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The Founder Review

Excellent

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's. And the most remarkable thing about this film is that it's not a feature-length advertisement for the fast-food outlet. Instead, it's a strikingly balanced, warts-and-all exploration of one man who pioneered a whole new way of making a fortune, even if it meant crushing some innocent people along the way. Which of course makes the film both entertaining and involving.

Michael Keaton delivers a storming performance as Ray, who we meet as a travelling salesman in the American Midwest in 1954. Unable to get anyone to understand his theory about simplified menus and faster service, he follows a lead out west to Southern California, where brothers Dick and Mac McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) have done just that. He buys into their concept and begins opening franchises back in the Midwest, and his network rapidly expands. But a business partner (BJ Novak) shows him that he'll need to push the brothers aside if he wants to make some proper money.

Director John Lee Hancock keeps the film's tone light and the pace brisk, never bogging down in the darker edges of the story. But he never shies away from them either, which adds a blackly comical tone to Keaton's full-on performance as a man who will do whatever it takes to make a profit. As a result, the audience is able to sympathise with Ray even though he's increasingly unlikeable, a charming monster who shamelessly borrows ideas from everyone he meets. This makes his relationships with his fragile first wife (Laura Dern) and his more aggressive second wife (Linda Cardellini) fascinating, even if neither woman is very well defined.

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The Founder Trailer


Ray Kroc is a milkshake maker salesman who is intrigued by a large number of orders one day and decides to track down the business buying them. It's a burger restaurant in California owned by two brothers named Richard and Maurice McDonald who have revolutionised dining with their lightning fast service and quality control. Ray starts to see potential in the company and tries to encourage them to branch out, and while the McDonald brothers are initially hesitant, they soon slowly allow Kroc to take over their business without realising that they are in danger of losing their hold on it. Kroc wants McDonald's and he's not going to let anyone stand in his way.

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The Conjuring 2 Review

Very Good

Continuing on from the 2013 hit, this sequel blends fact and fiction to follow real-life ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) from the 1976 Amityville haunting to an encounter with the Enfield poltergeist in 1977 London. Filmmaker James Wan continues to deploy every cinematic gimmick he knows to freak out the audience, and the fact that it's based on a true story makes it even more unsettling. Although the cliches of the genre feel a bit tired.

The story opens in Amityville, where the Warrens are deeply disturbed by supernatural forces and decide to take some time off. But they're soon summoned to England to help a family being terrorised by a nasty spirit. Arriving in Enfield, North London, they meet Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor), a plucky single mother of four, who is worried that the ghost of an angry old man is threatening her 11-year-old daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe). Now staying with neighbours (Simon Delaney and Maria Doyle Kennedy) across the street, Peggy has also called in two experts, a true believer (Simon McBurney) and a sceptic (Franka Potente), to work with the Warrens to clear this malevolent presence from the family home.

While the script inventively intermingles the facts of the case with a generous dose of movie fiction, Wan fills the screen with all kinds of creepy goings-on, including banging noises, levitating furniture and flickering TV screens. Additional standard scares include a nerve-jangling toy and a seriously scary nun (who's about to get her own spin-off film, like the creepy doll Annabelle from the first movie). Wan also uses manipulative movie trickery from moody music to grubby production design to prowling camerawork that constantly reveals something frightening in the deep shadows. What he never does is find a new way to scare the audience: we have seen all of these tricks before, but of course they still work.

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'The Conjuring 2' Reviews: Good Enough That The Cheap Scares Are Forgiven By Most Critics


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'The Conjuring 2' always had a lot to live up to after the original film in 2013; how was James Wan going to scare his audience with his next Ed and Lorraine Warren case? As it turns out, the new movie has much less of that slow-burning dread about it and a lot more cheap 'BOO!' moments. But that doesn't mean the critics didn't love it.

The Conjuring 2'The Conjuring 2' isn't as much of a slow-burner as its predecessor

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return in this fictional re-telling of The Enfield Poltergiest; a true story of a family in London back in the 70s who were terrorized by a number of malevolent spirits, all centering around one of the daughters, Janet. It's a very meticulously recorded case, so there was a lot of source material to take from - but the 133 minutes of movie that came out of it was always going to be controversial.

