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Sunday, August 31, 2014

No Original Star Wars on Blu-ray, But...

Fans can see the original in all its glory, thanks to some dedicated fans.

Last month, we reported that Disney was preparing to release on Blu-ray the original Star Wars trilogy, minus all of Director George Lucas's 'Special Edition' edits, which included new special effects, a re-recorded soundtrack, and addition of previously unreleased scenes. Sadly, Disney - the parent company to Lucasfilm - issued a statement quickly debunking the rumor.

Wait, you didn't know there was a difference? For years, Lucas has stated that his original version of the film was only "25%-30%" of the version he had envisioned. Yet, for many fans who first saw the original crawl without from A New Hope sans the 'Episode IV' subtitle, that version is still the best. Who could blame them? Greedo shooting first? A comical interlude with a younger Jabba the Hut? Nonsense.

Even when the Blu-ray set was released, fans complained that the transfer process darkened too many blacks, and left Princess Leia looking too pink. Even the Master Audio 5.1 surround track was belittled for not sounding good enough. For those of you who noticed these issues, you were not alone: over the years, a group of dedicated group fans have tried their best to clean up the Blu-ray, even going so far as to add planets and even a new scene introducing the Death Star in a more dramatic fashion. However, no one has attempted to bring back the original film, until now.

That project, titled Star Wars Despecialized, has resulted in a completely restored version of the film and its Special Edition sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Everything has been cleaned up, re-colored back to the original tones, and even the audio had been bumped to up to DTS Master Audio levels. Where can one find such a superior product? No,m it's not at your local Best Buy, or even available from Lucas himself, but for download on the Grey-net. Yes, you'll have to torrent it, and the file is a massive 17GB MKV file. And while we haven't seen it, the numerous updates which this team has made can be found at their website in the above video, screen captures show just how much has been improved.

Regardless of the final product - and Lucas's seemingly inability to release an unaltered version himself - the Despecialized Eidtion is the version we grew up with, bar none. Will we ever get an official restored version? if Disney is anything like Lucas, they'll know how to squeeze more money out of our pockets in an effort to cash in on nostalgia. But until then, this one will more than do.

Discuss this story with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
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Inside the Bucket Podcast #28

This week's episode of Inside the Bucket is online! Revel in the digital mastery!



After a week off,Inside theBucketreturns with a vengeance! John and Matt are joined by SJF contributor Brandon Wolfe as they peruse the sorted landscape of movie and television news, which can be found on our siteSANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM.

Later, the boys delve into Rants and Raves, discussing last week's releases of The November Man andSin City: A Dame to Kill For. After that, Matt reviews AS ABOVE SO BELOW,starring Perdita Weeks. Please check out all the links to the stories we covered in today's podcast.

We hope you laugh as much as we do bringing the show to you. As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support, and we'll see you at one of our screenings.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

September 2014 Movies On Our Radar

And we thought August was bad - welcome to our September On the Radar Preview!
If any of you had trouble choosing or recommending a good movie released last month, we feel for you! After the very good Guardians of the Galaxy was released on August 1st, the rest of the month was filled meh, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to The November Man, some of which have drawn good but unimpressive numbers. 

But now September is upon us, and judging from the utter lack of high-performing - or even appealing - films, we're going to to call it right now: September 2014 will draw the lowest numbers of the year, and could establish itself as one of the worst Septembers in the past 15 years. Don't believe us?  Check out this list:

September 5

No major releases this month - Sorry, but The Identical - slated for release one-third that of a standard Hollywood blockbuster - seems to have zero buzz going behind it. For us to not recommend anything for a week is a first, and should demonstrate just how big this sort of news is. You're better off checking out something you missed from the Summer that might still be playing.

