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Friday, June 10, 2016

Movie Review: 'Warcraft'

Warcraft takes on too much and delivers too little on its way to clouding the future of the video game movie genre.

Review by Matt Cummings

One might look at the 2016 Summer movie slate and equate it to a bag of feces set afire at your front door. In reality, such childish pranks might be all that's left when the season is done, underlying a growing concern in which the real stakes faced by Hollywood feel higher than normal. Recent releases have been reeling from an assault of soft openings, poor critic reviews, and a general sense that sequelitis is producing films that audiences don't want. Warcraft does little to stem that feeling of dread, cramming in too much story and setting forth some of the worst casting in recent memory. The result both muddies the future of the genre and the chances for this franchise to carry on.

Warcraft is told from two perspectives - the orcs and humans - as each prepares to fight the other, while coming to question their roles and reasons for battling in the first place. For the orcs, it's a matter of survival: their world is dying and demonic leader Gul'dan (voiced by Daniel Wu) is using captured humans as batteries to charge a gate through which the orcs can enter the humans' world. But not all agree with his plan: the leader Durotan (voiced by Tony Kebbell) is concerned that Gul'dan is merely destroying worlds rather than trying to exist within them. Meanwhile, the ill-prepared humans on Azeroth led by King Wrynn (Dominic Cooper) tries to gather an army to combat the threat as his lieutenant Lother (Travis Fimmel) and wizard Medivh (Ben Foster) unearth the orc's plan. Along the way, they'll make allies in the orc castoff Gamona (Paula Patton) and discover that one of their own could be the cause of all their troubles.

From the moment Warcraft begins, you realize there's a different film here than the standard Summer flick; Director Duncan Jones attempts to innovate the genre by switching between those perspectives, attempting to humanize even the orcs into sympathetic villains. We're made to believe that they're fighting for the same reasons the 'good guys' do, to maintain their way of life, even if their existence is being led by someone they all know to be evil. And once the audience makes that connection, nearly everything contained in Warcraft begins to fall apart. But you'll most likely be distracted by the enormity of the CGI bufoonery being committed here; it's some of the worst I've seen this year, failing to breathe any life into the orcs, while missing simple technical continuities like ground shadows as Lothar's bird takes flight. That beast is one of the best things about Warcraft, which doesn't say much about Jones' casting choices.

The aforementioned cast is made of a collection of television actors - including Ruth Negga, Ryan Robbins, and even Fimmel - none of whom help to expand this universe beyond a 2-hour Syfy movie. Burkley Duffield as Lothar's son is an outright disappointment, as is the young wizard Khadgar played by Ben Schnetzer. Movies like this need Orlando Blooms and Ian McKellans to inhabit their characters with more than fighting skills and a stink eye; but even when a quality actor comes along, their performance is questioned. That person is Foster: he seems too young to play a Gandalf-type mage and there's no explanation for why he appears to be so young. And while I like Cooper as Howard Stark, Jones fails to push his king to heroic levels. The best performance comes from Kebbell, who does inhabit Durotan with a sense of right and wrong. He knows that Gul'dan will destroy his clan for his own selfish purpose, and the quality of his struggle is noteworthy.

Warcraft is also a very heavy movie to take on. The factory churns out so many characters and places - some of which never reappear - that some of them get buried within it. This all leads to a third act that both leaves us with an emotional knife in the back, and a sense that Jones missed the point of a critical sequence involving Gul'dan. And while I did like the unique way Act 3 opens, it fails to completely satisfy. Jones has revealed that a significantly longer cut of Warcraft does exist, begging the question as to why did it not make it into the theatrical version. From Dawn of Justice to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, studios need to trust their directors to tell their stories as completely as they can. Such decisions killed Watchmen, leaving a significantly better film on the table, and such decisions could have saved Warcraft.

