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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Yes It's True. Here Is The Trailer For Grown Ups 2

In 2010, Adam Sandler's ensemble comedy Grown Ups - featuring Sandler himself, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider - earned $271,430,189 worldwide. In 2013, Grown Ups 2 plans to do the same, and here's the trailer to prove it.

Here's a brief round-up: Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) moves his family back to the town where he grew up. A reindeer urinates on Sandler's face. Taylor Lautner jocks it up a notch. Echoing the swing rope from the first film, the gang leap, naked, off a cliff into a river, with Spade's head going up James' anus. Andy Samberg and a crew of soaped up cheerleader men-folk lather James' car.



It's silly, it's stupid, it's an Adam Sandler comedy, and whether you like it or not, you're going to laugh a lot at least once.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, ANT_MAN And More Concept Art Is Here.

Now that MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE: PHASE ONE – AVENGERS on Blu-Ray box has arrived in stores after a long delay. We have some great news. Marvel’s Phase two starting with IRON MAN 3, followed by THOR: THE DARK WORLD and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, leading up to THE AVENGERS 2 in 2015.


People who bought the set were sent over to BattleofNewYork.net, entered their code, thye got a first look at Phase Two and thanks to IGN, here are a bunch of concept art and behind-the-scene stills, some even for Marvel’s Phase 3 including ANT-MAN





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Friday, April 5, 2013

Win Tickets Advance To See DISCONNECT In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for DISCONNECT! The screening is on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 7:00 PM in San Francisco.


The film stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Andrea Riseborough, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Alexander Skarsgard, and Max Thieriot.

A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world.


Disconnect explores the consequences of modern technology and how it affects and defines our daily relationships. Shot with eavesdropped naturalism, it marks the first fiction feature from Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated Murderball. Disconnect is produced by Mickey Liddell and Jennifer Monroe of LD Entertainment and William Horberg of Wonderful Films from an original screenplay by Andrew Stern. The ensemble cast includes Jason Bateman (Identity Thief, The Change-Up, Up in the Air), Hope Davis (Real Steel, Mildred Pierce), Frank Grillo (Gangster Squad, The Grey), Paula Patton (Precious, Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol), Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Brighton Rock, W. E.), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood, Melancholia) and Max Thieriot (Jumper), as well as Jonah Bobo (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Colin Ford (We Bought A Zoo) and Haley Ramm (X-Men).



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Win Tickets Advance To See The Place Beyond The Pine In Sacramento


Win your tickets to see an advance screening for The Place Beyond The Pines! The screening is on Wednesday, April 10, 7:00pm @ Tower Theater in Sacramento.


We will be posting on our Facebook and Twitter to when and where you will be able to find the tickets. So make sure to follow us.


The Place Beyond the Pines is a 2013 American crime drama film directed by Derek Cianfrance,written by Cianfrance, Ben Coccio and Darius Marder. It stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta. The film reunites Cianfance and Gosling, with whom he worked on 2010's Blue Valentine.


The daring new movie from the director of Blue Valentine,The Place Beyond the Pines is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons.


Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies – which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper).


Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery's confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy.


A Focus Features and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment presentation of an Electric City Entertainment production in association with Verisimilitude. A Film by Derek Cianfrance. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta. The Place Beyond the Pines. Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Ben Mendelsohn. Casting by Cindy Tolan. Music Supervisor, Gabe Hilfer. Music by Mike Patton. Costume Designer, Erin Benach. Production Designer, Inbal Weinberg. Edited by Jim Helton & Ron Patane. Director of Photography, Sean Bobbitt, BSC. Co-Producer, Carrie Fix. Executive Producers, Jim Tauber, Matt Berenson, Bruce Toll. Produced by Sidney Kimmel. Produced by Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky. Story by Derek Cianfrance and Ben Coccio. Screenplay by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, and Darius Marder. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. A Focus Features Release.


