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Saturday, January 31, 2015

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 partner, the domestic fanbase can expect the latest movie, which, when translated, is titled Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection, to have an English version in the near future. The foreign release date is currently scheduled for April 18th of 2015.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

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 group begins to time travel, first to win the lottery and then to live the life of teens desperate for attention. But soon, the rules of time travel begin to pile up, and what seemed like a fun project at the time becomes a lesson in immutability for a son desperate to re-connect with this father and keep his new girlfriend.

What begins as an interesting concept and a stay-till-the-end plot devloves into a silly teen film, filled with leggy undernourished girls getting too much screen time as they parade their time machine around like a whore does her wares. Movies don't require a big budget to tell their stories, just good scripts, and Writera Andrew Deutschman and Jason Pagan spend little time in wasting every asset they have on the chess board. This isn't a smart action film or a terse thriller about choices and how you undo them, but an excuse to misuse an invention that could make things right, and one that David could use to bring his father back. Instead, he and his foolish friends do everything else before David finally takes the plunge, only to undo the entire premise of the story. There's the partying, the lottery money, and the fixing of grades without so much as a worry about paradox (whether you'll see yourself in a different version). There's no smart science here, and any rules established in previous (and far-better) films is tossed to the side or flat-out ignored.

The most compelling portion of the story - the fate of David's father - is virtually ignored until the last 10 minutes, leaving minimal time for the two to meet and for David to destroy his time machine. But in doing so, wouldn't time travel rules suggest that his documentation would also perish? At film's end, the presence of two cameras found in the attic (where there was only one to begin with) shows two different versions of the events, leading David to still meet Jessie. But, does that mean he will still build the machine smarter, go the Lollapalooza, and perhaps save his dad? Deutschman and Pagan have zero interest in exploring a story with seriously interesting undertones, and first-time Director Dean Israelite doesn't help, his shaky cam eventually leading me to put down my soda and popcorn so I would get sick.

MTV Films - who's in partner here with Paramount and Bay - could have made a game-changer, one that could have redefined the genre. The suggestion that David's father might have been killed to protect the machine? Ignored. The truth behind the machine's existence in the first place? Ignored as well.

Almanac's cast is your typical suburban haul, filled with good-looking teens who came right out of makeup trailer. The only one worth mentioning is Weston, a potential star in the making, but who has yet to be given the green light to a bigger career. We first saw him in the indie hit Chasing Mavericks, and here he brings some of that ability with him. I say 'some' because it's hard in the end to see such a potential prom king don glasses and pretend to be a nerdy high schooler - it just doesn't work, nor does his turn to the dark side as he tries to seek the affections of Jessie by re-doing his first kiss. None of that is particularly well done, and it's the point where the entire story turns sour.

Project Almanac is just another submission in the tired 'found footage' genre, a film that takes all of its potential and tosses it aside for leggy teens making bad choices. It's one of the worst films of the year, and a clear indication that both Bay and the genre need a reboot.

Project Alamanac is rated PG-13 for some language and sexual content and has a runtime of 106 minutes.

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#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 the Galaxy” sequel, but as long as things come together quickly, it’s a good sign this film is headed in the right direction.

Pratt has been tweeting his excitement about the project but wanted to make sure the film found the right director before fully committing. His approval is quite the vote of confidence on what Stahelski and Leitch can bring to the table.

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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 Pete.

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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 risk. Presented with a dark secret and facing a grim situation, Robinson and his men himself find themselves in a tightening noose of deadly rivalries, corporate intrigue, and a broken ship that could soon become their tomb.

Keeping away from cliched underwater adventure lines, it's safe to say that Black Sea took everyone at our screening by surprise. The reasons: terrific performances as well as the broad and bold chances that Writer Dennis Kelly takes in its script. No one is a protected asset here, employing a distinctly Battlestar Galactica feel to things. Kelly uses his chess pieces well, employing some to murder with purpose and others to feel the wrath of their violence. And while he doesn't spend much time to tell each of their stories, they do have their endearing moments, either in short segments of levity or in their utterance of well-written lines.

