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Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. After a somewhat disappointing start for The Magnificent Seven and Storks last weekend, this week looks to pick things up with three very different wide-release offerings. We have the true-story environmental disaster flick Deepwater Horizon, the return of Tim Burton with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and the much delayed comedy Masterminds. Let’s see if any of these are worth your time.
What we are excited about:
The last time Mark Wahlberg starred in a movie directed Peter Berg was in the terrific and gripping Lone Survivor. The two are teaming up again (and will do so once again later this year in Patriot’s Day) for another true story survival pic in Deepwater Horizon. If they are able to bring the same amount of passion and respect they brought to Lone Survivor, »
- Scott Davis
Directed by Jared Hess.
A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.
Masterminds was originally set to release in August of last year, but those plans fell through due to a bankruptcy within the film’s distributor, although honestly the fact that the movie is now releasing in the month of September a little over a year later might actually benefit its box office performance, as the movie actually co-stars 3/4 of the Ghostbusters reboot (Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones). And trust me, this movie is going to need all the help it can get to be a success, especially on a weekend with four other movies coming out.
This will probably surprise you considering the absurd jokes found in the trailers, »
- Robert Kojder
The Accountant is one of the most anticipated upcoming movies, but it isn’t revealing a lot of details, even in the trailer. The film has finally released a large set of images, and while it isn’t really the norm, you can get quite a bit more detail from them, including a look at a lot more characters and the situations Affleck’s character finds himself in.
We’ve got the basic idea that Christian (Ben Affleck) is a math genius who has some criminal clients and that he takes on a legitimate client to help an accountant (Anna Kendrick) who has found something funny in the books of a legitimate company. We also know that things go wildly wrong because Christian starts shooting people and goes a little “Bond.”
But, now we get some insight into how the story maneuvers, and the other characters. For example, Christian in »
- Marc Eastman
First reported by Deadline, the outlet confirmed earlier today that Epps – best known for The Hangover, Fifty Shades of Black and Uncle Buck – will assume the part of Dr. Chris Salgado, a playboy doctor and close friend to Willis’ Paul Kersey. Very much considered to be the anchor point of MGM and Paramount’s redo, Death Wish will open at a time when Kersey’s entire livelihood “has been destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. Frustrated that the bad guys for the crime were never brought to justice, Kersey starts hunting them down.” Not bad for a mild-mannered New York City architect.
A remake of the Charles Bronson thriller of the same name – itself an adaptation of »
- Michael Briers
Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig are hilarious bank robbers in 4 new clips from MastermindsOwen Wilson and Kristen Wiig are hilarious bank robbers in 4 new clips from MastermindsGarrett McCormick9/27/2016 11:05:00 Am
How on earth could the biggest bank heist in the history of America be so funny?
Add Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis into the mix and you have your answer. The comedians that brought you Bridesmaids, The Hangover and Ghostbusters have come together for the highly anticipated comedy Masterminds.
Masterminds is the story of desperate money-hungry people who attempt to pull off the biggest bank robbery America has ever seen. Can you imagine the shenanigans they will get into? We are not so sure they will be able to pull it off, but we are confident that we will be crying of laughter the entire time. This all-star cast also includes the hilarious Jason Sudeikis, with Kate McKinnon »
- Garrett McCormick
Ken Jeong is enjoying the best of both worlds with his ABC comedy, Dr. Ken. The actor, 47, who is a licensed medical practitioner, plays a doctor on the series who is interested in getting into comedy. "This show is essentially what my life would be like if The Hangover had never happened and I stayed at the Hmo I worked at," Jeong tells People in this week's issue. In one episode, "my TV wife said, 'Ken, I support you doing comedy,' and it was basically words that my real-life wife had said to me. There are so many moments »
- By Julie Jordan, @juliejordanc
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Lego Batman Movie
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
The Lego Batman Movie is set for release on February 10th 2017 and sees Will Arnett joined in the voice cast by Michael Cera (Superbad) as Robin, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) as Batgirl, Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) as The Joker, Ralph Fiennes (Spectre »
- Gary Collinson
Ed Helms and Owen Wilson are men in search of answers in the new trailer for the upcoming comedy film, Bastards. The project is the directorial debut of The Hangover cinematographer Lawrence Sher, and is the first feature-length script from Justin Malen (Trophy Wife) to reach the big screen. With high stakes and hijinks, the movie sets itself as some comedic relief for the new year, with its post-Christmas release window.