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TRANCE Opens In LA & New York

The wait is over! Fox Searchlight and Danny Boyle's masterful thriller TRANCE is now playing in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles! James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel star in this mind-blowing film that follows one man's dangerous journey through hypnosis after an art heist goes horribly awry.

Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

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HISTORY'S VIKINGS Picked Up For A Second Season

HISTORY® ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF HIT SCRIPTED SERIES "VIKINGS"

#1 NEW CABLE SERIES OF THE YEAR EARNS TEN EPISODE ORDER

Four New Episodes Remain This Season, Airing Sundays at 10 p.m. Season One Finale Scheduled for Sunday, April 28

HISTORY has picked up VIKINGS, its first scripted drama series for a 10-episode second season, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP, Development and Programming for HISTORY. Created and written by Michael Hirst, the renewal comes just five episodes into the VIKINGS freshman season. Four new episodes remain in the current season airing Sundays at 10 p.m. with the season finale slated for Sunday, April 28 at 10 p.m.

VIKINGS continues to be the #1 new cable series in 2013 and has propelled HISTORY to #1 in cable in its Sunday 10-11 p.m. time period. Over the five weeks, the hit drama series averaged 5.0 million total viewers, 2.2 million Adults 25-54 and 1.9 Adults 18-49. This past Sunday, episode five delivered 4.7 million total viewers, 2.2 million Adults 25-54 and 1.7 million Adults 18-49. This was up 4% among total viewers and up 5% among Adults 25-54 from last week.

“Vikings is a win win for us. As our first scripted series, VIKINGS has paid off in a big way with critical acclaim, strong ratings and a passionate, loyal fan base. It came out of the gate strong and has stayed on top, solidifying HISTORY as a major player in the scripted genre, just as we are in reality,” said Hoogstra. “We could not be more proud of the entire cast and crew and everyone involved in the making of VIKINGS. Michael Hirst has captured audiences with his complex, compelling characters and brought the unknown, epic world of these warriors to life. Season Two will begin production this summer to air in 2014.”

MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S.

“We are very excited that VIKINGS is generating so much attention worldwide,” said Roma Khanna, President, Television Group and Digital, MGM. “MGM is thrilled to have the continued support and enthusiasm of our partners at HISTORY and to work with an amazing international team as they bring Michael Hirst’s vision to audiences around the globe.”

VIKINGS, airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.

While VIKINGS is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed – for these were extreme times – it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, The Beast, Baytown Outlaws), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment, Usual Suspects, Millers Crossing), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.

Joining Fimmel and Byrne are Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Love and Other Drugs, The Black Marks) as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife; Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights) as Siggy, Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife; George Blagden (Les Miserables, Wrath of the Titans) as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England, Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood) as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive, wild, care-free brother and Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back) a ship builder who designs the new generation of Vikings ships.

Created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors), Michael serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn (The Tudors; The Borgias) and Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias). Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.

VIKINGS is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY will broadcast domestically in the U.S. MGM Television will bring VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S. VIKINGS is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series will air on HISTORY in Canada.

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HISTORY® is the leading destination for factual entertainment, including award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hits including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Ice Road Truckers®, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and Top Shot® as well as epic mini-series and specials such as the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us, and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com

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THE HUNT Poster Starring Mads Mikkelsen

Here is the first poster for the upcoming film THE HUNT starring Mads Mikkelsen. Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a highly-regarded school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

The Hunt is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life.

Magnolia Pictures will release THE HUNT in theaters July 12, 2013.

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Summer Movie Preview 2013 From Relativity Media, Focus Features & Fox Searchlight Pictures

Here are some Summer Movie Previews from Relativity Media, Focus Features and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Up first is Relativity Media's summer release DON JON.

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

DON JON
Release: TBD
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Writer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson
Producer: Ram Bergman
Executive Producer: Nicolas Chartier
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonJonMovie

 Focus Features upcoming Summer 2013 releases.



THE WORLD'S END – opens Wide on August 23


The third installment of director Edgar Wright's trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following the successes "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

Director: Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World")
Writers: Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike




CLOSED CIRCUIT – opens Wide on August 28


In this international thriller, two ex-lovers, Martin (Eric Bana of "Hanna") and Claudia (Golden Globe Award nominee Rebecca Hall), find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.


