Archive | April, 2012

[Review] – Lockout

30 Apr

Title: Lockout
Year: 2012
Directors: James Mather and Stephen St. Leger
Writers: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger and Luc Besson, based on an original idea by Mr. Besson
Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, Peter Stormare
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense sequences of violence and action, and language including some sexual references
Runtime: 95 min
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
Metacritic: 48

I like Guy Pearce a good deal. And I like what he’s sort of been doing lately in his career in which he’s taking small-ish supporting roles in amazing films with great ensembles. Whether it’s The Hurt Locker, Animal Kingdom or The King’s Speech, he’s been lending his experience and talent in small key roles and really nailing it. In Lockout, however, he’s front and center as Snow, a man who in a near future has been wrongly convicted of a crime, and who’s only shot at freedom depends on him rescuing the President’s daughter from a maximum security prison in outer space that’s been taken over by inmates.

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[Trailer] – Prometheus (New International Trailer)

30 Apr

As if we didn’t want to see Prometheus enough already, the new three-minute international trailer for it is just too insanely awesome and will actually manage to get you even more psyched for this one. And you can watch it after the cut.

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[Review] – The Cabin In The Woods

29 Apr

Title: The Cabin in the Woods
Year: 2012
Director: Drew Goddard
Writers: Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Amy Acker, Sigourney Weaver
MPAA Rating: R, strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity
Runtime: 95 min
IMDb Rating: 8.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Metacritic: 72

I finally got around to seeing Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods. It’s been a couple of weeks since it’s release, and of course I had heard the massive buzz that’s surrounded the film about its insanely awesome twists and turns; I had, however, thankfully, also managed to stay totally in the dark about the nature of said twists and turns, so that I would get their full awe-inspiring impact as I watched the film. And damn am I glad I managed to stay in the dark about the whole thing; The Cabin in the Woods is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year so far, a meta-horror flick that will manage to genuinely thrill you and surprise you while also having a terrific sense of humor.

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[Review] – The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

28 Apr

Title: The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Year: 2012
Directors: Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt
Writer: Gideon Defoe, based on his own books
Starring: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson
MPAA Rating: PG, mild action, rude humor and some language
Runtime: 88 min
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Metacritic: 73

The Pirates! Band of Misfits is Aardman Animations fifth feature-length film, and the second under their current deal with Sony Pictures Animation. And once again they continue their streak of impeccable animation. I remember that after seeing their 2011 effort, Arthur Christmas (which I gave an A- to), I kind of wanted them to go back to the claymation that they are known for, instead of keep dabbling in CG like they did in that film and in the one prior to that one, Flushed Away. And in The Pirates! Band of Misfits they manage to blend the two together, using their stop-motion animation technique alongside quite a bit of CG to complement that spectacularly in how they built the sceneries and extended their sets. And not only is this so expertly made, but it also keeps the studio’s reputation for providing us with some of the smartest animated fare out there.

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[Review] – The Avengers

27 Apr

Title: The Avengers
Year: 2012
Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon, based on a story by himself and Zak Penn, based on the comic books by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference
Runtime: 142 min
IMDb Rating: 8.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Metacritic: 71

Since Marvel started to produce their own films, the ultimate goal had always been assembling all of their superheroes into one huge omnibus-style movie with The Avengers, to maximize fandom and thus maximize commercial potential. That idea, of course, entirely depended on the success of the superheroes’ stand-alone outings, and on how successful the studio would be at creating a universe in which all of these characters co-exist, which was dubbed the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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[Trailer] – Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

27 Apr

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding has three great actress playing three generations of women. And it now has a brand new trailer to go along with it, which you can watch after the cut.

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[Trailer] – This Is 40

27 Apr

Judd Apatow is back in the director’s chair this year for the first time since 2009’s Funny People (which was a bit of a flop, though I personally liked it). But anyway’s, the film he has lined up for this year, This Is 40, is a “sort-of” sequel to his great Knocked Up, and the first trailer for it has just been released, and you can watch it after the cut.

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