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The Lego Movie review: A wildly inventive rollercoaster with bricks

3 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller; Screenwriters: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller; Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Cobie Smulders, Jonah Hill, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Channing Tatum; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate: U

"Everything is awesome!" blasts out Tegan and Sara's theme from The Lego Movie, an earworm of a tune that perfectly encapsulates the fun and adventurous spirit of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord's new 3D animation.

Arriving hot on the heels of Battleship, it's understandable to be cautious about this film, but emerging from the melee of multicoloured bricks is something that's far wittier and smarter than it has any right to be. It's fast and funny enough to entertain youngsters and is executed with enough storytelling sophistication to keep older viewers engaged for the duration.

For those who grew up on Lego, the Danish-made bricks that have now been around for more than six decades, »

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Lone Survivor – review | Mark Kermode

1 February 2014 5:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An oddly heroic tone mars this visceral account of an abortive mission by Us forces in Afghanistan

Adapted from Marcus Luttrell's first-hand account of a disastrous 2005 Us navy Seals mission in Afghanistan (the title tells you how it turns out), this gruelling war picture follows four Americans pinned down near the Pakistan border while seeking out a Taliban militia leader. Shot with visceral intensity by cinematographer Tobias Schliessler, the film makes a strong fist of placing the viewer in an oppressive huddle of random gunfire, broken bones and pierced skin, each gut-wrenching wound dramatised with explosive squibs and fleshy sound effects. As the soldiers scrabble for their lives, they tumble painfully down stony inclines, clinging desperately to rocks and twigs, their mortifying injuries worsening by the moment.

There's no doubting the technical skill of this depiction of battle, but writer-director Peter Berg (stripping it back after the bloated catastrophe »

- Mark Kermode

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Second Opinion - Lone Survivor (2013)

30 January 2014 11:41 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lone Survivor, 2013.

Directed by Peter Berg.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Yousuf Azami, Ali Suliman, Eric Bana and Alexander Ludwig.


Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

If ever a film needed the ‘based on a true story’ title card, then Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor is that film. Some of the things the Navy SEALs go through in this film would be impossible for us to comprehend, but we know it’s based on reality which gives some of the sequences even more of a punch. It also features the best depiction of combat I’ve seen since Black Hawk Down over a decade ago, but in »

- Gary Collinson

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New Release Dates for Ouija and Crimson Peak

30 January 2014 4:11 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Universal Pictures is making some changes to their release schedule and we have new dates and official plot details for both Ouija and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak:

Ouija: “In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse ProductionsJason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.”

Ouija will be released on October 24th, 2014.

Crimson Peak: “Legendary PicturesCrimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, »

- Jonathan James

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Universal Announces 2014/15 Release Dates and Synopses for Pitch Perfect 2, Crimson Peak & More

30 January 2014 3:52 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Adding to their already-impressive line-up for the next two years, Universal has officially announced release dates along with synopses for some of their most anticipated projects, including the recently-confirmed Pitch Perfect 2 and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.

In chronological order, the studio reveals that As Above, So Below, the psychological thriller from John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine), will be opening on August 15th, 2014.

Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain.  A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.  Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) and directed by John Erick Dowdle, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Lone Survivor review

30 January 2014 3:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Ryan Lambie 31 Jan 2014 - 06:56

Mark Wahlberg stars in Peter Berg's war film, Lone Survivor. Here's Ryan's review of an intense and thrilling movie...

If the secret to good storytelling is, to paraphrase an old adage, to put characters up a tree and throw rocks at them, then Lone Survivor succeeds admirably. Based on the true story of four Us Navy SEALs and an Afghanistan mission gone violently awry, it’s an efficient and intense war film from director Peter Berg, who seems more at home here than he did in the more expensive, mainstream territory of Hancock and Battleship.

Led by Mark Wahlberg’s Marcus Luttrell, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster star as the SEALs, whose attempt to assassinate a Taliban leader from a vantage point on Sawtalo Sar mountain is thwarted by anti-Coalition forces. Outgunned and out of communication with their superiors, the SEALs »

- ryanlambie

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Movie Review - Lone Survivor (2013)

28 January 2014 9:38 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lone Survivor, 2013.

Directed by Peter Berg.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Yousuf Azami, Ali Suliman, Eric Bana and Alexander Ludwig.


Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

At its core, Lone Survivor is little more than a passion project, an almost American piece of propaganda. The first 10 minutes is a seemingly never ending montage of Navy SEALs training, an introduction more appropriate as a distasteful advert for the American army. Thankfully however, the film recovers fairly quickly gaining pace rapidly and ending in a “shit-storm” of brutality and tension. Peter Berg makes films less as pieces of thespian drama, but as bloated examples of the American film industry at there absolute worse. »

- Gary Collinson

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Lone Survivor review: Mark Wahlberg leads gruelling war drama

27 January 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Peter Berg; Screenwriter: Peter Berg; Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana; Running time: 121 mins; Certificate: 15

The film title may give away a little too much for those not familiar with the true story of Marcus Luttrell, one of four Us Navy SEALs who were dangerously outnumbered on Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan during 2005. Mark Wahlberg stands firm as Luttrell and he also produced this version of events which, ultimately, celebrates the brotherhood of soldiers and hits hard, on a gut level.

