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Ed Harris movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘The Hours’

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Ed Harris movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘The Hours’
In Ed Harris‘s over-40-year career he has surprisingly never won an Oscar or an Emmy, despite four nominations from the motion picture academy and two from the TV academy. Emmy voters can start to make up for that this year as the second season of HBO’s “Westworld” premieres on Sunday, April 22. In honor of his return to the small screen, let’s take a look back at some of his best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Harris’s 15 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Harris received his first Oscar nomination in 1995 after almost two decades in front of the camera: Best Supporting Actor for “Apollo 13.” He subsequently competed for “The Truman Show” (Best Supporting Actor in 1998), “Pollock” (Best Actor in 2000), and “The Hours” (Best Supporting Actor in 2002). He didn’t win any of those, and he hasn’t been nominated since,
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Romance Free Films this Valentine’s Day

Sade Green with five alternate viewing suggestions for Valentine’s Day…

It’s Valentine’s Day. But for a fairly large percentage of the population, this means Nothing! Perhaps you and your partner don’t celebrate it. Maybe you’ve just been through a big break up. Or perhaps you just despise the commercial aspect of it all. Regardless of your reasons, here are five comedies that are completely devoid of romance (although there may be the occasional bromance).

See Also: Top Ten Best Romances and Rom-Coms to watch this Valentine’s Day

1. Hot Fuzz (2007)

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent

Genre: Action Comedy

Hot Fuzz is the second film in the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ and arguably, the most underrated. Pegg stars as Nicholas Angel, a London police officer who is so good, he is demoted to policing a small country village so he stops making the Metropolitan Police look bad.
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Beverly Hills Cop 4 is on patrol to cast a big name as Axel's partner

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For my money, Martin Brest's Beverly Hills Cop was one of the best action comedies to come out of the 1980s. Eddie Murphy was in his prime, Judge Reinhold and John Ashton made for the perfect bumbling officer duo and Lisa Eilbacher delivered a smart and sexy performance as Jenny Summers in the film. It's a classic piece of cinema that I make a point of watching at least once a year, if not more.... Read More...
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Midnight Run (Collector’s Edition) Blu-Ray Review – Shout Select Release

Midnight Run is one of those rare movies that doesn’t exactly take the world by storm upon release, but still manages to influence the film world, and becomes a must-see classic.

It’s hard to believe that it was 1988 when the ‘buddy cop’ and ‘road trip’ genres got this refreshing revitalization, but the film holds up exceptionally well. It may have a few oddities for the latest generation, but nothing actually problematic, and the humor is timeless. It may have a slightly “awkwardly-80s” feel to it, but with minor adjustments it might have been made today.

De Niro’s effort here telegraphed a lot of the choices he made over the rest of his career, trying even almost 30 years ago to stay out of the pigeonhole. Meanwhile, Grodin has possibly his best role, and one that works so well with his ability to jump from deadpan to outlandish,
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Blu-ray Review – Midnight Run: Collector’s Edition (1988)

Midnight Run, 1988.

Directed by Martin Brest.

Starring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina and Joe Pantoliano.

Synopsis:

Midnight Run arrives on Blu-ray in the Us in a new Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory that includes a new interview with Robert De Niro along with the interviews that were part of the Blu-ray released in the UK in 2015. A vintage “making of” featurette is also included. The disc features a new 2K scan of the film.

In the annals of great screenwriting, Midnight Run is an underrated classic. It’s one of those movies with a great setup and nearly flawless execution through acts two and three. The story twists and turns in unpredictable but satisfying ways, reversals of fortune happen at the right moments, and the ending isn’t a surprise, but it feels just right. Throw in a great cast and top-notch directing,
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Beverly Hills Cop 4 Gets New Directors, Eddie Murphy Still on Board

If all would have went according to Paramount's original plan, fans would have already seen Beverly Hills Cop 4 in theaters, since the studio set a March 25, 2016 release date for the long-awaited sequel back in 2014. However, last May, the studio pulled the movie from its 2016 slot, where it would have faced the superhero blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it could continue developing the sequel, which has Eddie Murphy set to return as Axel Foley. Today we finally have a new update on Beverly Hills Cop 4, with the studio bringing aboard filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Black) to direct.