It's difficult to watch any fantasy movie these days without comparing it to Lord of the Rings, and I wouldn't advise it here. There doesn't appear to be a single outdoor shot - everything looks entirely green-screened - and the sense of majesty and danger in LOTR is only briefly visited in Warcraft. Composer Ramin Djawadi gives us a decent score to hang the film's hat on, but it only serves as background music without establishing itself. Still, Jones does take several bold chances in that third act (no spoilers, I promise) that set up Universal's desire for a sequel. But with so much to fix and a Summer already filled with big losers, it might be impossible to generate interest beyond the gradually diminishing numbers of its World of Warcraft players (down to 5m from 12m just a couple of years ago). The video game genre now punts the ball to the next film - December's Assassin's Creed - in the hopes that superior casting and story will finally win the day.

Warcraft does little to help the future of the video game genre, punting the ball with shoddy casting and an extremely heavy story that needed more time to develop. Although there is another 30 minutes of footage out there that could have saved this film, it seems unlikely that such news will be enough to save this emerging franchise from extinction. Should that happen, chuck yet another failed effort into the trash bin, in a year that's quickly piling up with more stinkers than winners.

Warcraft is rated PG13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence and has a runtime of 123 minutes.

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Movie Review: The Conjuring 2

Sequel conjures up solid scares but the power of the original compels it.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

True horror classics come along with criminal infrequency, but The Conjuring was a rare inductee into that exclusive club. The film, which chronicled one of several hauntings probed by real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), was an exquisitely unnerving exercise in sustained terror. Director James Wan, who cut his horror teeth with Saw and Insidious, crafted one of the most genuinely effective haunted-house thrillers ever made, a film that excelled at keeping the audience in a state of perpetual dread for two hours. I walked out of The Conjuring feeling knotted up in my muscles and tight in my jaw, exhausted from the experience of watching something that knew exactly how and when to turn the screws. And, unlike most horror films, The Conjuring came home with me, filling me with that sense of unease in darkened rooms that only the best horror films can pull off. It sounds unpleasant, but it’s not. To a horror fan, it’s a good thing.

The Warrens investigated many hauntings in their storied career, Amityville among them, which rendered The Conjuring one of the rare horror franchises where sequels make perfect sense, and so now here is the rather unimaginatively titled The Conjuring 2 to return the duo to the big screen. Yet The Conjuring 2, effective as it is in places, doesn’t hit those same heights that the first outing did. The law of diminishing returns firmly in place, the film falls into the common sequel trap of going bigger as a reflex, leading to a lesser overall experience. The subtle confidence displayed in the original only sporadically rears its head this time.

Where Amityville was teased at the conclusion of the first film, that famous haunting is only deployed as an opener here, with the Warrens looking into the veracity of the claims and Lorraine, gifted with “the sight,” quickly learning that this is no hoax. The film then quickly pivots across the pond to track the Hodgson family, a large brood headed by a struggling single mother (Frances O’Connor) and living in a council house in the London borough of Enfield. Financial problems have beset the Hodgsons since the family’s patriarch skipped out on them, and their fortunes take an added blow when a malevolent force begins to torment them within their run-down home, fixating primarily on youngest daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe). Janet begins sleepwalking nightly, always ending up in or near the raggedy easy chair in the corner of the living room. She also begins having conversations with herself, occasionally speaking in the voice of an elderly man. As the disturbances get worse, the media picks up the scent and the case gets widely publicized. Yet even under intense public scrutiny, the Hodgsons find little assistance, with many experts dismissing their story as an elaborate ruse perpetrated by imaginative children.


When Ed and Lorraine hear tell of the case, they are reluctant to lend a hand, largely due to the psychic toll all the ghost hunting has taken on Lorraine, as well as the fact that the entity she encountered at Amityville has taken a particular interest in her. However, the Warrens do ultimately opt to look into the Enfield case to determine whether or not evidence exists to merit the Catholic Church’s involvement. Lorraine’s otherworldly perceptiveness doesn’t ping in the Hodgson house and the couple need to suss out if the things they are witnessing really are on the level. The Hodgson’s strife seems legitimate, yet the smoking gun never quite smokes enough to satisfy the investigation’s needs.