Director: John Crowley ("Boy A")
Writer: Steve Knight ("Eastern Promises")
Cast: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Kenneth Cranham, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciarán Hinds, Julia Stiles

Fox Searchlight Pictures upcoming Summer releases for inclusion in your Summer Movie Previews.


THE EAST – opens NY/LA on May 31



THE EAST, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company's head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action or "jam." But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life.


Release: May 31, 2013 - Limited
Directed by: Zal Batmanglij
Written by: Zal Batmanglij & Brit Marling
Produced by: Ridley Scott, Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson, Brit Marling
Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez and Patricia Clarkson


THE WAY, WAY BACK – Opens NY/LA on July 5


THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget.

THE WAY, WAY BACK
Release: July 5, 2013 - Limited
Written and directed by: Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Produced by: Kevin J. Walsh, Tom Rice
Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Liam James, Amanda Peet and Rob Corddry

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Evil Dead Review. Goriest Film Of The Year

Evil Dead Review
By: MattInRC

Evil Dead is one of the goriest films to ever grace the big screen. But can it compete with its cult classic predecessor?

We've been lamenting for awhile now on the uneven state of horror films, and for good reason. For every creepy and excellent Sinister in 2012, we were forced to endure a totally predictable and barely watchable Paranormal Activity 4 and The Possession. The problem lately has been simple: mindless horror without story. Sinister proved you could find a perfect balance between the two, generating all the creep-fest while persevering with good character development. It's too bad that nothing else recently came close to replicating Sinister's results; and while we haven't seen Mama yet, we were hopeful that 2013 signaled the return of excellent slasher cinema - until we saw the remake of Evil Dead.


A mixture of A Cabin in the Woods and The Human Centipede, Evil Dead is easily the goriest film to be released in awhile. If you've seen the 1981 original cult classic which launched the chiseled chin of Bruce Campbell, the plot will look familiar but the over-the-top meaningless gore and transparent characters will feel like something from a lesser picture. Five teenagers embark on a weekend to a run-down cabin in the middle of nowhere, not to cause chaos or sexual debauchery, but to clean up the life of the drug addict Mia (Jane Levy). Her friends Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez), and his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) decide to do anything to help, including their short-sighted decision to ignore Mia's pleas to leave the cabin for home. You see, she doesn't want to quit her treatment because she's fallen off the wagon - it's due entirely to a devilish force who's overtaken her body, courtesy of Eric's accidental opening of a flesh-covered book discovered in the basement.


Soon, Mia is the typical possessed victim, speaking in auto-tones and making crackling sounds with her bones as she picks off each friend one by one. As Eric and David become the last survivors, they make a desperate attempt to remove the force from Mia's body before she can complete her goal. Faced with the prospect of killing his sister David makes the ultimate sacrifice before the arrival of the demon signals the end of the world.

Written and directed by Fede Alvarez, the film is gory to the extreme and just plain gross in its constant depictions of vomit. Granted, I understand that demonic possession does require a bit of the bile, but Evil Dead has it in copious amounts, unleashing gallons of it on our actors as they try desperately to get through Alavarez's cheesy and soulless script. There's an insanely graphic opening that confusingly leads to the set up of our characters as they discover the book, become possessed, chop off their arms, shoot each other with nail guns, and endure a blood-filled rainstorm.


Maybe I just didn't get it, or perhaps I don't understand the finer details of American slasher cinema, but I can't be the only one who desires great storytelling from its horror films. The original took place so long ago that only true fans still watch it, which means Alvarez could have rebooted Evil Dead into more intelligent territory. Instead, we get several transparent performances by people we simply don't care about and meet vilolent ends that don't affect us in the slightest. I did appreciate the chilling score by Composer Roque Baños, whose opening theme and end credits created something to close to operatic murder.