The Drop (September 12)

Plot: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Frecheville
Why We're Interested:
'Interest' might be too big of a word here, as it looks like a modern version of Goodfellas. Another story about corruption in a New York borough is like asking for another grain of sand from The Arabian Desert. But the cast is interesting, and Drop represents the last film Actor James Gandolfini shot before his passing in 2013. Whether these stories make the movie better - as well as drawn in moviegoers in anything more than a trickle - is anyone's guess.
Watch the Trailer for The Drop:



No Good Deed
Plot: Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.
Director: Sam Miller
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Leslie Bibb
Why We're Interested:
Again, 'interested' is not quite the word we'd use. Sure the cast is good, but is there enough tension in the home-invasion story to keep us awake?
Watch the Trailer for No Good Deed


A Walk Among the Tombstones (September 19)
Plot: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Director: Scott Frank
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Mark Consuelos
Why We're Interested: We really liked Neeson's airplane thriller Non-Stop, and the trailers look decent. We hope this one is a winner, but it seems ubnlikely given the fact that Neeson movies hardly ever perform above $100m.
Watch the Trailer for A Walk Among the Tombstones


The Maze Runner
Plot:
Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.
Director: Wes Ball
Starring: Thomas Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Dylan O'Brien
Why We're Interested: Given the performance of YA novels in 2014, we're not at all sure about Maze Runner. The trailers are good but not stunning, and the cast is mostly made up of young actors with a couple of veteran character actors thrown in. This could be the hit of the month, or it could be another The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Watch the Trailer for The Maze Runner:


The Equalizer (September 26)
Plot: 
A former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz
Why We're Interested: Finally! A film we're actually looking forward to seeing! Sadly, the more we look at this reboot of 1980's spy drama, the more we realize it really shouldn't be titled The Equalizer. Sure the character of Robert McCall is still there, but his backstory as a former CIA operative pursued by the KGB and his former employers is completely different. The trailers look good, but with the greatness of the television show now a shadow, is this really The Equalizer, or should it be re-titled "Well This Really Isn't The Equalizer, But Who Cares?"
Watch the Trailer for The Equalizer:


Let the Misery Begin!
With the first week of September essentially offering nothing new, we think the 2001 record of $56.7 million might be possible. We know some of you are clamoring for Tusk, but it's highly unlikely that the dark comedy will resonate with anyone other than superfans of Director Kevin Smith. And while we think the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All is By My Side looks good, it was supposed to be released in 2013 and has somehow been pushed back until now.  That leaves five major releases with major questions hovering around each of them.

Will The Equalizer and Maze Runner be enough to draw out potential moviegoers? It's hard to imagine so, given the many unknowns each has behind them. With most interested people having already seen Guardians and Turtles, we could either see a decent month or a slaughterhouse.

For now, be sure to add these to your Movies To-Do List:
• September 5th - No major releases this week
• September 12th - The Drop, No Good Deed
• September 19th - Maze Runner, A Walk Among the Tombstones
• September 26th - The Equalizer

Which films are you looking forward to this month? Comment below and join the conversation!

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
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TRIPLE NINE To Open SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

OPEN ROAD FILMS WILL RELEASE "TRIPLE NINE" NATIONWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

In TRIPLE NINE, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down.” Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action-packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.

DIRECTED BY JOHN HILLCOAT, "TRIPLE NINE" CAST FEATURES CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, CASEY AFFLECK, ANTHONY MACKIE, WOODY HARRELSON, AARON PAUL, KATE WINSLET, GAL GODOT, NORMAN REEDUS, TERESA PALMER AND CLIFTON COLLINS, JR.

Open Road Films will release TRIPLE NINE nationwide on September 11, 2015.

Directed by John Hillcoat from a script by Matt Cook, TRIPLE NINE stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Godot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer and Clifton Collins, Jr. Anonymous Content, Sierra/Affinity and Worldview Entertainment are financing and producing.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #DolphinTale2 In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For DOLPHIN TALE 2 on Septmeber 6th at 10:30 am in Sacramento.


It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.


Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #DolphinTale2 In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance For DOLPHIN TALE 2 on Septmeber 6th at 10:30 am in Fresno.


It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.


Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

As Above So Below Review: Shaky Camera Spawns More Evil Shaky Cameras

Although it tries for something new, the horror flick As Above So Below delivers the same old thing.
The found-footage/shaky camera genre feels irrevocably stuck: once a celebrated visceral experience, directors now make us more motion-sick than truly terrified, letting half-baked scripts and shoddy acting turn things into decidedly B-level fare. But rather than evolve it by utilizing standard camerawork and handheld devices - thus celebrating the best aspects of both - we've seen just the opposite: a move to add more cameras and even more shakiness. Such is the state of As Above So Below, a film that dabbles in pseudo-science, dispenses too many horror film cliches, and tries its best to frighten us.

Scholar/explorer Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) is a kind of female Indiana Jones: impetuous but highly intelligent, she's carrying on the good work of her deceased father, looking for the mythological Philosophers Stone. Her early journey takes her to Iran, where she barely survives their efforts to blow up a series of catacombs that hold the Stone's possible location in Paris. Returning home, the adventurer hires a team of catacomb hunters and the Aramaic linguist George (Ben Feldman), who just happens to be her former lover, to venture into the ancient tunnels in search of the healing stone. Unfortunately, they're not ready for the madness they'll find, and those discoveries will push them to edge of death while Scarlett seeks the elusive Stone.

Above tries to elevate itself into a smarter genre horror film, as science and mythology clash in classic speculative fiction; but it too often loses that edge. Focusing nearly 30 minutes of time before they even descend into the catacombs, our characters sing and establish their backstories for too long before ultimately agreeing to work with one another. It's not until then that the film finally starts to look and feel like I'd expect, flipping back and forth between history lesson and tense build-ups before releasing some fairly scary moments. But then the ridiculous genre cliches begin to pop up, including principal camera guy Benjy (Edwin Hodge) making the decision to follow noises and mysterious tennants of the tunnels that will ultimately lead to his death. Dumb. Visually, we're forced into too many close-quarters camera shots where we can't even tell what is happening. The last 10 minutes of Above is just that, as Scarlett runs (and keeps running into) all sorts of danger as she seeks to understand the Stone's allure.

The one bright spot is Weeks: her striking features and tough-mindedness keeps the film from utterly hitting the skids. She's not a well-known property, but perhaps a leading director will make the smart decision to cast in future projects. The rest of the troupe is a collection of no-names that will probably (and should) remain so, their screaming and blank stares serving as 90% of their efforts. Director/Co-Writer John Erick Dowdle doesn't help at all, utilizing too little of the history of Paris and the stone mythology in favor of cheap scare tactics and too much shaky cam. The story of the Philosophers Stone sounds interesting, as does Scarlett's backstory, but Dowdle does little to keep that going through a terrible third act, where the team is just running through catacombs while Paris' dead try to catch them.

As Above So Below takes too long to get started, is too random in many parts, and too shaky and ineffective in others. Weeks does her best to keep this thing from going off the rails, but its mix of pseudo-science and Indiana Jones history soon gives way to a standard fright-fest that could have been so much more. The genre is in real trouble, and it's going to take a director with vision to pull it out of the muck before we see things truly evolve...lest horror fans abandon it altogether.

As Above So Below is Rated R for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout and has a runtime of just 93 minutes.

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Win Tickets To See Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 on September 13th at 5:00PM in Sacramento.


Special Fathom Feature: Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


Fathom Events, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime bring you the highly anticipated rematch between eleven-time world champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and the dangerous, power-punching Marcos "El Chino" Maidana. After their thrilling fight earlier this year, which left sports fans clamoring for more, the two prizefighters will face each other again when Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 is broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to select movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.


This exciting rematch will undoubtedly test the skill and will of both fighters in this electrifying showdown that is set to finish that which was started the first time they met. Despite the brutal nature of their first meeting, Mayweather has chosen to give Maidana a chance to redeem himself and rightfully earn a victory against the undefeated champion by facing off in a rematch that is sure to bring mayhem to the ring!


Don’t miss it LIVE and on the Big Screen – where every seat is ringside!

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Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #DolphinTale2 In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance For DOLPHIN TALE 2 on September 6th at 10:30 am in Santa Clara.


It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.


Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.


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THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY New Clip & Featurette

Here is a new clip and featurette THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. 



