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Votd: Watch the trailer for ‘The Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher’

17 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Ah the Internet, where even the most depressing, scary, badass and intense works of art can be lampooned by cartoons. First the biggest movie of all time, Avatar, got reduced to little more than a ripoff of Fern Gully. Then some creative mind turned Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino into the story of a man who attached balloons to his house and flew away. And now comes the most inspired mash-up of all, the newly released Foxcatcher and Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox. Forget a prosthetic nose; Steve Carell looks unrecognizable as a badger. Better just give him the Oscar now.

Watch it below:

 

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- Brian Welk

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Late Phases Asks Not 'Is There a Werewolf,' but "Why Is There a Werewolf?'

18 November 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Two key elements in horror movies are anticipation and pacing, with the latter simply the heightening and lowering of the former. With Late Phases, Adrián García Bogliano artfully engages with those tools, crafting a narrative whose close feels a touch underwhelming only in relation to the impressive buildup. In the most entertaining tough-old-crank turn this side of Gran Torino, Nick Damici stars as Ambrose, a blind Vietnam vet who has no sooner moved into the placid retirement community of Crescent Bay than he becomes auditory and olfactory witness to a murder committed by a werewolf. After the beast also kills Ambrose's seeing-eye dog, Shadow, the vet vows revenge. (And how! Wait Until Dark this isn't — file Late Phases</i »

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DVD Review – The Wind Rises (2013)

18 October 2014 1:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Wind Rises (Japan: Kaze tachinu), 2013.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Starring Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura, [For English dub]: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and Martin Short.

Synopsis:

A profile of Jiro Horikoshi (Anno/Gordon-Levitt), a Japanese engineer who designed fighter planes during World War II.

The swan song of Hayao Miyazaki…say it ain’t so!! Still, Clint Eastwood made a similar remark about retiring after Gran Torino (2008) and has still carried on. So maybe we haven’t seen the last of Miyazaki; it wouldn’t certainly be a huge loss to cinema and animation if it happens to be true. If Miyazaki has finally taken leave on his Ghibli efforts, what a way to go out. The Wind Rises is not the best the studio has produced – just because the man is leaving the business there is no need to get hyperbolic – though it is a spectacular film, »

- Gary Collinson

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'The Judge' (2014) Movie Review

10 October 2014 4:33 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Without the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, The Judge would probably end up being a film I would have dismissed outright. Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) is best known for his comedies, but here he's directing a two hour and twenty minute, Indiana-set, father-son melodrama, working with a script from Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Bill Dubuque that was in serious need of trimming from the start. Nevermind the fact the film is largely generic, it's just too long, overstuffed, often repeating scenes and unnecessarily wasting time to add another layer, merely for the sake of drama rather than storytelling. To be fair, Dobkin isn't completely out of his element, he just seems somewhat unsure of himself. The Judge is intensely formulaic, hitting beats at just the "right" time, be they comedic or dramatic, you know something meant for a laugh or a tear is »

- Brad Brevet

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Bill Murray Barely Saves the Incredibly Obvious St. Vincent

10 October 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On the grand scale of lovable-curmudgeon-befriends-impressionable-youth movies, St. Vincent probably ranks somewhere around the middle — slightly better, perhaps, than the self-important Gran Torino, but not nearly as good as Rushmore or Bad Santa (which itself was a spoof of such movies). It’s hard to judge films like this: The destination is often familiar and not always particularly interesting, but the ride itself isn’t always so bad, especially when you’ve got Bill Murray along for company.Murray plays Vincent, a potty-mouthed alcoholic and compulsive gambler in Sheepshead Bay undergoing a pretty rough time: He’s totally broke; his house is worth less than his mortgage; he’s in massive debt to a loan shark (played by an engagingly tremulous Terence Howard, doing what he can with a throwaway role); and his loud new neighbors just wrecked his fence as they were moving in. Said neighbors turn out to be Maggie (Melissa McCarthy, »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Movie Review: The Judge

10 October 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Judge is a film that is all about the pain and joy of family – mostly pain. Sure it is also about a prominent local judge in a small town who is accused of murder as well. It is also about how a hot-shot, big city lawyer rides into town to defend the judge (who also happened to be the lawyer’s father) in a backwater district. Mostly though, this film is about family; reconnecting and acceptance of who we all are as people that happen to find ourselves stuck with a group of “others” called family.

The film is directed by David Dobkin who is best known for directing Shanghai Knights (2003), Wedding Crashers (2005), and The Change-Up (2011). The Judge was primarily written by Nick Schenk who wrote Gran Torino (2008) and not too much else, with assistance from Dobkin and Bill Dubuque (this is Dubuque’s first credit).