Luttrell doesn't find himself truly alone for more than 20 minutes on screen. In fact, writer/director Peter Berg spends a surprisingly long time painting a portrait of life on the Us military base near Afghanistan's Kunar Province. The guys engage in locker-room banter between quieter moments of reflection as thoughts turn to home and the loved ones who are waiting for them there. »

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Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley Re-Ups To 2017, Adds Oversight Of International And Marketing Divisions

26 January 2014 4:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Breaking: After coming through a major fall restructure and flying out of the gate with two box office hits in 2014 and overhauling Fast & Furious 7 so it can resume production in March, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has extended her contract through 2017. Langley, who oversaw the production businesses of Universal Pictures and Focus Features, is adding oversight of international production and international and domestic marketing to her duties. Marketing president Josh Goldstine and International president David Kosse will now report to Langley. Like Langley, they will also report to Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell, whom Comcast installed as head of Universal Studios last September as part of a shakeup that saw Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson ousted and co-chairman Langley upped to sole chairman while Ron Meyer was named NBC Universal vice chairman of NBC Universal. Related: Universal Shakeup: Adam Fogelson Out, Donna Langley Sideways, Jeff Shell In, And Ron Meyer »


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Ben Foster: why I ate dirt for Lone Survivor

24 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A month-long bootcamp was just the start, as the story of a botched Navy SEALs assignment became a mission in itself. And next up for the actor? Lance Armstrong's training regime

Lone Survivor has surprised many. It's the story of Operation Red Wings – a 2005 reconnaissance mission which found four Navy SEALs ambushed by anti-coalition militia on an Afghan mountain – adapted from Seal Marcus Luttrell's memoir of the events. Written and directed by Peter Berg, who last coughed up the hideous Battleship, it's everything that film wasn't: heartfelt and exciting in all the right places. No 1 at the Us box office, it's doubled its $40m budget and garnered frenzied reactions from both ends of the political spectrum.

This was very much a passion project for Berg, whose father was a Marine. He'd been working on it since 2007; after getting to know Luttrell and the families of the 19 SEALs killed in Operation Red Wings, »

- Alex Godfrey

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The Nut Job Gets a Sequel!

24 January 2014 12:00 AM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Update: The Nut Job is a Huge success, making more money in its opening weekend than any other indie animated film. So, of course, the companies behind the nutty film will make a sequel! Nothing else is secured, like if director Peter Lepeniotis or any of the stars will be back. When a movie is expected to be a success, usually they have the stars sign a contract promising to come back but with a small film made out of South Korea, I feel pretty certain they did Not make a deal for future films with the film's key voices, Katherine Heigl or Will Arnett.

April 11, 2013 - The Nut Job isn't looking so squirrley anymore. Open Road Films, the folks behind The Host, has picked up the 3D animated film about a squirrel and a rat who plan to steal the nuts from a nut store. It will be in theaters Jan. »

- (Tara the Mom)

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New TV spot for The Lego Movie features a glimpse of The Flash

21 January 2014 12:44 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For those that visit the site regularly, you will be aware that we are incredibly, almost unnaturally excited for Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The Lego Movie and today we have been given an incredibly brief look at DC superhero The Flash in the latest TV spot. As with the promos, it’s bright, over the top and damn entertaining; check it out after the official synopsis...

"The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Emmet (Chris Pratt) is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared." 

The Lego Movie opens in North America on February 7th and in the UK on February 14th with a voice cast that includes Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, »

- Gary Collinson

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Box office report: 'Ride Along' dominates with $47.8 million, breaks January record

19 January 2014 10:16 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

It’s good to be Kevin Hart and Ice Cube this weekend. The increasingly ubiquitous Hart, who recently told EW that Ride Along is “my baby,” scored big with a $41.2 million opening weekend for the buddy-cop comedy. That should jump to an estimated $47.8 million when one factors in the Monday Mlk Jr. holiday. Not only does the impressive haul surpass expectations for Universal’s leanly budgeted $25 million comedy, but it also breaks the record for a January opening. (If you’re still not sold on the Hart/Cube pairing, whose chemistry lifted the film to an “A” approval rating with CinemaScore audiences, »

- Karen Valby

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Weekend Box Office: 'Ride Along' Tops 'Jack Ryan' with Largest January Opening Ever

19 January 2014 7:59 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Kevin Hart is clearly a box office draw as Ride Along hit theaters this weekend and smashed expectations, bringing in $41.2 million, making it the largest January opening ever, topping Cloverfield's previous record of $40 million. Word of mouth on this one might not be too bad either as it scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. I expect Ride Along 2 will be announced shortly and I can only hope this time they surround Hart's comedic talent with a good screenplay. Speaking of January records, last weekend Lone Survivor tried to break Cloverfield's record, but fell a little shy as it now has the third largest January opening ever. Even better news for the film is that it only dipped 39% off that opening number for $23.2 million this weekend, bringing its cume to over $78 million. Yes, that's more than Peter Berg's Battleship made in its entire domestic run ($68 million). As for the weekend's other newcomers, »

