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Video Movie Review: Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018): Not Bad For Something That Came Out Of Nowhere

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Review

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Video Movie Review, a Fun Academy Motion Pictures movie directed by Richard Lanni and starring Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter and Gérard Depardieu.

In this video review, I delve into Richard Lanni’s Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero and discuss the film’s story, animation, its characters, and how [...]

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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is Saluted by Film Critics Nationwide as Americans Celebrate Their Furry Friends with National Pet Observances

As pet lovers celebrate their furry friends throughout the month of April — National Pet Day, April 11; Kids and Pet Day, April 26; and National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day April 30 — critics from coast to coast have embraced the heartwarming, animated family tale Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, based on the incredible, documented true story of a scrappy, little stray dog who became a celebrated hero on the battlefield during World War I.

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero opens nationwide on April 13

As part of that month-long celebration of our beloved and faithful, furry friends, Fun Academy Motion Pictures has partnered with 90 national and regional animal organizations across all 50 states – including The Humane Society of the United States – to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life … and the true story of a little, stray dog who rose above
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11 Blockbusters You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, niche offerings for dedicated fans, a closer look at festival favorites finally headed to a theater near you, and plenty of special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Read More: Check out our entire Summer Preview right here

Today — a look at eleven blockbusters (or would-be blockbusters) well worth your time and movie-going dollars.

Deadpool 2,” May 18

Not content to be in just one superhero blockbuster this year, Josh Brolin will trade in Thanos for Cable, the time-traveling cybernetic mutant who seems poised to clash with Deadpool over “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” breakout Julian Dennison.
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Trailer Binge: ‘Solo’,’ Ocean’s 8′, ‘American Animals’, ‘Hot Summer Nights’, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’

Welcome to Trailer Binge, a recurring feature where we get a chance to catch up on some of the recent trailer releases in the past week. Whether it be indie releases, or recent movie and TV trailers that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks, Trailer Binge allows us to catch up on the seemingly constant onslaught of new new content being released each week.

In this edition of Trailer Binge, we take a look at trailers for ‘Ocean’s 8‘, ‘American Animals‘ and ‘Hot Summer Nights‘. Also we showcase trailers for the amazon studios Series ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock‘ and ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle‘, along with a brand-new Tv spot for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘. Let the Trailer binge begin!

‘Ocean’s 8’ Trailer #2

Gary Ross, the filmmaker behind The Hunger Games and Pleasantville, co-wrote the screenplay with Olivia Milch. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson,
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‘Rampage’ Sneaks Up on ‘A Quiet Place’ to Win Weekend Box Office

‘Rampage’ Sneaks Up on ‘A Quiet Place’ to Win Weekend Box Office
After a weekend of fluctuating projections, Dwayne Johnson (just barely) owned the North American box office after all.

Though earlier estimates looked like the second frame of “A Quiet Place” would take the weekend, Johnson’s “Rampage” snuck up to take the top slot with $34.5 million from 4,101 theaters.

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.’ “Rampage” opened under initial predictions that estimated between $37 million to $40 million. Though the sci-fi actioner has an impressive A- CinemaScore and 80% audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes, “Rampage” will need to rely heavily on overseas to carry its costly $120 million budget.
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‘A Quiet Place’ to Lead Box Office, ‘Rampage’ Debuts at $32 Million

‘A Quiet Place’ to Lead Box Office, ‘Rampage’ Debuts at $32 Million
Thanks to strong word of mouth, John Krasinski’s horror film “A Quiet Place” is looking to top the box office for the second weekend in a row with $34 million from 3,589 domestic locations.