The Enfield case, like Amityville itself, is infamous for its hoax claims, with Janet caught on tape bending spoons and throwing chairs, which she blamed on the poltergeist, and, in sharp contrast to the original, The Conjuring 2 allows the Warrens some skepticism about their subjects. Yet that angle is rendered worthless by the film since we have been shown several times over that the hauntings are indeed authentic. If the film really wanted to build some ambiguity into the proceedings, then it should have been structured so that everything we witnessed contained some measure of inconclusiveness for whether or not it could have been Janet and the kids pulling stunts for attention. Repeatedly, we see objects flying across the house of their own volition and are jolted by sudden appearances of spiteful apparitions. Giving the Warrens a Scully side is an intriguing tack for a Conjuring sequel to take, but doing so when we know their doubts are unfounded simply feels like wasted effort.

Wan has become one of the horror genre’s most skillful craftsmen, so it’s no surprise how many of The Conjuring 2’s tense moments and scares are effective. Few people can do buildup and release better than Wan, and he knows how to generate deeply unsettling imagery. However, the issue here is that the central spook, a crotchety, Cockney-accented old rotter named Bill Wilkins, isn’t quite as disturbing as Bathsheba, the inhuman presence running amok in that dimly-lit farmhouse from before. And the demon that plagues Lorraine, taking the blasphemous from of a hideous nun, feels like an emissary from Wan’s Insidious franchise rather than something that fits into the more comparatively grounded spookhouse niche that The Conjuring has carved out. By the time the entity begins taking on the spindly, Jack Skellington-esque form of “the crooked man” from one of the children’s playthings, The Conjuring 2 has effectively cast aside the restraint that made its predecessor so chilling.


Wilson and Farmiga do solid work again, alternatively commanding and vulnerable as the situation calls for. Yet, in spite of the fantastical nature of their profession, Ed and Lorraine are fairly dull characters, Mulder and Scully recast as a fuddy-duddy married couple. Ed is a font of dad humor and Lorraine just looks perpetually concerned. They aren’t the most dynamic protagonists a ghostbusting horror series could hope to have, and the film has places a curious amount of investment in the inherent sweetness of their bond, which doesn’t land like Wan thinks it does. The film is also overlong, and feels it, with confounding digressions like Ed strumming a guitar and singing an Elvis-voiced rendition of “Can't Help Falling in Love” in its entirety. Where The Conjuring was cut lean to the bone, The Conjuring 2 has some major fat deposits.

And yet, too much of the movie works for it to be discarded outright. There are many spots where that old Conjuring magic is in full force, where Wan is working at the peak of his skills, and those moments make up for a lot of the demerits. A horror movie as adroit as The Conjuring doesn’t come along too often, and a horror sequel that isn’t merely a disposable rehash is almost as rare a bird. Still, when the Warrens set off on their next X-File, one hopes that something stronger is conjured up.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

#THEANGRYBIRDS MOVIE’S HATCHLINGS STAR IN BRAND-NEW SHORT COMING TO THEATER

The Angry Birds Movie has flown to new heights, circling $300 million in worldwide box office, and The Hatchlings are celebrating in their own incredibly cute way. Everyone’s favorite fluffy little birds, voiced by young children, star in a brand new short, “The Early Hatchling Gets The Worm,” viewable in select theaters starting this weekend, it was announced today by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Rovio Animation.

Four hilarious Hatchling shorts have been released so far, garnering a total of 40 million views and counting. The videos are part of an inventive marketing campaign that went viral, with the first video in the series having been shared a total of 400,000 times on social media. Previous Hatchlings shorts have been released to mark holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day.
A trailer for the short can be found on the official The Angry Birds Movie Facebook page: facebook.com/AngryBirdsMovie

The short, focusing on an unlikely friendship that forms between a Hatchling and a worm she adopts, will run in select theaters before showings of The Angry Birds Movie beginning this weekend.
“The Early Hatchling Gets The Worm” is directed by John Rice, from a story by Vadim Bazhanov. Producers are John Cohen and Catherine Winder.

