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Saturday, May 30, 2015

#THEGIFT Gets A New Release Date

STX Entertainment’s THE GIFT will now open on Friday, August 7th nationwide.

Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged….chances are there is someone out there who won’t ever forget it…or you.



Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?

From the producer of Whiplash and The Purge, Jason Blum, comes a chilling psychological thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of acclaimed actor and writer Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior).

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #Screamiere Of #Insidious: Chapter 3 In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SCREAMiere* Of INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 on June 3rd at 7:30 PM in Sacramento.


*SCREAMiere is an advance screening with a lot of screaming!


The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.



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INSIDIOUS SCREAMING PROMOTION: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER/WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Only residents of the 50 US or DC who are at least 18 years of age with a valid screening ticket are eligible. Begins approx. one hour prior to the screening start time at the theater and ends prior to start of screening. Valid screening tickets will include screening start time. Screams will be heard on a first come first serve basis. Do not show up without a valid ticket – you will not be admitted nor will your scream be heard. Theater reserves the right to refuse admittance to screening and promotion. Void where prohibited by law. Odds depend on number of participants and quality of screams. ARV of prize: $4000. Subject to official rules at http://www.focusfeatures.com/article/insidious_screamiere.
Sponsor: Focus Features LLC, 1540 2nd St #200, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

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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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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #Screamiere Of #Insidious: Chapter 3 In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SCREAMiere* Of INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 on June 3rd at 7:30 PM in San Francisco.


*SCREAMiere is an advance screening with a lot of screaming!


The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.



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INSIDIOUS SCREAMING PROMOTION: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER/WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Only residents of the 50 US or DC who are at least 18 years of age with a valid screening ticket are eligible. Begins approx. one hour prior to the screening start time at the theater and ends prior to start of screening. Valid screening tickets will include screening start time. Screams will be heard on a first come first serve basis. Do not show up without a valid ticket – you will not be admitted nor will your scream be heard. Theater reserves the right to refuse admittance to screening and promotion. Void where prohibited by law. Odds depend on number of participants and quality of screams. ARV of prize: $4000. Subject to official rules at http://www.focusfeatures.com/article/insidious_screamiere.
Sponsor: Focus Features LLC, 1540 2nd St #200, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/InsidiousMovie
Snapchat: InsidiousMovie
Instagram: https://instagram.com/InsidiousMovie/
Official site:http://insidiousmovie.tumblr.com/

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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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #Screamiere Of #Insidious: Chapter 3 In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SCREAMiere* Of INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 on June 3rd at 7:30 PM in Fresno.


*SCREAMiere is an advance screening with a lot of screaming!


The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.



See how to win tickets after the Jump...


Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast


Send an email to Insidious3Fresno@gmail.com
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Winners will be chosen at random.

INSIDIOUS SCREAMING PROMOTION: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER/WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Only residents of the 50 US or DC who are at least 18 years of age with a valid screening ticket are eligible. Begins approx. one hour prior to the screening start time at the theater and ends prior to start of screening. Valid screening tickets will include screening start time. Screams will be heard on a first come first serve basis. Do not show up without a valid ticket – you will not be admitted nor will your scream be heard. Theater reserves the right to refuse admittance to screening and promotion. Void where prohibited by law. Odds depend on number of participants and quality of screams. ARV of prize: $4000. Subject to official rules at http://www.focusfeatures.com/article/insidious_screamiere.
Sponsor: Focus Features LLC, 1540 2nd St #200, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

For more information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InsidiousMovie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/InsidiousMovie
Snapchat: InsidiousMovie
Instagram: https://instagram.com/InsidiousMovie/
Official site:http://insidiousmovie.tumblr.com/

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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Top Domestic Movies of 2015 - Q1 Report

Interesting lessons learned as Q1 ends up 3.1%.

Story by Matt Cummings

When the 2015 box office arrived to much ballyhoo, audiences stood wide-eyed at the possibilities. "Biggest year in film ever" was chanted in theaters and blogs as we stood ready for the quarter 1 wave. And while the box office in general was up, a deeper look suggests an interesting trend.

Note: The Winter Season is defined as the first day after New Year's week or weekend through the Thursday before the first Friday in March.


