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American Ultra review: “A dull, pointless stoner caper”

12 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

American Ultra review: A film that really doesn’t know what kind of movie it wants to be…” American Ultra review

Jesse Eisenberg re-teams with his Adventureland co-star Kristen Stewart in this new stoner comedy from Max Landis (Chronicle), and director Nima Nourizadeh, who brought us the absolutely terrible party comedy, Project X, back in 2012.

Eisenberg stars as Mike, a shop attendant who spends his days writing graphic novels and getting high at the supermarket where he works. He loves his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), and is on the verge of asking her to marry him when he suddenly becomes a target of the C.I.A. Unbeknown to him, he is as highly trained as them; the ultimate killing machine who has just been ‘activated’ by his former handler.

Stoner comedies are a dime-a-dozen these days, especially from the likes of Seth Rogen and James Franco (Pineapple Express though, is »

- Paul Heath

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American Ultra movie review: Bourne to lose

15 hours ago | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s one joke dragged out for 90 minutes, and while it’s not entirely unamusing, the comedy feels mired in the same stoner fog as its slacker protagonist. I’m “biast” (pro): like Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s one joke — stoner slacker Jesse Eisenberg is actually a sleeper badass covert operative, har har — dragged out for 90 minutes. And while it’s not entirely unamusing, the fact that the trailer tells the same story in two minutes and doesn’t feature any fewer jokes than the film itself tells you all you need to know. Mike Howell (Eisenberg: Rio 2) suffers from panic attacks, a kind of agoraphobia that doesn’t allow him to leave his small West Virginia town, and a complete and utter lack of ambition. But life isn’t too bad, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Nima Nourizadeh talks American Ultra

3 September 2015 4:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jesse Eisenberg is slacker turned sleeper agent in Nourizadeh’s hi-octane action-comedy, American Ultra.

“For me, the script combined so many different things in an interesting and organic way. The conventions will be familiar to filmgoers, but they are mashed up a little bit, which changes everything.” Iranian-British filmmaker Nima Nourizadeh is talking about action comedy American Ultra, in Cineworld cinemas September 4, 2015, which is his second film as director after 2012’s raucous found-footage teen comedy Project X, which marked him out as a director readily able to bring a fresh spin to tried-and-tested genre formulas. “I like taking things that people think they know and presenting them in a new light,” he adds.

Based on a screenplay by Max Landis, who previously penned Josh Trank’s alternative teen superhero outing Chronicle (2012), American Ultra re-teams Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart – after Adventureland (2009) six years ago, and before Woody Allen’s upcoming latest, »

- Gary Collinson

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Nima Nourizadeh talks American Ultra

3 September 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jesse Eisenberg is slacker turned sleeper agent in Nourizadeh’s hi-octane action-comedy, American Ultra.

“For me, the script combined so many different things in an interesting and organic way. The conventions will be familiar to filmgoers, but they are mashed up a little bit, which changes everything.” Iranian-British filmmaker Nima Nourizadeh is talking about action comedy American Ultra, in Cineworld cinemas September 4, 2015, which is his second film as director after 2012’s raucous found-footage teen comedy Project X, which marked him out as a director readily able to bring a fresh spin to tried-and-tested genre formulas. “I like taking things that people think they know and presenting them in a new light,” he adds.

Based on a screenplay by Max Landis, who previously penned Josh Trank’s alternative teen superhero outing Chronicle (2012), American Ultra re-teams Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart – after the romantic drama Adventureland (2009) six years ago, and before Woody Allen’s upcoming latest, »

- Paul Heath

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'American Ultra' review

21 August 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

American Ultra” is this August’s attempt to reel in audiences still hungry for that last bit of relentless, momentous summer action and thirsty for an original story. It succeeds moderately well at delivering both. The film follows lost soul/American slacker yute Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg). A kind, but broken burnout who spends his days manning the register at a Cash ‘n’ Carry convenience store, getting high in the empty parking lot, and sketching out the various adventures of his unrealized comic creation “Apollo Ape.” His nights pass with his beloved Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) in their not quite rundown, but “lived in” stoner love shack. Mike is crippled by paralyzing panic attacks whenever he attempts to travel and is convinced that he’s hobbling Phoebe’s full potential. She does, in fact, seem all but saintly, initially. Phoebe functions as what one character describes as Mike’s “girlfriend, mother, »

