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#FantasticFest: JOHN WICK, NIGHTCRAWLER & More Films & Events!

FANTASTIC FEST CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF CHAOS AND DESTRUCTION WITH A GALA RED CARPET SCREENING OF "JOHN WICK" WITH KEANU REEVES, U.S. PREMIERE OF "NIGHTCRAWLER" AS CLOSING NIGHT FILM & FANTASTIC DEBATES CHALLENGE FROM BITTORENT.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of events, special guests and film programming. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.

Get ready to be blown away by Lionsgate's latest action-packed thriller, JOHN WICK starring Keanu Reeves, with a red carpet gala screening with Reeves and directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski in attendance. JOHN WICK is the story of a former ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre." Also starring in JOHN WICK are Willem Dafoe and Adrianne Palicki.

We are also excited to announce that we are closing the festival with the red carpet US premiere of Dan Gilroy's highly anticipated NIGHTCRAWLER, a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, who will be in attendance at the festival, NIGHTCRAWLER stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Also starring in NIGHTCRAWLER are Bill Paxton, Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed.

For its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is also going all out with celebratory events and special programming, including:

Fantastic Debates will pack a serious punch this year. Fantastic Fest's long-running showcase of verbal/physical combat is being amped up by a call to battle from Matt Mason Chief Content Officer for BitTorrent, Inc. Mason is placing an open call to all fighters to tackle the debate of whether BitTorrent.com is a valuable tool for creative artists or a playground for theft. In addition to the torrent debate, there will be a full undercard settling a range of topics with right hooks and sharp tongues alike. Check out Matt Mason's pre-fight video HERE and if you would like to fight Matt in the Debates, you can submit your challenge to fantasticfest.com/fight for more info.

"This is the first Fantastic Debate in which we have a debater / fighter issuing an open challenge to anyone willing to step into the ring. It's a bold move and one I'm happy not to take on: Matt Mason can fight," said Tim League, CEO / Founder of Alamo Drafthouse & Fantastic Fest. "On the film front, we're really excited to bring Keanu back and welcome Dan Gilroy to Fantastic Fest for the first time with his stunning directorial debut."

Fantastic Fest also marks an important milestone for the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain with the grand reopening of its flagship destination at South Lamar and the all-new Highball. Under construction for the past two years, the new theaters boast three new screens (9 total), and completely rebuilt Highball bar, and 7 custom-designed karaoke rooms that are sure to melt the mind.

See below for the second lineup of programming at this year's festival.

ABSENT ONE, THE
Denmark, 2014
World Premiere, 119 min
Director - Mikkel Nørgaard
Police investigators dig into the facts of a twenty year old double homicide in a desperate race to find a likely witness before the killers have the chance to silence her forever.

AS SEEN BY THE REST (ULIDAVARU KANDANTE)
India, 2014
North American Premiere
Director - Rakshit Shetty
Mystery abounds in this fractured gangster story from Karnataka, India. Shades of SCARFACE, PULP FICTION and RASHOMON color Rakshit Shetty's entrancing story of good, evil and something else...

BLIND
Norway, 2014
Texas Premiere, 96 min
Director - Eskil Vogt
This debut gem from Eskil Vogt follows Ingrid who, having recently lost her sight, exists only in her apartment with her thoughts as a means of escape...

THE CREEPING GARDEN
United Kingdom, 2014
US Premiere, 81 min
Directors - Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
The slime mould: a form of microbial life with behavior somewhere between plant and animal and capable of primitive intelligence. Unusual? Yes, and just wait until you meet the people who study them ...

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD (DØD SNØ 2)
Norway-Icelans, 2014
Texas Premiere, 100 min
Director - Tommy Wirkola
Lone survivor Martin must enlist help from America to battle Colonel Herzog and his horde in this wild sequel to the original Norwegian Nazi zombie film.

DWARVES KINGDOM
United States, 2014
World Premiere, 80 min
Director - Matthew Salton
Some have called The Kingdom of Little People the most offensive theme park in the world. DWARVES KINGDOM takes us inside to meet its performer residents.

THE EDITOR
Canada, 2014
US Premiere, 102 min
Director - Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy
A one-handed film editor finds himself the prime suspect after a series of violent murders start happening around him in this knowing tribute to giallo from the crazy minds at Astron-6!

ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS
Australia, 2014
US Premiere, 107 min
Director - Mark Hartley
Mark Hartley brings his singular documentary style to the story of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the trailblazers behind exploitation powerhouse studio Cannon Films.

FELT
United States, 2014
World Premiere, 79 min
Director - Jason Banker
A young artist loses herself in an unpredictable alter ego while attempting to cope with past trauma in this gripping sophomore effort from the creator of TOAD ROAD.

