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Weekly Movie News Rundown

April 13, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Allegiant (the third film in the Divergent trilogy) will be split into two films.

Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hault are all signed on for X-Men: Apocalypse.

Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) is reportedly writing a script for Masters Of The Universe.  He may also direct.

Mark and Brian Gunn (Journey 2) have been hired to pen the script for the Timecop remake.

Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods) is expected to write and direct the Amazing Spider-Man spinoff film about the Sinister Six.

Matt Gerald (GI Joe: Retaliation) has been cast as a villain in Ant-Man.

Breck Eisner (Sahara) will direct The Karate Kid 2.

Johnny Depp has signed on for a role in Kevin Smith’s Tusk.  The movie already features Justin Long and Michael Parks.

Bill Condon is expected to direct Disney’s live action version of Beauty And The Beast.

Baz Luhrmann may direct an adaptation of the 70s show Kung Fu.

Charlize Theron may star in Sean Penn’s upcoming drama The Last Space.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will star in The Nest, which is said to center around sisters who decide to throw one last party in their parent’s house before it gets sold.

Ray Winstone (Noah) has landed a role in the Point Break remake.

Daniel Craig has dropped out of The Whole Truth.  The film was set to start filming in less than a week.

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Movie Breakdown: Oculus

April 10, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Something something scary mirror.

The Reality:

If you’re a fan of horror flicks like Sinister, Insidious or The Ring, then Oculus is going to delight your insides  The well-made film features two interlinked stories (one set in the past, the other in the present) that tell an elaborate tale about a mirror that seems to be connected to a lot of terrible things.  There’s a few jump scares, some gory bits, and a whole hell of a lot brain bending theatrics that constantly have you trying to work out what is or isn’t real.  It’s actually this last part that I liked quite a bit, as the constant “what is really happening” element kept Oculus interesting and fun throughout its runtime.  I definitely recommend grabbing a friend and hitting up a late night screening somewhere.

The Lesson:

I like it when you mess with my mind.

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Movie Breakdown: Draft Day (Noah)

April 10, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Kevin Costner is on a tear now that he’s old and any film where he’s talk sports is usually a safe bet. That said, nothing about any of the promotional material has pointed towards this being anything more than a bland, loosely sports-related romantic comedy.

The Reality:

Maybe I just love sports films, but you know, Draft Day was pretty solid. Set entirely between the hours of Midnight and Midnight on Draft Day 2014, the film follows Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) as he tries to negotiate to make the Cleveland Browns a viable team, prove himself as a competent manager in the daunting wake of his father, and to (pretty lamely) mend his personal life. The film wants to be the Aaron Sorkin version of the NFL Draft, but Ivan Reitman only really gets around to the fast-talking and deal-making in the last 20 minutes or so of the film. Instead the film is sort of a slow burn kind of story that focuses on Sonny Weaver Jr. dealing with the immense pressure of being the main decision maker for a professional football team. The film is chock full of a sort of homespun wisdom and charm, with Costner’s gruff but loving General Manager doling out life lessons left and right, and his hard-headed staff of lovable coaches filling in the gaps with decidedly PG humor.

What’s strange about the film is that as much as it wants to be about the solid character that makes up the core of professional football, everything about the production design is polished to an almost unrealistic sheen. The Cleveland Browns’ stadium and facilities seem to have never seen dirt, and every player is a strapping lad pulled from the pages of GQ. I don’t need every sports film to be about down-on-their luck characters rising from the ashes, but Draft Day is so squeaky clean, it’s easy to forget at times that the film is talking football. Couple that with the fact that film is almost entirely a character study of Costner’s Sweeney Jr. with football as a backdrop (a scene where a handful of actors playing coaches try to “talk shop” is particularly awkward) and this could be a godawful film, but Reitman manages to keep the ship solidly on course, crafting a behind-the-scene sports flick that doesn’t reinvent the wheel but ably keeps it rolling.

The Lesson:

Costner + Sports = Enjoyment.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

April 6, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub have joined the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Knoxville will provide voice and mo-cap work for Leonardo, and Shalhoub will do the same for Splinter.

Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey (300: Rise Of An Empire), and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) have joined the cast of Batman Vs Superman.

Sheldon Turner (X:Men: First Class) has reportedly been hired to write the Splinter Cell adaptation.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are said to be working on a reboot of Police Academy.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is rumored to be up for the role of the villain in the next Bond entry.

Keanu Reeves will reportedly star in Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, which is said to be a psychological thriller.

Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) has signed on for a role in Black Mass.  Some think that this means he is no longer attached to Star Wars: Episode VII.

Brad Pitt is said to be looking at starring in a currently untitled WWII romantic thriller.  Stephen Knight (Eastern Promises) penned the script.

Richard Donner recently let it slip that he’s working on a sequel to The Goonies.

Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones) will portray Commander Lime in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

In place of the long-awaited adaptation of Y: The Last Man, commercial director Dan Trachtenberg will direct a thriller called Valencia for Bad Robot.  No word yet on if he’s fully off of Y: The Last Man.

Producer Jason Blum has noted that he would like to deliver a new Purge film on an annual basis.

Marvel reportedly has films planned through 2028.

Logan Lerman says he does not expect another Percy Jackson film to be made.

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Movie Breakdown: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 2, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Captain Rogers gets a second solo adventure. The sequel does not appear to feature more of the retro, pulpy good times that filled the first film in the series.

The Reality:

While there’s a dash of the lighthearted fun that’s been prevalent in all of Marvel’s previous movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a film that’s pretty much all business.  For some, I imagine that the change of tone won’t be something that’s smiled upon.  After all, aren’t the solo films supposed to be fun, one-off adventures that simply setup the next Avengers movie?  Well, apparently not.  In The Winter Soldier characters are constantly put in the way of real danger, and the structure of Marvel’s cinematic universe is rattled and re-worked throughout the film.  For the first time I felt like I got something from Marvel that had real weight to it.  I didn’t watch a setup film or a quirky side story.  No, The Winter Soldier just aims to be impressive all on its lonesome, and it does that in spades.  I think it currently ranks as Marvel’s best film (even over The Avengers), and I highly recommend that you see it as soon as possible.

The Lesson:

The level of quality that comes with the Marvel logo is unmatched.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

March 30, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

The Magic Mike sequel has reportedly been given the title of Magic Mike XXL.  It’s expected to be directed by Greg Jacobs (Wind Chill) later this year.

Ice Cube is said to be looking at doing another Barbershop movie.

Corey Stoll (House Of Cards) is expected to join the cast of Ant-Man.  Evangeline Lilly has officially signed on.

Mel Gibson may star in Blood Father, which is said to follow an ex-con trying to protect his teenage daughter from people trying to kill her.

Ridley Scott’s untitled 2016 film is now officially Prometheus 2.  Michael Green (Green Lantern) has been hired to pen the script.

The director of the Scarface reboot is Pablo Larrain (No).  No word yet on a cast for the film.

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage have signed on to star in Chris Columbus’ Pixels.  The film will reportedly follow four champion arcade gamers who are called into action to help save the world.

Kevin Costner recently noted that he has an idea for a four-film Western series.

Exodus is now set to be called Exodus: Gods And Kings.

Rumor has it that Frank Darabont is working on a new Indiana Jones entry.  There’s also talk about Disney rebooting the series with a new actor as Indy.

Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) has landed the role of Danny Dyson (son of SkyNet creator Miles Dyson) in Terminator: Genesis.

Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine let it slip that they’ve begun working on a sequel to Tucker And Dale Vs Evil.

Chris Evans says he will quit acting and focus on directing once his Marvel contract is up.

Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar is reportedly working on a new Cheech And Chong script.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer says he is still developing Top Gun 2.

Pierce Brosnan has joined the cast of The Expendables 4.

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are set to star in the comedy Vacation Friends.

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Movie Breakdown: Cheap Thrills (Noah)

March 27, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

If it’s released by Drafthouse Films, which it is, it’s going to be weird and quite possibly very, very good.