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Bone Tomahawk Trailer


Life is quite sedentary in the small town of Bright Hope, the people rely on the support of Sheriff Franklin Hunt and as such he and his deputies keep things in order. When a beaten up man arrives in the town, he's soon asked many questions by the town Sheriff Hunt though is given few answers. The man who gives his name as Buddy is injured and the local doctors assistant tends to his wounds.

That night the town is attacked by unknown vigilantes and a person is murdered. When Sheriff Hunt returns to the Sheriff station he finds his deputy, the prisoner and Samantha (the doctors assistant) all missing. With few clues to work with, Hunt retrieves an arrow from the crime scene and seeks assistance from a native American who informs him where the arrow has come from.

The Sheriff and a small group of towns folk set out into the desert to find the kidnappers but they're far from prepared to deal with the brutal and cannibalistic methods of the troglodyte clan. For the future of their small town and to save the captures prisoners, the men of Bright Hope must out maneuverer the cannibals.

The Conjuring 2 Trailer


Not fazed by their previous experiences, Lorraine and Ed Warren are still successful paranormal investigators and their reputations have made them known around the world. As they hunt for new cases to investigate they decide to travel to England, Enfield just outside London to help a single mother and her children who are being haunted by a nasty spirit. 

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Review

Good

After 2013's beefy Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder goes even bigger and darker with this sequel, cross-pollenating Clark Kent's story with flashbacks to the origins of Bruce Wayne and his Dark Knight alter-ego. The problem is that the film is so big and loud that it can't help but feel bloated, especially since so much of what's on screen feels rather vacuous. But it looks amazing and is relentlessly gripping.

After a Bat-origin prologue, the story kicks off with the climactic battle from Man of Steel as seen from the perspective of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), watching his city being destroyed by Superman (Henry Cavill). This further fuels the rage that began when his parents were murdered. And that fire is stoked by the mischievous millionaire Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Meanwhile, Superman/Clark is struggling with how the world is revering him as a god, which is straining his relationship with intrepid reporter Lois (Amy Adams). As these very different vigilante heros head toward a climactic confrontation, Luthor is up to something seriously nefarious. And the ensuing chaos brings another hero into the open, Wonder Woman Diana Prince (Gal Gadot).

While the various plot threads are fascinating, and Snyder maintains a snappy pace, the overall story centres on the fact that Affleck's prickly, bitter Bruce is easily manipulated into doing terrible things, which makes him rather unlikeable. And Cavill's fundamentally good Clark isn't much easier to identify with. Both are also oddly constrained by their costumes and bulked-up physicalities, which leave them unable to move properly. This allows the side characters to steal the show: Adams adds emotion and passion, Eisenberg provides the nutty nastiness, Irons is hilariously cynical as Bruce's butler Alfred, and Fishburne is all bluster as Lois' editor. But in the end, the film belongs to the gorgeous, clear-headed Gadot, instantly making her stand-alone movie the most anticipated superhero project on the horizon.

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Patrick Wilson , Family - NY Premiere of Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice at Radio City Music Hall - New York, New York, United States - Monday 21st March 2016

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Patrick Wilson - Premiere of FX's 'Fargo' held at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood at ArcLight Theaters Hollywood, ArcLight Cinemas - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th October 2015

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Patrick Wilson - Premiere screening of FX's 'Fargo' at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood - Arrivals at ArcLight Cinemas - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th October 2015

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Patrick Wilson - Premiere of FX's 'Fargo' held at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood at Arclight Cinemas Hollywood, ArcLight Cinemas - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 8th October 2015

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Patrick Wilson - New York premiere of '99 Homes' at AMC Loews Theater - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 17th September 2015

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Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Dominczyk - 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water' world premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 31st January 2015

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Patrick Wilson - OMEGA Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon launch event at Cedar Lake - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 10th June 2014

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Patrick Wilson In Talks To Play Mystery Ant-Man Character


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Patrick Wilson is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Marvel superhero movie, though it is not currently known which character he will portray, according to Deadline. Variety has reported that the Watchmen star will take on a major role in the Paul Rudd-led movie.