FORCE MAJEURE (TURIST)
Sweden, 2014
US Premiere, 118 min
Director - Ruben Östlund
An upper middle-class family's fragile existence is torn apart when a near tragedy occurs during a ski vacation and the two parents are forced confront the reality of each other's reactions.

FREE FALL
Hungary, 2014
North American Premiere, 89 min
Director - GYÖRGY PÁLFI
The director of TAXIDERMIA returns with seven stories of the mundanely bizarre.

I AM HERE
Denmark, 2014
World Premiere, 97 min
Director - Anders Morgenthaler
A powerful business executive wanders down a dark path in order to have the child she desperately needs in this shocking piece from the director of 2007's unusual animation PRINCESS.

I AM TRASH (NANEUN SSEURAEGIDA)
South Korea, 2014
World Premiere, 97 min
Director - Lee SANG-WOO
Three emotionally damaged brothers must deal with the aftermath of their father

IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE
Norway, 2014
Texas Premiere, 115 min
Director - Hans Petter Moland
The director and star of A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN team up once again and the result is a brutal and darkly funny tale of snow, giant machinery and revenge.

JOHN WICK
United States, 2014
Gala Screening, 96 min
Directors - David Leitch and Chad Stahelski
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre". JOHN WICK opens nationwide on October 24, 2014.

MAN FROM RENO (RINO KARA KITA OTOKO)
Japan-United States, 2014
Austin Premiere, 111 min
Director - Dave Boyle
A Japanese crime novelist in San Francisco tries to unravel a real life murder mystery in this acclaimed neo-noir featuring Takashi Miike regular Kazuki Kitamura.

NECROPHOBIA 3D
Argentina, 2014
North American Premiere, 75 min
Director - Daniel De la Vega
A mentally fragile man must conquer his fear of death in order to stave off a killer's advances.

NIGHTCRAWLER
United States, 2014
US Premiere, 117 min
Director - Dan Gilroy
NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Nightcrawler opens nationwide on October 31st.
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OVER YOUR DEAD BODY (KUIME)
Japan, 2014
US Premiere, 90 min
Director - Takashi Miike
This adaptation of a classic ghost story is a powerful return to horror for Takashi Miike.

PURGATORY
Spain, 2014
World Premiere, 83 min
Director - Pau Teixidor
A woman must survive the night after she welcomes a neighbor's child into her home.

REALITI
New Zealand, 2014
North American Premiere, 95 min
Director - Jonathon King
A time-warping drug leaves a young media exec caught up in a criminal case while questioning the very nature of existence and reality.

REDEEMER
Chile, 2014
World Premiere, 88 min
Director - Ernesto Díaz Espinosa
In order to atone for his past sins, he'll not only kick your ass, he'll impale your face and shred you to bits. Marko Zaror is the Redeemer!

SPRING
US, 2014
US Premiere, 105 min
Directors - Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
After the death of his mother and a bar altercation that could mean jail time, Evan leaves California for Italy, where he falls for a mysterious young woman.

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA
Japan, 2014
US Premiere, 137 min
Director - Isao Takahata
A breathtakingly animated tale of a woman, the men who want to control her, and the moon. The latest from Studio Ghibli.

TOKYO TRIBE
Japan, 2014
US Premiere, 116 min
Director - Sion Sono
Festival favorite Sion Sono returns with an exercise in brash, colorful chaos pitting street gangs against one another in a bold hip hop musical.

THE TREATMENT
Belgium, 2014
US Premiere, 127 min
Director - Hans Herbots
A police inspector with a dark past leads an increasingly personal manhunt when a nine-year-old child goes missing.

WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL
Germany, 2013
North American , 90 min
Director - Grzegorz Muskala
A naive young man falls for his beautiful-and very dangerous-landlord in this depraved voyeuristic thriller.

Look for more film & event programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.

For ticketing and latest developments visit the Fantastic Fest official site www.fantasticfest.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 & 4, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," and was also named one of the "25 coolest film festivals" by
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About Alamo Drafthouse
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 17 years later, the now 19-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Badass Digest, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

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Captain America 3. Will This Be The End?

Director says fans "are going to freak out" about the third Cap movie

The movie won’t be released for almost two years and isn’t even in production yet. That doesn't mean that the publicity machine for Marvel Studios' Captain America 3 isn't already working at full strength, with co-director Anthony Russo already hinting at what to expect in the Star-Spangled Avenger’s next solo outing.

“I can’t divulge who is going to be in the film, but I think fans are going to freak out when they hear about it,” Russo teased when talking to Movies.com. It’s possible he was referring to Hawkeye, who Jeremy Renner hinted would be making an appearance earlier this week, but Russo refused to name names. “We wanted to push the character forward into the modern age with The Winter Soldier, and we want to keep pushing the character forward. We always want to be true to who Captain America is, but we want to surprise people about where he can go and what he's capable of. That's about as specific as I can get about where we might take him,” he said.