The Reality:

Cheap Thrills, which I watched slightly intoxicated on my friend’s couch, was one of the most unnervingly amazing film experiences I’ve had in years. Starring Pat Healy and Ethan Embry (who is very good in this film) as old high school friends who get pulled into an absolutely brutal game of sort-of-Truth-or-Dare by a super wealthy guy (David Koechner) and his almost non-existent wife (Sarah Paxton), Cheap Thrills starts small and creepy and goes relatively big and creepy. If anything, Cheap Thrills is a testament to what a well constructed story can do. E.L. Katz crafts a series of “bets” that lead from the mundane (“who can take a shot faster?”) to the absolutely ridiculous (and I won’t spoil any of them) but they always feel steeped within the current context of the characters. This is a story about two losers on the edges of normal society and what the draw of money, and the power it brings, can do. Pat Healy and Ethan Embry are both amazing sides of the loser coin, truly down-on-their-luck humans who are just trying to drag themselves back in to the black. It’s really David Koechner who steals the film though. Katz has tapped in to the manic, sad, always-on-the-edge humor Koechner is renowned for, but turned it to the darkest levels. Koechner hums with energy, the good, the bad and the ugly, and his presence, and the subtle way the script drags you down the rabbit hole, had me squirming in my seat. It’s surprisingly funny, in the grimmest most pitch-black way possible, but at its heart, Cheap Thrills is a film about the edges of society, and what we’ll do as human beings to pull ourselves off of it.

The Lesson:

Trust Drafthouse Films. Also, never go to a person’s house in the middle of the night after getting punched in the face and start doing ridiculous things for money. I mean it.

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Movie Breakdown: Cesar Chavez

March 27, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Diego Luna directs a movie about Cesar Chavez, grape connoisseur and civil rights activist.

The Reality:

I did not like Cesar Chavez.  It is a film loaded with contrived, overly dramatic speeches and actions that repeatedly fall flat when it comes to actually making what’s happening on the screen matter.  In fact, I just kept wanting Cesar and his followers to hurry up and get what they wanted so that I could escape the theater before I succeeded in rolling my eyes directly out of my head.  If you want to learn about Cesar Chavez, just read his Wikipedia page. It’s better in all aspects.

The Lesson:

Go easy on the drama.

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Movie Breakdown: The Raid 2

March 27, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Writer/Director Gareth Evans rallies up a sequel to The Raid, one of the better action movies of the last decade or so. Expectations are rightfully high.

The Reality:

The Raid 2 does what any good sequel to an action movie should do – it aims to thoroughly outdo (not repeat) the film that came before it.  I knew the movie would be action heavy and I thought there might be more of a story this time around, but I was actually surprised at how thick The Raid 2 ended up being.  It’s nearly two and a half hours long!  Action flicks shouldn’t have run times like that, but this one does and it utilizes every second.  There’s a plethora of wild, epic action sequences and the film features a twisting (and also somewhat convoluted) plot that’s essentially about a cop turned criminal who wants to root out various levels of corruption.  It might honestly all be too much for one movie, but I loved every bit of it.  If you have an obsession with the action genre, then The Raid 2 is going to please you to no end.

The Lesson:

Bigger is better.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

March 22, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Jon Chu (GI Joe: Retaliation) is set direct a big screen adaptation of the cartoon Jem And The Holograms.

David Fincher recently noted that he wants Christian Bale for the lead role in his Steve Jobs biopic.  Aaron Sorkin wrote the script.

Andy Serkis is set to direct Warner Bros’ live action version of The Jungle Book.  Just to remind you, Jon Favreau is directing Disney’s live action version of the tale.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) are said to be close to replacing Ivan Reitman as the directors of Ghostbusters 3.

Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) may direct Tom Hardy in the Splinter Cell adaptation.

Newcomer Levi Miller has landed the role of Peter Pan in Joe Wright’s Pan.  Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, and Rooney Mara are already set to star in the 3D epic.

Ridley Scott has been given a release date of March 4, 2016 for a currently untitled film. Some think it’s either Prometheus 2 or Blade Runner 2.

Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) is set to direct Section 6, a WWI British spy thriller.  Rumor has it that Cornish is no longer attached to Star Trek 3.

Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) will direct Noble Assassin, which will be based on the true story of Robert De La Rochefoucauld, an aristocrat turned Nazi-saboteur.

Pixar is said to be working on sequels for The Incredibles and Cars.

Sofia Coppola may direct a live action version of The Little Mermaid.

Newcomer David James Kelly has been hired to write the next Wolverine movie.  The film is expected to be released in May 2017.

Ellen Page will portray Judith Belushi-Pisano in the upcoming John Belushi biopic.

It’s now being reported that the remainder of Paul Walker’s scenes in Fast And Furious 7 will be completed using CGI and body doubles.

George R.R. Martin recently said that he may end the Game Of Thrones TV show with a big budget movie.

A script for a Tintin sequel is reportedly close to being completed.  Peter Jackson is still slotted to direct.

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Movie Breakdown: Muppets Most Wanted (Noah)

March 21, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

I wasn’t the only one who gave the first of the new Nicholas Stoller-involved Muppet films a positive review. It was funny and light and the music was good, so I’m actually relatively excited for a second go-around. That said, the deep dark niggle of sequel blues does rest in my gut …

The Reality:

Wow, this is not a great film. Admittedly, The Muppets aren’t the easiest franchise to play around with. You basically have a mildly adult, heavily meta version of Sesame Street. You’re playing in the sandbox of a bunch of felt toys so you want the kiddies to be able to watch it, but if you follow in the true tradition of the Muppets and their vaguely ground-breaking television series, you also want it to be at least reasonably palatable for adults. Muppets Most Wanted never really figures out which side of the line it wants to sit on. It has the requisite musical numbers (the producers of the film should thank their lucky stars that Bret McKenzie was on-board to make them the highlight of the film), a ton of cameos (most utterly worthless, and/or so fast that you don’t even register the appearance) and a hacked together story about a world tour, a criminal mastermind who looks exactly like Kermit and a Russian Gulag. To be frank, the movie doesn’t work. It bobs along at a snail pace as the Muppets, sans Kermit for almost the entire running time run wild (if the half-assed shenanigans in the film can be thought of as “wild”) in Europe. Ricky Gervais, as Dominic Badguy, plays a watered down version of his usual smarmy self and Tina Fey (another solid part of the film) plays a sexually frustrated Russian guard in love with Kermit. Sure, the film has a little bit of meta-commentary and sure it has a little bit of the near-adult humor of film’s past, but it also has abysmal slapstick, some truly bad dialogue, and meandering plotline that seems tailor made for snot-nosed children to sort of understand. The film never clicks, it just slides along resting on the laurels of its franchise. I’m not a huge Muppets fan, but films like this certainly aren’t going to push me in that direction.

The Lesson:

My childhood means nothing to the awe-inspiring suck of the sequel.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

March 8, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Jon Favreau has cast Idris Elba as Shere Kahn in his live action version of The Jungle Book.

Thomas Kretschmann (Stalingrad) has been cast as the villain in Agent 47, the Hitman reboot.

James Mangold is reportedly in negotiations to direct an adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s The Deep Blue Good-By.  The book is centered around Travis McGee, a man-for-hire who helps people get back their missing property.

Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) is set to direct the remake of The Idolmaker.  The film is based on the life of music promoter/manager Bob Marcucci.

Kim Soo Hyun (aka Claudia Kim) is rumored to have a role in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Sony has hired up and comer Chris Boal to pen the script for a Zorro reboot.

Sam Raimi is set to produce an adaptation of the game Last Of Us.

Jude Law may join the cast of Paul Feig’s upcoming spy comedy, Susan Cooper.

Antoine Fuqua will direct Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw, which is about a boxer whose personal life is falling apart.

Uma Thurman is in talks to join the cast of the action comedy American Ultra.  The film already stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.

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5 Films You Should See At SXSW

March 4, 2014

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SXSW Film kicks off this Friday!  Below you’ll find THE five films that I’ll be doing my best to squeeze my way into when I’m not trying to squeeze my way into a music venue somewhere.  Oh SXSW, I love you.