Patrick WilsonPatrick Wilson Has Apparently Landed a Role in Ant-Man

Anchorman's Rudd will play Ant-Man and his civilian alter ego Scott Lang alongside Behind The Candelabra's Michael Douglas, who is set to take on the role of Dr. Hank Pym, the genius who devises the technology to shrink people to the size of ants.

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Patrick Wilson - World Premiere of American Hustle - NY, New York, United States - Monday 9th December 2013

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Patrick Wilson - New York screening of 'American Hustle' at the Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals - New York, United States - Sunday 8th December 2013

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Video - Patrick Wilson And Kid Cudi Among The Many Arrivals At The 'Gravity' NY Premiere - Part 3


The New York premiere of space thriller 'Gravity' brought with it a host of actors and other famous faces from every area of the entertainment world including 'Pieces of April' actress and Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson, 'Insidious' star Patrick Wilson and rapper/singer Kid Cudi.

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Insidious Producers, Following Chapter 2's Success, Promise Third Instalment


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Insidious: Chapter 2 made over $40.2 million at the weekend, making a tidy profit of more than $35 million. With such figures, it's hardly surprising the movie's makers have already announced there will be a third instalment of the horror franchise.

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Rose Byrne, photographed at the New York premiere of Blue Jasmine, stars in Insidious and its sequel.

The sequel to Insidious, the 2011 horror movie which saw the Lamberts attempting to protect their child from evil spirits, was considerably more successful than the original during its weekend premiere. Part one of the franchise gained $13.3 million at the US Box Office during its opening weekend, whilst Insidious: Chapter 2 made just under half what the first grossed worldwide (according to IMDb). 

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'Insidious 2' Brings In Whopping $41 Million On Opening Weekend: Where Does It Stand Amongst 2013's High Earners?


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Insidious 2 smashed predictions by bringing in a huge sum of $41 million over the weekend, a feat make all the more impressive by the fact that it now stands as the second highest earning September release of all time. A resounding result for the horror genre itself, but where does it place amongst the other big hitters of 2013, a year that has seen records broken and ticket sales reach new highs (and lows in some respects).

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Patrick Wilson: the new face of the horror genre?

The $41 mil. the new movie made actually puts it second in the list of highest earning horror movies in 2013, with The Conjuring inching ahead only just with $41.9 million. Yet despite this tremendous haul for the two horror titles, neither are actually amongst the heaviest hitting movies of the year and in fact, neither of the two horror titles are in the top ten for highest grossing movies in their respective opening weekends.

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James Wan's Insidious Chapter 2 Surprise Box Office Success


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James Wan's impressive box office year continues with 'Insidious Chapter 2' storming to number 1 at the box office charts.

The horror sequel proved to be a popular choice on its opening day, maybe falling on Friday 13th played a role but it managed to score $41 million, eclipsing it's competition as 'The Family', a comedy starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, taking $14.5 million and Vin Diesel's 'Riddick' collecting a mere $7 million.

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Patrick Wilson reprises his role as Josh Lambert

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James Wan's 'Insidious 2' Scares On Opening Day


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The horror film Insidious 2 hit theatres today (Sept 13 2013) following its predecessor 'Insidious' that was released in 2010 and features the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins.

The director James Wan is becoming a 'horror' expert as of late with this year's summer hit 'The Conjuring' receiving a very positive reception. So how did chapter 2 fare?

The Lambert family pick up where the final imperative scene from the 2010 film left off. Josh Lambert (Wilson) had to travel in an unearthly dimension called 'The Further' to save his comatose son, Dalton, from a demonic spirit. However the family's return to normality is abruptly halted when concerns for Josh rise as they speculate that he went into 'the Further' but never came out. Josh may not be Josh anymore.

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Insidious: Chapter 2 Review


Very Good

After his assuredly traditional The Conjuring, director James Wan bounces back with a more playful horror movie that subverts cliches rather than revelling in them. Like 2011's Chapter 1, this sequel allows Wan and screenwriter Whannell to merrily reinterpret the story with events that take place before, after and even right in the middle of that first film. And they are clearly having a lot of fun in the process, which keeps us both entertained and frightened.