Well, maybe he could get a little more specific. In a separate interview with MTV News, Russo was asked whether the third Captain America movie would follow the lead of Marvel’s third Iron Man and provide some sense of closure to the character. After saying that that was a “hard question to answer,” Russo added, “I will say this: yes, for satisfying storytelling, you want a beginning, middle and end. That’s the natural arc that we all thrive off of in narrative.”

So does this mean that Cap 3 could be the end of the road for Chris Evans’ hero? “The great thing about the Marvel universe, just like the publishing, it’s a very vast, inter-connected universe, where characters will have their rise and fall, so to speak, and hand off to other characters,” Russo said. “As the cinematic universe moves forward, you may start to see the cinematic universe adopt that same pattern.”

Cap handing off to another character…? Well, it’s happened multiple times in the comic books, with both the Falcon and Winter Soldier taking over the role of Captain America at times. With writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely both citing Ed Brubaker’s run on the comic series as inspiration, perhaps fans should prepare for the Winter Soldier to take over as Cap a couple years from now. After all, while Chris Evans will have two movies remaining on his Marvel contract after next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan will have seven movies left on his deal…

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Saw Returns To Theaters For One Week Only To Celebrate It's 10th Anniversary

SAW CUTS ITS WAY BACK INTO THEATERS THIS HALLOWEEN TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY.

Horror Film Which Ignited Blockbuster Franchise Will Be Available in Theaters for One Week Only Starting October 31, 2014

This Halloween, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of SAW, the film that kicked off the most successful horror franchise in history, by bringing it back to theaters nationwide for one week only. The film will open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. The seven SAW films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time.

“The launch of SAW was a signature event in Lionsgate’s history, establishing our first franchise and paving the way for our growth into a global studio,” said Lionsgate President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Jason Constantine. “We are excited for our fans to revisit the twisted magic that first blew their minds on Halloween 2004.”

“As part of SAW’s 10th anniversary, we’re thrilled to give new fans and audiences the opportunity to experience this film on the big screen for the very first time,” added SAW’s producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg.

SAW was the first collaboration for co-creators James Wan, who directed the film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful INSIDIOUS franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as THE CONJURING and the upcoming FAST & FURIOUS 7.

Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, SAW is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who's behind their kidnapping. The film, which was released over Halloween weekend on October 29, 2004, was produced by Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, and Mark Burg.

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Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company currently has over 30 television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions' A Most Wanted Man and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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#MazeRunner. Win A Million Dollars

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Giveaway: #THENOVEMBERMAN Prize Pack

The November Man is in Theaters Today!


Code named ‘The November Man’; Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.



With a screenplay by Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek based on Bill Granger’s novel “There are No Spies” from the bestselling November Man book series, THE NOVEMBER MAN is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, No Way Out, Thirteen Days), the film is produced by Beau St. Clair of Irish DreamTime and Sriram Das of Das Films.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #PrideMovie In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For PRIDE on August 28th in San Francisco.

Directed by Tony Award®-winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford


Starring Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Imelda Staunton (Maleficent), Dominic West (The Hour), Paddy Considine (Submarine), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Joseph Gilgun (Lockout), George MacKay (How I Live Now) and Ben Schnetzer (Warcraft).

Inspired by a true story and in the vein of FULL MONTHY and BILLY ELLIOT, PRIDE follows two very different communities who found strength by standing together.


PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.


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TV Recap: DOCTOR WHO "DEEP BREATH"

TV Recap: DOCTOR WHO "DEEP BREATH" 
By: Suepafly


After much anticipation and a promotional tour spanning the globe, Doctor Who returned for Series 8 with Peter Capaldi taking over the role of our beloved Time Lord. To kick things off, we find the Tardis being coughed up by a dinosaur accidentally time-travelled to Victoria London. The Doctor and Clara are reunited with the Paternoster Gang, including Silurian Madame Vastra, her human wife Jenny, and Sontaran (that's the one that looks like a potato) Strax.

The new Doctor is psychologically disoriented, and struggles to remember the names of Clara and others before collapsing. He is brought back to Madame Vastra's home so they can look after him and Vastra gets into an argument with Clara over her struggling to adapt to a newer, much older Doctor.

The older Doctor witnesses the dinosaur spontaneously combusting and through further investigation, learns that this isn't an isolate incident. He begins investigating and Clara meets him at a restaurant after receiving a message in a newspaper that references "The Impossible Girl." However, she learns that the message wasn't sent from him. They're trapped inside by evil robots done up to look like humans and lowered into a lair where The Doctor gets them free with his sonic screwdriver. The robots are trying to make themselves human by replacing their parts with biological ones from the spontaneous combustion victims. The cyborg says it is searching for "the promised land."


