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A sequel to execrable Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, a documentary about the life of iconic Us author Jd Salinger and the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's latest teen-orientated tome have been named among the worst movies of the year by Time magazine.
The magazine's annual list of the top 10 most awful films also features a joint venture by M Night Shyamalan and Will Smith, an action movie starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds and a thriller based on the much-hyped but ultimately poorly-reviewed debut original screenplay from acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy.
- Ben Child
Top 10 Duncan Bowles 4 Dec 2013 - 06:45
Duncan salutes his personal choice of the 2013 action movies that deserved just a little more love...
This article contains spoilers for each of the films mentioned. Not necessarily big ones, but you might want to steer clear of The World's End entry if you've not seen that.
2013 has been a great year for action. We’ve had multiple comic book heroes fighting it out on the big screen, with Thor and Iron Man continuing Marvel’s run of great movies, the return of the R-rated antics of Kick-Ass and at long last an F-bomb loaded, bloody incarnation of The Wolverine (though it’s worth pointing out that the unrated edition in the UK only comes with the 3D version of the home release, a trend I hope doesn’t continue).
From a sci-fi angle, we’ve had robots fighting monsters in Pacific Rim and »
Is Blake Lively ready to have a baby? The sexy Us actress is married to Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds and he has said he will defer to Blake on when she gets pregnant. The 37-year-old hunk, who tied the knot with the 'Gossip Girl' beauty last year, is eager to have kids but will let his 26-year-old spouse choose when the time is right for them to become parents. He said: ''I would like to have children, but actually it's not really up to me.'' The 'R.I.P.D.' star - who was previously married to another silver screen beauty, Scarlett Johansson - also asserted that his relationships with his wife, family and friends are the most important things in his life. He told Hola.com: ''I have a very good relationship with the people I love the most in my life, and that's the most important thing to me. »
Walt Disney Studios’ highly praised sequel Monsters University easily topped the national home entertainment sales charts the week ending Nov. 3, outselling the only other high-profile new theatrical release, Universal Studios’ R.I.P.D., by a margin of nearly six to one. Of course, that’s not really a fair comparison, given that the animated, family friendly Monsters University grossed $268 million in theaters over the summer, while the crime comedy about a team of “undead” police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department, starring Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon, only earned $33.6 million. Story: 'Monsters University'
- Thomas K. Arnold
Aside from signs that Ryan Reynolds should perhaps steer clear of comic book adaptations for a bit (those signs being “Green Lantern” and this past summer's flop “R.I.P.D.”), the actor has stayed loyal to his long-gestating “Deadpool” vehicle. First portraying a version of the scarred and unstable mercenary in Gavin Hood's “X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Reynolds has repeatedly attempted to push a hard-r version of the story through 20th Century Fox with director /visual effects specialist Tim Miller. However, after an extended push-back from the studio, the director and actor have spoken up about their clinging hopes for bringing it to fruition. Talking to ClevverMovies recently (via Dark Horizons), Miller revealed that “Zombieland” screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have turned in a new draft of “Deadpool” to Fox, and now they're just waiting on the studio to acknowledge its possibilities. “ 'Deadpool' is still alive, and we're just »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.’s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance...or watch the »
Since many of you didn't see the film, or if you have, most of you have purged the memory of that ordeal from your minds, I'll describe the original opening. Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) and Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges) are shown chasing after a heavyset creature, known as a Deado. Both, Roy and Nick, fire their weapons at the ghoul. A car comes tumbling right over Nick. While this is shown, Nick provides a voiceover explaining that he is having a bad day. When the scene concludes we are transported back four days to when Nick was part of the living. The two alternate openings start much differently. Both take place in a fish store, with Roy attempting to apprehend another Deado, but the outcomes are slightly different outcomes. Keep in mind, both scenes features unfinished visual effects. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. as »
There’s really only one group of individuals you can call if there’s something strange in your neighborhood. That’s right: DreamWorks Animation has recruited a Ghostbuster for their upcoming animated comedy B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. However, in a deliciously ironic twist, Bill Murray won’t be playing one of the ghost hunters. This time around, he’s crossing over to the other side to voice a ghoulish haunter named Addison Drake.
