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'The Last Survivor' Los Angeles premiere at Crest Westwood - Arrivals

Jon Gries - 'The Last Survivor' Los Angeles premiere at Crest Westwood - Arrivals at Westwood Crest Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 31st July 2015

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Premiere of 'Americons' - Arrivals

Kimberly Rose McConnell and Jon Gries - A variety of celebrities were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the Premiere of 'Americons' which was held at ArcLight in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 22nd January 2015

Taken 3 Trailer


Things are finally quieting down for Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson). After the ex-special forces operative tracked down and returned his daughter (Maggie Grace), then his wife (Famke Janssen) following their captures, Mills is now settling into a normal life in Los Angeles. But when his wife is suddenly murdered by an unknown villain, Mills finds himself accused and ends up on the run from the LAPD. Inspector Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker) heads up the investigation against Mills and orders him to give himself up. But Mills is not going down until he looks for his wife’s murderer, finds them, and kills them. 

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We Gotta Get Out Of This Place Trailer


Billy Joe is a Texan teen who earns his living on a cotton farm. It's only a matter of weeks before his best friends Sue and Bobby leave the town to attend college but Billy Joe wants to give them one last weekend to remember on a Corpus Christi party bender. Strapped for cash, he foolishly robs a stack of cash from the safe in the office of his ruthless boss Giff, but the next time he sees him, he's beating the almighty hell out of one of the Mexican workers accusing him of being the thief. Billy is forced to come clean, but immediately puts his and his friends' lives at risk. The only thing they can do to save themselves is embark on a reckless mission to rob some local money-launderers in order to pay back the money, because if they don't, they'll have a furious gangster named Big Red to answer to.

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Premiere of FX's 'The Bridge'

Jon Gries - Premiere of FX's 'The Bridge' at DGA Theater - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 8th July 2013

Natural Selection Trailer


Linda White is a Christian housewife, trapped in a loveless marriage which she can't do anything about, as per her beliefs. She desperately wants a baby with her husband Abe, in the hopes that her life might start to pick up but unfortunately, she is barren.

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Picture - Diedrich Bader, Jon Gries, Tina... Los Angeles, California, Thursday 5th January 2012

Diedrich Bader, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Jon Heder, Sandy Martin, Tina Majorino and Hollywood And Highland - Diedrich Bader, Jon Gries, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Efren Ramirez and Jon Heder Los Angeles, California - The cast of Napolean Dynamite promote the new Napolean Dynamite : The Animated Series at Hollywood and Highland Thursday 5th January 2012

Diedrich Bader, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Jon Heder, Sandy Martin, Tina Majorino and Hollywood And Highland
Diedrich Bader, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Jon Heder, Sandy Martin, Tina Majorino and Hollywood And Highland
Diedrich Bader, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Jon Heder, Sandy Martin, Tina Majorino and Hollywood And Highland

Elsewhere Review


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Big city or small town, problems are all the same: All the cute teenage girls are stalked and killed by murderers.

Heading yet again into this rather timeworn premise comes Elsewhere, a direct-to-video installment of this overly popular story that is nonetheless and surprisingly in the better half of these awfully familiar tales.

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Napoleon Dynamite Review


Excellent
If one had to find a problem with teenage underdog movies, one of the most prominent ones would have to be that they always seem to want audiences to feel sympathy for the plight of their sad protagonists. In Napoleon Dynamite, even though the hero of the title (Jon Heder) is a four-eyed teenage misfit with no social skills and a truly frightening haircut - and he couldn't care less. Napoleon Dynamite is confident about his ability to draw fantasy characters in the pages of his Trapper Keeper ("I'm pretty much the best at it") and isn't afraid to voice his approval when something goes his way ("Sweet!") or get pissy when somebody asks him what he's doing that day ("Whatever I feel like doing, gosh!"). He's a hero for the ages; it's just not entirely clear what age.

Napoleon Dynamite isn't much of a film, when you break it down outside the theater, when the cheers have died away and you're left with the nagging question: But what was it about? Napoleon attends high school in a small Idaho town, living with his much older but just as dweeby brother, Kip (Aaron Ruell) and his grandmother who, at the start of the film, has just landed herself in the hospital after a four-wheeler accident. This precipitates sleazoid Uncle Rico (Jon Gries), with his dreams of lost football glory and ideas about door-to-door sales, moving into the house to watch the boys and generally make them feel crappy about themselves. There's the barest hint of a storyline about Napoleon getting a crush on a girl from his class, Deb (Tina Majorino), but that's really only there to give him somebody to dance with at the prom. Slightly better is Napoleon's friendship with the nearly-mute Pedro (Efren Ramierez), the new kid in school, and the battle they wage against the cool clique in order to win Pedro the school presidency. Oh, and there's a big joke about tater tots - Election it ain't.