According to our friends at BoxOfficeMojo.com, Quarter 1 of 2015 $2.475 billion domestically, as compared to 2014's take of $2.4b's and 2013's $2.274b. Here's the master list, but notice the problem. We'll share it afterwards:

1. American Sniper $344,257,525
2. Fifty Shades of Grey $165,089,610
3. The SpongeBob Movie $160,393,302
4. Cinderella (2015) $153,247,557
5. Kingsman $119,975,617
6. Insurgent $89,693,985
7. Taken 3 $88,982,382
8. Paddington $74,748,862
9. The Imitation Game $70,662,097
10. Battle of the Five Armies $65,564,457


See the trend? Three of the top 10 films were 2014 releases, not 2015 ones. True, American Sniper premiered in December 2014 to make Oscar consideration, but until Furious 7 arrived, a 2014 film was the highest grossing film of 2015. Take it out of the true release schedule, and the numbers change drastically:
1. Fifty Shades of Grey $165,089,610
2. The SpongeBob Movie $160,393,302
3. Cinderella (2015) $153,247,557
4. Kingsman $119,975,617
5. Insurgent $89,693,985
6. Taken 3 $88,982,382
7. Paddington $74,748,862
8. Wedding Ringer $64,387,847
9. Home (2015) $60,315,191
10. Focus (2015) $52,142,312
TOTAL: $1,028,976,665

With receipts of $1.02b, that's a difference of over $300m, led entirely by American Sniper. We went back one year to see if the trend continued. Here's the master list of Q1 receipts from 2014:
1. The LEGO Movie $248,466,064 2/7/2014
2. Frozen $135,334,008 11/22/2013
3. Ride Along $133,684,465 1/17/2014
4. Lone Survivor $124,786,118 12/25/2013
5. Rise of An Empire $101,448,843 3/7/2014
6. Divergent $96,042,660 3/21/2014
7. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $95,084,995 3/7/2014
8. Non-Stop $85,392,860 2/28/2014
9 American Hustle $82,509,796 12/13/2013
10. The Monuments Men $76,625,973 2/7/2014
TOTAL: $1,179,375,782

And here's the adjusted list:
1. The LEGO Movie $248,466,064
2. Ride Along $133,684,465
3. Rise of An Empire $101,448,843
4. Divergent $96,042,660
5. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $95,084,995
6. Non-Stop $85,392,860
7. The Monuments Men $76,625,973
8. The Nut Job $63,133,469
9. Son of God $59,700,064
10. RoboCop (2014) $57,289,708
TOTAL: $959,579,393

So, there is a definite trend when analyzing Q1: previous year's films dominate (and skew) the numbers. What's a box office reporter to do?

$100m Films
We think the best way to look at Q1 numbers is to see how many of the top 10 2015 releases made $100 or more. It's much harder to achieve this number, as families tend to stay home with their holiday presents in January, their Netflix in February, and de-snow themselves in March. In 2015, the number of movies which made $100m or more was 4; in 2014, it was 3. That and the BO's overall number tell us enough: Q1 2015 was not only bigger than 2014, it was healthier.

The Nature of The Beast
Last year at this time, we said that Hollywood only mildly cared what happened in Q1, content to endure early losses for brighter shores overseas, and knowing that April's long lines domestically weren't too far down the road. What's clear in our analysis is that American audiences shouldn't be counted out quite yet. Q1 was not only productive but resulted in several films that will probably make our Best-Of list. Make good films and people will fill theaters, regardless of weather. The numbers clearly suggest that the domestic health of the industry is good, even if American Sniper absolutely skewed the numbers. Will that trend continue into next quarter? We'll be here to answer that and other questions.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

#MRHOLMES Official Poster

MR. HOLMES is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it's too late.



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This Weekend @bbtheatres FREE Popcorn For Those Who Protect Us When You See #SanAndreas

B&B THEATRES TO OFFER FREE LARGE POPCORN FOR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN ATTENDING SAN ANDREAS THIS WEEKEND


SAN ANDREAS may be the disaster movie of the summer, but there is a silver lining! Beginning Friday, May 29th through Sunday, May 31st, B&B Theatres is excited to offer a FREE LARGE popcorn to the families of our servicemen and servicewomen who protect us from real-life danger on a daily basis!

So to all our police, firefighters, EMTs, military personnel, reserves, and all other active-duty or retired service-people, bring in your photo ID and claim your free popcorn when you purchase a ticket to SAN ANDREAS! One free large popcorn per photo ID please.

Participating locations include after the Jump...