It picks up right where we left off: with their son Dalton (Simpkins) rescued, Josh and Renai (Wilson and Byrne) take their three kids and flee to stay with Josh's mother Lorraine (Hershey). But of course, the ghostly nastiness follows them, and extremely creepy things start happening all over again. Now Lorraine realises that this has something to do with an event from Josh's childhood, so she calls in an old family friend (Coulter) to help. But ace ghostbuster Elise (Shaye) isn't readily available this time, so they have to make due with her always-distracted sidekicks (Whannell and Sampson).

As before, Wan deploys every standard haunted house gimmick in the book, filling the screen with freak-out apparitions, scary noises, slamming doors and screaming babies. He also uses plenty of movie trickery to disorient us, including a jarring musical score and suggestive visuals. Meanwhile, Whannell is digging around in the original movie's plot for things he can play with, redefining events with clever revelations while adding a whole new underlying story to the saga. And the film continually shifts tonally, so we never know what to expect in the next scene.

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Patrick Wilson - Actors Patrick Wilson and Brooklyn Decker filming on location of their new comedy/thriller movie "Stretch" in downtown Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Sunday 28th July 2013

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A Week In Movies: Stars Shine At Comic-Con, Coogan Launches Alpha Papa, More Gravity Thrills


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Comic-Con in San Diego last weekend featured a staggering array of star power presenting their upcoming superhero movies. Chris Evans and Scarlett wound up the fans while talking about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Benicio Del Toro and Djimon Hounsou were on hand to chat about Marvel's interstellar epic Guardians of the Galaxy. Tom Hiddleston talked up Thor: The Dark World. And the enormous cast of X-men: Days of Future Past turned up, including acting veterans Ian McKellen and Patrick StewartWatch Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson talk 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at Comic-Con, or see Djimon Hounsou and Benicio Del Toro discuss 'Guardians of the Galaxy' at Comic-Con. Check out the video of Tom Hiddleston talking about 'Thor: The Dark World' at Comic-Con and see Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart getting a little sentimental during 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Comic-Con Q&A.

In addition, Hugh Jackman and James Mangold continued their globe-hopping press tour, arriving in San Diego to discuss their new X-men movie The Wolverine, the Japan-set adventure that arrives in US and UK cinemas this weekend. Watch 'The Wolverine Press conference here, click to view the 'The Wolverine' trailer or read our The Wolverine Review.

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US Box Office: The Conjuring Haunts R.I.P.D. During Its Opening Weekend


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The Conjuring, opening this weekend, gained $41.5 million. Another lower budget film beat off the likes of R.I.P.D. which, according to reports, cost more than $130 million to make.

Vera FarmigaVera Farmiga at the premiere of Bates Motel, L.A. 

Warner Brother's haunted house horror, which stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel); Lili Taylor (Hemlock Grove); Patrick Wilson (Prometheus) and Ron Livingston (The Time Traveller's Wife), follows two paranormal investigators as they attempt to help The Warrens overcome a malign presence which lurks in their seemingly idyllic country house. 

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Patrick Wilson - Film Premiere of The Conjuring at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Outside Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 15th July 2013

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Patrick Wilson - Patrick Wilson out and about on Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Monday 15th July 2013

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A Week In Movies: The Oscars Ends Award Season, Kidman Thrills In Stoker And Hansel & Gretel Is Action Fairy Tale Romp


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Oscars Winners 2013

On Sunday night, the Oscars brought the curtain down on awards season with a ceremony that combined the usual starry glamour with rather a lot of music. And it was nice that one movie didn't sweep the boards this year, with top honours spread between Argo, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Django Unchained and Les Miserables

The night before the Oscars, Hollywood's A-listers gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate non-studio movies at the Independent Spirit Awards. Jennifer Lawrence won best actress at both ceremonies, and was caught by the paparazzi signing autographs for fans on her way into the Spirits.