Just behind the SXSW success story is Warner Bros.-New Line’s “Rampage” with $32 million from 4,101 sites. Friday’s estimates had adjusted the Dwayne Johnson-starrer’s debut to the $27-$32 million range, with earlier tracking forecasting an opening between $35 and $40 million. “Rampage” earned $11.5 million its opening Friday, including $2.4 million from Thursday previews.
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All Your Favorite Actors Lead First Trailer for Female ‘Ocean’s 8’

All you really need to know about the hotly-anticipated, all-female “Ocean’s 8” is the names among its cast: Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Awkwafina, and Helena Bonham Carter. Any questions? The Gary Ross-directed heist flick, from Warner Bros. Pictures, hits theaters June 8. Get in on the action! Check out Backstage's film audition listings!
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‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’ Film Review: Dog Loves His Doughboys in Animated Wwi True Story

During his decade or so on earth, Stubby the terrier accomplished far more than some people (including me) will achieve in their human-length lifetimes. A Connecticut stray that became the most decorated dog in U.S. history, “Sergeant” Stubby‘s exploits during World War I include locating and rescuing the wounded, capturing a German spy, and warning American and French troops about mustard gas strikes. He endured gas attacks himself, as well as grenade wounds.

For his 18 months of service, he was introduced to three presidents and given a cushy post-military gig as the mascot of the Georgetown Hoyas. Upon his death in 1926, the New York Times memorialized Sergeant Stubby with a half-page obituary, and his body was donated to the Smithsonian. To ask who’s a good boy in his presence would be an insult.

I can’t say that the world needed “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” the new animated biopic (doggopic? pupperpic?) about a wordless creature who, despite a few movie-like touches, is more animal than Pixar-ish humanoid. Cartoon Stubby moves, acts and, most importantly, sounds like a real dog.

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Director and co-writer Richard Lanni (“The Americans in the Bulge”), who penned with Mike Stokey, smartly leans on naturalistic canine charm to tell a story that already feels too incredible to be true. At 75 minutes, the resulting feature is the definition of slight, but just winsome and optimistic enough to justify itself.

A young Army soldier, Robert Conroy (voiced by Logan Lerman), gives Stubby his accidental calling. A fateful encounter on the street — and the surprising leniency of Robert’s superiors — makes the stocky, diminutive canine a fixture on the base, where doughboys are being trained to fight the Germans. The human dramas range from predictable to wholly dispensable. Among Conroy’s buddies, Olsen (Jordan Beck) declares that he hates dogs and Schroeder (Jim Pharr) wants to prove that, despite his Teutonic accent, he belongs in his chosen home, not the one he left behind.

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In France, Conroy’s mentor becomes Baptiste (Gérard Depardieu), a genial Gaul who enjoys — wait for it — cheese and wine. A quasi-storyline about the gradual erosion of French prejudice against their American allies feels out of place. And the film’s narrator (Helena Bonham Carter), Conroy’s never-seen big sister and the only female “character,” feels like an element the writers shoehorned in to hit a marketing quadrant goal.

No matter. The plot hardly makes a difference, since the movie’s chief asset is its heartwarming but never Pollyanna-ish ambience. Exercising welcome restraint (especially for a children’s movie), Lanni never states the biggest lesson to be learned from Stubby’s story: That when talent, loyalty, and friendship are nurtured, there’s no telling what miracles may arise. Nothing is more dehumanizing than war, and it was crucial for soldiers in the trenches to feel a connection to their own humanity through a dog’s companionship — and wise of Conroy’s higher-ups to permit their troops the comfort that Stubby represented.

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Yes, it’s adorable when Conroy teaches Stubby how to salute, and when the dog dons a cape that the local villagers make for him as a thank-you gift for warning them about impending mustard gas. (The chemical weapon — rendered as a genuinely creepy neon-green smoke that Maleficent might swirl herself around in — is a standout image among otherwise unremarkable CG animation).

We never forget that this is war, and a loss late in the film is accordingly moving. Through it all runs Stubby, blissfully ignorant of human cruelty and unwaveringly stalwart in protecting those he loves.



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Film Review: ‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’

Film Review: ‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’
The makers of “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” could hardly have asked for better timing: Their computer-animated feature about the real-life adventures of an improbably plucky canine on the battlefields of World War I has arrived not long after “Wonder Woman” introduced many young viewers to the specifics of what was billed — inaccurately, alas — as the War to End All Wars. As a result, director Richard Lanni’s family-friendly yet persuasively detailed movie should come across to a sizable chunk of its target audience as something appreciably more immediate than a period piece set a century ago. Better still, the film is sufficiently intelligent and entertaining to engage most grown-ups and, no kidding, fascinate history buffs.