- Roth Cornet

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Friday Report: 'Compton' Hits, Others Miss

21 August 2015 5:13 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Universal will be adding 200 theaters to their hit Straight Outta Compton's current 2,757 venues, assuring that it takes the weekend with an estimated $30M. Given the N.W.A. biopic's current domestic haul of $84M that would put it well over $100M by Monday. The rest of the field, two secret agents flicks and horror sequel, can only look at that late August haul for Compton and drool. One of those secret agent flicks, Lionsgate's American Ultra, with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, made $425K in Thursday screenings and has a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. That estimated $8M weekend Ultra is heading towards is better than the actors' last collaboration, the under-appreciated Adventureland, which opened at $5.7M on its way to $16M cume. It would be quite worse, however, than director Nima Nourizadeh's Project X, which opened to $21M in 2012 on its way to $54M. Hitman 47, the sequel to the original Timothy Olyphant Hitman, »

- Keith Simanton <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse Gets A Red Band Trailer

21 August 2015 3:13 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Paramount

The last ten years have seen the zom-com sub-genre explode. The list of titles stretches out endlessly, including fan favourites Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland all the way to lesser seen fare like 2007’s Fido and last year’s Life After Beth.

It doesn’t seem the trend intends to die either, with the arrival of a new red band trailer for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse now on the rampage.

Check it out below.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse sees a bunch of under-appreciated, geeky scout types having to defend their town from a sudden zombie epidemic. The title pretty much doubles as a plot synopsis by the look of things.

I can get behind the general concept here, but the trailer doesn’t fill me with anticipation. With an R-rating, some nastiness is expected, but this has a slightly unpleasant vibe. There’s a leery, »

- Daniel Kelly

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American Ultra – The Review

20 August 2015 8:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

So we’re finally in the last stretch of Summer, the slow march to reach the (hopefully) cooler temps just past Labor Day. And along with those Fall breezes will come the more, somber award-worthy films. But there’s still time for a bit of mayhem to squeeze into those final August days. And mayhem seems to be the main purpose of this new release hitting the multiplex. Its main character is on a mission (not for a microchip or some, such macguffin, but to survive along with his gal) and many assassins are mowed down along with even more property damage (they blow up good). But unlike Ethan Hunt or Mad Max, he’s not aware of his “particular set of skills” at the movie’s beginning. Like Clark Kent, is he meek and “mild-mannered”? Well, more like meek and “mellow”, thanks to some tasty herbs. And he’s »

- Jim Batts

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'American Ultra' Review: This Stoner Assassin Bores

20 August 2015 4:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

American Ultra aims to mix violence, absurdity, humor, and romance. It achieves this goal...poorly. Somewhat surprising, since stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart had such great chemistry in Adventureland. Unfortunately, a pedantic script from Max Landis (Chronicle) and maudlin direction by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) doesn't recreate that magic. American Ultra had promise. A comedic take on the CIA's infamous Mk Ultra program could have been great. We'll have to wait for a better film, because American Ultra falls woefully short.

Jesse Eisenberg stars as slacker stoner Mike Howell. He and his hippie girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart); live a relatively carefree existence in a small Virginia town. They smoke weed, work menial jobs, and are madly in love. Mike suffers from overwhelming panic attacks every time he tries to leave town. His hope of proposing to Phoebe in Hawaii ends disastrously when he can't even get on the plane. »

- MovieWeb

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American Ultra Review

19 August 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Rolled into a joint made with the kief leftover from a dozen different movies, American Ultra is a natural underachiever. An early action scene, in which our protagonist average Joe brutally dispatches of two government goons through unconscious reflex, is a familiar one. So too are many of the events that follow, like when a military liaison explains to his CIA superior (Topher Grace, delightful) why their hit on a former asset has gone pear-shaped. “How is he still alive?” yells Grace’s pissy and psychotic company man. “Well, sir,” replies the Army brass, “he had a spoon.”

