• NYFF Review: FoxcatcherBennett Miller's Drama is Chilling
  • Ben Affleck Was The First Choice to Play BatmanBatman to "Tower Over" Superman
  • NYFF Review: WhiplashMiles Teller Dazzles in Best Film of 2014, J.K. Simmons for Oscar!
  • Trailer: American SniperBradley Cooper Plays America's Greatest Shooter
  • NYFF Review: Gone GirlDavid Fincher's Thriller Delivers, Pike Shines
  • Review: StretchOdd Dark Comedy Ends Up Being Super Fun Film
  • Trailer: InterstellarThe Best Interstellar Trailer to Date
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First Trailer for Pitch Perfect 2

Posted on November 20, 2014
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Welcome back Bellas.

Directed by (and starring) Elizabeth Banks, the Bellas have returned for more a ca action. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin star with newcomers Hailee Steinfeld and David Cross.

In the sequel, the Bellas find themselves in a global competition in which the American team has never won.

It’s nice to see the film go in a slightly different direction from the first one, but it’s going to be the music and singing that will prove if this is a worthy sequel or not.

Pitch Perfect 2 opens on May 15th, 2014.

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Trailer: Cinderella

Posted on November 19, 2014
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It’s time for a retelling of a Disney classic.

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is here and while there are a few twists and turns, producer Simon Kinberg did mention that it’s still very loyal to the original film. So those expecting some wild, live-action take on the fairy tale are probably going to be disappointed.

“It’s a more dramatic version, but it’s got so much heart and sweetness and fun and magic to it; I mean Ken [Branagh] did a really incredible job, and the actors are ridiculous,” said Kinberg.

The film stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Cinderella opens on March 13th, 2015.

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Review: Interstellar

Posted on November 15, 2014
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Christopher Nolan films are not like other motion pictures; they take on a life of their own, well before they even see the light of day. Over the years, we have started to notice patterns for his films, and Interstellar, which first began taking shape in 2006 with Steven Spielberg, is no different.

In early 2013, after the Batman trilogy was laid to rest, we got word of Nolan’s next project and “fan-boys” collectively lost their mind. The first of the stages I mentioned is the build up, then comes the search for information, followed by rumors, the first trailer, the advanced screening reviews, the first critic to bash the latest Nolan film, and finally the public seeing the movie and scratching their heads, but loving it no matter what.

It is those final two stages that have scared me about every Nolan film since Inception, yet could also apply to Memento, and once again rears its ugly head with Interstellar.

Boasting a strong cast, the film takes place in the future, where crops and humanity are seemingly dwindling. The fight to preserve life is paramount. When a dust storm causes a strange pattern to appear on his daughter Murph’s (Mackenzie Foy) floor, Cooper (Matthew McCounaughey) gets in his car and stumbles upon the hidden station of NASA’s headquarters. It’s there where he runs into his old teacher, Professor Brand (Michael Caine) who informs Cooper they need him to pilot a mission to save and preserve humanity.

Interstellar is as grandiose a film you will see this year, its scope is far beyond anything you can fathom, which is where it falters. While the visuals presented will blow you away, a clunky script, which sacrifices a connection with the audience, for the sense of scientific realism will leave the non-physicist spectator more than a little confused.

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Trailer: The Cobbler

Posted on November 12, 2014
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It’s hard these days to take an Adam Sandler role or film seriously. From Grown Ups 2, to the awful Men, Women & Children, 

The few times Sandler has done a serious role, it hasn’t been that bad, but mixed in with the serious is a ton of cheesy and horrendous performances.

So out comes The Cobbler, as story about a lowly, lonely cobbler who one day discovers that when he uses a magic stitching machine, and steps into the shoes he repairs, he takes on the identity of the people they belong to.

The film stars Steve Buscemi, Melonie Diaz, Method Man, Dustin Hoffman and Ellen Barkin.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, the film was not received all too well, and the trailer apparently gives away the Hoffman cameo which also involves a major twist in the film.

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X-Men: Apocalypse to Put Love Story Front and Center

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Who is ready for a steamy mutant romance?

Jennifer Lawrence is not slowing down, at all. And that’s something us cinephiles should be grateful for.

With the next Hunger Games just around the corner, and David O. Russell’s Joy getting ready for production, all eyes are on Lawrence. Her character of Mystique is about as iconic as anything she has done so far in her young career and it looks like that character is going to be even more front and center in the next X-Men film.

In X-Men: Apocalypse the romance between Mystique and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto will serve as a major backbone to the film.

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Trailer: Song One

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 seeing Anne Hathaway recently in Interstellar something odd happened. I started to sour on seeing her in films, as I felt she was pretty awful in Christopher Nolan’s pic. Especially since she took an acting break and came back with this performance, it really turned me off to her, something I didn’t think was possible.

Well, Hathaway is back in a drama, romance film called Song One. 

From the trailer, it seems like a typical film we have seen a handful of times, and it didn’t fair too well at Sundance. Song One hits VOD and and theaters on January 23rd.

The film comes from Kate Barker-Froyland, and stars Johnny Flynn.

Teaser Trailer: The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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Young Adult novel, check. Over $150 million grossed over opening weekend, check. Multiple books in said young adult novel series, check. What does that give us, sequels!

Divergent: Insurgent is part two in the series and today we get a very weird teaser trailer. It doesn’t tell us much of anything, aside from the film is coming and (obviously) Shailene Woodley and Ashley Judd are in it.

The film also Theo James, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, Daniel Dae Kim, and Suki Waterhouse.

 The Divergent Series: Insurgent hits theaters on March 20, 2015.

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Margot Robbie to Play Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

Posted on November 10, 2014
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Over the weekend we learned that Warner Bros. is feverishly going after Jared Leto to play The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film. Now we find out another rumor has come true for the film.

According to Collider, Margot Robbie, who has been rumored to star in the film since it was announced, will play Harley Quinn.

Suicide Squad director David Ayer has described the film as “The Dirty Dozen with supervillains” and now we get that first baddie locked in.

Originally, Quinn was introduced to the public as the Joker’s right hand woman / girlfriend, and was known to be a lone wolf to do her own dirty work.

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Jared Leto Being Courted to Play The Joker in Suicide Squad

Posted on November 7, 2014
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After winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club, the world is waiting for how Jared Leto will dazzle us next. He hasn’t picked his follow up project, but he may be getting close.

And it’s a big one.

Warner Bros. has reached out to Leto to play The Joker, in their upcoming super hero ensemble Suicide Squad. Previously it was reported that WB is also in talks with Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy for lead roles in the film as well.

According to The Wrap, WB first reached out to Ryan Gosling for the role of The Joker but he refused to sign a multi picture deal, as he didn’t want to be locked down.

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Trailer: Selma

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the tense drama, Selma.

Following Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo), the film tracks his specific 1965 journey from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., as he battled for equal voting rights.

The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, and Oprah Winfrey.

With incredible shots in the trailer, Selma feels like it’s going to be a strong film, and an appropriate depiction of MLK.

Selma opens on December 25th and then expands on January 9th.

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