This is the stranger-than-fiction story of a scruffy stray Boston terrier who bonds with novice solider Robert Conroy (voiced by Logan Lerman) during the latter’s basic training in Connecticut, and manages to follow
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Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean assembles her crew in Ocean’s 8 trailer

Warner Bros. has released a trailer for Gary Ross’ upcoming female-led spinoff to the Ocean’s trilogy, Ocean’s 8, which stars Sandra Bullock leading an ensemble that include Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina; watch it here…

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The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch (upcoming “Dude”), with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing. Filming
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Watch the new trailer for ‘Ocean’s 8,’ aka your soon-to-be favorite movie of the summer

Watch the new trailer for ‘Ocean’s 8,’ aka your soon-to-be favorite movie of the summer
Eight weeks out from release, “Ocean’s 8” has dropped a brand new trailer — and it’s more than enough to hold us over until the film hits theaters. The highly anticipated star-studded film looks fun and charming as hell, as Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean, just like her bro Danny (George Clooney), is on parole and starts planning a heist with her best gals.

The crew includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina. Their job: To swipe a super expensive necklace at the annual Met Gala. So yeah, it’s glitzy, glamorous and has more fabulous dresses than you can handle.

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James Corden is also there to provide some expository quips. And, in case you forgot from the first teaser, Danny Ocean is ostensibly dead. But this is a professional con
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Ocean's 8 Trailer #2: Sandra Bullock Unites Her Team of Thieves

Following the eight brief trailer previews Warner Bros. released yesterday, the studio has now unveiled the full trailer for Ocean's 8. This video offers more new footage than what was released in the first trailer that debuted back in December, and with this star-studded female lineup led by Sandra Bullock, we could be looking at one of this summer's biggest hits. Here's the official synopsis from Warner Bros.

"Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean and seven other female thieves try to pull off the heist of the century at New York's annual Met Gala. Their target, a necklace that's worth more than $150 million. Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century with the perfect crew co-led by Lou (Cate Blanchett); and including Nine Ball (Rihanna); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson)."

Ocean's 8 could very well be a sleeper hit.
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Trailer Watch: Sandra Bullock Plans a Heist at the Met Gala in “Ocean’s 8”

“Ocean’s 8”

Sandra Bullock is an ex-con eyeing an epic comeback in “Ocean’s 8.” The Oscar winner plays Debbie Ocean, a woman who celebrates her release from prison by plotting a hugely ambitious heist. A new trailer for the star-studded pic sees Debbie laying out the plan for her best friend and partner in crime, Lou (Cate Blanchett).

Debbie explains that she’s thinking much bigger than a jewelry store and more akin to a “diamond mine.” She wants to rob the Met Gala, and specifically the $150 million necklace of an actress set to attend (Anne Hathaway).

Debbie can offer the team she assembles $15 million dollars each if they pull it off. But to get the money they’ll have to outmaneuver the “most sophisticated security system in the world.” Fortunately they all seem up to the challenge. “Game on!” shouts the designated hacker (Rihanna).

Their co-conspirators include a jeweler
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Sandra Bullock Is Criminal Mastermind in ‘Ocean’s 8’ Official Trailer

Sandra Bullock Is Criminal Mastermind in ‘Ocean’s 8’ Official Trailer
Audiences got a second look at “Ocean’s 8” on Thursday, when Warner Bros. released a new trailer for the female-led heist comedy.

Mindy Kaling and Sarah Paulson, two of the film’s stars, teased the new footage on their Twitter accounts on Wednesday, with Kaling introducing her jewelry-maker character Amita and writing “no heist movie is complete without diamonds.”

No heist movie is complete without diamonds say hi to your new girl Amita #Oceans8 pic.twitter.com/FAMWrzGiUI

— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 11, 2018

See the new #Oceans8 trailer tomorrow. @oceans8movie @mindykaling @annehathaway @badgalriri @awkwafina also the perfect #sandrabullock #cateblanchett #helenabonhamcarter pic.twitter.com/TulPKNFx9b

— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) April 11, 2018

The new footage shows the eight women planning a major robbery at the Met Gala.

