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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Homesman’ Offers First-Rate Storytelling

Film: The Homesman
Starring: Hillary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones

In a world overrun with over-the-top CGI epics, The Homesman serves as a reminder that sometimes the simplest stories are also the most compelling.

Directed and co-written by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman tells the story of an unlikely adventure that takes place in 1850s North America. It’s based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout, which I have never read or even heard of prior to researching this film. I’m all for recognizing the works that films are based upon, but …

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‘American Sniper’ Teaser Is Everything You Want In A Great Movie Preview

Strap in, film fans. This one is a doozy.

Most movie fans also love trailers, and those who don’t often complain that many previews for coming attractions spoil major reveals that would be better left for those experiencing the film in full. I don’t disagree with that argument, but I do believe it’s entirely possible to be sold on a movie without having any real idea what is going on. Gone Girl‘s trailers are a perfect example of this, as is the recent promo for Inherent Vice. Now, thanks to filmmaker Clint Eastwood, we can add American Sniper

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Gone Girl’ Disturbs, Compels and Astonishes

Film: Gone Girl
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck
Directed by: David Fincher

Boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. That’s what we have been taught through cinema ofttimes. We are usually shown the couple overcoming the myriad of trials and tribulations that weigh on marriage like–forgive the pun–a ball and chain. In Gone Girl, based upon the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, David Fincher (the auteur of darkness with films like Se7en and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) paints the popular union between two people like a rabid dog that

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Maze Runner’ Is Surprisingly Good

Film: The Maze Runner
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario
Directed by: Wes Ball

Inability to end without setting up a sequel aside, The Maze Runner is the best YA adaptation to hit the screen in years.

I have never read The Maze Runner, but I am a firm believer that a film is truly good then I should not need to be familiar with its source material in order to appreciate the adventure it has to share. The Maze Runner begins with a boy being lifted on an elevator from deep underground to the Earth’s surface. He’s cold, wet, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jamie Marks Is Dead’ Offers A Unique Supernatural Story

Film: Jamie Marks Is Dead
Starring: Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver
Directed by: Carter Smith

Jamie Marks Is Dead finds new ground in the realm of adapted supernatural young adult fiction, but it’s not enough to create a thrilling viewing experience.

The title of Carter Smith’s latest film is as much a fact as it is a lie. Jamie Marks is indeed dead, but his spirit, or something akin to it, survives. His tiny frame, protected only by a torn pair of boy’s underwear, saunters through the town his living self once considered Hell both day and night. He doesn’t believe …

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New ‘Gone Girl’ Trailer: Did Ben Affleck Murder His Wife?

There comes a point in the promotional run for almost every film when it seems the studio has become so desperate to ensure box office success that they’re willing to spoil a movie’s third act to boost YouTube views. This is not the case with David Fincher. Every film he has made has been accompanied by a marketing campaign almost as stylish as the movie itself. Like the teasers at the end of a Mad Men episode, the trailers that support his work are purposely cryptic, and the latest promotional clip for Gone Girl is no exception.

Amy (Rosamund Pike) …

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‘White Bird In A Blizzard’ Trailer: Shailene Woodley Has A Sexual Awakening (And A Missing Mom)

White Bird In A Blizzard serves as the third film to star Shailene Woodley in the last year. It is also the third adaptation the former Secret Life Of The American Teenager star has appeared in during that same time. I’m not sure if she likes books, or if she feels the stories in them are better told on the silver screen, but either way, there is a new film on the way that is sure to give all the feels.

Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Giver’ Offers Nothing Of Value

Film: The Giver
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges
Genre: Drama/Sci-Fi

Working off a screenplay written by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide, director Phillip Noyce has delivered a frustrating and, at times, downright awful adaptation of Lois Lowry’s most beloved young adult novel.

The Giver offers a vision of the future that feels a bit like a watered-down 1984. Following the downfall of life as we know, mankind manages to rebuild society in such a way that all individuality has ceased to exist, including all color. In its place, an idea called ‘sameness’ has been put into action with …

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UTG Interview: ‘The Giver’ Author Lois Lowry and Film Stars Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush

Earlier this month I had an opportunity unlike any other up to that point in my writing career. For nearly thirty minutes I was able to sit next to author Lois Lowry and discuss her classic novel, The Giver, as well as the recent film adaptation. I also spoke with the film’s stars, Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush. It was the kind of meeting that seemed to pass lightning fast, but I was able to gain a lot of great insight to the film’s creation and all the hard work that goes into adapting a novel recognized around the …

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‘Testament of Youth’ Trailer: Alicia Vikander Will Not Let WWI Get The Best Of Her

The history of cinema is littered with dozens, if not hundreds of films based on the struggles of people who lived through World War II. It’s far more rare that films on the first world war make their way to mainstream audiences, but next year that is exactly what will happen when Testament Of Youth hits theaters nationwide.

Alicia Vikander has become a hot commodity in Hollywood over the last couple years, and her latest leading role will take audiences to a world torn asunder by World War I. Based on the classic First World War memoir, Testament of Youth

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‘As God Says’ Trailer: Takashi Miike Adapts Bloody Popular Comic

At the end of last month, we learned that there is an adaptation of  Takashi Miike‘s Audition pending. The response was mixed at best. Now, at the end of this month, we’re much more excited for an adaptation by, not of, Miike.

As God Says was a 2011-12 comic book written by Muneyuki Kanshiro and drawn by Akeji Fujimura that, according to Variety, has sold 1.5 million paperback copies. The plot is a familiar, and suddenly popular, one – kids forced to kill each other.

It immediately conjures up Battle Royale and Hunger Games, this plot “about …

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The End Is Near: ‘Transformers’ Scribe Hired To Write Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Adaptation

All you need to be successful in Hollywood is one or two good credits on a movie that makes a lot of money. It doesn’t matter if your work is shit, as long as you can help a studio turn a profit you’re as good as a golden goose with the ability to turn a phrase. Need proof? I have all the proof you will ever need.

The Hollywood Reporter ran a story today breaking the news that Transformers scribe Ehren Kruger has been hired to write a live-action adaptation for Disney’s Dumbo. Yes, the same man who has …