Deadline reports that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Eddie Murphy have been diligently developing the script by Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows). When they met with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, they learned how important the Beverly Hills Cop franchise truly was to the filmmakers. This project would mark a huge step up for the them, whose last project Black won the Discovery Award at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.

While no story details have been confirmed yet, we reported back in 2014 that the sequel was set to be shot in Detroit, to take advantage of a $13.5 million tax rebate. This new report claims the story will bring Axel Foley back to his Detroit origins, with the studio hoping to start production either later this year or in early 2017. Paramount hasn't set a release date at this time, but it's possible the sequel could be ready for release in late 2017, if everything goes according to plan.

The story reportedly is set during the worst winter on record in Detroit, with the studio still planning on shooting in and around the Detroit area. It isn't known if there are plans to bring back original Beverly Hills Cop stars Judge Reinhold, John Ashton or Paul Reiser for the sequel, but now that the sequel finally has directors on board, hopefully we'll hear more about this sequel soon. The first three Beverly Hills Cop movies have taken in over $735 million worldwide, with the first movie's $234.7 domestic take holding the record for decades as the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time, before The Hangover broke that mark with $277.3 million in 2009.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah made their directorial debut in 2014 with Image, which they followed up last year with Black, neither of which have been distributed in the U.S. quite yet. Brett Ratner was once attached to direct this sequel, but it isn't known if he will stay on as a producer or not. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on Beverly Hills Cop 4 as soon as more information comes in.
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11 Good Movies to Watch on Hulu in May 2016

That’s right. Hulu.

I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles. Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles that can’t possibly be real, but I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.

Pick of the Month — Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)

South Korean cinema features no shortage of brilliant and brutal action thrillers, but while everyone knows about the likes of I Saw the Devil and Memories of Murder there are more than a few gems that have slipped through the cracks. Jang Joon-hwan’s long overdue follow-up to Save the Green Planet is a fast-moving, creatively violent mix of dark deeds and beautifully choreographed fights and stunts. There’s a wicked sense of humor running through it
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10 Films to Watch Before Seeing ‘Spotlight’

There are few people in show business with such enviable careers as Thomas McCarthy. As an actor, he’s worked with everyone from Peter Jackson and Clint Eastwood to Lukas Moodysson and Mike White, in addition to his pivotal turn on HBO’s The Wire. As a writer-director, McCarthy’s output, starting with his debut feature The Station Agent, rarely fails to captivate audiences. Even McCarthy’s critical missteps, such as his comedic fairy tale The Cobbler, are equally compelling for their flaws and miscalculations.

His newest film, Spotlight, has already garnered an immensely positive critical reception, including our review from Venice. The drama is based on the true story of the journalists at the Boston Globe who discovered a child molestation scandal and cover-up within the walls of the Catholic Church.

If you’re interested in thematically-similar films, focusing on journalism, courtroom drama, and David and Goliath battles of moral sacrifice,
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Icons of Fright Talks Murder Mystery Uncle John With Steve Piet and Erik Crary

We all love a good murder mystery, whether it flashy and hypnotic or like I prefer, a good southern noir tale. Enter co-writers Steven Piet & Erik Crary and their film Uncle John (now playing in theaters and on VOD), which was directed by Piet. Starring John Ashton (Beverly Hills Cop), the film revolves around a missing bully turned Christian and the people around the town, who all have something to hide, especially John (Ashton), a community staple and well-respected member of the community.

Having studied under David Lynch as an assistant and eventually a producer, the inspired Crary and writing partner Piet crafted a solid and completely entertaining film that in the words Of David Lynch: “caught me up and held me for days after seeing it. I loved the story and especially loved the performance of John Ashton.” We had a short chat with the filmmaking duo regarding the film,
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[Review] Uncle John

Filmmaker Steven Piet has worn many hats over the course of his short career. He served as the cinematographer and editor for the documentary Girl Rising, a look at how education changes the lives of nine exploited girls from around the world. He also worked as a second unit crew member for the 2011 Mark Pellington ensemble drama I Melt With You. And that’s about it. Based on his directorial debut, Uncle John, you would think he would have far more credits to his name, as he has masterfully interwoven multiple genres into one tightly crafted, surprising little film.