When Kaling’s character asks Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean how long it took to plan the elaborate scheme, she says “Five years, eight months, and
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New Trailer Lands For ‘Ocean’s 8’

Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted the brand new trailer for the upcoming Ocean’s 8, which hits cinemas in a couple of months’ time.

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter are amongst the cast of the new movie, which is directed by Gary Ross.

Five years, eight months, 12 days…and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life.

She knows what it’s going to take—a team of the best in their field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists: jeweller Amita (Kaling); street con Constance (Awkwafina); expert fence Tammy (Paulson); hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna); and fashion designer Rose (Bonham Carter).

The target is a cool $150 million dollars in diamonds—diamonds that will be around the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger
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Ocean's 8 Looks Like a Wild Ride - Get to Know Debbie Ocean's Whole Gang

The cast of Ocean's 8 is so good it should be illegal. Hitting theaters June 8, the highly anticipated spinoff follows an all-female ragtag crew as they attempt to pull off a multi-million-dollar heist at the annual Met Gala. Ocean's 8 stars heavy-hitters like Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Mindy Kaling, in addition to silver-screen newcomers like Rihanna and Awkwafina. Ahead, familiarize yourself with each important character that you get a glimpse of in the film's glam trailers before it arrives in movie theaters.

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More "Ocean's 8" - New Footage

Sneak Peek more new footage, plus images from "Ocean's 8", written and directed by Gary Ross, starring Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Anne Hathaway ("The Dark Knight Rises") and Damien Lewis ("Band of Brothers") opening June 8, 2018:

"...'Debbie' (Bullock), the estranged sister of 'Danny Ocean', attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City's star-studded annual 'Met Gala'.

"Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew including 'Lou', 'Rose', 'Eight Ball', 'Tammy', 'Amita' and 'Constance'..."

Cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Richard Armitage.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ocean's 8"...
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Sandra Bullock Plots Met Gala Heist in New Ocean's 8 Trailer

Sandra Bullock Plots Met Gala Heist in New Ocean's 8 Trailer
The new trailer for the upcoming Ocean's 8 movie has arrived! Warner Bros. released the latest sneak peek from the highly-anticipated spin-off on Thursday, showing Sandra Bullock setting up a plan with a fierce group of women to pull off a heist at the Met Gala. Bullock plays Debbie Ocean in the movie, the sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney). "So you wanna hit a jewelry store?" Lou (Cate Blanchett) asks Debbie in the trailer. "Not exactly," Debbie replies. "In three and a half weeks, the Met will be hosting its annual Ball...and we are going to rob it," Debbie tells her heist crew, which includes Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and...
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Sandra Bullock Plans Epic Met Gala Heist in New ‘Ocean’s 8’ Trailer (Video)

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Sandra Bullock Plans Epic Met Gala Heist in New ‘Ocean’s 8’ Trailer (Video)
A new trailer for “Ocean’s 8” has dropped, and we’re in for one hell of a heist.

In the trailer, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is fresh out of prison when she recruits a team of thieves to rob the Met during the famed Met Gala in New York City. Her partners in crime include Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, and Awkwafina.

When asked why she’d jump back into a life of crime by Blanchett’s character, Bullock’s Ocean says, “Because it’s what I’m good at.”

See Video: 'Ocean's 8' Trailer Lands Sandra Bullock, Rihanna in Met Gala Heist

The film is slated to hit theaters on June 8, 2018. It is directed by Gary Ross, written by Ross and Olivia Milch, and produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh.

Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy grossed over $400 million at the domestic box office between 2004 and 2007. Each installment made over $100 million.

Watch the trailer above.

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Fun New Ocean's 8 Trailer and 8 Character Clips Introduce Us To The Heist Team

Warner Bros. has released a great new trailer for director Gary Ross' Ocean's 8 and it offers us our best look yet at the film and the story it tells. I personally like what I'm seeing and think that this movie is going to turn out to be a lot of fun.

The story follows Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the sister of Danny, as she attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. To be able to pull this off she assembles the perfect crew, which consists of Lou (Cate Blanchett); Nine Ball (Rihanna); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson). Their target is Daphne Kluger, who is played by Anne Hathaway.

Steven Soderbergh is a producer on the film and you can bet your ass that it's going to be filled with all kinds of cameos.
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