The Doctor seemingly abandons Clara but not before advising her to hide her humanity from the cyborgs by holding her breath. She utilises this tip but passes out after running out of oxygen and is taken captive. She is threatened with death and torture but refuses to give up the location of The Doctor, who reappears disguised as one of the cyborgs. The Paternoster Gang arrive to help them fight off the cyborgs before they all escape together in a hot-air balloon made from human skin, bringing the lead cyborg along.

The Doctor questions it and learns that parts of the restaurant are from the sister ship to the SS Madame de Pompadour, the SS Marie Antoinette. The Doctor doesn't remember this adventure yet but tells the cyborg it must kill itself or The Doctor will kill it to protect mankind. We then see the cyborg fallen and impaled on Big Ben. The other cyborgs then 'die'.

The group finds that The Doctor and the TARDIS are gone but Vastra assure Clara that he'll return, which he does to bring Clara home. The TARDIS travels to contemporary Glasgow, where Clara's mobile goes off. She steps outside and answers. It's Eleven, right before regenerating on Trenzalore. He tells her the new him needs her and she agrees to help. The Twelfth Doctor recalls the conversation, asks if she'll help, and they head off to get some coffee.

In the epilogue, the cyborg awakens in a garden and meets Missy, a woman who claims that the Doctor is her boyfriend. She tells him he has reached the promised land at last and then departs.

Though it wasn't the strongest start to a new Doctor, Capaldi's enthusiasm for the role and the show in its entirety has me slightly more optimistic for what's to come in his run. The incorporation of the difficulty in adjusting to an older Doctor was a smart move. Despite the initial backlash to Matt Smith's being significantly younger than all his predecessors, Capaldi is now facing classic ageism. The references to past adventures was a nice touch, as it wove more of the Who mythologies together. One of the greatest problems Moffat's era of Who has is the inability to have female characters without absurdly fantastical back stories, thus separating them from being as relatable to female viewers. Only time will tell how the Twelfth Doctor will forge his own legacy but personally, I'm most anxious to see how they explain Capaldi's appearances in both Pompeii and Torchwood.

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TV Review: #TheLeftovers “The Garveys at Their Best”

TV Review: The Leftovers “The Garveys at Their Best”
By: Brandon Wolfe

Initially, and not a little bit jarringly, “The Garveys at Their Best” seems to present us with exactly what its title promises. When we open, on Kevin going for a run, sneaking a smoke from a pack he’s surreptitiously hidden under a mailbox before heading home, nothing seems terribly out of the ordinary. What throws us off is what we find when Kevin arrives home: Laurie, dressed in regular, non-white clothes and speaking. With actual words coming out of her mouth. She even has a pleasant demeanor and is warm to both Kevin and a bubbly, singing Jill as they all shuffle off to their daily routines. For this is a flashback episode to the final days before the Departure changed everything for all of these people. We also peek in on Nora’s previous life to find an encouraging husband and a pair of adorable children. Everyone’s so happy. It’s weird.


The kicker of “The Garveys at Their Best” is how it appears at first to show us a Bizarro world where all of these mopes we’ve gotten to know over the past several weeks were once shiny, happy people. But as the episode progresses, we come to realize that these people were already train-wrecks in the making even before millions of people vanished from the face of the earth. The Departure didn’t ruin them so much as accelerate their already-in-motion ruination.



Take Kevin, for instance. We know him in the present-day as a moody sort with a deep well of anger roiling within him, and that’s essentially who he was before. While his marriage seems to be pleasantly idyllic in the episode’s early scenes, we later see the hostility that crops up between him and Laurie with little provocation. A simple argument snowballs into Kevin shouting harsh obscenities at his wife, the levels of mistrust and resentment between the two bubbling instantly to the surface. Kevin has been chasing a crazed deer around town that he, to the bemusement of his fellow officers, wishes to trap and release rather than kill (wildly contrasting his contemporary stance of dealing with wild dogs), and when the deer is hit by a car driven by a comely woman, the state of his marriage leads him to have that affair we’ve heard tell of previously. The affair ends abruptly when the woman disappears, to Kevin’s disbelief.


Everything about Laurie is, of course, extremely different just by virtue of whom she still is at this point in the timeline. She works as a psychiatrist and one of her patients, Patti, is having difficulty dealing the stressful fallout of an abusive relationship. Patti also senses a sea change in the air, approaching rapidly, one that she claims that Laurie feels as well, though Laurie denies this. Laurie also is hiding some mysterious health issue from her family, and even from herself to a degree, that we learn at episode’s end is a pregnancy, one which she doesn’t keep for long when the child disappears from her sonogram when the Departure hits. All of a sudden, Laurie’s GR origin story starts to make some sense.