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- Steven Gahm

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Review: Robert Downey Jr.'s Over Engineered & Slickly Produced 'The Judge'

7 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

They say you can't go home again, but that's not the case for Robert Downey Jr.'s Hank Palmer. His hometown, Carlinville, Indiana, is the kind of place that has a Blueberry Festival banner festooned over its main street, and where everyone seems to be on a first name basis. For Hank, that means the memories, pain, friends and family he left behind for the big city await him unchanged when he returns for his mother's funeral. It's a reunion that he'd rather not have, as he's been long estranged from his siblings and parents, but he'll have to encounter them all when his father, the titular "The Judge" of the film, is accused of murder. With a script by"Gran Torino" screenwriter Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque, the film is concerned with grizzled and grumpy behavior similar to the Clint Eastwood film, as neither Hank nor Robert Duvall's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Must Watch: Bradley Cooper in First 'American Sniper' Teaser Trailer

2 October 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"If you think he's reporting troop movement, you have a green light. Your call, over." Warner Bros has just unveiled the first teaser trailer for American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as "the most lethal sniper in U.S. history." Yep, this is going to be huge with American audiences, that's for sure. The film is, on top of it all, directed by Clint Eastwood and tells the real story of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal sniper who recounts his military career which includes more than 150 confirmed kills. This very chilling, minimal teaser builds upon the silent intensity of a sniper and how much it's all about killing people from afar. Hell of a first tease. Here's the first teaser trailer for Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, in high def from Apple: American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Flags of Our Fathers) and written by »

- Alex Billington

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First Look: Bradley Cooper in Fatigues for Winter's 'American Sniper'

1 October 2014 4:10 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Nearly two months ago we learned that Clint Eastwood's adaptation of American Sniper would sneak into this years awards race with a limited release on Christmas Day before it goes wide in the middle of January. Now the hype machine on the film is starting with the first photos from the film starring Bradley Cooper. Based on an autobiography by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the book recalls the soldier's own time spent as deadliest American sniper ever, called "The Devil" by the enemies he hunted and "The Legend" by his Navy Seal brothers. Expect a trailer sometime soon too, but for now, check out the first photos below! Here's the first photos from Clint Eastwood's American Sniper from USA Today: American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Flags of Our Fathers) and written by Jason Dean Hall (Paranoia). The film is based on »

- Ethan Anderton

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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of The Judge in St. Louis

26 September 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes The Judge, which pairs two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. and Oscar winner Robert Duvall, starring together for the first time on the big screen. The film also stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton, and is directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”).

In The Judge, Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

The film also features a stellar supporting cast, including Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie and Denis O’Hare.

The Judge is being produced by Susan Downey (the “Sherlock Holmes” films), David Dobkin, »

- Movie Geeks

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The Equalizer Review [Tiff 2014]

24 September 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After receiving joking acknowledgment in The Wolf of Wall Street last year, awareness of ‘80s TV series The Equalizer is probably now as high as it was ever going to be. It’s hard to imagine any fans of the series clamouring for a film version more than two decades later, and even harder to say whether they’ll approve of Antoine Fuqua’s adaptation, which carries over the names of the series, but little else. A one-man A-Team,the titular Equalizer is Robert McCall, an ex-covert operative with a particular set of skills he uses to atone for a shady past, one hard-luck case at a time.

The original series was set in New York, while the film version has driven a few hours up the I-90 to move the surroundings to Boston. While the change of leading man, from proper Brit Edward Woodward to all-American-ly handsome Denzel Washington, »

- Sam Woolf

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Black and White’

12 September 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The good news is that Kevin Costner does some of the finest, most deeply felt work of his career as a widower lawyer fighting for custody of his biracial granddaughter in Mike Binder’s “Black and White.” The bad news is that that’s as if “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” had been made only five minutes ago. The even worse news is that, in the moment of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and the Birther movement, a movie like this might be just what America needs right about now. Unlikely to match the $28 million worldwide take of Costner and Binder’s 2005 teaming “The Upside of Anger,” “Black” should connect with select older and urban auds, but lacks the broader crossover potential of a “Crash” or “The Help.”

