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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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[Review] – Deadfall

13 Dec


Title: Deadfall
Year: 2012
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Writer: Zach Dean
Starring: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek
MPAA Rating: R, strong violence, language and sexuality
Runtime: 95 min
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 31%
Metacritic: 54

Deadfall is the kind of movie I saw purely based on the names attached to it. I hadn’t seen a single trailer before it, not read a single interview about it, it was flying seriously low under my radar, but when I saw the names I figure I’d at least give it a fair chance. The film comes from Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, who’s 2007 effort The Counterfeiters won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and even though the movie’s made up of things we’ve all seen done before (and done better) there are some parts of it that are actually quite riveting, the talented cast surpassing the limitations brought forth by the mediocre screenplay.

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[Review] – Butter

17 Oct

Title: Butter
Year: 2012
Director: Jim Field Smith
Writer: Jason A. Micallef
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Schaal, Yara Shahidi
MPAA Rating: R, language and sexual content
Runtime: 90 min
IMDb Rating: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 34%
Metacritic: 40

The cast of Butter, Jim Field Smith‘s ensemble comedy which premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, is certainly an impressive one. From Jennifer Garner to Ty Burrell to Olivia Wilde to Hugh Jackman, you’d reckon that if these guys had signed on to do this movie it was probably something good, not to mention that Jason A. Micallef‘s screenplay for it came in third place on 2008’s Blacklist, so that was another thing going for it. And yet this was just a totally mess, responsibility for which I’m afraid I’m to pin on Mr. Smith who plays with the material with such a heavy hand and an overall sense of arrogance that whatever nice satire this film was aiming for is annulled.

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[Review] – The Words

24 Sep

Title: The Words
Year: 2012
Directors: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal
Writers: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Ben Barnes, Dennis Quaid, Nora Arnezeder, J.K. Simmons
MPAA Rating: PG-13, brief strong language and smoking
Runtime: 97 min
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 17%
Metacritic: 37

I remember watching the trailer for The Words about four months ago and just not really knowing what to make of it. On the one hand I thought the cast was pretty solid and the general premise could definitely lend itself for this intellectual kind of thriller, but on the other hand the trailer just tried to sell it as something totally different and had this wrong song choice at the end that didn’t mesh with the material. But then again, trailers have many times been false as to the film they advertised, so maybe this one was just meant to bump up the commercial prospects of the film and then once you went into it the actual end result would be a really great thing.

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[Review] – People Like Us

8 Jul

Title: People Like Us
Year: 2012
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert
Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass, Jon Favreau
MPAA Rating: PG-13, language, some drug use and brief sexuality
Runtime: 114 min
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Metacritic: 49

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are one of the most in-demand writing duos in the movie industry nowadays, thanks mostly for what they did with the first two Transformers films which obviously made a ton of cash, J.J. AbramsStar Trek reboot from 2009, which also made a ton of cash and was actually a pretty amazing movie, too. So, yeah, from those credentials, plus the fact that they’re also the guys behind TV’s Fringe and the Hawaii Five-0 reboot, you can see why they’re the ones people go to for big-budget action-packed extravaganzas.

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[Trailer] – The Words

17 May

I’m so unsure about what to make of this film. On one hand you have a pretty damn solid cast and a premise that could potentially make for a nice enough intellectual thriller. But then the trailer just makes it seem like something I don’t really want to watch at all (I blame that song choice at the end). Anyways, make up your mind yourself by watching the trailer for The Words after the cut.

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[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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