B&B Theatres Goodyear Palm Valley 14 – Goodyear, AZ
B&B Theatres Mesa Gateway 12 IMAX – Mesa, AZ
B&B Theatres Tulsa Starworld 20 – Tulsa, OK
B&B Theatres Chenal 9 IMAX - Little Rock, AR
B&B Theatres Overland Park 16 (formerly the Dickinson Palazzo) – Overland Park, KS

Thank you for all that you do to keep us safe and enjoy the magic of the movies!

Company History
B&B Theatres has been family owned and operated since 1924 when Elmer Bills Sr. opened a movie house in Salisbury, Missouri where the future Mrs. Bills played the piano for silent movies. During the company’s 88 years, and four generations of family involvement, it has seen the coming of sound, color, Technicolor, stadium seating, multiplexes, and now digital cinema.

Current Operations
B&B Theatres is the 9th largest theatre chain in North America and operates 414 screens at 51 locations in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Arizona, and Florida. For more information about B&B Theatres: bbtheatres.com or Facebook/bbtheatres.

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#Tron3 Is Off The Grid

According to THR Tron 3 won't be coming to a theater near you.

Disney has chosen not to move forward with a third installment in the sci-fi series, sources say. While sources say the project was never officially greenlit, earlier this year it seemed that things were moving ahead with Tron:Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski returning to direct and stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund reprising their roles.

Prep had been started on the third film, and production was looking to shoot this fall, likely in Vancouver, British Columbia. Disney had been interested in adding Jared Leto to the cast, but an offer and negotiations had never commenced.

Disney has been developing a sequel to Tron:Legacy since the movie, made for $170 million, grossed $400 million worldwide. Legacy was the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi film that took place inside a computer world known as the Grid and starred Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner. The film drew a big cult following and became a notable influence on filmmakers and pop culture.

Decades later, Disney revisited the world with Legacy. The story revealed that the computer-programmer character played by Bridges had a son (Hedlund) who jumped into the Grid to find his father. Wilde was Quorra, an algorithm-made-flesh who also happened to kick butt.

Disney has had strong success with its live-action properties recently, including Maleficent and this year's Cinderella, which earned $527.4 million worldwide. But it recently had a stumble with the $180 million live-action film Tomorrowland, which underperformed at the box office this past weekend with a $33 million U.S. debut.

Disney's live-action tentpole calendar is pretty full for the next few years, with live-action versions of many of its animated classics in the works including The Jungle Book, Alice: Through the Looking Glass and Beauty and the Beast.

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Soundtrack Review: Mortdecai

A disappointing array of score music profligates an otherwise funny film.

Review by Matt Cummings

If audiences didn't quite respond to January's comedy caper Mortdecai (ok, they frankly hated it), it might have had something to do with Actor Johnny Depp's "Here we go again" approach to the titular character that kept audiences away. While I loved the film's zaniness, I was wondering whether the soundtrack by Composers Mark Ronson and Geoff Zanelli had anything to do with that experience. After listening to it, I can say an emphatic 'no.'

The problem here is that the score is more set-up music and less big riffs that help to identify the actors or push the scene further. Take something like Hong Kong: you must go nearly 3 minutes into the 4:25 track before finding anything remotely like a big theme or a connecting melody. Once you get there, it's all 60's schlock and totally fun, but the wait is almost not worth the time. Johanna does much the same, setting in motion the definite feeling of meh that permeates an album with some true flashes of greatness, but settles in for melodies of mediocrity. The Farmer's Daughter, The Painted Lady May Be In Play finally gets us somewhere, before again cutting things too short.

Spinoza, Los Angeles, and Georgina finally FINALLY get us to a good place, giving us the musical backbone of the film. When Heart's a Liar (featuring Rose Elinor Dougal) arrives, it's fun 60's retro, but it's something better suited on XM's old channel On the Rocks than on this CD. Curiously Interspersed with Erotic Dreams is perhaps the strongest track of the set - giving us pure Austin Powers in only 1:28 - but Open Your Balls might be its funniest. It's all Russian chants, and without the voices its chorus could work in any spy film; but it gets back to the main theme a third of the way through. Again, it makes for a nice experience with Dreams.

As we move towards the middle of the score, we get Questionable Attack, Jock which Ronson dials up with good syncopated drum beats, Hammond Organ, and trumpets pushing the chorus. Then it's The Duke's Funeral, which reminds vibes a lot of Depp's Dark Shadows. But then The Heist arrives, which is merely set up music and tones, along with Con Fuego which sounds more like a ringtone you might get with your new phone. It's well-produced as is Well Spun Rumour, but you have to go over 1 minute into things before you get a great trumpet theme that immediately goes quiet and flattens the track.

