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‘Blood and Money’ Review

‘Blood and Money’ Review
Stars: Tom Berenger, Kristen Hager, Paul Ben-Victor, Jimmy LeBlanc, Mark Sivertsen, Brian Duffy, Ace Gibson, Ryan Homchick, Caroline Portu, Erica McDermott | Written and Directed by John Barr

Retired war veteran Jim Reed (Berenger) heads out on a hunting trip in the Allagash backcountry of Maine but when an accident finds him face-to-face with the corpse of a dead woman and a duffle bag packed with stolen money he soon finds himself in a web of deceit and murder. Fighting both extreme cold and a gang of bloodthirsty bank robbers, Reed must put all of his military training into action in an ice-cold game of cat-and-mouse.

The debut feature for cinematographer John Barr, Blood and Money is clearly modelled after the films of the Coen Brothers but without any of the style or panache of that duos film – Barr seemingly thinking the noir-ish characters and snowy setting are what mark out the Coen’s work.
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Keanu Reeves Fights For ‘The Whole Truth’ in Theatrical Trailer

Seeing somewhat of a resurgence lately on the indie circuit with The Neon Demon and The Bad Batch, as well on the action side with John Wick, Keanu Reeves also found time for a courtroom drama. The Whole Truth, which we actually got a glimpse at earlier this year thanks to a spring release in Japan, will hit U.S. theaters next month and a new trailer has landed.

Frozen River director Courtney Hunt is following her acclaimed 2008 feature with this project, which sees Reeves portray a lawyer defending a man who killed his father — himself the lawyer’s former client. While this looks more conventional than her last film, hopefully Hunt continues to conjure a strong dramatic pull with Keeves in the lead.

Also starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw Renée Zellweger, Gabriel Basso, Jim Belushi, Kenneth Choi, Sean Bridgers, and Erica McDermott, check out the trailer below.

Defense attorney Richard Ramsay
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First Trailer For Manchester By The Sea Arrives

Kenneth Lonergan is perhaps one of the most highly respected writer-directors working today – and yet his cinematic output is less than prolific. While he has penned a number of screenplays, the upcoming Manchester By The Sea is only his third time at the helm, after 2000’s You Can Count On Me and 2011’s Margaret. Arguably, a lot of that will be connected to the protracted legal battles that surrounded the edit and release of his second film – originally scheduled for release in 2007 – but thankfully, no such drama engulfed Manchester By The Sea.

The premise is simple – a man is faced with the task of caring for his teenage nephew after the death of his older brother – but being a Kenneth Lonergan film, we get much more than that. Using this sparse thread, the filmmaker weaves a rich tale that contemplates life, death, and everything in between, in a movie that
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Keanu Reeves Goes to Court In Japanese Trailer for ‘The Whole Truth’

Now, we do admit that a Keanu Reeves-led legal thriller that’s been scheduled to open on the other side of the planet before getting so much as U.S. distribution is a dicey proposition, expectations-wise – but we also love the actor and notice there’s a decent supporting pedigree, and I, myself, think titles of this particular mold are in short supply nowadays. What’s the worst that could happen?

We might have some idea when The Whole Truth opens in Japan at March’s end. Frozen River director Courtney Hunt is following her acclaimed 2008 feature with this project, which sees Reeves portray a lawyer defending a man who killed his father — himself the lawyer’s former client. You won’t glean much of that from the first preview, which is both short and filled with Japanese voiceover, so take this as a reminder that something of potential value,
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Domestic Weekend Box Office Expectations: Depp Gangster to Trail 'Scorch Trials'

'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original,
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New Black Mass Trailer Shows The Rise Of A Kingpin

When Scott Cooper’s Black Mass was announced, many criticized the mobster drama for seemingly glorifying the reign of terror that James “Whitey” Bulger carried out across the city of Boston for years even while working as an FBI informant to take down the Italian mob. And, unfortunately, the first full trailer for the pic likely won’t do much to set their minds at ease.