The Angry Birds Movie is now playing in theaters worldwide.

In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Inside Out), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), as well as Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Hannibal Buress (Daddy’s Home, Broad City), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Sisters), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street”), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and country music superstar Blake Shelton, who co-writes and performs the original song “Friends." The film also features brand new music from Demi Lovato, Charli XCX, Matoma, and Steve Aoki. The Columbia Pictures/Rovio Animation film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder. The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

About Rovio Animation
Rovio Animation creates and distributes family-friendly animation properties for audiences worldwide. Rovio Animation distributes content through ToonsTV, the multi-channel video entertainment app available on iOS, Android and Apple TV. In addition, Rovio Animation manages the licensed consumer products business based on the globally known Angry Birds franchise, as well as the licensing and publishing of other properties. The Angry Birds Movie, Rovio Animation's first full-length feature film, is slated for release in May 2016. www.rovio.com

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New Image From Star Wars: Episode VIII

Is this what Jedi will be wearing in December 2017? Or could it be, as the director himself has jokingly suggested, the cloak that Rian Johnson has been sporting as he oversees Star Wars: Episode VIII. Either way, it's the latest image that Johnson has posted to his Tumblr page from the movie's production.

Johnson is getting close to winding up at least principal photography on the follow-up to The Force Awakens, though of course the long haul of post-production, any potential additional shooting and then the press march for the film means that he's got a lot of work still ahead of him.

And a lot about the next main Star Wars entry remains to be disclosed: despite recent rumours, the title of the film is still a mystery and we don't know much about what actually happens in the film, beyond, one can assume, more from Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley's Rey, John Boyega's Finn and Adam Driver's Kylo Ren. The resistance will have more trouble from the First Order, who will no doubt be looking for a little payback after the destruction of Starkiller Base and the deeper machinations of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis)) will no doubt become clearer.

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#SUICIDESQUAD Final TV Spot

SUICIDE SQUAD is about group of DC supervillains teaming up to tackle high-risk black ops missions for the government. Written and to be directed by David Ayer



Worst. Heroes. Ever. See SUICIDE SQUAD in theaters August 5th.

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OPEN ROAD FILMS ACQUIRES "MARSHALL" Starring BOSEMAN & GAD

OPEN ROAD FILMS ACQUIRES THURGOOD MARSHALL DRAMA “MARSHALL
STARRING CHADWICK BOSEMAN AND JOSH GAD, JOINED BY KATE HUDSON, DAN STEVENS AND JAMES CROMWELL REGINALD HUDLIN DIRECTING.

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAHY HAS COMMENCED IN BUFFALO, NY

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to MARSHALL, starring Chadwick Boseman (upcoming “Black Panther,” “42,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”) as legendary attorney and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Josh Gad (“Frozen,” “The Wedding Ringer,” upcoming “Beauty and the Beast”) as lawyer Sam Friedman. Joining the previously announced cast of MARSHALL are Kate Hudson (upcoming “Deepwater Horizon,” “Mother’s Day,” Oscar® nominee for “Almost Famous”), Dan Stevens (upcoming “Beauty and the Beast,” “Downton Abbey”), James Cromwell (Oscar® nominee for “Babe”), Sterling K. Brown (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson”) and Keesha Sharp (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”). Oscar® nominee Reginald Hudlin (producer of “Django Unchained”) is directing and Paula Wagner (“Mission: Impossible,” “The Last Samurai”) is producing through her Chestnut Ridge Productions banner along with Jonathan Sanger (“The Elephant Man”) and Hudlin.