The Auction provides us with a textbook explanation of why this score fails: there's moments of greatness lost just as soon as the track gets going. We literally can feel it begin to soar before being forced down with more random set ups. Luckily, Epilogue arrives to cheer our mood, with flutes, syncopated drums, and trumpets strutting their stuff until Balls returns for another great moment. Had the score ended there, I might have been more forgiving in my review, but In the Bathub arrives with the thud, not even serving as the film's true end credits music.

It's clear that Ronson and Zanelli miss the mark here, both in terms of set up and delivery. Musicianship is definitely not the problem, it's the arrangements. True, most composers are usually the last to touch a film, but look at what Steve Jablonsky did with the first Transformers film. His tracks were deeper and longer than those used in the film, establishing several memorable riffs that were used more as background music for the action. Had the duo released that kind of soundtrack, I would be probably be praising their efforts.

In the end, I'd stay away from the suspect Mortdecai score and direct you to the movie, which I hope gets better play in the home market. A score like this works when it doesn't take itself too seriously, or when it mocks others like the terrific Penguins of Madagascar. There is some of that here, but with too much set up and not enough theme, the score is a definite dud.

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#Hannibal Season 3 Premiere 'Antipasto' Clips

HANNIBAL IS ON THE RUN - EDDIE IZZARD AND ZACHARY QUINTO GUEST STAR.


Having successfully escaped FBI capture, Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving through the European landscape, with Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) in tow. But Dr. Lecter's old habits and opulent tastes are still on display as he settles into a new identity and life in Florence, Italy, working at the Palazzo Capponi museum. Glimpses into the past help inform his relationship with Bedelia, a pairing not clearly defined as friend or foe. Tom Wisdom and Jeremy Crutchley also guest star.

Bedelia In Florence


Watch all the clips after the Jump...

The Curator


Once Upon A Time


A New Hannibal

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TV Review: Aquarius

The truth is out there, man.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

David Duchovny has always possessed a unique presence for a star. Charismatic while perpetually monotone, funny while dry as the Sahara, Duchovny’s quirkiness and ability to engage are not impeded by his clinical, manbot exterior. On The X-Files, Duchovny found the perfect conduit for his skills in Fox Mulder, a character who, like Duchovny, had a square outer layer incongruously concealing the eccentric charmer underneath. That this suit-wearing stiff with the Ben Stein vocal inflection could also be a crackpot who believes in every paranormal anomaly under the sun summed up the strange juxtaposition inherent to the actor, that surprisingly smooth marriage of rigid and wild.

In Aquarius, the new NBC crime series, Duchovny is handed a character that isn’t nearly as tailored to him as Mulder. He plays the awkwardly named Detective Sam Hodiak, a no-nonsense brute of a cop working the beat in 1967 Los Angeles. And though Duchovny’s Joe Friday qualities always fit neatly into the portrayal of a law enforcement official, Hodiak doesn’t offer the actor much room to allow his offbeat side to breathe. Hodiak, you see, kind of IS the sort of square that Mulder only seemed to be at a passing glance. He has no patience for longhairs, his ideas about race relations could use some work and his haircut is all right angles. He’s also a man totally at ease with beating a confession out of a suspect, which requires Duchovny, a man of intellect far more than brawn, to essay an imposing tough guy, which isn’t his strong suit.


The crux of the story is this: Hodiak is called up by his ex-girlfriend (Michaela McManus) to locate her missing teenage daughter Emma (Emma Dumont), who ran off with her sorta-boyfriend one night and, after finding the young man cheating (in a concealed flash of fellatio that actually did feel a bit daring for NBC), she finds herself being seduced by the poetic-nonsense-spouting Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony) and brought into his secret harem. Hodiak, in his investigation, crosses paths with young undercover narcotics officer Brian Shafe (Grey Damon), whose age-appropriateness and mop-top the older cop sees as a key advantage for infiltrating the hippie subculture that a square-jawed conservative like him could never walk among freely.