B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworld Operations will follow a new ghost, Jackson Moss (Seth Rogen), who is recruited to work at the titular agency in order to prevent evil ghosts from meddling in human affairs back on Earth. With the help of his new partner Watts (Melissa McCarthy), he embarks on a mission to take down the Most Wanted Haunter. No word yet on whether Drake is the film’s main antagonist, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? This prequel to the Disney-Pixar favorite "Monster's Inc." takes us back in time to when Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) weren't the best of friends. Before the two became big Scarers, they were freshman at Monster's University and quickly became competitive rivals.
Why We're In: Crystal's Mike and Goodman's Sully are undoubtedly one of the funniest and most beloved onscreen animated duos. Unlike most prequels, "Monster's University" is packed with fresh humor, fun and charming moments, and will keep the whole family entertained. The prequel was also ranked one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
"La Notte" (Criterion Collection)
What's It About? Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic, "La Notte," stars Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroianni as a deteriorating married couple. The two re-examine their relationship over the course of an evening, »
- Erin Whitney
October 29th new Blu-ray and DVD releases include R.I.P.D., Monsters University, Byzantium, Springsteen & I and Bounty Killer. Christmas also comes early with the release of Lady Antebellum's Live On This Winter's Night, Celtic Woman's Home For Christmas: Live From Dublin and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Special Edition). Wrestling fans can enjoy the release of WWE: Straight to the Top: The Money in the Bank Ladder Match Anthology. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) to protect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the »
- Patrick Luce
Chicago – There are a few major comedies on New Releases shelves this week along with some interesting, smaller films and one of the most anticipated TV shows of 2013. What options are new in the world of Blu-ray, DVD, streaming and digital TV providers? Some of the most interesting and most unbearable comeedies of the year hit your home viewing radar. Here’s how to rank them from ha-ha to hateful.
Photo credit: Fox
Paul Feig’s mega-comedy proved that star power can go a long way in overcoming the relative shortcomings of a pretty mediocre script. There’s nothing really special about “The Heat” on paper but when you put the incredibly likable Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy (two of the most popular actresses in the world right now when one considers that both this and their other 2013 films — “Gravity” and “Identity Thief” — broke $100 million domestically) in front of the camera, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Also new this week is "R.I.P.D.," a supernatural comedy starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as two cops tasked with managing ghostly activity on Earth, and "Byzantium," Neil Jordan's atmospheric vampire film starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton.
Box Office: $267 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 78% Fresh
Storyline: In this prequel to Pixar's animated blockbuster "Monsters, Inc.," we get to see how the pint-sized walking green eyeball Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) met towering furry beast James P. Sullivan, aka Sully (John Goodman), at college. Although the two mismatched monsters don't like each other at first, "Monsters University" shows how these two overcame their differences to become BFFs.
Extras!: "Monsters University" comes in a bare-bones DVD/Blu-ray combo with no extras as well as »
- Robert DeSalvo
Between the lackluster X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Green Lantern and this past July’s R.I.P.D. (remember that one?), it’s fair to say that comic book films haven’t exactly done wonders for Ryan Reynolds’ acting career up to this point. The irony of all this is that yet another comic book adaptation, Deadpool, might very well be just what Reynolds needs, in order to shake-off his past troubles with the genre; that is, assuming that 20th Century Fox is ever gutsy enough to greenlight what is sure to be a movie loaded with outlandish violence, bad language and general inappropriate mayhem.
Reynolds was overseas in Europe this past week to promote the animated feature Turbo (which opened in the U.S. last July), ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Before Midnight (romantic drama; Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy; rated R) The Conjuring (horror; Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor; rated R) R.I.P.D. (supernatural comedy; Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Mary-Louise Parker; available before disc and in 2D or 3D; rated PG-13) Sal (biographical drama; Val Lauren, James Franco; available now on Mod before theatrical release; unrated) Girl Most Likely (comedy; Kristen Wiig, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Annette...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Directed by David Soren.
