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Wild Review: Witherspoon's Performance Can't Sustain the Story

Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild gets lost along the trail. Review by Matt Cummings Director Jean-Marc Vallée stunned us in 2013 with Dallas Buyer's Club , a story about a man's personal journey into the Hell of AIDS in the 1980's. He returns in 2014 with Wild , a movie bolstered by Reese Witherspoon's terrific performance and a script that can't keep up with her. In 1995, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) made the impetuous choice to walk the entire length of Pacific Crest Trail alone. Suffering from a series of personal tragedies including the death of her well-intentioned but lost mother (Laura Dern), Strayed spiraled into a world of drugs and trampish behavior before finding herself divorced and on the edge of a mental breakdown. Desperate to rediscover herself, Cheryl sets out on her 150-day odyssey, determined but impossibly inexperienced, encountering danger, starvation, and perhaps her former self along the way. Witherspoon locks into her ch

Trailer For True Story Has Dropped Starring James Franco & Jonah Hill

With his constant barrage of side projects in film and on paper, it’s a wonder that James Franco has time to appear in other people’s movies. But here he is in a based-on-truth story, which sees him acting opposite pal Jonah Hill in a tale that will see neither of them using their comedy chops. With the film headed to the Sundance Film Festival, the first trailer for True Story has arrived. Adapted by Dave Kajganich from Michael Finkel’s memoir, the plot finds Hill playing Finkel, a New York Times writer who, in 2002, was fired by the paper after his bosses announced he had falsified part of an investigative report. With his girlfriend ( Felicity Jones ) upset and no work prospects, Finkel suddenly discovered a possible path to redemption. Watch the trailer after the Jump... But this is no ordinary tale of someone working their way back into everyone’s good graces: it turns out that FBI murder suspect Christian Longo (Franco) had taken the journalist’s name and, after he

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #INHERENTVICE In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For INHERENT VICE  on January 5th at 7:00 PM in Phoenix. “ INHERENT VICE ,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”) and Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”); Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” “Boardwalk Empire”); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”); Martin Short (“Frankenweenie”); Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series); and musician Joanna Newsom . 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 See how to win tickets after the Jump... Click HERE to get your tickets. DISCLAIMER: ARR

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #INHERENTVICE In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For INHERENT VICE  on January 5th at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas. “ INHERENT VICE ,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”) and Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”); Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” “Boardwalk Empire”); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”); Martin Short (“Frankenweenie”); Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series); and musician Joanna Newsom . 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 See how to win tickets after the Jump... Click HERE to get your tickets. DISCLA

#THEGAMBLERMOVIE Event In San Francisco Tomorrow

THE GAMBLER Event at Pa’ina in San Francisco Come gamble with us as we get ready for Paramount Pictures' latest film, THE GAMBLER ! This Saturday, December 20th, from 3-6PM, we will have tables to play poker and blackjack and winners can trade in their winnings for limited edition film promotional items! All ages welcomed. NO COVER, but toy donations are encouraged! *No purchase necessary. Prizes on a first-come, first-served basis. Pa’ina 1865 Post Street San Francisco, Ca 94115 There will be Happy Hour specials from 3-6pm...$5 food, $4 beers, $5 cocktails, and much more! Please Leave A Comment-

KILL ME THREE TIMES Trailer Starring @simonpegg & @tez_palmer

Watch this trailer for KILL ME THREE TIMES The film stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown and Simon Pegg . Magnet Releasing will release KILL ME THREE TIMES on iTunes/On Demand March 26, 2015 and in theaters April 10, 2015. Please Leave A Comment-

#TAKEN3 New 'Stop Taking My Sh*t' Video IS HERE

On the heels of the launch of the unique TAKEN 3 LinkedIn competition where Bryan Mills ( Liam Neeson ) will record an endorsement video for one winning fan’s profile page, 20th Century Fox has worked with LinkedIn to create a NEW profile page for Bryan Mills! This is only the second time that LinkedIn has permitted a fictional character to have a profile page for promotional purposes; the first was Santa Claus. Follow Bryan Mills’ LinkedIn Page HERE: 20th Century Fox has also just released a kick-ass NEW video featuring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in ‘Stop Taking My Sh*t’. People really need to learn not to take stuff from Bryan Mills! Please Leave A Comment-

