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Movie Review: The Snowman

Dragon Ball Hits the Big Screen

The Popular Franchise Strikes Again.
By David Clark
Dragon Ball, the Japanese franchise that brought the style of animation called anime to a mainstream form of media is releasing another feature film. Coming two years after the release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods which grossed over $25 million domestically in Japan, the franchise is once again returning to IMAX. The new wrinkle is the latest animated film from the franchise will be available in 3D.

Akira Toriyama, the man behind the franchise, is still trying to make people forget about 2009’s Dragon Ball: Evolution, a movie that cost an estimated $45 million that grossed less than $9 million in America. When Toriyama took the franchise back to the animated roots from which it came, The Battle of Gods became the fastest selling non-American released movie in 2013.

While Dragon Ball is a franchise made and directed towards foreign audiences it has developed a cult following in America. With 20th Century Fox as a distributing par…

Jamie Foxx & Michelle Monaghan To Star In Sleepless Nights

Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan are set to star in Sleepless Nights, an action thriller remake of French film Nuit Blanche, distributor Open Road Films said Friday.

Baran bo Odar (The Silence) is set to direct the film from a screenplay by Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton, World Trade Center).

The film will be produced by Vertigo Entertainment, with worldwide rights acquired by Open Road Films.

Nuit Blanche, directed by Frederic Jardin, was released in 2011. In September of that year, as THR reported at the time, Warner Bros. had acquired remake rights to the title after it premiered as a Toronto Midnight Madness title.

The remake of the title stars Foxx as "a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop" and Monaghan as an Internal Affairs agent.

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Movie Review: Project Almanac

Time-traveling teenagers waste every gift in the found-footage feature bore. WARNING: This review contains massive spoilers.
Review by Matt Cummings
If you saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and who would want to admit it), you might have noticed some shameless self-promotion by Producer Michael Bay advertising his new movie Project Almanac. Well, that film has arrived and the result is decidedly awful.

When teen smarty nerd David (Jonny Weston) discovers that his long-deceased father created a 'Still Needs Work' time machine in their basement, David, his sister (Ginny Gardner), and best friends Adam (Allen Evangelista) and Quinn (Sam Lerner) document their discovery and completion of said device. The enitre escape begins when David discovers a hidden family camera that seems to show a fuzzy glimpse of present-day David in the background. With the machine built and powered by the Prius batteries of the sexiest under-friended girl at school Jessie (Sofia Black-D’Elia), the …

#JOHNWICK Directors May Get Their Hands On Chris Pratt For "Cowboy Ninja Viking"

Variety is reporting that the team behind one of our favorite films of the year maybe directing Chris Pratt in “Cowboy Ninja Viking.”

Pratt has met with Leitch and Stahelski and has given his stamp of approval.


Based on writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo’s graphic novel, the story follows a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder and is put into a government program to be turned into a super-soldier with the attributes of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking.

Stahelski and Leitch have been cutting their teeth as second unit directors for several years but blew up after “John Wick” overperformed at the box office this past October. Leitch was uncredited on the project.

With Pratt in such high demand, the studio quickly fast-tracked the project in order to squeeze it in before the actor’s plate became too full. It’s unclear where this film would fit in his schedule with Pratt already set to star in “Magnificent Seven,” which shoots in the spring, and the “Guardians of t…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @SpongeBobMovie In #Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water on January 31st in Sacramento.


Leaping... okay, inching slowing onto the superhero bandwagon, SpongeBob and his pals become superpowered in this second Spongemovie. Loosely speaking, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water sees SpongeBob and his pals pursuing a stolen book into our world where they must tackle the pirate (Antonio Banderas) who has pinched it. The trailer has some amusing visual gags and its own lunatic charm, but it definitely helps if you’re either under 10 or really drunk*. Preferably not both.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @SpongeBobMovie In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water on January 31st in San Francisco.


Leaping... okay, inching slowing onto the superhero bandwagon, SpongeBob and his pals become superpowered in this second Spongemovie. Loosely speaking, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water sees SpongeBob and his pals pursuing a stolen book into our world where they must tackle the pirate (Antonio Banderas) who has pinched it. The trailer has some amusing visual gags and its own lunatic charm, but it definitely helps if you’re either under 10 or really drunk*. Preferably not both.