The winning elements of this trailer include the way in which the collection of older men approached by Peter and Kyle Reynolds recall their mother (Glenn Close). These wistful memories, dripping with lust, serve to teach these young siblings a valuable lesson – that the image they hold of their mother is not the only version of her that ever existed.
While it is doubtful that Bastards will emerge as ‘Comedy Of The »
- Sarah Myles
Owen Wilson and Ed Helms are two figures that have found great success in the area of R-rated raunchy comedies, with films like Wedding Crashers, The Hangover, Hall Pass, and We're The Millers on their combined resumés. Now they're set to combine their formidable comedic forces on Bastards, a film that will serve as the feature directorial debut of The Hangover cinematographer Lawrence Sher and was written by rising star Justin Malen (Office Christmas Party, Baywatch).
You can check out the brand-spanking new Bastards trailer right here:
The premise, about a couple of brothers on a road trip to find their biological father, is simple and effective. The cast of supporting players, which includes J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Ving Rhames, and Glenn Close, is promising. In short, Bastards looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Bastards will arrive at a theater near you on January 27.
Source: Warner Bros
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Owen Wilson and Ed Helms currently have busy slates from now through the next year. Wilson will co-star in the upcoming heist comedy “Masterminds” due out at the end of September and Helms is currently filming “The One Percent,” a TV series created and written by Alejandro González Iñárritu and the team behind “Birdman.” But the two of them are teaming up for a new comedy out next year about two brothers who discover that they’re father, previously thought to be dead, is actually alive and in the country somewhere. The film also stars Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Ving Rhames (“Pulp Fiction”), Katie Aselton (“The League”), Katt Williams (“The Boondocks”), and more. Watch the trailer below.
The film is the directorial debut of Lawrence Sher, who has previously served as the cinematographer on numerous successful comedies, »
- Vikram Murthi
"Who your father is, or isn't, is totally irrelevant." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for the comedy Bastards, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as fraternal twin brothers who go on a search for their father when their mother reveals she doesn't know who he really is. This is the feature directorial debut of a cinematographer who has worked on tons of comedies like The Hangover and The Dictator. Also starring Katie Aselton, J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Glenn Close, Ving Rhames, Ryan Cartwright, Katt Williams, Retta and Bill Irwin. This looks like your standard goofy comedy with lots of dirty jokes. Here's the first official trailer for Lawrence Sher's Bastards, direct from WB's YouTube: Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers (Owen Wilson & Ed Helms) hit the road in order to find him. »
- Alex Billington
Two brothers go on a quest to find the father they always thought was dead in the first trailer for Bastards, arriving in theaters January 27, 2017. Ed Helms (The Hangover films) and Owen Wilson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Zoolander 2) star in Alcon Entertainment's comedy Bastards, under the direction of Lawrence Sher. The film marks the directorial debut of the veteran cinematographer, who had worked on The Hangover trilogy and, most recently, War Dogs, starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.
Helms and Wilson play Peter and Kyle Reynolds, two brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father, learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know. This R-rated comedy was originally in development at Paramount Pictures five years ago, before it shifted over to Warner Bros., »
After being a go-to cinematographer for a good amount of today’s comedies (The Hangover trilogy, I Love You, Man, Garden State), Lawrence Sher has now taken a different gig behind the camera: director. His debut as a helmer will be arriving early next year with Bastards, teaming two of his past collaborators, Ed Helms and Owen Wilson.
The Warner Bros. comedy follows them as brothers who only recently figured out their father in fact didn’t die when they were young, as their mother (Glenn Close) told them, but is alive and well, although unknown to them. With J.K. Simmons and Terry Bradshaw playing potential fathers, the first trailer has now landed, which sells about as decent of a comedy as we can expect to receive in the early months of the year.
Check out the trailer below.
Bastards opens on January 27, 2017.