Night at the Museum 3 Review: Hilarious Farewell to the Franchise

Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb sends off Robin Williams in style. Review by Matt Cummings It's not often that you see a trilogy end as well as it began - especially when the second was so awful - but in the case of Shawn Levy's Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb , it's not hard to like much of this mad-cap comedy. Larry (Ben Stiller) has moved up the museum ladder, ready to show off his cast of 'animatronics' to the world. But as we know, these characters are the museum's displays come to life, courtesy of a magical gilded Tablet of Akmenrah, the ancient Egyptian relic responsible for the museum’s transformation. Unfortunately during a fancy gala, the exhibits begin to malfunction, ending the career of Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervais) and sending Larry to London to seach for a cure to the disintegrating relic. Along the way, he'll run into his British counterpart Tilly (Rebel Wilson), meet an Egyptian Pharaoh (Sir Ben Kingsley), and b

Get Hard Trailer Starring Will Ferrell & Kevin Hart

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the trailer for " Get Hard " starring Will Ferrell, Craig T. Nelson , Kevin Hart, Tip "T.I." Harris , and Alison Brie . Film is directed by Etan Cohen from a screenplay he along with Jay Martel, and Ian Robert wrote. " Get Hard " follows a millionaire hedge fund manager James ( Will Ferrell ) who is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell ( Kevin Hart ) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other. "Get Hard" hit theaters on March 27, 2015. Watch the trailer after the Jump... P

First Image From #TED2

EW scored the first image from TED 2 . All we have heard about the film is it will focus on Ted fighting in court for the right to have a child with his human girlfriend. Morgan Freeman plays a legendary civil rights lawyer who helps him out. Amanda Seyfried co-stars in the movie, and Liam Neeson and John Slattery will have small roles. The movie hits theaters on June 26th, 2015 Everyone's favorite foulmouthed teddy bear is back! Seth MacFarlane won't reveal plot details, but does confirm that we won't see any plush additions to Ted's entourage. ''It's basically the way we treated Stewie in Family Guy,'' the co-writer/director says. ''He's the only one of his kind who can talk.' Please Leave A Comment-

Robert Rodriguez Will Direct Fire And Ice

Sony Pictures has acquired a big package that gives the studio a potential franchise. Robert Rodriguez will direct a live-action version of the 1983 animated film Fire And Ice . The film is Rodriguez’s homage to his friend, the late legendary animator Frank Frazetta, on whose works Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi based that original film. It’s a big buy for Sony Pictures at a rough time for that studio, and a deal that reunites it with Rodriguez; Columbia Pictures acquired the Sundance breakout El Mariachi, Rodriguez’s memorable debut. The intention is for Fire And Ice to be the birth of a fantasy adventure franchise, informed by the dreamlike worlds Frazetta poured into his paintings. Please Leave A Comment- Source- Deadline

#ANNIEMOVIE Review. It’s A Remake Just For A Remake Sake

It’s a remake just for a remake sake. RAMA has delivered another great review. It is possible for a movie musical to show that the actors seem to be having fun on the screen, but unfortunately that fun is not shared by the audiences watching them. ANNIE is one of those movies. It’s a remake just for a remake sake, just so that the studio can have something they can call a new version, with new level of riches, billionaire with a ‘B’, just so that they can have something that simply exists. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the vibe or the hyper energy, but everything about this new ANNIE manages to make musical fans like me hate musicals. It’s a hard knock life indeed for us. There’s nothing wrong with trying to update something using a diverse group of actors, I’m all for that, but if you have a weak script with a runtime that’s unnecessary long, and songs that push you away instead of inviting you in, you’ve got a disaster in your hand. I actually feel sorry for Quvenzhane Wallis

The Imitation Game Review: Cumberbatch Shines in Turing Biopic

The striking The Imitation Game has "Oscar Bait" written all over it. Review by Matt Cummings For those of us who've ever been labeled a 'nerd' or 'geek' when it was unfashionable to be one, the last few years have been particularly fulfilling. No more the objects of ridicule, we're a fixture on television (The Big Bang Theory, Scorpion) and our actions save and remake the world ( Skyfall , The Theory of Everything ). That's a joke obviously, but for Mathematician Alan Turing it couldn't have been more true. Perhaps Geek #1 and a force in the ending of WWII, Turing gets his own biopic in the Oscar-worthy The Imitation Game , a movie that's far more than its title suggests. Turning (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant mathematician who's watched Britain become engulfed in the madness of WWII with seemingly no way to keep Adolf Hitler's meteoric rise from leading to his country's eventual end. The key to German

ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND Trailer & Opening Dates

Here is the theatrical trailer for Fluency Studios' ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND . Starring Edy Ganem ("Devious Maids" ), veteran actors Luis Guzman and Elizabeth Pena , the film explores a young woman's self discovery when she is transported into her favorite telenovela and must navigate her way back to the real world before the show's final episode or be trapped forever. ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND OPENS ON FEBRUARY 27, 2015. WILL OPEN IN SELECT MARKETS ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th AT THE FOLLOWING THEATERS: LOS ANGELES AMC BURBANK 16 - BURBANK, CA AMC NORWALK 20 - NORWALK, CA AMC ORANGE 30 - ORANGE, CA HOUSTON AMC GULF POINTE 30 - HOUSTON, TX AMC STUDIO 30 - HOUSTON, TX MIAMI AMC SUNSET PLACE 24 - MIAMI, FL AMC AVENTURA 24 - AVENTURA, FL Ana Maria in Novela Land is the fun-filled story of how one super fan, Ana Maria, switches places with her favorite telenovela star, Ariana Tomosa.Starring EDY GANEM (Devious Maids), in a breakout, dual role as bo

Join The #MarchOn Movement

It started in Selma but we still #MarchOn The march started in Selma, Alabama when one man took a stand, and many joined him. Rallying against injustice and demanding equality, people brought together a nation. And today, we still march on because progress knows no finish line. Join the march by tagging your posts #MarchOn See who's marching now at Download the template and upload yours In Select Theaters December 25, 2014 In All Theaters January 9, 2015 SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson ( Tom Wilkinson ) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and vision


Head over to Apple NOW to watch the brand new OFFICIAL TRAILER for Focus Features' upcoming romantic drama, A LITTLE CHAOS . Academy Award winner Kate Winslet stars as a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles. In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). A LITTLE CHAOS opens in select cities on MARCH 27, 2015! Please Leave A Comment-

Chris Pratt Hanging With A Raptor In This New Jurassic World Image

But if you’re in the midst of making a film, you can call on some fun imagery. That’s just what Jurassic World ’s Colin Trevorrow has done for a new tweet . Yes, that’s Chris Pratt seemingly hanging with a raptor (whose name is not given, but we’d like to think is called Fiona) and if you've seen the first trailer for the film, you’ll know that in addition to Pratt’s Owen somehow being able to make a leather waistcoat work, he’s also a dino behavioral specialist who studies and works with raptors. “Don’t try this at home,” warns Trevorrow’s tweet. It's sound advice, since, like those who work with big cats or other predators, Owen knows that raptors are not your friends, no matter how closely you work with them. And Jurassic World will naturally provide another cautionary tale for those who think that to make money they can tamper with nature, as its set in a functioning Jurassic Park that looks to drum up business with a brand new dinosaur. Which, of course, means tha


The film was directed by Stephen Kijak (STONES IN EXILE) and stars original group members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson . The documentary will be released Theatrical and Video-On-Demand for January 30th, 2015. BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF is a surprising and rewarding journey filmed over 2 years that delves into the extremes of fame, fortune, betrayal and renewal. The documentary follows the members as they share their lives with us and relive their journey together, revealing new and old tensions that need confronting and resolving. The multiple award winning and Grammy-nominated group has sold 130 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling boy band in history. Not only have their first 9 albums all debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Top 100 but they have gone gold and platinum in 46 countries. BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF was produced by group members Nick Carter, Howie D

Second Trailer For American Sniper Has Dropped

The second trailer for American Sniper has dropped. Bradley Cooper as real-life sniper Chris Kyle, whose story he’s been trying to bring to the screen for a couple of years now. The first trailer for the result, American Sniper. Please Leave A Comment-