Law embodies the figure of a man pushed to the edge of desperation, with his loyal men soon fighting each other for their stolen contraband. Their extreme tunnel vision is something that Robinson cannot control, and Director Kevin Macdonald uses this surface tension to boil that pot of water until the top pops off. What results isn't so much violence for the sake of it, but a gripping lesson on what greed can do to people. It's a tragic course that Robinson has plotted, and just when you think that the story is about to take on a Hollywood ending, Kelly slams that door shut.

But this is Jude Law's ship to command, and as so he absolutely shines. This is Robinson's chance to escape the drudgery of a failed life, encouraging - and then later forcing - his men to do his will. When that authority begins to erode among certain members of the crew, you can see his clenched fists and steely eyes become a seemingly permanent fixture. It's a stirring contrast to the fatherly Robinson which Macdonald also shows us in several dream sequences, a broken man whose one chance at redemption exceeds that of a simple robber. By the time we get to the end, it seems like the idealic memories Robinson which have permeated Black Sea might even have been imagined.

This is where Schofield gets a chance to become the older son Robinson will never have. His efforts to put Tobin on a better course result in some of the film's best scenes, as Law gets a chance to dig deep into his character's backstory. Growing beyond the single-minded hothead, Robinson's ultimate sacrifice becomes the anvil on which this story is forged. McNarry turns in a Paul Reiser-like performance from Aliens as the corporate leech with a dark secret. His is the gunpowder on which the entire operation is set to explode, with Mendelsohn the torch. It's funny to note that this troupe is not filled with heavy Hollywood hitters, and yet it all works out. Everyone knows their places and everyone seemingly takes their cues from Law and Macdonald like Robinson was really there.

As I mentioned, there is a huge plot twist here that really ups the tension and takes the story into undefined territory, but you'll have to see it to experience the same reaction. For me it was perfect timing, elevating the story at precisely the right time and giving our characters a reason to re-join the ranks, only to see it destroyed once again over greed. That's the kind of storytelling that Kelly and Macdonald take, and the results are worth every minute. Even the score by Composer Ilan Eshkeri pulses to a moody Hans Zimmer/Dark Knight beat, extending the darker themes to all points of this film.

Black Sea is quite likely the most surprising film of January, and yet it's too bad that so few people will see it. With so many compelling choices already in 2015, and with virtally no marketing behind it, Black Sea's excellence might be forced to find its success in the home market, which is a shame considering its engrossing plot and solid accoutrements. No matter how you see it, add this one to your list.

Black Sea is rated R for language throughout, some graphic images and violence and has a runtime of 115 minutes.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

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 of a damaging investigation by the assistant district attorney (David Oyelowo), who claims dirty play in the building of Abel's empire. Faced with a growing wave of pressure, Abel must use every tool at his disposal not only to succeed but to merely survive.

Based on this rather lengthy plot, you might have as much trouble as I did getting excited about it, and that's about the way this drama unfolds. None of it is particularly compelling nor does it feel realistic: in the real world, the kind and empathetic Abel would simply be run through the grinder on his way to financial and personal ruin. Sure, Candor fills Violent with an impressive cast led by Isaac and Chastain, who both are nothing short of forces of nature. When Johanna finds a gun dumped outside their newly-purchased home, she knows this isn't mere coincidence. Her rage slowly builds until not even Abel can keep her from using her old Family ties to bring some balance to their struggle. But none of that - even the verbal throwdowns led by Isaac and Chastain - are enough to keep us awake through what's really a dull affair.

New York's crime wave must have yielded better stories than this, yet Violent's one-man-one-struggle plot is not even that engrossing. The idea of watching someone in such slow-motion crisis doesn't really work, because we know somehow that Abel and Johanna will ultimately get through these challenges. Their lawyer (Albert Brooks) does get in a few good shots about the company's treachery, and there are some decent action scenes when one Abel's employees gets tragically caught up in a shootout for his truck. Good people succeeding in a corrupt universe is usually screen-worthy, but it's Candor the Writer's execution that left me frankly bored. Oyelowo plays stoggy attorney too well, content to sit outside Abel's home or converse with him behind a desk, rather than challenge or help actually root out the cause of these thefts. There's nothing memorable about such a performance, and it's a microcosm of why Violent fails.