- Jordan Raup
“I’ve always been interested in comedies with a little bit more on the bone than a lot of laughs and something that speaks with some emotional truth,” Lawrence Sher, a longtime cinematographer turned directors told USA Today. “Particularly as we reach middle age, we often look to our parents and our family as to what the hell went wrong here.”
A veteran who’s worked on comedies like “Garden State,” “War Dogs” and “The Dictator,” Sher’s transition from Dop to helmer is for “Bastards” a new “Wedding Crashers”/“The Hangover”—esque comedy starring Ed Helms, Owen Wilson and J.K.
- The Playlist
The film is similar in tone to the late Rodney Dangerfield’s 1986 movie “Back to School.” The only other details to surface so far are McCarthy’s character name, Deanna, and the description of Walsh’s character — he is “always wearing golf pants.”
McCarthy wrote “Life of the Party” with her husband Ben Falcone, who will direct the movie. Mike Disco (“Horrible Bosses”) and David Siegel (“The Hangover”) will serve as executive producers on the New Line Cinema film. Chris Henchy, who was a producer on McCarthy’s “Tammy” and “The Boss,” will produce alongside McCarthy and Falcone.
Benward can be seen guest-starring on Fox’s new series “Pitch” this season.
He is repped by Cesd and Management 360. »
- Justin Kroll
Bad Moms is too maudlin for its raunchy convictions, and too coarse to be morally-decent, it’s a meddling, frustratingly indecisive lowbrow R-rated comedy that severely lacks the wit, charm and endearing characters found in writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s winning script for The Hangover. Formulaic when it needs to be button-pushing, and mild when […]
The post Bad Moms Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
Near the start of the gritty New York drama White Girl, the film's teenage heroine Leah (played by Homeland actress Morgan Saylor) stops the Puerto Rican boy she's making out with from riding his hand up her thigh. "What kind of girl do you think I am?" she asks him flirtatiously. Immediately, we smash cut to her almost naked up against a wall, fully enjoying getting it on with the guy, in a state of blissful abandon.
This Sundance sensation, hailed by many as as a modern-day Kids, revolves around Leah's teasing question, »
Todd Phillips’ excitable real-life story of two twentysomething dudes keeps telling us how bad arms dealing is but how cool they are
Todd Phillips’ smug bro adventure stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as two adorable twentysomething arms dealers having some pretty wild times in Miami and Fallujah. It puts an excitable spin on the true story of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli: young stoner dudepreneurs who got rich brokering minor arms deals to the Us military and were finally busted for flogging dodgy Chinese ammo. (The movie is based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article about their exploits.)
With its generic hints of The Hangover (which Phillips directed) and the boiler-room machismo of The Wolf of Wall Street (which took Jonah Hill to the big league), this is a strangely tiresome film with little in the way of comedy, preoccupied with reassuring the audience of its savvy satirical credentials by »
- Peter Bradshaw
The plot is being kept under wraps, other than having a similar tone to the late Rodney Dangerfield’s 1986 film “Back to School.” The only other details to surface so far are McCarthy’s character name, Deanna, and the description of Walsh’s character — he is “always wearing golf pants.”
“McCarthy wrote “Life of the Party” with her husband Ben Falcone, who will direct the pic. Mike Disco (“Horrible Bosses”) and David Siegel (“The Hangover”) will serve as executive producers on the New Line Cinema film. Chris Henchy, who was a producer on McCarthy’s “Tammy” and “The Boss,” will produce alongside McCarthy and Falcone.
“Life of the Party” hits theaters on May 11, 2018.
Walsh is repped »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
War Dogs, 2016.
Directed by Todd Phillips.
David Packouz (Teller) is a down-and-out masseuse, living with his girlfriend with few ambitions, and a baby on the way. At a funeral for an old school friend he bumps into his childhood best friend Efraim (Hill), and soon enough Efraim has him embroiled in his arms dealership. As the business grows, so does the danger, money and conflicts. All based on a true story.
They often say that those who can write great comedy can write great drama. The same can be applied to those who write mediocre comedy and, thusly, mediocre drama. Adam McKay showed how a pro could move from the silliness of Anchorman to the high stakes of Oscar-bait The Big Short. The Hangover and Road Trip director/writer Todd Phillips has now stepped up to the plate, »
- Amie Cranswick
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