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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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‘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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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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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Maggie’ Is Brimming With Emotional Tension

Film: Maggie
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin
Directed by: Henry Hobson

Some say the film world’s obsession with the undead has run its course, but Maggie is proof there are still great stories to be told. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a gorgeously shot feature, or that the lead performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of his career best, but at its core Maggie is a straightforward z-flick that manages to find a bit of new ground amongst well-tread territory.

Maggie (Abigail Breslin) is sick. Several months have passed since a new disease started spreading across the globe. Scientists …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hot Pursuit’ Runs Out Of Gas

Film: Hot Pursuit
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sophia Vergara
Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Clocking in just under 90 minutes in length, Hot Pursuit is quick and almost painless, but never all that funny.

Hollywood has a long love affair with films that pit two people with completely different personalities in a life or death situation, and more often than not one of those characters is an officer of the law. For Hot Pursuit it’s Reese Witherspoon who dons the signature blue uniform of the law, while Modern Family star Sophia Vergara fills in as the loud mouth and often crass wife …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Welcome To Me’ Is Kristen Wiig At Her Best

Film: Welcome To Me
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley
Directed by: Shira Piven

As if you needed another reason to love Kristen Wiig.

Welcome To Me may be the definition of an offbeat movie. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, the film tells the tale of a mentally unwell woman who uses her lottery winnings to purchase air time on at a local TV station. She uses that time to host one-hundred episodes of her very own talk show, starring herself, with absolutely no guests.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Adult Beginners’ Is A Guaranteed Good Time

Film: Adult Beginners
Starring: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne
Directed by: Ross Katz

Nick Kroll has finally hit his mark.

Following years of making a living from stage to television and back again portraying an asshole in one way or another, comedian turned producer and actor, Nick Kroll has developed something undeniably great with Adult Beginners. A simple story about family that takes on a life of its own, the film finds a fine balance between comedy and drama that will no doubt win over moviegoers young and old.…

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ALL HOPE IS LOST: ‘Unfriended’ Is Getting A Sequel

Don’t say we never tried to warn you.

According to our pals at Bloody-Disgusting, Universal Pictures has already begun work on a sequel to the recently-released horror film Unfriended. In fact, the site claims that the as-of-yet untitled sequel is already being scripted by Nelson Greaves, who wrote the first film that was produced by Timur Bekmambetov. No release date has been set, but I don’t think a summer or fall 2016 release is out of the question.

Unfriended opened in the middle of April and has since accumulated $25 million at the US box office. That …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unfriended’ Is Not Worth The Price Of Admission

Film: Unfriended
Starring: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer
Directed by: Levan Gabriadze

Serving as the first ‘all on-screen’ horror film to open in thousands of theaters nationwide, Unfriended boasts a relatively fresh gimmick and almost nothing else.

Remember that long period of silence at the beginning of Wall-E? Replace the colorful animation, comedy, and adorable robots with the computer screen of a high school-aged girl named Blaire who likes to watch videos online without making them full screen and you pretty much have the opening fifteen minutes of Unfriended.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘While We’re Young’ Is Baumbach At His Weakest

Film: While We’re Young
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach has spent the majority of his career exploring the idea of identity and what it means to different people at various stages in life. It’s a theme that runs throughout every single one of his works, but never has it been presented in such an oddly mischevious way than in his latest feature, While We’re Young.

Living on the wrong side of forty, a filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) have recently discovered they are growing increasingly bored by their continued existence. …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Cut Bank’ Finds Murder And Mystery In A Quiet Town

Film: Cut Bank
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton
Directed by: Matt Shakman

Set against the backdrop of a quiet community too small to make national headlines, Cut Bank tells a story of murder and hope through the eyes of a desperate young man.

Liam Hemsworth is Dwayne McLaren, a twenty-something who has spent the better part of the last half decade wanting nothing more than to move out of Cut Bank, the small town he calls home. One day Dwayne’s life is forever changed when he and his girlfriend, Cassandra, witness the first murder in the community’s history, which …