Aquarius drops us into a ‘60s landscape that never feels fully authentic. The way everyone speaks and looks has an illegitimate quality where you are always fully aware that these are contemporary people playing dress-up (I mean, maybe people in the late ‘60s were saying things like “He gets more ass than a Ferris wheel,” but I tend to doubt it). To combat this weakness, Aquarius leans heavily on the soundtrack, pumping in so many ‘60s hits that I fear they will run out of tunes for the entire decade by Episode 8. To give a sense of how obvious Aquarius’ musical choices are, the show waits less than ten minutes to bust out Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” that ultimate anthem of “this is the 1960s” flower-power. By the time Manson bloodies up a man to the accompaniment of The Monkees’ “Daydream Believer,” the cultural signifiers have grown so blatant that you might as well be listening to K-Tel’s Sounds of the ‘60s.

The cast is uniformly blah as well. Damon as Shafe is a nondescript pretty boy whose chemistry with Duchovny is in no danger of reaching Scully levels (and the fact that so many other characters pop up with similar hair and beards occasionally gets confusing). Anthony’s Manson sure says Manson-sounding things, but never exudes the ominous nor charismatic qualities that one would expect any incarnation of Charles Manson to possess. Nobody else in the cast makes enough of an impression to bear mentioning.


That pretty much leaves Duchovny as the only person in Aquarius worth watching. While the character isn’t anything special – and the issues surrounding his AWOL military son and estranged wife in the second hour of the premiere are dead on arrival – occasionally the actor gives a sarcastic line that Duchovnian spin that shows he’s still got it. And there are some faintly intriguing hints in that second hour of Hodiak’s unscrupulousness in getting confessions out of suspects that affords the character some modest bite. I also enjoyed how Hodiak can never remember how to read suspects their Miranda rights, though that is perhaps solely due to it reminding me of Channing Tatum’s similar quandary in 21 Jump Street.

Aquarius has the distinction of being the first network series to have its entire first season released immediately online and On Demand, in an attempt by NBC to dip into the Netflix binge-watching paradigm that’s all the rage these days. This is an interesting experiment, but I tend to think it will be the only thing history will remember about the series. There’s nothing in these first two hours that makes a viewer hungry to tear straight into Episode 3 and beyond. Its ‘60s trappings and the presence of Manson as the show’s overarching Big Bad (which presents a problem as Manson was, you know, a real person who committed real crimes, and whose documented history threatens to straightjacket the series unless it pulls some Inglourious Basterds-level revisionism) are the only things that distinguish it from any other network cop procedural. Some adult content and bleeped profanities are present to give the show some mild premium-cable edge, but to little effect. David Duchovny is a terrific actor, but his gifts find little purchase here. Fortunately, he still has Mulder waiting in the wings.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #DopeMovie In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For DOPE on June 16th at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.


This summer, welcome to a day in the life of a geek in the Bottoms.


The hit movie out of the Sundance Film Festival, DOPE tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore) who is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Produced by Forest Whitaker, Executive Produced by Pharrell Williams and Co-Executive Produced by Sean Combs.



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Dope stars Shameik Moore (@meaksworld), Tony Revolori (@TonyRevolori), Kiersey Clemons (@KierseyClemons), Blake Anderson (@UncleBlazer), Zoe Kravitz (@ZoeKravitz), A$AP Rocky (@AsvpxRocky), Chanel Iman (@ChanelIman)and Quincy Brown (@Quincy). The movie features four new original songs by Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell).

A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

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

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For DOPE on June 16th at 7:00 PM in San Francisco.


This summer, welcome to a day in the life of a geek in the Bottoms.


The hit movie out of the Sundance Film Festival, DOPE tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore) who is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Produced by Forest Whitaker, Executive Produced by Pharrell Williams and Co-Executive Produced by Sean Combs.



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Dope stars Shameik Moore (@meaksworld), Tony Revolori (@TonyRevolori), Kiersey Clemons (@KierseyClemons), Blake Anderson (@UncleBlazer), Zoe Kravitz (@ZoeKravitz), A$AP Rocky (@AsvpxRocky), Chanel Iman (@ChanelIman)and Quincy Brown (@Quincy). The movie features four new original songs by Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell).

A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

Go to GOFOBO and enter code: PEjXi65026

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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RACHEL FAULKNER Interview. We Talk About Her Upcoming Movie Projects

From the pages of Maxim to Ride Along 2 with Ice Cube and Hillbilly Horror Show on Vimeo, model and actress RACHEL FAULKNER seems to be everywhere at the moment… and now she’s taking to us again.


Hey Lulu! …. Er, Rachel. In all honesty, have you been getting that at all? I do hope people can separate the two?