Tom Hiddleston Wanted For The Sandman

After years of wallowing in believed-unfilmable development hell, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman appears to be creeping closer to actually hitting screens in the hands of David S. Goyer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Fades’ Jack Thorne. But just who should play the iconic central figure, Morpheus? According to Gaiman, Tom Hiddleston could be a good shout. While the author – who is also a producer on the film – seriously considered Benedict “ubiquitous” Cumberbatch, the actor is a little busy conquering every genre role under the sun, including Marvel’s Doctor Strange. "It's a funny thing with Morpheus, says Gaiman. “Again, it's that thing where you look around and think, 'Yes this person would be a fantastic person', and then time passes. "There was a time Johnny Depp would've been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, 'wow, that's incredibly Morpheus'

Pixels Posters Invade A City Near You

You have to feel for the big, iconic cities of the world. If they’re not being lashed by crummy weather, they’re being targeted by alien invaders and other cinematic catastrophes. With Pixels , giant versions of video-game enemies are attacking locales such as London, Paris and San Francisco. Yes, the likes of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the Houses of Parliament are once more being assaulted, this time by Pac-Man, Centipede and Space Invaders. It’s all in service of Adam Sandler’s new action-comedy, which finds extra-terrestrials misreading video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war. They decide to attack us using versions of ships and other icons from games and mankind has to fight back. To help out, the US president ( Kevin James ) recruits his childhood friend and former video-game champ ( Sandler ) to lead a group of old-school arcade players. Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan and Brian Cox are all aboard the film, with Chris C

IMAX Exclusive Featurettes The Battle Of The Five Armies

Here are two IMAX exclusive Featurettes for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom. Please Leave A Comment-


Here is the first poster for STRANGE MAGIC . “ Strange Magic ,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “ A Midsummer Night's Dream .” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015. Please Leave A Comment-

The Interview No Longer Going To Be Released.

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview , we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers. Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome. Please Leave A Comment-

Spielberg Finds Sophie For "THE BFG"

Spielberg finds Sophie for BFG ! NEWCOMER RUBY BARNHILL HAS BEEN CAST AS “ SOPHIE ” IN SPIELBERG’S ADAPTATION OF ROALD DAHL’S “ THE BFG ” DreamWorks Studios announced today that newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the young girl, Sophie, in Roald Dahl’s beloved classic story, “ The BFG .” Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation of the children’s novel. Published in 1982, “ The BFG ” is the tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. Barnhill joins Mark Rylance who has been cast as the “Big Friendly Giant.” “The BFG” will be 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill’s first feature film role. She has been acting for two years and will appear in the upcoming BBC BAFTA award-winning children’s drama “Four O’Clock Club.” Ruby lives in Cheshire with her parents, younger sister and Tom the cat and is a member of her local youth theatre. “I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy,” said Ruby Barnhill. “Sophie

#TAKEN3 "12 Skills Of Christmas" Video

20th Century Fox is excited to reveal an original holiday-themed video for the highly anticipated action-thriller, TAKEN 3 ! Nothing brings people together during the holidays quite like good cheer, family traditions, and kicking ass. Join Bryan Mills in celebrating the count down to the Holidays with a new take on a classic song, blood pumping clips, and the 12 Skills of Christmas. Witness this particular set of skills in action when TAKEN 3 hits theaters everywhere January 9, 2015! Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter. Please Leave A Commen


We had the pleasure to talk to Kristina Anapau again, and this time it's all about her new film Altergeist . True Blood alum Kristina Anapau returns to the realm of supernatural spookey with Altergeist , a goosebump-spurring new chiller filmed at a real haunted winery. Having just come off “True Blood”, were you hungry to do something else in that supernatural/horror realm again? I do enjoy the genre. With Altergeist, it was the script that really drew me to the project. Who do you play? What makes her tick? I play Theresa Augland, a director/producer who, four months pregnant, takes her team of filmmakers up to a haunted winery in Northern California to see what they can capture on film. Theresa is driven by the need to prove that ghosts really do exist— she soon discovers that it is not the ghosts who are a threat, but what the ghosts are afraid of— and that is what has her fighting for her and her unborn child’s life. The film is shot at a winery – and a haunted

THE LOFT Trailer & Poster Starring Karl Urban & James Marsden

Open Road Films is excited to present the first official trailer and poster  for the new psychological thriller, THE LOFT ! Starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra , this suspenseful, sexy thriller follows a group of five married men who share a secret penthouse loft, where they can indulge in their deepest fantasies, but the fantasy soon becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft. THE LOFT hits theaters on JANUARY 23, 2015! Watch the trailer after the Jump... Please Leave A Comment-