“The Garveys at Their Best” abuses dramatic irony a bit. The moments when the characters are happy, as they all are when gathered at Kevin Garvey Sr.’s surprise birthday party, are played at full volume, with everyone shown as joyous rays of sunshine, many a far cry from what we know they will become. Kevin Sr. can’t just be more together than we know him to be in the future, he has to be the cornerstone of the entire community. Similarly, Jill can’t just be less forlorn; she has to be the giggliest bracefaced teen the world has ever known. Only Kevin Jr. consistently seems to possess a similar overall demeanor in the past as he does in the future. The series also continues to ask us to wade through its murky symbolism (e.g. that deer), none of which is provocative or substantial enough to be worth parsing out.


But despite the somewhat shaky execution, this is one of the stronger episodes of ‘The Leftovers’ aired thus far. Seeing everyone in their previous lives and gaining a stronger grasp on who they used to be before everything changed is undeniably intriguing, something this show doesn’t often lay claim to being. Moreover, going back to the day of the Departure was a fine choice. This series is so set in its foolish belief that this phenomenal, world-changing event is of less interest than its miserabilist stable of characters and their dreary lives. Actually watching the event occur through the eyes of the characters (most of whom are going through huge, life-altering moments of their own at the time) goes a long way toward reminding us of the hook that ostensibly made this series alluring before we grew accustomed to its plodding house style.

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New Mockingjay - Part 1 Posters

The marketing campaign for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is being fashioned as a propaganda battle between those stylish, ruling-class despots from The Capitol and the scrappy rebels of the various outlying Districts ready to throw off the diamond-encrusted yoke of dictatorship as the battle for Panem’s soul reaches a boiling point.


Once again, they don’t feature either Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss or Josh Hutcherson’s captured Peeta Mellark, but we do see Natalie Dormer’s Cressida, Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, Elder Henson’s Pollux, Wes Chatham’s Castor, Mahershala Ali’s Boggs and Evan Ross’ Messalla.



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Directed by Francis Lawrence and adapted by Danny Strong from Suzanne Collins' third novel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey to overthrow the Capitol and its smug, beardy leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trailer For THE PYRAMID

Here is the first trailer for 20th Century Fox's upcoming horror film, THE PYRAMID.

The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who've dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren't just trapped, they are being hunted.

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#FORRESTGUMP Exclusive IMAX Engagement Starts On Sept. 5th For One Week Only

FORREST GUMP CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH EXCLUSIVE ONE-WEEK IMAX® RELEASE ON SEPT. 5

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB), and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment today announced that Robert Zemeckis’ Academy Award® Best Picture-winning Forrest Gump will get an exclusive one-week IMAX® re-release, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the film’s original theatrical release in 1994. The film will be digitally re-mastered for the immersive IMAX® format and released domestically by Paramount Pictures in IMAX® theatres starting September 5.

Forrest Gump, which won six Academy Awards including Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Director, will also receive a special Diamond Luxe Blu-ray release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment September 30. The Diamond Luxe edition features a new sleek and durable collector-style packaging, with a state-of-the-art sophisticated design.

“As a ground-breaking achievement in both cinematography and visual effects for its time, Forrest Gump has become a modern American movie classic,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to once again collaborate with our longtime friends and partners Bob Zemeckis, Tom Hanks and Paramount. This film deserves a platform like The IMAX Experience® to help make its 20th anniversary one to remember.”

“On behalf of the entire Forrest Gump family, it is with great pleasure and pride that we bring Forrest Gump back to the big screen using the latest technology for the ultimate IMAX experience,” said producer Wendy Finerman.

Originally released in theaters by Paramount Pictures, Forrest Gump stars Hanks in the title role, a man who — despite his sub-normal IQ — led an extraordinary life, with a ringside seat to many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. The award-winning film went on to gross more than $675 million at the global box office, of which nearly $330 million came from North America, making it the highest-grossing film of all time when it was released in 1994.

The film also stars Robin Wright, Sally Field and Gary Sinise in his Oscar-nominated role as the cantankerous Lieutenant Dan.

The IMAX release of Forrest Gump will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com and WBUltra.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices
in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.
IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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THE EQUALIZER Featurette"Modern Hero"

If this featurette for the upcoming film THE EQUALIZER doesn't get you excited I don't know what will.

THE EQUALIZER movie version starring Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo and Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas as the villain, to be directed by Antoine Fuqua.

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THE EQUALIZER, based on the ’80s popular series about Robert McCall who does vigilante justice
Scripted by Richard Wenk and Alex Siskind, Columbia Pictures will release THE EQUALIZER movie, starring Denzel, on September 26, 2014

In the movie, Washington plays McCall, retired, living a quiet life, working at hardware store, when all of a sudden, his helping a prostitute (Moretz) gets him embroiled with the Russian mob, and Csokas is the vicious fixer for the mob.