Financiers of MARSHALL are Star Light Media, Inc., Hero Film, Ltd. and Sky Legend along with Hunter Ryan and David Ryan. Executive producers are Peter Luo and Belton Lee.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has all international distribution rights for MARSHALL.
MARSHALL began principal photography in Buffalo, New York, on Monday, May 23. The production is utilizing New York State’s Film Production Program.
MARSHALL is based on a true incident in the life of Thurgood Marshall, when he was a young lawyer, long before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Marshall to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. Marshall and Friedman struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in the sensationalized trial which helped set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement to come.

The screenplay for MARSHALL is a unique collaboration between renowned trial lawyer, Michael Koskoff, and his son, screenwriter Jacob Koskoff (“Macbeth”).

MARSHALL is being produced with the full support of the Thurgood Marshall and Samuel Friedman estates, including their children, John W. Marshall and Lauren Friedman.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by CEO Tom Ortenberg, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Elliott Kleinberg and Senior Vice President of Production and Acquisitions Sophie Cassidy.

ABOUT OPEN ROAD FILMS
Open Road Films is a leading, independent, theatrical motion picture company, releasing a diverse slate of star-driven films which has included multiple #1 releases and enormous critical response. The company was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition companies in the United States. The uniquely formed company is widely known as a filmmaker-focused distributor that supports both box office hits and top prestige titles.

Open Road Films led the 2016 critically-acclaimed film, Spotlight, to win the Oscar® for Best Picture, becoming the youngest studio in history win the big prize. The film, which has earned almost $45 million at the U.S. box-office, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup was directed by Tom McCarthy, who also won the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay, with his co-writer (and executive producer) Josh Singer. Spotlight has won numerous high profile critics and guild awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Best Ensemble Award and the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film. Spotlight also appeared on over 250 critics’ Top Ten lists for 2016.

Other notable Open Road Films releases include: Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which took the #1 spot at the box-office during its opening week and received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, along with a Golden Globe nomination – it was named one of the best films of 2014 by the AFI and National Board of Review and top critics nationwide; the hit film Chef, written by, directed by and starring Jon Favreau along with Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr.; The Nut Job, which opened to over $25 million at the box office as the highest ever opening for an independent animated film; The Grey, directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson, which opened #1 at the box office; End Of Watch, directed by David Ayer and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, which opened #1 at the box office;Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart; A Haunted Housestarring Marlon Wayans; and Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.

Upcoming Open Road Films releases include: Gleason (7/29/16), the hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; Snowden (9/16/16), written and directed by Oliver Stone starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo ,Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood and Timothy Olyphant;Sleepless (2/24/17), starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan;Bleed For This (11/4/16), starring Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal and directed by Ben Younger; and Blazing Samurai(4/14/2017), the animated family film featuring the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Mel Brooks, Michael Cera, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh and more;The Nut Job 2 (5/19/17), the sequel to the 2014 hit animated film, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Dunham, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Gabriel Iglesias, Sebastian Maniscalco and Peter Stormare; andShow Dogs (10/13/17), a live action family comedy from the director of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby Doo and The Smurfs.
The company, led by industry veteran CEO Tom Ortenberg, is based in Los Angeles.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.


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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE SHALLOWS In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to see THE SHALLOWS on June 27th at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.


In the taut thriller THE SHALLOWS, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.



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In theaters Wednesday, June 29th

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This pass is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law.

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 your belongings and person 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. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE SHALLOWS In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to see THE SHALLOWS on June 27th at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.


In the taut thriller THE SHALLOWS, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.



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In theaters Wednesday, June 29th

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This pass is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law.

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 your belongings and person 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. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

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JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME Marathon On @Elreynetwork In June

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME HOSTS EL REY NETWORK'S 'JUNE CLAUDE VAN DAMME' MARATHON BEGINNING SATURDAY, JUNE 11th AT 10:00 AM ET/PT

Jean-Claude Van Damme, martial arts and film star, will host the 'June Claude Van Damme' marathon starting Saturday, June 11 at 10:00AM ET/PT and kick his way through the night until Sunday, June 12, at 4:00 AM ET/PT.