Moreover, the story never fully addresses why Abel feels the need to be so well-behaved. Johanna can't figure it out either, and by the time things fade to black, we couldn't care less. Stories like these place the audience in a weird place, because they never make their case to keep us around, choosing moments of empty exposition and hoping that somehow we're still dialed in because it has Oscar Bait written on it. Wrong.

In a year of terrific Oscar candidates, A Most Violent Year will be easily missed, and for good reason. It's a fairly flat affair, one that misuses its enormous potential, and whose longevity will be based entirely on it attaining some sort of cult status. That's not likely.

A Most Violent Year is rated R for language and some violence and has a runtime of of 125 minutes.

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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 available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.

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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.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Brigham Taylor, Jeff Jensen and Bernard Bellew serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.


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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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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. 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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#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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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. 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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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 sticks around for the remainder of its run.


Most of the SSR characters spend the week trying to piece together the events at the docks from the previous episode, with no inkling that Carter was the central figure behind it all. Chief Dooley heads all the way over to Nuremberg to try to glean information about the dead Russians from an incarcerated man named Mueller. He doesn’t get much, though he does employ a nifty scam concerning breath mints doubling as cyanide pills. Meanwhile, Souza hauls in a belligerent hobo whom he believes witnessed the battle at the docks and attempts to use their shared war experiences to get him to talk before the more callous Thompson gets better results simply by offering the man booze and a burger. None of these threads are very intriguing, especially since nothing that comes out this week puts any of these guys closer to realizing Carter’s involvement, beyond hearing of a mysterious woman being in the thick of it all. It’s just a lot of whistling in the dark about events we in the audience are already privy to, which isn’t going to prove interesting until the noose begins to actually tighten around our heroine’s neck.

Carter herself is tasked not only with stashing Stark, but with investigating his recovered invention cache, which the science team at the SSR are trying to wrap their heads around, with disastrous results. Stark singles out a particular item, the eponymous device, which functions essentially as an EMP and could send New York City into the Stone Age if activated, and asks Carter to retrieve it, replacing it with an identical fugazi. In the course of making the switch, Carter finds that the device actually contains a vial of blood, which Stark later admits is the blood of none other than Captain America. Carter is outraged by this, Steve Rogers still being an open wound for her, and presumes that Stark is using her lost love for financial gain, though Stark claims nobler intentions. Carter then demands that Stark leave her home. It isn’t surprising that Agent Carter would try to incorporate something Captain America-related into its proceedings. After all, Cap was the focal point of this era of the Marvel Universe and even though he himself is unavailable to participate, being frozen and all, getting his name in there is clearly important to those involved.


Carter also experiences something of a rift with Jarvis this week, as she realizes, due to his obvious tell when lying, that he knew about Stark’s ulterior motives without cluing her in. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that her neighbor Dottie is a deadly assassin, who takes out Mr. Mink when he attempts to infiltrate the Griffith to find Carter. Dottie’s loyalties are left shrouded in mystery this week, so whether she’s friend or foe will have to be determined at a later date.

The thematic through-line of the series continues to be the unabashed sexism Carter faces on a day-to-day basis. From the nanny-state policies of the Griffith to being reduced to gathering lunch orders for everyone at the SSR while they do more substantial work to Thompson’s stone-cold assertion that no one at the office will ever view her as an equal, Carter is constantly reminded of her perceived inferiority. The plight of this hyper-capable agent in a world that’s all too eager to reduce to her a second-class citizen at every turn is hugely resonant and gives the series something greater to chew on than merely spy shenanigans and period costuming.

One hopes that “The Blitzkrieg Button” stands a quick breath-catching respite for the series before it gets its swing back soon. I would suspect this is indeed the case, as the series is already at the halfway point of its eight-episode run. Can’t spend too much time running in place when the race is this brief.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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 it has sat out for the past two Halloween seasons, possibly to its detriment. With waning interest in the spooky series, coupled with the whopping 21-month gap between Ghost Dimension and the release of the coolly-received The Marked Ones last January, this could be the last gasp for the Katie saga.

The new Friday the 13th, tragically, is still being produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, though it will not be a sequel to their previous 2009 reboot. All that is known about this new film thus far is that it will be shot in 3D and also possibly in the found-footage format that everyone is already sick of. Fittingly, it will be the 13th film in the Jason franchise.

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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.


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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. 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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