Deadpan statements shine like whites beneath the wide, spectral black light of American Ultra’s influences. It’s a paranoid pothead thriller (The Bourne Indica) that’s been hybridized with a sweetly simple relationship comedy. It’s also a violent action vehicle, a dopey stoner romp, and a Looney Tunes vision of surveillance state overreach. »

- Sam Woolf

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American Ultra | Review

19 August 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Long Spliff Goodnight: Nourizadeh’s Stoner Action Flick Mixes Kooky with Convention

Comprised of a tangle of similar narrative threads spliced together from a variety of genres and time periods, Nima Nourizadeh’s sophomore directorial effort American Ultra is generally more often entertaining than not, though considering the significant reputations of its leads and zany array of the supporting cast, it could have been better served with a bit more outlandishness than the conventional acts it delivers. As it stands, the success of this rural set conspiracy comedy depends mostly on the low-key charm this rather approximately defined scenario allows to transpire, but it ultimately isn’t goofy enough to allow for the cult notoriety something like this promises. As scripted by Max Landis (again returning to the landscape of youthful, self-reliant outsiders as in his 2012 Chronicle), there’s not a whole lot of surprise, but much like its drug of choice, »

- Nicholas Bell

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93 movie remakes and reboots currently in the works

19 August 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Craft and The Birds to The Fugitive and She's All That, the many film reboots and remakes currently in the works...

Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.

Without further ado, here's what's coming up...

Akira

One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »

- simonbrew

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'American Ultra': Brash, Shallow, and the "Most Romantic Film of the Year"?

18 August 2015 1:37 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as a pair of mismatched small-town stoners, hopelessly in love without prospects or aspirations in Nima Nourizadeh's "Project X" followup "American Ultra." Eisenberg's laid-back character, Mike, is also a "stoned cold killer" waiting to be activated by the CIA. And after killing two covert operatives with nothing more than a spoon, Mike and Stewart's Phoebe, become targeted by a unified U.S. military calvary. The film looks to send up the stereotype already held about stoners: they are paranoid. And they are moonstruck dreamers with delusions of grandeur that they're being followed by the FBI, or are involved in a government conspiracy plotting to take them down. Which makes Mike and Phoebe's conceits all the more plausible. Under the surface of this manic juxtaposition of firearms, black helicopters, and sleeper cell agents, could Mike and Phoebe be battling their own hazy, unwelcome high? »

- Ruben Guevara

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Review: ‘American Ultra’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart

18 August 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s difficult to articulate without going into near unprofessional superlatives, just how punchable the odious and insufferable “American Ultra” is. It's a deeply unsophisticated movie about a dummy stoner, his dutifully suffering girlfriend, and the government agencies that are trying to kill them. An attempt to cross the supernova young lovers passion of “True Romance,” and the visceral, turn-on-a-dime instinctual violence of the ‘Bourne’ series, while this stoner action comedy channels both Quentin Tarantino and Paul Greengrass, it misses the mark by a mile, delivering a phony version of both styles. While it may sound like an entertaining crossbred of genres, it’s really just a hollow hybrid experiment gone horribly wrong.  Written with smug, vulgar zeal by Max Landis (“Chronicle”) and directed with A.D.D.-fueled, amphetamine-driven enthusiasm by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”), tonally, “American Ultra” provides no insight or substance anywhere, happy to just pour »

- Rodrigo Perez

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‘American Ultra’ Review: Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg Give Their All to Ultra-Violent, Ultra-Stupid Comedy

18 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There are moments in “American Ultra” where you can see the smart, outrageous, hyper-violent farce that would attract the likes of not only stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart but also distinguished supporting players, including Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Walton Goggins and John Leguizamo. What these talented folks must not have seen coming, however, is how director Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) and screenwriter Max Landis (“Chronicle”) lose their way, allowing the film’s sensibility to degenerate from outrageous to cartoony, and piling up plot contrivances and corpses in stacks so high that they obscure whatever charms the film once. »

- Alonso Duralde

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10 films to beat the 2015 blockbuster fatigue

5 August 2015 3:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Fed up of summer blockbusters, and looking for some more diverse films to watch in the month ahead? Here are some recommendations...