THE RAID 2

There’s a lot of big movies playing the festival – The Grand Budapest Hotel, Neighbors, Chef, Veronica Mars – but the one with the most recognizable name that I can’t wait to see is actually The Raid 2.  The early reviews have been stellar, and I super eager to watch it with a crowd that will wildly cheer every time something rad happens on the screen.  The Raid 2 will screen at the Paramount on Sunday, March 9 at 9:15pm.

HELLION

Rolling with some positive Sundance buzz, Hellion features Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, just in case you forgot), Juliette Lewis, and newcomer Josh Wiggins.  It sounds as though the film could be an interesting “coming of age” type tale, and I’m admittedly a sucker for such things.  Hellion is set to screen three times at the festival.   Click here to see when/where.

God Help The Girl

Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch has put together an indie pop musical?  Yeah, as a big music nerd, that pretty much means God Help The Girl is one of those films that I have to see.  Early word has been solid.  God Help The Girl will screen at the Paramount on Saturday, March 15 at 5pm.

JOE

Joe seems oddly similar to last year’s stellar Mud (which also starred Tye Sheridan), but that isn’t fazing me one bit.  This is mostly because I’m just so damn ready to once again see a Nicolas Cage performance that isn’t instantly laughable.  Also, David Gordon Green owes me a solid for tricking me into watching the meandering Prince AvalancheJoe is set to screen twice at the festival.  Click here to see when/where.

OPEN WINDOWS

If you’re a Fantastic Fest regular (or just love Timecrimes), then you’re probably very familiar with Nacho Vigalondo.  The director has a mind that churns out some interesting stuff, and the Elijah Wood/Sasha Grey-lead Open Windows looks like it will be another one of his entertaining ridesOpen Windows is set to screen four times at the festival.  Click here to see when/where.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

March 1, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

There’s a rumor going around that Warner Bros. and the Wachowski’s are planning a trilogy of Matrix prequels.

Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) is said to be close to signing on for a role in Ant-Man.

Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid), Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) and Mike Cahill (Another Earth) are said to be in the running to direct Masters Of The Universe.

Adam Driver (Girls) has reportedly signed on to play a villain in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Marc Webb is set to return to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

Luke Bracey (GI Joe: Retaliation) has signed on to portray Johnny Utah in the remake of Point Break.

Adam Sztykiel (Due Date) has been hired to pen the sequel to We’re The Millers.

Amanda Seyfried has signed on for a lead role in Ted 2.

Warner Bros. has grabbed the rights to the book American Blood.  Bradley Cooper is currently attached to star.

Vincent D’Onofrio (Law And Order: Criminal Intent) will be the villain in Jurassic World.

Joel Edgerton is set to star opposite Johnny Depp in the long in the works Whitey Bulger biopic, Black Mass.

Adam McKay recently noted there will be no more Anchorman films.

Fast And Furious 7 is expected to resume production in April.  The film will open April 10, 2015.

Warner Bros. is currently developing a Minecraft movie.

Rumor has it that there are two Indiana Jones films in development.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to write and direct The Console Wars, which will follow the 16-bit video game competition between Sega and Nintendo.

Despite the death of Harold Ramis, the development of Ghostbusters III is expected to continue over at Sony.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to star as high wire artist Philippe Petit in Robert Zemeckis’ To Walk The Clouds.

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Movie Breakdown: Non-Stop

February 27, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Liam Neeson does his usual thing where he shoots and punches people, BUT THIS TIME HE DOES IT ON AN AIRPLANE. OVER THE OCEAN. AS AN AIR MARSHALL.

The Reality:

Non-Stop is one of those films that’s fairly solid as long as you just out-right refuse to turn your brain on.  Liam Neeson, as always, is entertaining to watch, and there’s enough suspense throughout the movie to keep you checked-in to what’s happening on the screen.

With all of that being said, it’s hard for me to tell you to actually see Non-Stop.  It’s not anywhere near as good as Taken or The Grey but it’s also not as bad as Taken 2 or Unknown.  The film just sort of exists, and while it could definitely be worse, it feels like a waste of Neeson.  He deserves better.

The Lesson:

Quality control is important, Mr. Neeson.

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