Leo plays McCall’s former handler who helped McCall with information about who he’s facing up against.
Meunier plays Slavi, a sleazy Russian pimp involved with young prostitute Teri (Moretz).

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#ALSIceBucketChallenge With Henry Cavill & Amy Adams On Set

Watch Superman (Henry Cavill) and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) take a break from from filming BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Henry Cavill is in full Superman suit.

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Schwarzenegger's "Maggie" Get's Picked Up By Lionsgate

In a high-profile deal for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin's zombie film Maggie, Lionsgate has scooped up North American rights to the movie on the eve of the Toronto Film Festival, where the film was set to make its world premiere.

As a result of the preemptive pact, the apocalyptic thriller will no longer make an appearance at the festival since Lionsgate is planning an early 2015 release for the film, directed by Henry Hobson from a Black List script by John Scott 3. (The Governator, who was looking forward to attending a festival, could still have his chance if Maggie makes a bid for Sundance in January).

Maggie follows the story of a Midwestern teenager whose father sticks by her side when she's infected by disease that slowly turns her into a cannibalistic zombie.

The deal for North American rights, brokered by CAA, was announced by Lionsgate co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president Steve Beeks and Lotus co-chairs Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel.

“Maggie has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement, from a compelling script and an A-llist superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” said Beeks. “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns in a performance that marks a dramatic departure from his action persona, and partner with our friends at Lotus Entertainment on a film that will resonate with thriller aficionados everywhere.”

“Lionsgate is a world-renowned brand, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Steve Beeks, Rob Friedman, Patrick Wachsberger and a motion picture team that has established a superb track record with this kind of material,” said Johnson and Seibel. "Maggie takes the zombie genre in exciting new directions, and it offers something for everyone – star power, horror, suspense and riveting performances that will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.”

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Jack Huston As Doctor Strange?

We’re in that fuzzy, transitional period where a film moves from the vapourware status to reality in the evolution of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. With Scott Derrickson confirmed to direct, the casting rumors for the title character have been flying thick and fast, landing on various known quantities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and, during Comic-Con, Joaquin Phoenix, who was reportedly in early talks. The latest name to add to the list? Jack Huston.

While he may not be as well known as some of those above, Huston’s hardly a newcomer. He’s been paying his dues for several years on screens both big and small, appearing in Boardwalk Empire, Factory Girl, Kill Your Darlings and last year’s American Hustle. He’ll next be seen in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride and recently won the role of Mr. Wickham in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.

Though he might be considered on the young side for the Sorcerer Supreme, he carries the benefit of adaptability and a proven skill for playing both the light and dark sides of characters. Plus he’s more likely to be able to undertake the sort of multi-film contract Marvel requires of its leads. If he does end up in the part, he’ll be playing the selfish New York surgeon Stephen Strange, who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as The Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo, he’s taught the mystical arts and sets out to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains.

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GOT's Director Neil Marshall Wants To Make A Black Widow Film

The question of whether or not Marvel Studios will ever make a Black Widow movie is one that remains on both the lips and minds of many fans — and, it turns out, some filmmakers, as well. Neil Marshall, director of The Descent, Centurion and episodes of Game of Thrones, isn’t just interested in watching such a movie: He’d like to make it.

“I think I’d like to do a big movie with a strong female lead, whether or not she would be a superhero,” Marshall told Vanity Fair, making it clear by adding, “I would love to do a Black Widow movie.”

Describing the character — played by Scarlett Johansson in the Captain America and Avengers movies — as “perfect,” he went on to say that he found the character “really interesting, she doesn’t have any superpowers, she just has extraordinary skills, and the world that she comes from, being this ex-K.G.B. assassin, I find that really fascinating, yeah.”

The lack of superpowers is a plus for Marshall, as he complained that he “can’t identify with [superpowered characters]. Very rarely do they get killed off, and when they do get killed off, chances are they’re going to be back… somehow.”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has, in the past, said that such a project was “in development” (indeed, Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman confirmed that she had worked on the project in 2010 on social media), but the project appears to be dead, at least temporarily.

Last month, Feige said that he hoped Marvel would create a movie focusing on a solo female lead “sooner rather than later,” while Victoria Alonso told fans that Johansson was “a little bit busy being very pregnant right now” when asked about the possibility at this year’s Women in Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
With Marshall offering his interest, it would seem like a no-brainer to resurrect the possibility if at all possible (after all, Marvel has prior experience working with Game of Thrones directors). Maybe it’s time to see if Scarlett would be interested in spending some more time wiping out the red in her ledger, following her next appearance as the Black Widow in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins The Cellar

She battled an ancient alien creature in The Thing and, even more impressively, escaped both A Good Day To Die Hard and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with her dignity largely intact. Now, however, Mary Elizabeth Winstead will have to deal with a nasty kidnapper in The Cellar.