Maybe because Costner became a star playing golden-boy athletes, military men and noble crusaders, it’s particularly affecting to see him at »

- Scott Foundas

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Annabelle Scares in Latest TV Spot

11 September 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Annabelle a prequel to the hugely popular film The Conjuring is in full promotion mode in this new TV spot. One of the few horror films in October to get a full theatrical release Annabelle will hit theaters on October 3 2014. Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) Alfre Woodard (Primal Fear) Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) Tony Amendola (Blow) Eric Ladin (Cursed) and Brian Howe (Gran Torino) will star in the film. John Leonetti the cinematographer of The Conjuring is directing from a script written by Gary Dauberman. »

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Robert Downey Jr searches for the truth in The Judge trailer

11 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The full trailer for The Judge has been released.

Robert Downey Jr stars in the David Dobkin-directed drama as a hotshot lawyer who returns to his small-town childhood home after his estranged father (Robert Duvall) becomes suspected of murder.

During his search for the truth, he begins to reconnect with the family he left behind.

Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Melissa Leo and Leighton Meester are among the supporting cast. The screenplay is by Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk and first-time writer Bill Dubuque.

The film opened this year's Toronto Film Festival last Friday (September 5).

The Judge is released in the UK on October 17. »

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'The Judge' (2014) Movie Review

4 September 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Without the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, The Judge would probably end up being a film I would have dismissed outright. Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) is best known for his comedies, but here he's directing a two hour and twenty minute, Indiana-set, father-son melodrama, working with a script from Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Bill Dubuque that was in serious need of trimming from the start. Nevermind the fact the film is largely generic, it's just too long, overstuffed, often repeating scenes and unnecessarily wasting time to add another layer, merely for the sake of drama rather than storytelling. To be fair, Dobkin isn't completely out of his element, he just seems somewhat unsure of himself. The Judge is intensely formulaic, hitting beats at just the "right" time, be they comedic or dramatic, you know something meant for a laugh or a tear is »

- Brad Brevet

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Tiff Review: 'The Judge' Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall And Vera Farmiga

4 September 2014 7:35 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

They say you can't go home again, but that's not the case for Robert Downey Jr.'s Hank Palmer. His hometown, Carlinville, Indiana, is the kind of place that has a Blueberry Festival banner festooned over its main street, and where everyone seems to be on a first name basis. For Hank, that means the memories, pain, friends and family he left behind for the big city await him unchanged when he returns for his mother's funeral. It's a reunion that he'd rather not have, as he's been long estranged from his siblings and parents, but he'll have to encounter them all when his father, the titular "The Judge" of the film, is accused of murder. With a script by"Gran Torino" screenwriter Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque, the film is concerned with grizzled and grumpy behavior similar to the Clint Eastwood film, as neither Hank nor Robert Duvall's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Trailer Trashin’: That Creepy Doll is Back in Annabelle

3 September 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Hello again, dear readers. It’s the beginning of September, and another summer movie season has ended. Personally, I plan on checking out the new horror film As Above, So Below, which just came out on Friday. And in the meantime, this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ looks at another upcoming horror film, the October release Annabelle.

Premise: John Form (Ward Horton) has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife Mia (Annabelle Wallis) – a beautiful, vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress, which she names Annabelle. But Mia’s delight with the doll doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… »

- Timothy Monforton

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Summer Film Budgets vs. Total Worldwide Grosses

2 September 2014 6:51 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.

Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »

- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione

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Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys Blu-ray Release Date and Details

2 September 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Warner  Home Video has announced a November 11, 2014 release date for director Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

Jersey Boys is based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name. Like the musical, the feature film stars John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, lead singer of The Four Seasons, and chronicles how a group of boys came together to form the famous band. The film also stars Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, and Christopher Walken.

Jersey Boys was met with mixed results by critics with a 53 percent approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Ticket sales failed to live up to expectations with $58.9 million in worldwide business, though the film did earn the most for an Eastwood production in North American since Gran Torino in 2008.

The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo version of Jersey Boys includes a trio of bonus features, two of which are exclusive. »

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Off the Carpet: Eastwood crashes the season as Telluride gears up for another edition

18 August 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been an interesting run of films for director Clint Eastwood in the 10 years since his "Million Dollar Baby" crashed the 2004 Oscar party and ran away with the gold. I say "interesting" because, at least in awards season terms, it's been a run particularly notable for lots of revving but nothing that ever materialized as a significant player. Right after "Baby" it was the one-two punch of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in 2006, a bold play for the then-75-year-old filmmaker. While developing an adaptation of John Bradley's book for the former, Eastwood felt a perspective from the Japanese side of the WWII equation was warranted, so he quickly developed the latter. And it was "Letters" that felt like it had more on its mind, yielding surprise (for some) nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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