5 items from 2016
While Almost Human marked a memorable feature debut for up-and-comer Joe Begos, The Mind’s Eye represents an unfortunate step backwards. The film feels more like a first-time effort built on unsteady ground, stumbling over a minefield of miscues that rarely pull together the tight, fluid terrors of Almost Human. This psychokinetic Scanners homage falls into a repetition of cut-rate effects and low-budget confidence, constantly failing to marry either aspect with Begos’ passionate respect for a genre he clearly adores and respects. It all sounds great on paper, like an aggressive cut of The Men Who Stare At Goats, but actors scrunching their faces while “emitting brainwave attacks” can only entertain for so long…
Indie workhorse Graham Skipper stars as Zack Connors, a gifted individual being held by antagonist Dr. Michael Slovak (John Speredakos). The imprisonment is not mutually beneficial, as it turns out that Dr. Sloak is keeping a »
- Matt Donato
"America's Most Admired Lawbreaker," an article written by journalist Steven Brill, traces "the inside story" of Johnson & Johnson, the company that made billions of dollars marketing a harmful drug, Risperdal, to children and the elderly. Legal action against the company resulted in a $2 billion settlement, but Johnson & Johnson brought in $30 billion from sales of the drug. Brill's serialized report is divided into 15 parts. »
When it comes to movie stars, few actors in Hollywood better encapsulate what you want out of a veteran A-lister than George Clooney. Not only is he an accomplished actor with an Academy Award on his mantle, he’s a highly regarded writer and director, with an Oscar for producing under his belt as well. He’s a jack of all trades, and with a new star vehicle out on Friday in Money Monster (which I actually see tomorrow), I thought it was high time to go over his best performances to date. There’s no shortage of quality on Clooney’s permanent record, so finding his top works so far won’t be hard, on top of being a pleasure. He’s had a great career that’s only about at the midway point, so there’s not only tons to look at, but plenty more to come as well! »
- Joey Magidson
After barrelling around an icy wasteland as the monstrous Deputy-Minister Mason, Tilda Swinton will reunite with Joon-Ho for the sci-fi flick, rubbing shoulders with Jake Gyllenhaal as a zoologist, Paul Dano, The 100‘s Devon Bostick, Lily Collins, Byun Heebong, Shirley Henderson and, now, The Walking Dead stalwart Steven Yeun.
Word of Yeun’s casting comes just as Okja officially slinks into production. Hoping to spotlight “the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,” Joon-Ho’s intriguing creature feature will set up shop across Canada, the States and in the director’s home of South Korea.
- Michael Briers
We may have another record-breaking weekend on our hands as Disney's Zootopia looks as if it will topple 2012's The Lorax to claim the largest March opening weekend for an animated feature. Additional new releases include Gerard Butler's second straight weekend with a new release as he stars in the Olympus Has Fallen sequel, London Has Fallen, and Tina Fey delivers the war comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And once the numbers are tallied, this year's top twelve may come close to doubling last year's top twelve total over the same weekend. Getting a head start on its domestic release, Zootopia has already brought in more than $93 million internationally from 31 territories. That said, not only is it opening in the U.S. this week, it's expanding into 14 additional territories including Germany, Russia (where it had $1.3 million in previews last weekend) and China. These international releases obviously upped the film's online footprint worldwide, »
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5 items from 2016
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