Co-written by Piet and Erik Crary, the script combines folksy rural thriller, urban rom-com, and indie dark comedy to depict a low-key revenge story involving an elderly man and, ostensibly, his grown nephew. The experiment benefits from the performances of its two leads, veteran character actor John Ashton and promising newcomer Alex Moffat.
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Exclusive: Eerie clip from crime thriller Uncle John starring John Ashton

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There's something eerie and enthralling about small town murder mystery pics and Uncle John looks to be safely in that wheelhouse. Starring John Ashton (best known as Taggart in the Beverly Hills Cop films), the atmospheric indie follows two parallel storylines that converge on the death of one individual, ratcheting up the tension as the truth comes closer to the light. Today, we have a really cool clip that... Read More...
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Watch: David Lynch-Approved 'Uncle John' Has A Murder to Cover Up in Exclusive Trailer and Poster

Watch: David Lynch-Approved 'Uncle John' Has A Murder to Cover Up in Exclusive Trailer and Poster
Read More: FilmBuff to Release SXSW Small-Town Thriller 'Uncle John' Steven Piet's directorial debut "Uncle John" is giving "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Gone Baby Gone" actor John Ashton his juiciest role in years. Ashton stars as the eponymous John, a beloved resident of a small-town who commits murder and faces the consequences of covering it up. The official synopsis reads: "Dutch, a small-town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John, a loved and well-respected member of the community, is not a suspect, but has everything to do with it. Rumors and theories about Dutch's fate are main topics of discussion all around town. Dutch's younger brother, Danny, who shares the family's bad reputation, has his own theory about the mystery and it centers on John. Meanwhile, John's nephew, Ben, leads a life replete with snarky jokes and gourmet coffee as a hip Chicago motion graphics designer.
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September VOD Releases Include Cooties, Bloodsucking Bastards, Hellions

You can tell we’re getting close to Halloween as the month of September has a myriad of great films arriving on VOD platforms that should help get everyone in the ‘spirit’ for every horror fan’s favorite upcoming holiday. The highly anticipated horror comedy Cooties starring Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Leigh Whannell and Alison Pill is finally getting released on September 18th and Scream Factory is kicking off the month with a horror comedy too, the hilarious Bloodsucking Bastards, which arrives on VOD on September 4th.

On September 1st, The Curse of Downers Grove is coming to VOD courtesy of Anchor Bay and on the very same day, Dark Sky Films is releasing the psychological thriller Para Elisa as well. Other notable films hitting VOD in September include Hellions, Contracted Phase II, Some Kind of Hate and Run, Hide, Die.

Blood Moon (Uncork’d Entertainment/Jinga Films)- September
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FilmBuff boards world rights to 'Uncle John'

FilmBuff boards world rights to 'Uncle John'
The digital distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Steven Piet’s SXSW drama thriller.

Uncle John will open day-and-date in select Us theatres and on all major VOD platforms on September 18.

Piet makes his directorial debut on the story of a small-town missing person named Dutch and a respectable member of the community called John who has more to do with the disappearance than anyone could imagine.

Piet and Erik Crary of production collective Witness co-wrote the screenplay. Crary produced and Gary Jesdanun served as executive producer. John Ashton stars.

Sam Scupp of Film Buff brokered the deal with Bill Straus of Bgp Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

“FilmBuff is proud to be releasing Uncle John, a genre-bending film that holds you at every moment” said Scupp.

“Piet is a promising emerging talent, and we are excited to be partnering with him at the beginning of what is sure to be an illustrious career.”

“Though we had
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SXSW Thriller ‘Uncle John’ Lands At FilmBuff; Oscilloscope Embraces Cannes Winner ‘Embrace Of The Serpent’

SXSW Thriller ‘Uncle John’ Lands At FilmBuff; Oscilloscope Embraces Cannes Winner ‘Embrace Of The Serpent’
FilmBuff announced today it licensed worldwide rights to Uncle John, the dramatic thriller co-written and directed by cinematographer and first-time helmer Steven Piet that had its world premiere this year at SXSW. John Ashton (Beverly Hills Cop, Gone Baby Gone) stars. The plan is to open the pic in select theaters nationwide September 18 day-and-day with on-demand platforms. In the pic, a small-town bully turned born-again Christian named Dutch has gone missing, and…
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FilmBuff to Release SXSW Small-Town Thriller 'Uncle John'

