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[Review] – Save The Date

22 Dec

Save the Date

Title: Save the Date
Year: 2012
Director: Michael Mohan
Writers: Egan Reich, Jeffrey Brown and Michael Mohan
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber
MPAA Rating: R, sexual content, language and brief drug use
Runtime: 98 min
IMDb Rating: 4.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Metacritic: 54

Save the Date is my first encounter with the work of writer-director Michael Mohan (his only other feature-length effort is a 2010 flick called One Too Many Mornings), and though the film, which first screened at Sundance earlier this year, isn’t particularly great I can’t help but just giving him all the kudos in the world for being able to get so many cool people in his cast. I mean, seriously, this film is just adequate, you could say, just a totally lightweight kind of entertainment but one that’s totally watchable because of the tremendously likable cast it assembled.

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[Trailer] – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

21 Dec

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

We’ve seen movies about the old school of something going against the new school of something, but we haven’t seen that done all that much in the world of magic. Well, that’s what next year’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is going for, and there’s now a trailer for it, which you can watch below.

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[Trailer] – Oblivion

8 Dec

Oblivion

Tom Cruise, after the brilliant Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, seems to be on the lookout for a comeback. Sure, Rock of Ages wasn’t a worthy next step, but he’s lining up projects for him to headline and become a big action star once again. Jack Reacher will the first step towards cementing that status, but there’s also Oblivion, for which a trailer hast just been released which you can watch below.

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[Trailer] – Oz: The Great and Powerful

14 Nov

Oz: The Great and Powerful, Sam Raimi‘s new film inspired by the 1939 classic, has been made to seem like Alice in Wonderland by the promotional material. Well, now its got a full trailer, which you can watch below, and that continues to be the case.

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[Review] – Bachelorette

25 Sep

Title: Bachelorette
Year: 2012
Director: Leslye Headland
Writer: Leslye Headland
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden, Kyle Bornheimer, Rebel Wilson, Adam Scott
MPAA Rating: R, sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use
Runtime: 87 min
IMDb Rating: 5.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Metacritic: 52

After watching Sleepwalk with Me last Monday, For a Good Time, Call… on Saturday and then The Words yesterday, I thought I would continue my streak of watching exports from this year’s Sundance Film Festival and take a look at Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette. And Ms. Headland may be a first time director, and her only previous experience writing for the screen may have been for the small screen, on the staff of the gone-way-too-soon Terriers, but her film debut sure as hell is a winning film.

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[Trailer] – Smashed

11 Sep

Watch the trailer for this year’s buzzed-about Sundance entry, Smashed, after the cut.

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[Review] – ParaNorman

23 Aug

Title: ParaNorman
Year: 2012
Directors: Sam Fell and Chris Butler
Writer: Chris Butler, based on a story by Arianne Sutner and Stephen Stone
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, John Goodman, Ariel Winter
MPAA Rating: PG, scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language
Runtime: 93 min
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Metacritic: 73

The people at Laika are the kind of people I love. Founded in 2005, the Oregon-based stop-motion animation studio did work on that year’s Corpse Bride, and they released their first feature as a company in 2009 with Coraline, the absolutely stunning adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel. That film just blew me away because of how exquisitely it was made, and it totally established Laika as an animation studio with aesthetic sensibilities that really spoke to me, and I honestly couldn’t wait to see what they did next.

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