Though Johnny Depp’s transformative portrayal of the gangster certainly paints him as an unsavory, sadistic character, the preview makes the mistake of soundtracking the gangster’s apparent invincibility and penchant for brutality with Yelawolf’s “Till It’s Gone,” a pulse-pounding track that romanticizes the dangerous nature of his criminal lifestyle.

Still, though Black Mass isn’t looking like the most sensitive treatment of Bulger’s story, especially given that the families of many of his victims still grieve and suffer today as
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Trailer Trashin’: David O. Russell Gets Groovy with American Hustle

Hello again, dear readers. I hope at least some of you got out to see Machete Kills over the weekend – we need to get those box office numbers up! But moving on from films paying tribute to the 1970s to films actually set in the 1970s, this week’s new installment of Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at David O. Russell’s upcoming period drama American Hustle.

Premise: Brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), is recruited and forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper). Dimaso pushes the two into the world of Jersey power-brokers and mafia that is as dangerous as it is enchanting. The operating eventually involves Carmine Poltio (Jeremy Renner), the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, who is caught between the cons-artists and the Feds. But Irving’s unpredictable wife
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5 New American Hustle Movie Posters!

Check out these 5 new posters for American Hustle with Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. David O'Russell brings his cast of The Fighter in Bale and Adams, together with Silver Linings Playbook stars Cooper and Lawrence for the film which opens in theaters on Also on board this strong cast are Robert De Niro, Louis C.K., Michael Peña, Jack Huston, Elisabeth Röhm, Alessandro Nivola, Dawn Olivieri, Erica McDermott and Melissa McMeekin. "American Hustle is a fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States which tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie Dimaso (Cooper). Dimaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as
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Chicago – In our latest boxing edition of Hookup: Film, we have 30 admit-two advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to “The Fighter” with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg! Five additional winners will win sweatshirts and headphones, too!

The Fighter” also stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Mickey O’Keefe, Jack McGee, Melissa McMeekin, Bianca Hunter, Erica McDermott, Jill Quigg, Dendrie Taylor, Kate B. O’Brien, Jenna Lamia, Frank Renzulli and Caitlin Dwyer from director David O. Russell and writers Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy.

To win your free “The Fighter” movie passes or prizes courtesy of, just answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “The Fighter” with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg.

Image credit: Paramount Pictures

Here is the plot description for “The Fighter
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"The Fighter" Review | It Doesn't Take A Big Man To Knock Somebody Down, Just A Little Courage To Lift Him Off The Ground

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David O. Russell's The Fighter is based on the true story of Micky Ward, a stepping-stone boxer, and his older brother Dick Eklund, whose claim to fame was dropping Sugar Ray Leonard several years and many crackpipe hits long ago. Because it's beholden to the framework of Ward's technical boxing style and the fights he fought, the story has a tendency to lag and meander. But what elevates it to championship status is the acting, because it's kind of ecstatically horrifying to watch Christian Bale and Melissa Leo tear themselves and everyone else apart. Ultimately, the family dynamic and the bitter squabble of this destructive family is what makes The Fighter worth watching.

A documentary crew is filming Dick Eklund (Christian Bale) for his supposed comeback. Meanwhile, he's training his kid half-brother Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), a slugger with a fierce hook who most promoters book to boost their more promising fighters.
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Wahlberg, Bale and Adams in first trailer for 'The Fighter'

We have added the first trailer for director David O. Russell's upcoming boxing drama 'The Fighter'. The Paramount Picture film stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.'The Fighter' also stars Melissa Leo, Jack McGee, Dendrie Taylor, Jenna Lamia, Salvatore Santone, Chanty Sok, Bianca Hunter, Robert Wahlberg, Sean Patrick Doherty, James Shalkoski Jr., Caitlin Dwyer and Erica McDermott.Watch the trailer below in standard or high definition;'The Fighter' is released in the Us from December 10th, just in time for the awards season.'The Fighter', is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's (Mark Wahlberg) unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky (Christian Bale), a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being
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