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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Poltergeist’ Is A Reboot Nightmare

Film: Poltergeist
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt
Directed by: Gil Kenan

Thirty-three years after Tobe Hooper sent chills down the spines of audience members everywhere with his unique and thrilling Poltergeist film, a modern reboot has appeared with absolutely nothing new to share.

Directed by Gil Kenan, the 2015 version of Poltergeist borrows its core story from the original title, then attempts to twist the frame just enough with socioeconomic commentary to make things feel a bit more timely. A father, played admirably by Sam Rockwell, moves his disgruntled family into a foreclosure-hit neighbourhood after being laid off from his …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tomorrowland’ Lacks Wonder And Coherence

Film: Tomorrowland
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney
Directed By: Brad Bird

As the first shot rolls on Tomorrowland, we see Clooney’s Frank Walker talking to the camera about his pessimistic predilections towards the future. Once he is done telling his story, the camera pans over Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton, someone self-dubbed as an optimist as she smiles into the camera while Frank grunts.

It would be fair to say that watching these two ideological agendas play out amongst a swath of beautiful CGI would be fun, to say the least. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. Brad Bird’s newest …

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First ‘Cooties’ Trailer Is All About Killing (Zombie) Kids

There is nothing we love more at UTG than a great horror-comedy, and this fall Cooties looks like it could be something special.

Starring a cast of indie favorites, including Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, and Alison Pill, Cooties finds a group of elementary school employees fighting for their lives against a ravenous pack of underage monsters. It seems a virus has begun to spread, but it only strikes those who have yet to go through puberty, so our protagonists will have to fight off the hungry horde if they want to make it through the night. You can view the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Iverson’ Falls Short Of Glory

Film: Iverson
Directed by: Zatella Beatty
Genre: Documentary

Showtime’s new documentary from first-time filmmaker Zatella Beatty, Iverson, which premiered Saturday night, seems more like a documentary that Allen Iverson wanted for himself than one that we wanted for Iverson; it’s a side of whipped mashed potatoes to the complexity of Randy Moss’ meaty story told in ESPN’s Rand University – yet another storytelling of a professional athlete misunderstood by the eyes of the media.…

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New ‘Pixels’ Trailer Introduces Heroes and Villains

If there is any hope for Adam Sandler‘s quickly-disappearing career in comedy, Pixels may be it. Set for release this summer, the film pits the star of Blended and The Cobbler against the most iconic video game characters of all time, and he has somehow convinced Kevin James to come along for the ride.

Today, Sony Pictures released a second trailer for Pixels, which is the first to really detail what exactly will happen in the story. From what we’re told, aliens received a transmission meant to showcase our way of life and mistakingly took it as a …

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Zac Efron Is A DJ In First Trailer For ‘We Are Your Friends’

Being 23 is hard. The person you see in the mirror is unquestionably beginning to age, but your spirit feels as youthful as it ever did. The world is telling you to become an adult, but your heart is begging you to play all day and party all night. Most people eventually give in and become the well-adjusted member of society they believe they are meant to be, but some choose to fight for their youth, and that is the story being told in the upcoming Zac Efron-led feature, We Are Your Friends.

Cole, a wannabe DJ, has decided …

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‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Trailer: All Sizzle, No Fizzle

The first trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has arrived, and so far everything looks just as thrilling as you would expect, if not better.

Having just barely escaped the maze that claimed the lives of many young men, Thomas and his friends are about to realize their journey to freedom has only just begun as they find themselves taken from one quasi-prison to another. The Scorch Trials finds the group learning that they were not the only ones who had to fight their way out of a maze, but that is not the only secret waiting to be …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Area 51′ Should Remain Off Limits

Film: Area 51
Starring: Ben Rovner, Jelena Nik
Directed by: Oren Peli

The premise is good enough: Following a strange encounter after a night of drinking with his two best friends, a young man convinces the same friends to join him on a quest to see what secrets lie on the base of the ever-mysterious Area 51. With the creator of Paranormal Activity at the helm one might expect an evolutionary piece of found footage horror that could possibly push the well-tread sub-genre into new territory, but unfortunately that is not the case. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

For …

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‘Suicide Squad’ Set Photos Prove The Joker’s Tattoos Are Real

Remember when we all collectively lost our shit last month after David Ayer unveiled his vision of The Joker? Well, you might want to strap in because it turns out the tattoos that caused a global nerd outcry are in fact going to appear in the upcoming Suicide Squad film.

Yes, you read that right. Based on new set photos that were posted to JustJared earlier today, May 18, it appears Jared Leto’s turn as the Joker will indeed appear on screen covered in self-referential tattoos. The reasoning for this remains a mystery, but as you will see in …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Is Proof That Sequels Don’t Have To Suck

Film: Pitch Perfect 2
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

After three years and several national titles, The Barden Bellas have embarked on their biggest adventure yet with Pitch Perfect 2.

There is a tried and true recipe to creating a great sequel that involves mixing just the right amount of familiar components with a hearty dose of fresh ideas to create, but for whatever reason most sequels fail to blend those ingredients in a way that creates a product superior to what came before. Pitch Perfect 2 is the exception, as it offers just the …

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Michael Fassbender Shines In First Trailer For ‘Steve Jobs’

Move over, Ashton Kutcher. Michael Fassbender is playing Steve Jobs now, and it looks like he’s doing the job you never could.

The first trailer for the Aaron Sorkin penned biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs has appeared online ahead of the film’s fall 2015 release. The film, which is titled Steve Jobs, stars Shame talent Michael Fassbender in the role of the man who would change essentially everything we thought we knew about computers, phones, and the way music should be enjoyed. Not much can be seen in the footage, but the stage is certainly set for an …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Demolishes Expectations, Elicits Yelps Of Joy

Film: Mad Max: Fury Road
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Directed By: George Miller

Every once in a blue moon a summer blockbuster comes and demolishes everything that lay in its path. Mad Max: Fury Road is the film that eviscerates the history of large-scale action films. It throws the gauntlet down at the feet of filmmakers trying to break the studio mold in the past ten years. It’s a film that’s so intricately detailed and visually assaulting that you’d think the powers that be just turned a blind eye in favor of letting director George Miller (…