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot team is working this one up alongside the lower budget Paramount Vantage label. Dan Trachtenberg is aboard to direct Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken and Dan Casey’s script, which follows a young woman waking up underground following a nasty car accident.

Her captor claims to be a rescuer, and reveals himself as a doomsday obsessive who says the world outside has become uninhabitable thanks to a serious chemical attack. But as her worries for her safety start to rise, our heroine must escape and risk whatever lurks beyond the cellar door…

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #AsAboveSoBelow In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For AS ABOVE/SO BELOW on August 28th at 7:00PM in San Francisco.


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 dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. 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, the psychological thriller is produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Drew Dowdle and Patrick Aiello. Alex Hedlund serves as the executive producer.



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Chris Hemsworth Joins The Cast For 'Vacation' Update

Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are taking a little Vacation.

The actors are in negotiations to sign on for roles in New Line’s reboot-slash-remake to the classic 1980s comedy series that starred Chevy Chase. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote the script and are making their directorial debut.

The new movie sees Ed Helms starring as Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark Griswold (Chase) who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he and his parents and sister took when he was young.

Christina Applegate is on board as Rusty’s wife. Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are to make cameos in the movie, which begins shooting in September after having been delayed.

Hemsworth, who sources say has been itching to do a comedy for awhile, will play Stone Crandall, an up-and-coming anchorman and the husband of Rusty’s sister, Audrey. The latter part has not yet been cast.

Day will cameo as a river-rafting guide.

The new movie is based on characters created by John Hughes, who wrote the script for the 1983 original based on his own family vacations.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #AsAboveSoBelow In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For AS ABOVE/SO BELOW on August 28th at 7:00PM in Sacramento.


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 dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. 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, the psychological thriller is produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Drew Dowdle and Patrick Aiello. Alex Hedlund serves as the executive producer.



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Shutter Island Series Titled "Ashecliffe" Coming To HBO

As the TV biz prepares to celebrate another ground breaking year tonight, underwritten in no small effort by feature talent, the remarkable thing to consider is how much more of this is coming. Here’s one that has great potential: HBO and Paramount Television are making deals to turn the 2010 hit film Shutter Island into a TV series.

Tentatively titled Ashecliffe, the plan is for the pilot to be directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the bestselling thriller novel that Scorsese and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis turned into the hit film that Leonardo DiCaprio starred in.

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Amityville: The Awakening Trailer Has Risen Starring @bellathorne

The terrifying based-on-a-true-story Amityville Horror franchise has been screeching back into life every few years. The 1979 original spawned several sequels (some went straight to DVD etc) and a reboot in 2005. Here comes yet another reset, with Dimension Films altering the story slightly for Amityville: The Awakening.

This go-around finds Jennifer Jason Leigh as a single mother moving with her three children into the familiar house, hoping for a fresh start. Things have not been easy for them – daughter Belle (Bella Thorne) is reacting like your usual movie teenager to the idea of starting over at a new school, younger daughter Julie (Mckenna Grace) is at that adorable, hyperactive moppet stage and son James (Cameron Monaghan) is bed-ridden in a coma with injuries that doctors predict he may never overcome.

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So what they really don’t need is for horrifying supernatural events to start up, including odd dreams, haunting messages on the wall and other nasty occurrences. If only the real estate agent had thought to mention the place’s storied, bloody history. Oh yes… and the maggots. Yeuch.

With Kurtwood Smith, Gabriel Mann and Taylor Spreitler also among the cast and Franck Khalfoun on writing/directing duty, this is another horror to come rolling from the Blumhouse Productions factory line

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Back On Top

Guardians soared once more. Stay seemed to linger reasonably enough, while Sin City suffered a bad time of it, enduring the sort of punishment that feels like you’re being hit in the face by a concrete slab. All in all, an interesting weekend at the US box office.

The big winner was Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, which roared back to the top of the charts after spending a couple of weeks in second place, and that despite being out in theaters for a month now. Clearly audiences were ready for more from Star-Lord and the gang and the space oddities are now enjoying the highest domestic gross for any film at the US box office in 2014 (Transformers: Age Of Extinction clings to the worldwide top spot like a robot with a locked servo). Guardians took in $17.6 million this weekend, pushing it to $251.8 million in the States and $489.4 million globally.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was pushed down to second place after a couple of weeks at the top, earning $16.8 million this weekend for $145 million in total. It kept the first of this week’s new arrivals, novel adaptation If I Stay from breaking the top two, with Chloe Moretz’ latest launching third with $16.3 million. Comedy romp Let’s Be Cops proved resilient, falling one place to fourth with $11 million, ahead of another new arrival, true-life football tale When The Game Stands Tall, which was tackled by some bad reviews and seeming lack of interest for $9 million in fifth. The Giver was shoved to sixth, earning $6.7 million, while The Expendables 3 continued to under perform, falling to seventh with $6.6 million and $27.5 million in total from the US.