-Haha. Yes, I have been getting that, but more from my friends, family and people online.

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How much is that show to work on though? It looks like a dream gig!

-It’s a super laid-back production. The crew and cast are a bunch of goofballs but we are also a smaller group, so I feel strongly about what we all bring to the table.



Do you get along with the co-stars? No on-set kerfuffles?

-We do get along really well. All three of us will crack jokes about each other all day long, which is perfect.

Is an audience discovering it?
They are! We have a fairly large online presence, and we’ve had some great reviews from customers on Facebook and Amazon.com

Speaking of audiences discovering things, we believe you’re involved in a movie called Finding Waldo that needs us to donate. What’s the deal there? Can you fill us in?

Finding Waldo follows the tale of Chance Reed, a former pro quarterback that ended up in a tragic, drunken car accident, thus putting him on parole years later. He now works at a unique insurance firm, where my character Lucy is the assistant. Chance gets recruited into selling out a best-selling novelist, Waldo Green from potentially faking mental illness to defraud the insurance system that protects his ideas. Chance ends up breaking Waldo out of the psych ward and an adventure to Arizona begins.

We’re currently funding on Indiegogo and would greatly appreciate any donation to help make Finding Waldo possible: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/finding-waldo

And it’d be remiss not to ask you about Ride Along 2. What can you share?

I can tell you that you can expect to see me in a club scene directly alongside Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, and Ice Cube.

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#AmericanUltra Trailer. Not The Film You Think It Is.

American Ultra is an upcoming action comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Max Landis.The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Walton Goggins, Michael Papajohn, and Tony Hale.

A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out.

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The film is scheduled to be released on August 21, 2015

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William Fichtner Joining Independence Day 2 and Possible Future Sequels

Actor will commit to three July 4ths.

By Brandon Wolfe

William Fichtner has been cast in a leading role in the forthcoming, currently filming Independence Day sequel. Deadline also drops the hint that there might be more Independence Days yet ahead of us, as Fichtner has also been penciled in for two additional ID4 installments. Though there once existed talk that this project would take the form of back-to-back sequels shot simultaneously, that plan fell by the wayside. Perhaps the story in the hopper for the alien sequel is simply too mothership-sized for a single film to contain, but why Fox has decided to make Independence Day a full-throttle franchise now, rather than in 1999 when that made sense, is anybody's guess.

Fichtner most recently appeared in last year's godawful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot (and will return for that film's presumably godawful sequel). Roland Emmerich is directing the new ID4. Will Smith, yet once more, is not in it. But Vivica A. Fox is, so that's...that's something.

Discuss this story with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Brandon Wolfe at @BrandonTheWolfe.



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New Ash vs. Evil Dead Teaser Unveiled

Groovy.

By Brandon Wolfe



Starz has unleashed upon the world the latest teaser for its upcoming series Ash vs. Evil Dead, a continuation of the beloved cult-movie franchise Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell as wisecracking Deadite slayer Ash. The teaser contains no new footage, but leans heavily on Evil Dead iconography, with a blood-drenched chainsaw being affixed to a man’s hand while a signature Ash catchphrase is uttered. What else do you need?

Ash vs. Evil Dead will debut on Starz in the fall. Its first season will be comprised of ten half-hour episodes.

Discuss this story with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Brandon Wolfe at @BrandonTheWolfe.


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Movie Review: 'San Andreas'

San Andreas is big, loud, summer disaster fun, but is that enough to see it?

Review by Matt Cummings

Disaster films are always best viewed with the most minimum of expectations: make it big, make it loud, and hope all of the tearful goodbyes aren't too wincing. And although the human drama and the science behind Director Brad Peyton's San Andreas isn't great, the action is superb and performances good enough to warrant you take a chance.

The LA Fire and Rescue helicopter pilot Ray (Dwayne Johnson) is a hulking figure whose professional accomplishments in Afghanistan and LA are overshadowed by the constant reminder of loss. One of his daughters perished in a rafting accident, which led to a painful divorce that his soon-to-be ex-wife (Carla Gugino) was forced to accept. Since then, Emma has moved in with a well-to-do architect (Ian Gufford), while Ray saves a young woman after an avalanche near LA. This seemingly small event peaks the interest of a Cal Tech seismologist (Paul Giamatti), who's been working on a program to predict earthquakes. He soon realizes that the avalanche is a prelude to a much larger event along the entire San Andreas fault line; when The Big One arrives, the effects from LA to San Francisco are devastating. As Ray and Emma fly, drive, and boat to SF to save their surviving daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario), they must survive against incredible devastation and overwhelming odds before SF disappears under a massive tsunami.