FilmBuff to Release SXSW Small-Town Thriller 'Uncle John'
Read More: Watch: Trailer for SXSW Premiere 'Uncle John' Teases Tension FilmBuff has announced that it will distribute Steven Piet's "Uncle John." The film follows the disappearance of Dutch, a small-town bully who has reformed himself into a born again Christian. John Ashton stars as John, a well-liked member of the community who has more involvement in Dutch's disappearance than anyone would suspect. The only person who suspects John is Danny, Dutch's drunk brother. When John's nephew Ben comes for a spontaneous visit from Chicago, John struggles to hide Danny's suspicions and avoid his threats. As the pressure on John builds, it becomes clear that his need for revenge may affect more than just him. "Uncle John" also stars Alex Moffat, Jenna Lyng and Ronnie Gene Blevins. The film, which premiered at SXSW, will open in select theaters and VOD on September 18.  Read More: Exclusive: FilmBuff to
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'Beverly Hills Cop 4' Bumped from 2016, Movie Still Happening

Fans who were looking forward to the return of Axel Foley next year will have to wait a bit longer. Paramount Pictures has taken Beverly Hills Cop 4 off its release schedule. It was initially slated to debut on March 25, 2016, but no new release date was given for the sequel. If it would have stayed in that release slot, it would have had to go up against the superhero adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Eddie Murphy is set to return as Axel Foley, but the actor revealed in January that the script isn't quite ready yet, which could be the reason why this was pulled from the release schedule. Josh Appelbaum and Andr&#233 Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) are writing the screenplay, with Brett Ratner attached to direct and Jerry Bruckheimer producing. It isn't known if any of the other original Beverly Hills Cop stars such as Judge Reinhold
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Midnight Run (1988) Blu-ray Review

Director: Martin Brest

Starring: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Joe Pantoliano, Dennis Farina

Cert: 18

Running Time: 126 mins

Bonus Features: New interviews with Charles Grodin, John Ashton, Joe Pantoliano, George Gallo (screenwriter) and Yaphet Kotto (audio only). ‘Making Of’ 1988 Featurette.

In 1988 Universal released Midnight Run, a high-profile action comedy. It contained several elements that were unusual for a film of its type. For starters, Robert De Niro was the lead. The idea of this brooding method actor playing it light was virtually unthinkable at the time, with Analyze This a decade away. He appeared alongside Charles Grodin, hardly a stellar name. The men improvised some of their dialogue. Danny Elfman delivered a score about as far removed from his usual style as it was possible to get. It found success at the box office, though perhaps it’s inevitable the result ended up as more of a cult offering,
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Blu-ray Review – Midnight Run (1988)

Midnight Run, 1988.

Directed by Martin Brest.

Starring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Wendy Phillips and Philip Baker Hall.

Synopsis:

Ex-cop-turned-bounty-hunter Robert De Niro has to escort a bail-jumpig Charles Grodin across the country with the FBI, a rival bounty hunter and the mob on their trail.

Back in 1988, when Midnight Run was originally released, mismatched buddy movies were all over the place so in order to stand out from the crowd a new buddy movie would need something special to rise to the top. Luckily somebody managed to blag Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II), an actor not known for his comedic prowess back then but fresh off the success of The Untouchables and clearly on top of his game, and a supporting cast featuring the considerable talents of Yaphet Kotto (Live & Let Die), Dennis Farina (Crime Story), Joe Pantoliano (The Goonies
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SXSW 2015 Review: Uncle John Spins Mystery, Murder, And Romance Into A Tantalizing Web

Beginning in medias res, Uncle John spins a delicate web of intrigue and mystery. The titular character (John Ashton) is introduced as he's (probably) up to no good, a suspicion that is quickly confirmed for the audience but not for the other characters in the movie. John appears to be quite normal, an older gentleman who meets regularly with his senior-citizen pals at the local diner. He lives on a decent-sized piece of property outside of a small town in Wisconsin; he's friendly and pleasant and otherwise quite forgettable. Meanwhile, a young man in Chicago named Ben (Alex Moffat) works as a graphic designer in a small company. His eyes light up when Kate (Jenna Lyng) joins the company as a middle manager. She's his...

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