The back-to-back programming block includes six iconic action films featuring the "Muscles from Brussels:" DERAILED, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, STREET FIGHTER, CYBORG and BLOODSPORT.

Lounge on the couch, keep your legs crossed, and grab some popcorn while Van Damme kicks some major butt back-to-back!

El Rey Network's "June Claude Van Damme" Marathon Film Schedule

SATURDAY June 11, 2016
10:00 AM ET/PT "DERAILED"
12:00 AM ET/PT "UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING"
2:00 PM ET/PT "UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN"
4:00 PM ET/PT "STREET FIGHTER"
6:00 PM ET/PT "CYBORG"
8:00 PM ET/PT "BLOODSPORT"
10:00 PM ET/PT "STREET FIGHTER"
12:00 AM ET/PT "CYBORG"
2:00 AM ET/PT "BLOODSPORT"
4:00 AM ET/PT "DERAILED"


DERAILED (2002)
On an out of control train holding hostages and high-tech bio-weapons agent Jacques Kristoff (Van Damme) becomes a one man army to derail the terrorists and save the lives of everyone on board.

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN (1999)
Luc Deveraux (Van Damme), who has survived his experiences as a Universal Soldier, recovered, and is now working as a technical expert on a government project to revive and improve the Universal Soldier training program. When S.E.T.H., the supercomputer controlling the Soldiers, goes haywire and takes over, Luc is the only one who can battle this elite team of deadly, near-perfect warriors.

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (2012)
John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit.

STREET FIGHTER (1994)
Loosely based on the video game Street Fighter II, Col. Guile (Van Damme) and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts. Col. Guile leads an international strike force to invade Shadaloo and rescue the hostages.

CYBORG (1989)
Set in a post-apocalyptic future where starvation and disease are plaguing the few remaining inhabitants of Earth. Scientists are close to discovering a cure for the plague that is sweeping the country. Gibson Rickenbacker (Van Damme) is a strong fighter who leads a group to Atlanta to gain information needed for the cure, along the way attempting to avoid the villains.

BLOODSPORT (1988)
Follows Frank Dux (Van Damme), an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.

About El Rey Network
El Rey Network is a 24-hour English language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network unites "the new mainstream" through badass content that awakens the renegade in everyone. El Rey's action-packed slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series", the one-on-one interview program, "El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair" and "Lucha Underground," a Lucha Libre wrestling series from Mark Burnett. El Rey Network's lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and TV series including genre, cult classics, action, and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

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SWISS ARMY MAN Featurette "The Daniels"

Watch the Daniels tell us more about their experience while filming SWISS ARMY MAN in this new featurette!



Swiss Army Man Opens Theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on June 24th and Nationwide on July 1st

Leading up to the nationwide release of SWISS ARMY MAN, Manny will be popping up all over the country! Scheduled visits include NYC, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and many more!

Outrageously fun and deeply affecting, Swiss Army Man is a gonzo buddy comedy that is the feature film debut of acclaimed music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as DANIELS, and responsible for the visionary “Turn Down For What” video, among many others). Bursting with limitless creativity in both form and content, Swiss Army Man goes from the absurd to the emotional to the whimsical to the profound and back again.

Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.

Swiss Army Man creates a world like no other—a place of pure fantastical imagination, brimming with magical realism yet featuring two characters whose dreams and fears are entirely relatable. Dano and Radcliffe both fully commit to their directors’ audacious vision, and their work is exceptional, finding the perfect balance of humor and heart that drives the whole film. A celebration of all the wonders cinema has to offer, Swiss Army Man is a cultural phenomenon in the making; a surreal and wholly original examination of human vulnerability and connection that must be experienced.


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Finding Dory Premiere Images

The voice cast and filmmakers from “Finding Dory” dove into Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre for the all-new movie's blue-carpet premiere. Celebrating Dory’s return to the big screen were Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell and Eugene Levy, alongside director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus McLane, producer Lindsey Collins, executive producer John Lasseter, screenwriter Victoria Strouse and composer Thomas Newman.


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