The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith and directed and written by Hossein Amini

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THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY is now available on iTunes/OnDemand and in theaters September 26, 2014.

The Two Faces Of January is a suspense thriller starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings, The Road, A History Of Violence), Golden Globe nominee and Cannes Best Actress winner Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia, Marie-Antoinette) and Oscar Isaac (Drive, The Bourne Legacy, Inside Llewyn Davis). It is based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith and adapted by Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White And The Huntsman). The film is Amini’s directorial debut.

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Offical Poster For THE GUEST Starring #DanStevens

Here is the Official Poster for THE GUEST starring Dan Stevens:

From the director of YOU’RE NEXT and featuring a standout, badass performance from Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), comes THE GUEST: a tense, action-packed and unpredictable film like everything and nothing you've ever seen before. Empire Magazine called it "a demented action-horror hybrid of sci-fi conspiracy thriller and gore-fest", and Vanity Fair said, “THE GUEST is big, it’s bold, it’s badass, full of flavor Hollywood wishes it could pour over its vanilla blockbusters.”

THE GUEST visits theaters September 17, 2014. Let us know if you'll be letting him in.

Directed by Adam Wingard
Written by Simon Barrett
Starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer and Lance Reddick

A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

Picturehouse will release THE GUEST in theaters September 17, 2014.

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New Trailer & Poster For #ROSEWATER

ROSEWATER, Jon Stewart's directorial debut, will have its WORLD PREMIERE on Friday, August 29th at the TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL.

Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by Maziar Bahari. The film marks the directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal.

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Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by Maziar Bahari. The film marks the directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal.

Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days.

With Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets keeping the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.

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First Look At Disney/Pixar’s New Short LAVA

The first look clip from Disney/Pixar’s new short LAVA.

LAVA will open in theaters in front of Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT on June 19, 2015



Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, “LAVA” is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

From Pixar Animation Studios, director James Ford Murphy and producer Andrea Warren, “LAVA” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015, in front of “Inside Out.”

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Dr. Doom Leaked Photos From Fantastic Four

Here are two leaked photos from the set ‘Fantastic Four’. The photos feature Doctor Doom.


Can anyone guess what is in the top right corner of the second picture? Human Torch?

Josh Trank is directing the movie, which once again focuses on the Marvel Comics quartet of scientist-adventurers Reed Richards (Miles Teller), aka Mr. Fantastic; his best friend Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), aka The Thing; his girlfriend Sue Storm (Kate Mara), aka The Invisible Woman; and her brother, Johnny (Michael B. Jordan), aka The Human Torch.

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Open Forum Friday: August 29, 2014

Here's your chance to connect with the SJF community.
While you're welcome to comment on any movie or television thoughts you might have, here's a brief rundown of the movies released this week and Blu-rays to be released next Tuesday:

Movies
- The November Man
- As Above So Below

Blu-rays
- Draft Day
- Neighbors
- Person of Interest: Season Three

Also, don't forget to listen to our weekly podcast, where we break down the major news of the week and do our giveaways.

No matter what you choose to talk about, a few ground rules: keep it nice, no ads, and no flaming.

Other than that, sound off on any movie or television thoughts you have.

Feel free to comment on any of the following:

1. What are you watching on television?
2. What's the last film you saw?
3. What would you like to see us discuss on the podcast?

These are just some of the questions, but again pick something movie or TV related.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

Win Tickets To An Advance For PRIDE on Thursday, September 4 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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The November Man Review: Retired Bond Makes Divisive Action Flick

Summer 2014 ends with the divisive The November Man.
The was a time in American cinema when audiences would pay to see almost anything starring an action hero. But in recent years, we've undergone a sea change in our expectations; our movie tastes have evolved from the simple 2-Buck-Chuck to a smoother Cabernet, leaving those rather mindless 80's pieces behind in place of something deeper and more gritty. Certainly the performance of The Expendables 3, Need for Speed, and a half-dozen 2013 action/spy/thriller flicks have shown Hollywood how evolved/fickle American audiences can be. As Summer 2014 comes to a close, we have one more chance to see this theory play out in the enjoyable but divisive The November Man.