A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.
If you thought Ryan Reynolds was annoying as an actor playing a human? Wait until you see him as a snail...
The war between Pixar and Dreamworks has been less of a fight and more a non-existent battle as no matter which way you look at it, it's one way traffic with no competition. Pixar may have thrown out some duds as of late, but Dreamworks' output of bad largely outweighs their good. For every Shrek 2 or How To Train Your Dragon, there's a dozen naff movies that are just pushed out with little to no thought or effort. Turbo is one of those movies. »
Love is in the air! Marisa Miller's little boy isn't so little anymore! The supermodel-turned-actress tweeted an adorable picture on Monday, Oct. 7. "Pure Joy," she captioned. Dressed in an Alexander Wang T-shirt, the 35-year-old blonde tossed her Splendid-clad cutie in the air for the adorable snapshot. "Now that Gavin Lee is almost 10 months old, his personality is really coming out," says the R.I.P.D. star, who welcomed her firstborn with husband Griffin Guess in December 2012. "He is all boy," she tells E! News. "He loves to roughhouse and be tossed in the air!" The photo is certainly proof of that! In addition to raising her baby boy, Miller is »
The Weinstein Company has announced that principal photography on the big-screen adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1994 dystopian Ya classic and Newberry Medal winner "The Giver" gets underway on October 7. The film stars quite the cast: Weinstein Oscar fave Meryl Streep ("Iron Lady"), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart"), Brenton Thwaites ("Maleficent"), Alexander Skarsgard ("True Blood"), Katie Holmes ("Batman Begins"), Cameron Monaghan ("Vampire Academy") and singer Taylor Swift. Bridges could use a lift after the ignominious flop "R.I.P.D." this summer. Aussie Phillip Noyce ("Salt") is set to direct, with the adaptation penned by Michael Mitnick ("The Current War"). It will be shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa. For those of you who need a refresher on the story's plot: 12-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal, but colorless, society that has converted to "Sameness," which has eliminated emotional depth from its inhabitants' lives. Assigned as the Receiver of Memory, »
- Beth Hanna
A bunch of undead cops return to Earth to atone for past misdemeanours in this messy fantasy adventure
Like its comic-strip characters, caught in the purgatory between life and death, this wildly uneven fantasy adventure inhabits a misjudged limbo between the mainstream riffs of Men in Black and the rougher edges of Maniac Cop.
Ryan Reynolds is the only slightly crooked Boston cop, whisked to a netherworld owing more to A Life Less Ordinary than A Matter of Life and Death, with the office furniture of Brazil thrown in for good measure. To escape judgment, Reynolds opts to serve undead overtime with the titular team, returning to Earth with Jeff Bridges' old west sheriff, the odd-buddy couple taking on the avatars of James Hong and Marisa Miller respectively. And if you think there's nothing funny about the pairing of a short Asian guy and a tall underwear model, then R.I.P.D. is not for you. »
- Mark Kermode
How many out there saw R.I.P.D.? That's a rhetorical question, no one saw R.I.P.D. I take that back, I saw it. And while I didn't review the movie for Gtbp, sometimes when you have a couple of hours to kill on a summer afternoon...R.I.P.D. it is. The movie was a mess and I might be sugar coating that just a bit. Let's just say there was many a missed opportunity (more sugar coating, sorry). Jeff Bridges has an opinion on the movie as well. He sugar coats his response...must be something in the air. »
- Craig Dietz
Even the actors themselves aren't that happy with how Universal's big-budget supernatural comedy "R.I.P.D." turned out.
Costing $130 million, the film ultimately grossed just over $100 million worldwide - two-thirds of that in global markets. Now, Bridges tells GQ magazine:
"I had such a great time working on that movie. I remember what we were doing. I thought, This could be fun to see. And when I saw it, I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn’t have made… I remember when someone pitched me the project, I couldn’t quite grasp what they were talking about."
Bridges also commented on the box-office of the film, and the whole »
- Garth Franklin
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