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Karl Urban To Star In Pete’s Dragon

It would appear that Michael C. Hall is allergic to dragons. Actually, there isn’t a given reason why he’s decided to leave the new Pete’s Dragon film, but it means good news for Karl Urban fans as the Star Trek actor has stepped in to replace him.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery is busy putting the new version of the story together, working from a script he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks. It’s Disney’s latest attempt to conjure a fresh take on one of its catalogue titles, this time the live-action/animation-blend 1977 film which saw a young lad befriend a magical dragon.

The new movie will apparently deviate from the original, not by having the dragon turn evil and go all Smaug on the local town, but by stripping out the musical element and injecting an environmental message into the story.

Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard (who is surely nervous about working with giant reptiles after Jurassic World) and Wes Bentley are on the roster alongside Oakes Fegley, who plays …

Black Sea Review: Well-Apportioned Submarine Thriller

Bolstered by strong performances, the submarine thriller Black Sea is a terrific underwater adventure.
Review by Matt Cummings
What happens when a movie is so good but so poorly-placed in the schedule that the best it can do is find itself in the Month of Forgotten Movies? That's the plight behind Black Sea, a memorable submarine thriller with everything going for it except for a proper release date.

When the former submarine driver Robinson (Jude Law) loses his job at the company, he signs on with a shadowy investor and to liberate a German U-boat loaded with 4 tons of WWII-era gold. Seeking redemption and a final shot at respectability, Robinson hires a group of tough-minded men for his crew, including the psychotic Fraser (Ben Mendelsohn) and the newbie Tobin (Bobby Schofield). Although Robinson has promised his men an equal cut of the profits, greed and murder are never far behind, and soon the crew begins to crack, crippling the mission and putting their very lives at ri…

A Most Violent Year Review: Yet Another Oscar-Bait Candidate

The mostly Oscar bait A Most Violent Year is a largely hollow experience.
Review by Matt Cummings
In Writer-Director J.C. Candor's A Most violent Year, business and morals clash in the world of 1981 New York. Then and there, the city is undergoing one of its most murderous years in history, with ordinary people caught in the crossfire and businessmen seeing their property stolen from underneath them. It's here that small business owner Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) finds himself pining for a brighter future with a world trying desperately to take it all away from him. Married into the heating oil industry which was run by his wife Anna's (Jessica Chastain) father, Abel is trying to expand his business by borrowing the money needs for a massive expansion. But his jealous competition is watching and plotting against him, even as Abel tries to keep his trucks from being stolen by those same rivals. It all comes to a head when his lawyer Andrew (Albert Brooks) informs him o…

CBS Announces Well-Rounded Actor To Supergirl Cast

Who could it be?
By David Clark
Which is better, traditional or new? That is a question some people will be asking after the latest announcement pertaining to the newest cast member in CBS’s pilot for Supergirl. The news comes only a few short days after Melissa Benoist was revealed as the lead character on the show.

Whether it is a move that will alienate die-hard fans of the DC Comics franchise or a brilliant move that will appeal to more people, it is now known that Jimmy Olsen will be played by Mehcad Brooks. To someone who is unfamiliar with the character, this might not register as an odd choice. After all, Mehcad Brooks is an actor in his early 30s who has sharpened his acting prowess on shows like Desperate Housewives, Necessary Roughness and True Blood, which only covers a few shows on his resume.

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New Avengers: Age Of Ultron TV Spot

It might not be receiving the Super Bowl TV spot treatment, but Marvel has made sure we’re all still anticipating Avengers: Age Of Ultron with a new ad.



Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

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MADAME BOVARY Trailer & Official Poster

Here is the official trailer and poster for MADAME BOVARY, starring Mia Wasikowska and Ezra Miller.



Alchemy will release MADAME BOVARY in Summer 2015.

Set in Normandy, France, Madame Bovary is Gustave Flaubert's classic story of Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries small-town doctor, Charles Bovary (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), to leave her father's pig farm far behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy husband and mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside the bonds of marriage.

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THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL & New Poster Has Arrived

Check out the official poster and watch a clip from THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, via EW.com



Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has availabl…

TOMORROWLAND Super Bowl Teaser

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.



Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #JUPITERASCENDING in Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For JUPITER ASCENDING on February 2nd at 7:30 PM in Sacramento.


JUPITER ASCENDING focuses on Kunis’ Jupiter Jones, a young woman who was born with signs predicting great things. But as an adult, a series of bad breaks have led to her gig cleaning other people’s houses. Then Caine (Tatum) comes a-calling, rescuing her when some very nasty medical types discover who she really is and attempt to terminate her.


Swept up into a huge struggle for the future of the solar system and our world in particular, Jupiter learns that she’s in line to be the owner of the Earth as part of a complicated hierarchy that stretches between the stars. Sadly for our heroine, some very powerful and nasty people are also laying claim to her birthright.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #JUPITERASCENDING in Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For JUPITER ASCENDING on February 2nd at 7:30 PM in Santa Clara.


JUPITER ASCENDING focuses on Kunis’ Jupiter Jones, a young woman who was born with signs predicting great things. But as an adult, a series of bad breaks have led to her gig cleaning other people’s houses. Then Caine (Tatum) comes a-calling, rescuing her when some very nasty medical types discover who she really is and attempt to terminate her.


Swept up into a huge struggle for the future of the solar system and our world in particular, Jupiter learns that she’s in line to be the owner of the Earth as part of a complicated hierarchy that stretches between the stars. Sadly for our heroine, some very powerful and nasty people are also laying claim to her birthright.


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Ted 2 Trailer Has Arrived

Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow Ted writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #SEVENTHSON In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SEVENTH SON on February 4th at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.


In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.


Sergei Bodrov directed Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight and a screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thomas Tull and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni, Brent O’Connor and Alysia Cotter are executive producers, with Jillian Share and Erica Lee co-producing. The film will be released in 3D.


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#TERMINATORGENISYS BIG GAME TV SPOT & New Poster

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…



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

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SEVENTH SON on February 4th at 7:00 PM in San Francisco


In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.


Sergei Bodrov directed Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight and a screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thomas Tull and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni, Brent O’Connor and Alysia Cotter are executive producers, with Jillian Share and Erica Lee co-producing. The film will be released in 3D.


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TV Review: Agent Carter ”The Blitzkrieg Button”

The Marvel show slows its roll this week.
Review by Brandon Wolfe
After taking off like a rocket with its first three episodes, Agent Carter hits the brakes in its fourth outing. ”The Blitzkrieg Button” is a draggier outing than the show has quickly made us accustomed to. There are notable happenings to be sure, but the overall impression of the episode is that water is being treaded big-time.

The biggest development here is that Howard Stark has returned, having been smuggled illicitly back into the country, where he’s intercepted by Carter and Jarvis from a couple of goons working for the shadowy Mr. Mink. Stark, still the most wanted man in the country, is forced to hide out at the Griffith, the all-female apartment complex with strict rules against male visitors. The rooster-in-the-henhouse humor from Carter continually having to track Stark down in various tenants’ rooms is very effective. The show truly gets a boost out of Dominic Cooper’s playful presence, so here’s hoping he s…

Paramount sets dates for The Ring, Paranormal Activity and Friday the 13th Sequels

Three spooky sequels find new release dates.
By Brandon Wolfe
Paramount has shuffled its horror-movie deck as it has set new dates for three upcoming sequels, according to Variety. First up is the second sequel to 2002’s The Ring, carrying the Cameron-esque title Rings, which will bow on November 13, more than a decade after the release of the previous installment, 2005’s abysmal The Ring Two.

The other two films, both of which are being pushed back significantly, are Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, which is moving from March 13 to October 23 (the date recently vacated by the Conjuring sequel), and the latest reboot attempt for Friday the 13th, bumped from November 13 to May 13 (which still affords it a release date on a Friday the 13th).

This move isn’t surprising for the sixth Paranormal Activity, which seemed unlikely to make that rapidly approaching March date due to the complete lack of any form of promotion thus far. October is the franchise’s home base, though one i…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #SEVENTHSON In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SEVENTH SON on February 4th at 7:00 PM in Fresno.


In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.


Sergei Bodrov directed Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight and a screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thomas Tull and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni, Brent O’Connor and Alysia Cotter are executive producers, with Jillian Share and Erica Lee co-producing. The film will be released in 3D.


Make sure …