Monthly Archives July 2013

Confessions of an INDIANA JONES Virgin: Allison Watches THE LAST CRUSADE for the First Time

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Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Indiana Jones movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here, and here’s her reviews of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom)

Praise be to the sequel gods for The Last Crusade, which did right by the franchise by stabilizing things from the shaky ground of Temple of Doom...

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Must Watch: Another Superb Sci-Fi Short ‘ABE’ with Creepy Robot

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“They say that what I am doing is wrong, and I wish I understood what that meant.” Dang, the sci-fi world is really heating up as we head into a summer movie season packed with sci-fi. Yesterday we featured a short titled Project Kronos, today we’ve got another outstanding new sci-fi short called ABE, that is a must watch. It was pitched as “Silence of the Lambs involving a robotic ser...

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VOTD: Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke Break the Fourth Wall in “Don’t Talk or Text” Alamo Drafthouse PSA

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Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have an easy, familiar chemistry on screen; it’s no wonder their third pairing, Before Midnight, stands out as one of the best films of the year so far.

Now the two have been recruited (along with their offscreen cinema partner Richard Linklater) to take part in a “don’t talk or text” PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain...

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PAIN & GAIN Review

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Entitlement is a central facet of the American Dream. If you work hard, you should be rewarded. We believe we live in a meritocracy despite all evidence to the contrary. In some walks of life, you can get out what you put in. It’s a truth in exercise, and it’s mostly been a truth for the films of Michael Bay...

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OBLIVION Review

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When science fiction wants to present thoughtful subtext, it can’t go broad.  The freedom to construct a world has to come down to precise themes.  The world can be derivative (or “inspired by” if you want to be charitable), and the themes can be universal, but they have to be cohesive.  In casting a wide net for influences, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion mashes-up the ideas from better movies, an...

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‘Now You See Me’ Trailer – Want to See a Magic Trick?

Magicians are all the rage, if the existence of Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me are anything to judge by. Sure, the former is a goofy satire about the world of modern performance magic (because that institution needed to be taken down a peg) – while the latter is the new heist-thriller from Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier. However, both involve mischief-making magicians.

The f...

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Alice Eve Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Deleted Scenes, the Funniest Person On Set, Her First Reaction to the Script, COLD COMES THE NIGHT, and More

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With J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness now playing around the world, we recently landed an exclusive phone interview with Alice Eve.  During the interview, she talked about making the sequel, how things changed on set, who was the one who broke the most while filming, her reaction to reading the script for the first time, deleted scenes, and a lot more...

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THE EAST Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  The East opens today in limited release.]

The undercover thriller is a familiar genre, but it rarely reaches its full potential. For a setting where betrayal and shifting sympathies are central to the plot, most of these stories only provide the semblance of a grey area...

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Neal Edelstein Talks HAUNTING MELISSA, How the App Works, Merging Cinema with New Tech, Creating a New Platform for Horror, and More

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If there’s one thing the last few months have demonstrated, it’s how rapidly the film industry is changing.  From funding to production, to distribution and marketing, all aspects of the filmmaking process have been drastically impacted by new media...

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New ‘Great Gatsby’ Trailer Is a Musical Affair – Beyoncé Sings Amy Winehouse

Filmmaking auteur Baz Luhrmann gave classic literature a modern polish when he turned William Shakespeare’s classic love story into the ’90s surrealist pop sensation that was Romeo + Juliet, and now he’s back to take on the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald with The Great Gatsby...

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