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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘No Escape’ Offers Surprisingly Few Thrills

Film: No Escape
Starring: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell
Directed By: John Erick Dowdle

Films like No Escape may be the most frustrating of all forms of mediocre cinema, if only because you know it could be something great. Maybe it’s the script, or maybe it’s the cast, or maybe it’s a combination of both along with a director who clearly has no idea how to handle what is essentially a survival-horror film, but something about No Escape simply does not work.

Owen Wilson stars as Jack Dwyer, an ex-pat who recently uprooted his entire family and moved them from Austin, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Avoid The ‘Blood Moon’ At All Costs

Film: Blood Moon
Starring: George Blagden, Tom Cotcher
Directed By: Jeremy Wooding

Poor direction and lackluster cinematography unravel any potential for fun or scares in Jeremy Wooding’s Blood Moon.

Werewolves are tough. The idea of people who transform into beasts and back again seems like the kind of fodder that would provide material for dozens of great films, but the track record for such creature features is far from something to celebrate. Aside from maybe five films released over the last hundred years, the market for good werewolf horror has essentially been a wasteland of half-cooked ideas and low …

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Love Film? Join The UTG Movie Club And Make A Difference!

As many of you know, UTG recently launched a Patreon page to help fund the future of our site. We are very appreciative of the contributions that have been submitted so far, but there is still a need for additional funds that we hope, in time, you will help us alleviate.

One of the cool aspects of Patreon is that it allows us to turn various donation rewards into makeshift clubs for the more dedicated UTG readers. If you look now, there are four clubs that can be joined, including the Stonecutters Club, the Kitty Kat Club, and our personal …

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Vin Diesel Confirms Starring Role In Third ‘xXx’ Film

Thirteen years after he first took on the role of Xander Cage in 2002’s xXx, Vin Diesel has revealed plans to return to the once thriving action franchise that helped make him a household name.

Anyone who follows Vin Diesel online knows the Fast And Furious star loves his fans. So much so, in fact, that Vin has often revealed major details regarding his future film projects on social networks before sharing any details with the press. This seems to be the case once more, as Diesel took to Instagram over the weekend to share some big news regarding …

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‘Kill Your Friends’ Trailer Teases 90s Music Industry Chaos

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”

The above quote from Hunter S. Thompson is one I’ve seen shared more than a thousand times in my life, typically from music professionals who have reached their wit’s end with whatever project they have currently been tasked with making a success. It’s a funny line, but it’s not necessarily untrue. There are problematic areas of the music industry, as well as areas where far more partying happens than …

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Despite Rumors, Universal Has No ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Sequel Plans

Forget what you may have read on Facebook or Twitter because Universal Studios currently has no plans for a sequel to Straight Outta Compton.

Last week, in the immediate aftermath of Straight Outta Compton‘s monstrous opening weekend, rumors quickly began to spread online regarding a potential sequel that would follow the careers of Tupac and Snoop Dogg, as well as the rest of the Death Row Records empire. The would-be film was allegedly titled, Dogg Pound For Life.

That may be a cool idea, but it’s apparently not something Universal is currently working on. Entertainment Weekly dug …

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First Trailer For ‘The Final Girls’ Is Meta Horror Madness

If you’re the kind of person who believes The Cabin In The Woods is one of the better films of the last decade then Christmas has come early for you this year. The Final Girls promises to deliver meta horror-comedy in a way so wonderfully twisted you’ll be chomping at the bit for the full feature before the newly released trailer is half complete. It looks that good.

When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend a screening of Camp Bloodbath, an infamous ‘80s cult horror film that starred Max’s late mother (Malin Akerman), they are accidentally sucked …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘American Ultra’ Is Stoner Action Comedy Gold

Film: American Ultra
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristin Stewart
Directed By: Nima Nourizadeh

There is something beautiful about two stoners in love, especially when they’re running for their lives from the CIA.

Part action-comedy, part romance on the rocks, American Ultra is a late summer treat that features a little bit of everything that makes movies fun. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mike Howell, an assuming pot head who can never seem to leave the quiet West Virginia town he calls home. The only thing he cares about in the entire world is his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristin Stewart), who lives to be …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ Is One Of 2015’s Worst

Film: Hitman: Agent 47
Starring: Rupert Friend, Angelababy
Directed By: Alexander Bach

Big, dumb, loud and long, Hitman: Agent 47 is one of the worst video game adaptations ever made. This is not an opinion, but rather a matter of fact. In a world where we have seen Super Mario Bros turned into real-life plumbers who travel to a town called ‘DinoHattan,’ Aleksander Bach’s directorial debut has found a way to make gaming culture seem stupider than ever before. If I weren’t so disgusted I might actually be half impressed, but I’m not. I’m just disappointed.

One would think a …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is Surprisingly Tame

Film: Straight Outta Compton
Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins
Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Straight Outta Compton is a lot of fun until it’s not.

Beginning in the late 1980s, Straight Outta Compton opens with a visceral depiction of life in South Central Los Angeles at a time when tension between police and the citizens of Compton was beginning to boil over into national headlines. Eazy-E, then just another street dealer trying to get by, is seen fleeing from police in the middle of a drug raid. Dr. Dre, otherwise known to family and friends as Andre, is looking …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Shaun The Sheep’ Is The Best Family Film Of 2015

Film: Shaun The Sheep
Written by: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Directed by: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

In a time when the word ‘Minion’ can send chills down the spine of any person with children, Shaun The Sheep delivers a fun and refreshing take on family entertainment that literally anyone can enjoy.

A spin-off from the iconic Wallace And Gromit animation empire, Shaun The Sheep is a British stop-motion cartoon that is currently receiving the big screen treatment on an international scale. Shaun The Sheep‘s first movie finds Shaun, the farmer who watches over him, and the farmer’s dog Bitzer …

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First ‘Hateful Eight’ Trailer Is Everything You Could Want

The world has been impatiently awaiting the arrival of Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight for over a year, and earlier today we finally got our first glimpse at the upcoming winter release.

Offering just enough to make you want the full film, the first trailer for Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight does little more than introduce cast and premise. A bounty hunter known as The Hangman has captured a woman currently wanted by authorities, dead or alive. Unfortunately, rough winter weather has forced them to seek shelter in a building occupied by a group of questionable individuals who each seem to have …

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