36:30 The Grand Budapest Hotel (inside & outside friction, accepting Wes, art direction)

44:30 Ralph Fiennes and the movies Oscar buzz

49:00 Other movie recommendations: Le Week-end and Blue Ruin. »

- NATHANIEL R

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