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Stick It Review


Grim
Just to set something straight: Bring It On is awesome. It's spectacular. But not in any way that implies actual quality, more for a spastic camp appeal that makes it a perfect Sunday afternoon tacos-and-ice-cream hangover cure accompaniment. However, we already have Bring It On, and it's on basic cable 17 times a day. We don't need another one, as it's already been brought.

And yet, Stick It.

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Napoleon Dynamite Review


Excellent
If one had to find a problem with teenage underdog movies, one of the most prominent ones would have to be that they always seem to want audiences to feel sympathy for the plight of their sad protagonists. In Napoleon Dynamite, even though the hero of the title (Jon Heder) is a four-eyed teenage misfit with no social skills and a truly frightening haircut - and he couldn't care less. Napoleon Dynamite is confident about his ability to draw fantasy characters in the pages of his Trapper Keeper ("I'm pretty much the best at it") and isn't afraid to voice his approval when something goes his way ("Sweet!") or get pissy when somebody asks him what he's doing that day ("Whatever I feel like doing, gosh!"). He's a hero for the ages; it's just not entirely clear what age.

Napoleon Dynamite isn't much of a film, when you break it down outside the theater, when the cheers have died away and you're left with the nagging question: But what was it about? Napoleon attends high school in a small Idaho town, living with his much older but just as dweeby brother, Kip (Aaron Ruell) and his grandmother who, at the start of the film, has just landed herself in the hospital after a four-wheeler accident. This precipitates sleazoid Uncle Rico (Jon Gries), with his dreams of lost football glory and ideas about door-to-door sales, moving into the house to watch the boys and generally make them feel crappy about themselves. There's the barest hint of a storyline about Napoleon getting a crush on a girl from his class, Deb (Tina Majorino), but that's really only there to give him somebody to dance with at the prom. Slightly better is Napoleon's friendship with the nearly-mute Pedro (Efren Ramierez), the new kid in school, and the battle they wage against the cool clique in order to win Pedro the school presidency. Oh, and there's a big joke about tater tots - Election it ain't.

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Real Genius Review


Extraordinary
Ah, the '80s. It was the semi-golden decade of decadence and self-importance. It was the last time when what the average Joe likes determined what the movie studios made, not the other way around. Consequently, it was the last decade for really funny movies. In the 90s, if you wanted to make something side-splitting, you had to go Independent.

In the '80s, however, there are no shortage of movies that are just plain fun. From the Ghostbusters films to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, to the off-kilter dark comedy/horror April Fools Day, the 80s had no shortage of movies that made you laugh. It was the only time that comedies had scripts instead of actors that make up their own scripts, and, as a consequence, the movies of the '80s were actually funny.

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The Big Empty Review


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If any film is destined to find a cult audience on DVD, it's The Big Empty.

For starters, it's literally crawling with cult-friendly stars, including Jon Favreau (Swingers), Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy), Bud Cort (Harold and Maude), Jon Gries (Real Genius), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill),and Rachael Leigh Cook (who seems to be making a living off of desert-based movies these days). Secondly, it's got message boards buzzing with fans asking a variation on one simple question: What the hell does it all mean?

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Kill Me Again Review


OK
A capable first film noir from John Dahl (Red Rock West, The Last Seduction) relies far too much on coincidence and no-one-would-really-do-that moments to work. Kilmer and his then-wife Whalley make a good pair as a bad excuse for a private investigator and the woman who hires him to fake her death. When the cops and the various criminals in pursuit of her (including Madsen in his most over-the-top role ever) catch up, it's a madhouse of slaughter! Nice try, but Dahl's later work is better (okay, not including Unforgettable).

Jackpot Review


Good
This cute and harmless road movie wants to come across as edgy and Pulp Fictiony, but sideburns alone do not a tough guy make. Jon Gries (Lazlo from Real Genius) makes a rare starring appearance as a karaoke singer convinced he'll make it in the real world of music, to the point where he has abandoned his family to go on a Midwestern tour of karaoke bars in search of stardom. Plenty of amusing moments and fun to watch, but not exactly groundbreaking. And is Anthony Edwards in every movie set in the desert now?
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