Archive | March, 2012

[Trailer] – People Like Us

31 Mar

 

I’ve been following this film for quite some time, for some reason or another, back when it was titled Welcome To People, and now that it’s titled People Like Us, we’ve finally gotten our first look at it thanks to the just released trailer which you can watch above.

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[Trailer] – House At The End Of The Street

31 Mar

 

Jennifer Lawrence got an Oscar nomination for the impeccable Winter’s Bone, where she proved her chops as an actress in a tremendous indie production. She also, as you may have heard, headlined The Hunger Games, which just scored the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all-time. In between projects, though, she shot House at the End of the Street, which just got a trailer which you can watch above.

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[Trailer] – Paranorman

30 Mar

We’ve already seen a trailer for Paranorman before, but this new international trailer, which you can watch above, is a bit longer and has some new footage to get you excited for the film. And you really should be excited, this one’s being made by Laika, the great stop-motion animation behind Coraline, and the talent assembled is pretty nifty.

[Trailer] – Safety Not Guaranteed

30 Mar

 

I love me some Aubrey Plaza, and in the trailer for her upcoming film, Safety Not Guaranteed, it looks like we’re about to get a really great performance from her in a film that’s right up my alley with its mix of quirky and warm comedy; I really can’t wait to check this one out.

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[Trailer] – Rise Of The Guardians

30 Mar

 

Yes, we all know The Avengers are assembling this May, and that’ll no doubt be awesome, but the Marvel characters aren’t the only team of iconic characters gearing up to save the world this year. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost are also teaming up to protect the children of the world in the upcoming Rise of the Guardians, the trailer for which you can watch above.

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[Trailer] – The Dictator

28 Mar

 

A brand new trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new film, The Dictator, has just been released, and this one’s actually succeeded in getting me excited for the film.

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[Trailer] – Hotel Transylvania

28 Mar

 

Adam Sandler has the need to be in at least one film every year, if not two (or three). So even though he has his requisitory summer comedy already lined up for 2012, thanks to his collaboration with Andy Samberg in That’s My Boy, he’s also headlining the voice cast for the animated film Hotel Transylvania (Mr. Samberg is also in it, actually), and you can watch the trailer for it above.

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[Review] – John Carter

26 Mar

Title: John Carter
Year: 2012
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writers: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense sequences of violence and action
Runtime: 132 min
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Metacritic: 51

A lot has been said about John Carter, and rightfully so. It was the live-action debut of writer-director Andrew Stanton, the man who had made his name with Pixar films like Wall-E and Finding Nemo. It was the film appearance of the main character in Edgar Rice Burroughs eleven-volume series of epic science-fiction novels, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the character. And it was a spectacularly risky project; straddled with a seriously huge budget, no big name stars, a character non-genre fans aren’t really familiar with, and a marketing push that, while expansive, didn’t really seem to connect with people and failed to sell the story the proper way.

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[Teaser] – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

26 Mar

 

If you were one of the millions who went to see The Hunger Games on its opening weekend, and helped it score the third-biggest opening weekend ever, then chances are you also got a peek at the teaser for the final chapter in that other massively popular adaptation of a YA book. That’s right, prior to its November 16 opening, which will no doubt rival The Hunger Games as far as how much money it makes, we just got a forty-nine seconds long teaser for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Bad – Part 2.

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[Review] – Being Flynn

25 Mar

Title: Being Flynn
Year: 2012
Director: Paul Weitz
Writer: Paul Weitz, based on the book by Nick Flynn
Starring: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor, Dale Dickey, Victor Rasuk
MPAA Rating: R, language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and brief nudity
Runtime: 102 min
IMDb Rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Metacritic: 53

Paul Weitz has directed such films like In Good Company and About A Boy (the latter with his brother Chris), both of those are seriously splendid little films that I happen to adore; Paul Weitz, however, has also directed Little Fockers, and that film I gave a measly C- to. Robert De Niro has given some of the most iconic performances in the history of film with his roles in movies such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Godfather: Part II; Robert De Niro, however, hasn’t delivered one of those great performances in far too long, and he also was in Little Fockers. Though their partnership in the third installment of that particular franchise was pretty bad, this time around they’ve delivered Being Flynn, a film that, while far from perfect, does deliver on some of its promises. The film even has a shot of Robert De Niro driving a New York City Yellow Cab, and that alone kind of gets your hopes up.

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