Former CIA operative Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) has tried to put that part of his life away, favoring the quiet life instead of bullets, explosions, and tough choices at the end of a barrel. His protégée Mason (Luke Bracey) has carried on the good work, but it's come at a great cost to Devereaux. Soon, he is forced back into action on a very personal mission when the deal goes bad. Now on the run and with limited options, Devereaux runs into Mason, who's searching for a Russian aid worker (Olga Kurylenko) with information that could blow Russia's upcoming election apart. As master and student play a deadly game of chicken, both learn of a deep cover-up within the CIA that could involve Devereaux's old boss (Bill Smithrovich) or his new one (Will Patton)...or maybe both. Will the two spies join forces one more time to make things right, or will their hatred for one another lead to a bloody conclusion?

Veteran Director Roger Donaldson (White Sands, Thirteen Days) paints pretty pictures - some wrapped in dreamy backgrounds surrounded by gritty poses - but never quite gets to the heart of the matter. There's plenty to fuel our leads, but the editing comes away uneven, portraying Devereaux as almost bi-polar, worried about collateral damage in one scene and then willing to be unnecessarily cold-blooded to prove a point in the very next one. Moreover, we never learn why he chooses a personal life that he previously admonishes so much to Mason. None of our supporting cast comes away especially memorable, and some including Smitrovich even seem to experience conflicting character growth by the third act, with Handley suddenly replacing another character who clearly seemed in charge, and with only a "He's been replaced" explanation. Another major character's future is certainly in doubt by the time the credits roll, but we're never privy to what that actually is.

And yet, I found myself willing to look past these problems and enjoy the film for what it was. Brosnan and Bracey have good chemistry, chewing up good one-liners from the writing team of Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, who adopted Novelist Bill Granger's seventh novel about the titular hero. The action is steady and impacting in parts, while Composer Marco Beltrami's score keeps the tension going during several slower parts. There are two twists here that might surprise you, depending on how willing you were to check your expectations at the door. If you do, they'll come off nicely and keep you awake though a lot of exposition and typical bad guy stereotypes.

The November Man is a fitting end to one of the dullest Augusts in recent film memory. Two kinds of people will no doubt emerge from the theater: those who enjoyed its high-flying style, good performances from Brosnan and Bracey, and its twist-twist ending. The other will decry the ripped-off plot, fairly dull action, and failure to achieve closure on most of its leads. But for the most part, hasn't such division defined Summer 2014 in general? Either way, I encourage you to check expectations at the door, for your experience will no doubt be improved.

The November Man is rated R for strong violence including sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use and has a runtime of 108 minutes.

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New Poster For #OPENWINDOWS Starring Elijah Wood & @SashaGrey

Here is a new one-sheet for writer-director Nacho Vigalondo's thriller OPEN WINDOWS starring Elijah Wood & Sasha Grey. OPEN WINDOWS will be in select theaters on 11/7 with an early VOD release on 10/2.

Oscar®-nominated writer-director Nacho Vigalondo(The ABCs of Death, Extraterrestrial, V/H/S Viral) creates an action-packed world of voyeurism and suspense in his thriller OPEN WINDOWS. Nick (Elijah Wood, Maniac, The Lord of the Rings) is excited to discover that he's won a dinner date with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey, Would You Rather, The Girlfriend Experience). But when Jill refuses to honor the contest, her manager Chord (Neil Maskell, Wild Bill, Pusher) makes an offer he can't refuse: the ability to view Jill secretly via computer. Nick begins watching the unknowing star on her webcam, not realizing that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk as they enter a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse where nothing-and no one-are as they seem.

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#SEVENTHSON New Trailer, One-Sheet & Photos

The spellbinding new trailer for Legendary and Universal Pictures’ action-adventure SEVENTH SON has just debuted on iTunes Movie Trailers.


Starring Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes & Julianne Moore, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son. Based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney, SEVENTH SON arrives in theaters February 6, 2015.

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