San Andreas makes no qualms about what it is: an action-packed thrillride with good performances, duct-taped together with too little science to legitimize it or enough character growth to move us. But much like Johnson's 2014 thoroughly enjoyable Hercules, there's enough here that I do love to outweigh its many, many faults. The thing's a textbook summer flick, filled with ridiculous action sequences that do their best to level LA and SF with Hand of God swiftness. Buildings fall, pools crash violently, street lights explode, and tons of people are launched into the air, crushed, and blown away by the series of megaquakes. It proves that great CGI isn't an accident but a commitment each studio either makes or ignores at their own peril.

Andreas also manages to entertain with a team of likeable characters and actors, even if some it is heavy-handed. Daddario is frankly great as the smart pretty girl who ends up doing a lot of the saving. That says a lot for a genre that's always been about strong, smart men rescuing seemingly powerless women, making both Daddario and Gugino functional assets for Peyton to use on his chessboard. Johnson plays stoic hero to a tee, and even stretches his character by getting emotional when Emma drills him about the rafting accident. Even Blake's love interest (Hugo Johnson-Burt) and his younger brother (Art Parkinson) play the comedy strings as well as can be expected.

Giamatti, who does his best serious scientist routine, quietly overwhelms everyone in his scenes, while adding a sort of legitimacy to the story. Put almost anyone else in that role, and the film sinks into the ocean. Peyton's efforts here represent his best mainstream work, demonstrating that he can imagine realistic action and blend it with good (if not great) character development. Blame most of that on Writer Carlton Cuse's rather cliched script. With most of his resume including television - from Lost to Bates Motel - San Andreas does feel like a long television movie. But Cuse and Peyton fashion together a cohesive story with several interesting plot twists and big action set pieces. Once the silly beginning is bypassed for the real action, you'll think it's one long sequence of falling buildings, giant tsunamis, and general death and mayhem.

There's some suggestion that a good 15-20 minutes might have been trimmed in the editing trailer, a common criticism perhaps deserving of several 2015 films. I don't think that a longer cut would have necessarily better, but it's clear that some character development was axed to keep things moving. That's ok when the end result is as fun as this. San Andreas knows it isn't winning awards for cinematic mastery, its massive green-screen experience eating up screen time that pushed the epic 2012 or The Day After Tomorrow well above 2 hours each. San Andreas is here to entertain, not taunt us with "It's your fault, humanity!" soapbox tripe; this is about forces we can't control and the best one can do is strap in for a ride while Johnson's biceps and Daddario's glands entertain.

San Andreas doesn't do anything new, but it does that stuff quite well. Critics will have a field day with its big dummy plot, overly serious science-speak, and general mayhem but that doesn't mean you shouldn't see it. On occasion, films demand your attention (and sometimes criticism) with a brilliant script or incredible performances (hopefully both). San Andreas is neither of those, and it's ok with that. If you can get over the suggestions that our lives in California are going to end soon, it's pure escapist fun.

San Andreas is Rated PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language and has a runtime of 114 minutes.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
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#AndySerkis First Look From #TheForceAwakens & Character Reveled.

Andy Serkis will be playing Supreme Leader Snoke in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens' other than the characters name that is pretty much all we know about Supreme Leader Snoke.

Leibovitz also took a photo of Serkis in his mo-cap gear on the Force Awakens set, but it was previously left unpublished.

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#SuicideSquad Set Photos. Batsuit Up Close First Look

Turn back now if you don't want to see the new Batsuit, Harley Quinn or The Joker.

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Shit I spoiled it for you already with the image on the story. Stop now if you don't want to see any more.


We haven't been posting any pictures from the set of the upcoming Suicide Squad. But when Just Jared via CBM unleashed these photos we had to share them with you.

You get a good look at the Batsuit that Ben Affleck will be wearing in the upcoming film BatmanVSuperman. And of course the ever so sexy Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn..

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Directed by David Ayer from his script, Suicide Squad stars Will Smith (Deadshot), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jared Leto (the Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Jessie Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), with Raymond Olubawale (King Shark), Jay Hernandez, Ike Barinholtz, Jim Parrack, Adam Beach, and Scott Eastwood. The film releases on August 5, 2016.

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