If you haven't seen it yet, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the kind of film that ruins you for other blockbusters. Handily, it was deployed right at the end of July, right around the time that most of us have had our blocks thoroughly busted. As we've noted around this time in recent years, you might even be feeling a little fatigued with the smashy-bangy of it all.

But the big movies will keep coming through August. Still to come this month, as blockbuster season winds down, are films like Adam Sandler's video game-themed sci-fi comedy Pixels, horror sequel Sinister 2 and reboots galore, in the form of Fantastic Four, Hitman: Agent 47 and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Before you know it, it'll be time to »

- simonbrew

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'American Ultra' Trailer #3 Turns Jesse Eisenberg Into a Super Spy

30 July 2015 7:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In case you missed the second trailer for Lionsgate's American Ultra that debuted earlier this month, the studio has released a third trailer, chocked full of action. Before he takes on the villainous role of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg portrays Mike Howell, a convenience store employee who is in for quite a rude awakening. After he becomes "activated," without even knowing it himself, Mike's incredible skills are put to the test.

American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is »

- MovieWeb

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Pitch Perfect 2 Us Blu-ray details announced

22 July 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the official details for the U.S. Blu-ray release of the hit summer comedy Pitch Perfect 2, which is set for release on September 22nd.

You Can Pre-order Pitch Perfect 2 Via Amazon Here

The sequel sees the return of the Barden Bellas who have to compete in the A Cappella World Championships after scandals threaten to disband their legacy. The film, which was released in May, has made over $280 million worldwide including its huge $69 million opening weekend.

See Also: Read out review of Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 is packed with more original musical arrangements, memorable one-liners and offbeat romance as the original’s most beloved characters fight to regain their former glory on a worldwide stage facing off against the toughest competition on the planet. Hysterical behind-the-scenes bonus features, never-before-seen deleted footage, all-new musical performances and a hilarious gag reel make »

- Scott J. Davis

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'Pitch Perfect 2' Gag Reel; Blu-ray and DVD Coming in September

21 July 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The fabulous Bellas of Barden University are back to compete in the World Championships of A Cappella after a scandal threatens their legacy in Pitch Perfect 2. The high-spirited sequel to the movie that sparked a worldwide phenomenon is coming to Digital HD on September 1st and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand September 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Pitch Perfect 2 is packed with more original musical arrangements, memorable one-liners and offbeat romance as the original's most beloved characters fight to regain their former glory on a worldwide stage facing off against the toughest competition on the planet. Hysterical behind-the-scenes bonus features, never-before-seen deleted footage, all-new musical performances and a hilarious gag reel make Pitch Perfect 2 a must own on Blu-ray and DVD.

Beca (Anna Kendrick), Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and the Barden Bellas are back to pitch slap the world! After a scandal threatens to derail their last year at Barden, »

- MovieWeb

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Watch: Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart Light Up New ‘American Ultra’ Trailer

21 July 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has released the final trailer for the Jesse Eisenberg-Kristen Stewart starrer “American Ultra” a month before its Aug. 21 release.

The action-comedy’s trailer, replete with expletives and gun play, reveals that Eisenberg’s stoner character is actually a highly trained secret agent who doesn’t realize he’s a secret agent until he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out.

He’s set into motion by a CIA operative calling him “Cherry Progressive” at a convenience store, followed by his killing two operatives with a spoon. “I have a lot of anxiety about this,” he tells his girlfriend, portrayed by Stewart.

The studio acquired the project last year before shooting started in New Orleans with “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh helming from a script by Max Landis. Topher Grace and Connie Britton also star.

“Ultra” re-teams Stewart and Eisenberg six years after they »

- Dave McNary

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