By far the biggest loser this weekend was Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s return to the splashy noir of Sin City with A Dame To Kill For. Despite figuring that nine years might lead to pent-up demand for the sequel, the directors have been proved badly wrong, as moviegoers largely ignored the second serving of pulp graphic novel-spawned melodrama. At Comic-Con, Rodriguez and Miller voiced hope that success with the sequel might drive a third film – it’s a thought that seems even more out of reach now.

At ninth we find The Hundred-Foot Journey, with the gentle culinary comedy drama taking in $5.5 million ahead of tornado thriller Into The Storm, which whipped up $3.8 million in 10th place.

To see a group of space-travelling a-holes trounce some Turtles in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sin City - A Dame to Kill For Review: Uninspired Overly-Sexualized Follow-up

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For knows what it wants, but utterly misses in its execution.
The folly of returning to an old franchise nearly 10 years after it was made has proven to be difficult at best and disastrous at worst. Whether it's expectation or the passage of time, film series that see such lapses hardly ever work out. This year's 300: Rise of an Empire was engaging in its leads, but it failed to attract audiences who saw the original as their Holy Bible of Violence. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For only strengthens my theory that all series have a shelf life.

Wrapping three stories of life in crime-ridden Sin City, we follow the further adventures of the bruiser Marv (Mickey Rourke), dancer Nancy (Jessica Alba), and anti-hero Dwight (Josh Brolin), as well as new ones by the gambler Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Some want money, others respect, and a couple just want to wash away their demons. But the city always throws up obstacles like Senator Roark (Powers Booth), the black widow Ava (Eva Green), and her massive bodyguard Manute (Dennis Haysbert), all of whom want Sin City to retain its well-earned name. As its most hard-boiled residents - including Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her militarized sex kittens - get caught in the crossfire, the city gets ready to claim another life under its mean and unforgiving streets.

The original Sin City succeeded so completely because it mixed a modernized noir script with appealing characters and an intoxicating blend of ultra-violence and sexuality. Dame simply slathers on the sex, dials down the violence, and hacks almost every character we come into contact with...and I don't mean 'hack' like cut them in two, although that does occur as well. The only redeeming quality appears to be Green, an actress who knows how to sell her sex like a shrewd businesswoman. There's few times when she's actually clothed, but her dark gazes and manipulative assets could draw in the most chaste man or woman. She seduces everyone, from Dwight to an SC detective played by Christopher Meloni with perfect suavity and a killer body to boot.

But a story must endure above the sex - see Nymphomaniac and Green's The Dreamers - and Dame never seeds anything of value, taking us on what feels like a 2-hour death march of character drama that feels tired and generally uninspired. We get it: Sin City is a cesspit with innocents ground down under its wheels. But it seems completely incapable of taking that element beyond skin deep, content to brandish its weapons, women, and corruption without elevating itself in the least. After Green is seen nude for the 12th or 13th time, the gyrations of Nancy - icing on the cake in the original - are more like dialed-in tease than a nerd's bondage fantasies come to life.

Confident in what it has but unable to successfully execute it, Directors Miller and Robert Rodriguez never gift us with a new set of memorable moments that made the original so enjoyable. Performances are mostly good enough (again, Green standing above everyone else), and the visuals are great once again. But our team also produces a menagerie of forgettable secondary characters who fail to stick around long enough for us to care about them, and ignore telling deeper stories about returning characters Marv and Gail. He's still the blunt weapon and she's still the ruler over her part of town, blah blah blah. Rather than upping the stakes and editing the runtime for maximum effect, Miller and Rodriguez tell one story too many. Alba should have followed Willis's smart decision to remain a pseudo-cameo and instead given us a dance for the ages. Instead, she gets her revenge on what becomes a wholly unsatisfying affair.

There was a time when films like Sin City and 300 threatened to re-imagine the Hollywood assembly line of making movies. Sadly, both returned this year worse for wear, missing core elements that separated themselves from the traditional action film. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For feels like old hat, regardless of its extraordinary visuals. In many ways, Hollywood has finally eclipsed these franchises, giving us the sex and violence we want with the deeper political intrigue we need. To say Sin City started it all would be about as much credit as I'm willing to give. Any other positive statements about this follow-up would simply be untrue.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is Rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use and has a runtime of 102 minutes.

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#THEMAZERUNNER New Clips & Featurette With Author

Here are new clips from THE MAZE RUNNER, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette with author of the book, James Dashner.

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"Dashner Walk & Talk" Featurette


When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

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First Look At Keanu Reeves In JOHN WICK

Get blown away by Lionsgate's latest action-packed thriller, JOHN WICK.

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".

And don’t miss JOHN WICK when it hits theaters OCTOBER 24, 2014

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