- Brad Brevet

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Exclusive Interview (Part Two): Composer Steve Jablonsky talks Transformers 4, Lone Survivor, and Michael Bay

16 January 2014 4:43 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

In Part One (Read It here) of our interview with Steve Jablonsky, composer of films like Transformers, The Island, Pain And Gain, Steamboy, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and most recently, Battleship, Ender's Game, and Lone Survivor, we talked about how he got into composing and his earlier work. In Part Two we discuss Transformers: Age Of Extinction, his collaboration with Explosions in the Sky for Lone Survivor, working with Michael Bay, future projects, and a certain superhero movie »

- Paul Shirey

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Prepare Your Expansion Packs: ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Movie Coming Soon

14 January 2014 11:30 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Listen up, nerds! Everyone’s favorite fantasy card game-slash-reason that you and your three other AP-lovin’ friends never left your rec room junior year of high school is finally getting the movie adaptation treatment it justly deserves. Magic: The Gathering will make the leap from playing cards to the big screen, as Fox has acquired the rights from Hasbro to transform the multiverse of the planeswalkers into something on as large of a scale as the Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings franchises. This is great news coming from the studios that brought us Battleship as their last game-based film offering, although casting hasn’t been set yet, so there’s always still time for Rihanna to be announced as a beautiful wizard. A sprawling Magic franchise at the same level of complexity and quality as Lotr or Harry Potter seems like a hefty order to fill, but Fox has some ammunition on their side »

- Samantha Wilson

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‘Lone Survivor’ Wins This Week’s Us Box Office Hands Down

13 January 2014 11:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Peter Berg might not have set the box office alight with his last film, blockbuster failure Battleship (which was slightly underrated in my book). However it turns out that if you give this man a vastly smaller budget, he can turn it into box office gold. His new film, Lone Survivor, has been critically very well received (including five stars from us here at Thn) and it looks like the Us audience have taken it to heart as well. The film, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch, debuted at number one and took in over $38.5 million, which is very close to the film’s reported budget. Great news for its financiers at Universal. Frozen also continues to rake in the money for Disney as it only dropped to number 2 and still managed to rake in over $15 million. Frozen has now earned around $317 million in the states alone! »

- Esben Evans

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Mark Wahlberg's Lone Survivor runs ahead as Hercules fails strength test

13 January 2014 8:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The experiences of a Us Navy Seal hunted by the Taliban hit mighty numbers while The Legend of Hercules limped in at No 4

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Lone Survivor holds its own

Lone Survivor has Mark Wahlberg heading a solid cast in an unapologetically gung-ho action tale based on the experiences of Marcus Luttrell, a Us Navy Seal on the run from the Taliban after his recon unit encounters an unexpected source of peril. Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Battleship) is no Kathryn Bigelow so don't expect deep intrigue, but it still works as a balls-to-the-wall survival story. The movie was financed independently and Universal picked up Us distribution rights, choosing to launch it in two theatres last week to generate buzz before expanding into 2,875 sites at the weekend. The plan worked, and Lone Survivor took an estimated $38.5m – a pretty mighty number. Will it hold »

- Jeremy Kay

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Major 'Star Wars' Rumors: Jesse Plemons Eyed for 'Episode VII,' but Luke, Leia and Han Might Star After All

13 January 2014 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Jesse Plemons, who established himself as a gentle, kind and extremely loyal friend in Friday Night Lights and then redefined himself as a gentle, kind and extremely dangerous psychopath in Breaking Bad, is under serious consideration for a lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII. According to The Wrap, Plemons' initial audition was "well received" and he will meet with director J.J. Abrams this week. The casting process has been shrouded in secrecy, with no confirmation of any of the actors so far, not even the long-rumored return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.  Beyond his two signature roles so far, Plemons has demonstrated his talents in feature films as varied as Peter Berg's Battleship and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. He is 25...

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- Peter Martin

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Box Office: How Did 'Lone Survivor' Become the First Surprise Hit of 2014?

13 January 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When "Lone Survivor" expanded from limited release to 2,875 theaters this weekend, box office experts didn't expect much. "Zero Dark Thirty" aside, movies about the fighting in Afghanistan haven't done very well. Predictions ranged from $17 million to $27 million -- nothing that would upset the annual January doldrums. So everyone was taken by surprise with the movie opened wide with an estimated $38.5 million. That's the biggest January debut for any movie since "Cloverfield" earned $40 million in 2008.

How did "Lone Survivor" outperform expectations by so much? Here are some possible reasons it became such a huge hit.

Based-in-fact: Unlike most movies about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this one was based on a true story. Plus, Marcus Luttrell (the Navy Seal played by Mark Wahlberg in the movie) turned his harrowing story into a best-selling book, so there was a fair amount of audience pre-awareness before "Lone Survivor" went wide.

Quality: Despite mixed reviews, »

- Gary Susman

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