A Buddy Comedy that's Relevant and Fun

 

 
Synopsis: Four longtime friends set out on a journey throughout New York City attempting to regain control of their lives. 
 

Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs know what being friends is all about. Not only did they write and direct Growing Up and Other Lies together, but the latter stars in the film. Joining Jacobs…

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Star War: Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

What do you want me to say? This teaser is critic proof from beginning to end. But, to avoid being biased, I’ll say something unfavorable. John Boyega has to keep his mouth closed. Every scene he’s is in, it’s open. That’s the best I have. Anything else would be an absolute lie. Luke Skywalker’s monologue throughout the teaser is perfect . The cras…

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Which Films Will Dominate The Box Office in 2015?

With superhero films dominating the industry at the moment, many can speculate as to which films will be successful in this arena. In 2014, studios saw that the superhero genre was lucrative but still had their doubts. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was an expected victory given The Avengers’ success and X-Men: Days of Future Past was inte…

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Review


Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, and Michael Caine

Matthew Vaughn has crossed the threshold and gained the prestigious title as one of my top 10 directors out right now. I’m a big fan of his style. It can o…

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DVD Review of Wild: A Wild Journey that Doesn't Excite

 

Synopsis: A woman takes a 1,100 mile hike down the PCT in order to deal with a personal issue. 

 

 

Wild isn’t as wild as the title suggests. It’s rather more mundane. Based on a memoir by Cheryl Strayed, who experienced the events depicted in the movie. I could see how this was worth being made into a book, tho…

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While We're Young Exposes Generational Divide for Laughs, Drama

 

 
Noah Boaumbach’s comedy While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). He’s an asp…

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The Compelling Italian Movie Black Souls is a Must See

BLACK SOULS (“Anime Nere”) is a gripping morality tale of violence begetting violence in rural Calabria, that takes us on a journey into the dark and sinister world of the real-life mafia (‘Ndrangheta) in Southern Italy. Based upon the actual events described in Gioacchino Criaco’s novel of the same name, Black Souls vividly brings to life the …

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7 SXSW 2015 Movies That Need Distribution NOW!

I watched quite a few movies during the SXSW Film Festival. One of the most rewarding and challenging experiences is falling in love with a movie that doesn’t have a distribution deal. It is rewarding because you were able to see it. However, the challenging aspect is not knowing when it will be released. A good movie you have to wait to see again …

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Broken Horses Is All About Brotherly Love

 
Synopsis: The bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence in the shadows of the US Mexico border gang wars. (c)Imb
 

 

Broken Horses is the first American film by famed Indian director Vidhu Chopra. He does a respectable job in his first attempt at American cinema.

 

The theme …

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Musical Chairs of Hope

 

Synopsis: When, Mia, a dance teacher, lands in the hospital after an accident, Armando, a would-be dancer who admires her from afar, persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest. (c)IMDB

 

 

For whatever reason I had this movie pegged wrong. It’s evident from the title that Musical …

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August 31, 2004
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Whee! Survive Style 5 Trailer Online.

— Posted by John Campea

KFC‘s Hitman is a good and gentle soul, racking up much positive karma. Thanks to him I just saw this: Remember a while back I posted a link to a…

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August 31, 2004
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Start Making Your Schedules Now

— Posted by John Campea

For those of you who have been waiting with an open excel table for the Toronto Internation Film Festival schedule to come out – well today is the day. It’s…

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August 31, 2004
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Wimbledon May Surprise Us

— Posted by John Campea

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the genre of romantic comedies is not exactly my favorite style of film to catch on a Friday night. However, every once in a…

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August 30, 2004
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Jim Caviezel is Superman?

— Posted by John Campea

Comic writer Mark Millar says so and he’s a whole lot better connected than I am. If it’s true, I like it.

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August 30, 2004
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Details On Tsui Hark’s The Seven Swords

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There was a time when Tsui Hark’s name was enough to get me to drop good coin on a new film. Between his role as producer of most of John…

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August 30, 2004
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Good Lord, People. You’re Smarter Than This.

— Posted by John Campea

According to the Hollywood Reporter that horrific Garfield movie is currently the number one movie at the international box office. First David Hasselhoff, now Garfield. Stop it. Now.

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August 30, 2004
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Got A Question About The Upcoming Narnia Films? It’s Probably Answered Here.

— Posted by John Campea

There have been casting and effects rumors floating around the live action adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia for a little while now, but now that things are…

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August 30, 2004
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Passion of the Christ DVD Is Barer Than the Tomb and At Least One Toronto Reviewer Is Less Than Pleased About It.

— Posted by John Campea

While he’s not generally my first choice in local film reviewers the Toronto Sun’s Bruce Kirkland does come up with an article that bears mention from time to time. And…

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August 30, 2004
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Superbabies: BabyGeniuses 2 Doesn’t Crack the Top Ten.

— Posted by John Campea

… Yeah.. but, who really cares anyway? I sure don’t. Forget I said anything.

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August 29, 2004
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And the So-Full-Of-It-They’re-Choking Award Goes to: Miramax.

— Posted by John Campea

Just thought I’d point out that Boxofficemojo.com has quoted Amanda Lundberg, Head of Miramax’s Worldwide Relations giving the official reason why they handled the “Hero” release the way they did….

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August 29, 2004
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Pics From the Big Ol’ Geek Convention

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So I mentioned back on Friday that Nick and I had been roaming the big sci-fi / horror / anime / comic convention prior to going to catch Hero and…

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August 29, 2004
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Godzilla: Final Wars Footage Online!

— Posted by John Campea

Whee! Monster Zero has posted links to some footage from the Ryuhei Kitamura directed Godzilla: Final Wars! They’re careful to point out that this is not an official trailer, but…

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August 29, 2004
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I’d Know That Bak Anywhere …

— Posted by John Campea

Nothing really there yet but it makes me happy to see that the North American website for Ong Bak is now live … just a little more than two months…

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August 29, 2004
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Release Date For A Very Long Engagement

— Posted by John Campea

Not sure when this was officially announced, but I stumbled across an article today that stated Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement will hit North American theaters November 26th. I’m…

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August 29, 2004
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Miike’s One Missed Call Hits DVD Next Week

— Posted by John Campea

Another find by the apparently all-seeing Logboy … Takashi Miike’s One Missed Call is being released as a two DVD set in Korea September 7th and, yes, the Korean release…

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August 29, 2004
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Starring in “Friends” equals No Movie Career for You

— Posted by John Campea

I’ll come right out and admit it. I’m a guy in his 30’s and I liked the show Friends. There… I said it. Coming out of the closet it very…

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August 28, 2004
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Toronto Film Fest Launches Online Forum

— Posted by John Campea

Clever folk that they are, the powers that be at the Toronto Film Festival have launched their very own online forum for the Festival. There are discussion areas set up…

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August 28, 2004
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Hero Rules the Box Office

— Posted by John Campea

According to the just-released figures over at Box Office Mojo Hero is leading this weekend’s box office race by a healthy margin. Despite playing on nearly a thousand fewer screens…

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