When one considers that the first cut of Evil Dead was slapped with the dreaded NC-17 rating, it's understandable why casual moviegoers might think it still deserves one. The super-violence is among the most graphic I've ever seen, leading me to wonder how much better it would have been had Alvarez simply balanced things with good character development. This must be the future of horror, plain and simple. With nearly every stone unturned in terms of disgusting ends, the genre must journey down unfamiliar territory: constructing well-built, intensely-horrifying tales that terrify not just for their 'torture-porn' qualities, but generate empathy for their characters along the way, which could make their deaths all the more effective.

With Evil Dead, we're left wondering what could have been the best horror film of the last decade, had Alvarez lived by the most important rule in Hollywood: if you reboot it, turn it up a notch. It's been all but assured to rake in big bucks beyond its $17 million budget, but don't we deserve better? Evil Dead is rated R for everything except nudity and drug use and has a runtime of 91 minutes.

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Jurassic Park 3D Review. Amazing 3D Transfer

Jurassic Park 3D Review
By: MattInRC

The 3D release of the classic Jurassic Park looks and sounds amazing but those are not the only reasons why you should see it.

For those of you too old to remember what stop-motion was, watch The Empire Strikes Back, particularly those scenes of the Battle on Hoth. Essentially, one you constructed a model of your ship (or in this case, the AT-AT Walkers), created a diorama around them, then shot each movement before adjusting the model once again. It was a laborious and painstaking process, one that could neither resolve fluidity of movement nor allow designers to think beyond very limited uses. We have seen all-CGI based films like Tron (1982) and The Last Starfighter (1984), but issues persisted. In other words, it still looked like CGI.


But it wasn't until 1993's Jurassic Park that everything changed. For the first time, we were treated to photo-realistic visual effects that seemed to step off the screen. It was almost as if we could have joined Sam Neil (The Hunt for Red Octover) as he stared in awe of the genetically-engineered creatures created by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough, Miracle on 34th Street), who are accidentally let loose to cause havoc and destruction. No wonder it was awarded Best Visual Effects during the 1994 Academy Awards. As it arrives in a shiny new 3D release across limited theaters, we can once again relive the magic while witnessing a revolution that's happening right under our feet.

To say Jurassic Park elevates the much-maligned 3D game is probably not enough - it redefines the roadmap. In the past, 3D relied on unrealistic 'wiz-bang' effects, sacrificing detail and depth for cheap ooohs and aaahs. Not here: depth stands front and center, strutting as proud as the Brontosaurus or T-Rex that chases Laura Dern (Wild at Heart) and Jeff Goldblum (The Fly). Clarity, a constant issue for other modern releases, is so lifelike here that everything from hair and sweat to trees blowing in the breeze seem like Director Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark) shot it last year. Perhaps the star treatment this franchise received in 2012 with a trilogy release onto Blu-ray somehow benefited the 3D process?


Some might claim that Jurassic Park doesn't need the 3D treatment to enthrall audiences all over again and that the experience is still clunky and uneven. True on both counts, but much like daVinci's Mona Lisa or Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the most inventive leaps in art seems to come at the most innocuous moments. Whether it be a commission to paint a young woman or just another project on the ceiling of a church, Jurassic Park could be the next thing that convinces Hollywood to work more aggressively towards perfecting the experience. Perhaps one day we'll remark that it changed 3D forever, but let's never forget its stunning CGI, which still stands the test of time. The 3D simply makes it better, and perhaps that's where the genre needs to go. It's clear that Universal made the right decision - now let's see if the rest of Hollywood follows.

Jurassic Park should be respected for more than its amazing 3D transfer - it's the movie that changed everything, ending the days of stop-motion while opening the canvas to a new era of creativity that doesn't seem to have an upper limit. Seeing Jurassic Park in all its 3D glory reminds us of its importance and what it can mean to a whole generation of young people who should see it on the big screen. Perhaps they will have the same reaction we did in 1993 when how we watched movies changed forever. Jurassic Park 3D is rated PG-13, has a runtime of 127 minutes, and is playing in select theaters.

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