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Patrick Wilson, Django Unchained and Ziegfeld Theatre - The Premiere of 'Django Unchained' held at the Ziegfeld Theatre Tuesday 11th December 2012 Featuring: Patrick Wilson Where: New York City, NY, United States

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Patrick Wilson, Django Unchained and Ziegfeld Theatre
Patrick Wilson, Django Unchained and Ziegfeld Theatre

Patrick Wilson Monday 26th November 2012 New York Premiere of 'Killing Them Softly' at the SVA Theate - Outside Arrivals

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Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Dominczyk - Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Dominczyk New York City, USA - New York Premiere of 'Young Adult' at the Zigfield Theater Thursday 8th December 2011

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Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Dominczyk - Patrick Wilson, son Kal and wife Dagmara Dominczyk New York City, USA - Arthur Christmas MTA Shuttle unveiling at Grand Central Shuttle Station 42nd Street Saturday 12th November 2011

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Patrick Wilson, Margo Martindale Wednesday 3rd August 2011

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Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Dominczyk - Patrick Wilson, Dagmara Dominczyk New York City, USA - Cinema Society & Grey Goose screening of 'The Ledge' at Landmark Sunshine Cinema Tuesday 21st June 2011

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Video - Patrick Wilson Chats About His New Movie "The Ledge" During A Press Junket At The Crosby Hotel


Patrick Wilson (The A-Team, Watchmen, Insidious) chats about his new movie "The Ledge", a religious thriller, during a press junket at the Crosby Hotel. He also talks about modelling, religion and his new TV show

Patrick Wilson Sunday 12th June 2011 The 65th Annual Tony Awards, held at Beacon Theatre - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Patrick Wilson Wednesday 18th May 2011 2011 CBS Upfront held at the Lincoln Center New York City, USA

Insidious Review


Very Good
With a riotous sense of energy and humour, this horror movie continually shifts gears to keep us on our toes. The tone is reminiscent of Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell, but this film is actually more spine-tingling.

Josh and Renai (Wilson and Byrne) have just moved into their new home when strange things start happening. They can explain away bizarre sounds and eerie events, but doctors are baffled when their son Dalton (Simpkins) inexplicably lapses into a perpetual coma. Soon the noises and visions so freak out Renai that she begs Josh to move again. But things get even more terrifying in the new house. So Josh's understanding mother (Hershey) suggests they contact a team of ghostbusters (Shay, Whannell and Sampson), as crazy as that sounds.

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Morning Glory Review


Very Good
A snappy script helps make this rather goofy comedy much more enjoyable than it should be. And it also helps that the film is extremely well-cast, and that it has some pointed things to say.

Becky (McAdams) is an ambitious young TV producer who has always dreamed of working for NBC's Today show. After being sacked from her job at a local New Jersey station, she finds work at low-rated network programme Daybreak. Sparky anchor Colleen (Keaton) gives Becky a run for her money in the energy stakes, and when Becky lands jaded veteran reporter Mike (Ford) as cohost, things start to get messy. Soon her boss (Goldblum) tells her that the show will be cancelled if ratings don't improve drastically. So Becky takes drastic action.

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The Switch Trailer


Kassie is ready to have a baby, the problem is she isn't in a relationship and doesn't plan on settling down with a certain someone anytime soon. After much deliberation she decides that she's going to find a sperm donor and raise the child on her own. To Kassie the idea is absolutely fine but her best friend Wally is, to say the least, a little dubious that it's a good idea. Kassie throws a party to celebrate her last night of drinking and un-motherhood and she invites all her friends including Wally but when he gets a little too drunk he accidentally spills the donors sample Wally goes to extreme measures to cover up the accident and replaces the specimen with some of his own.

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The A-Team Review


Bad
Jarringly over-edited with virtually no space for character or plot coherence, Carnahan's noisy movie strains to turn the corny 1980s TV show into something achingly hip and cool. But this only works in very brief moments.

Eight years after meeting during an action caper, four fast-thinking US Rangers are an unstoppable military team: organisational expert Hannibal (Neeson), charm-merchant Face (Cooper), tough-driving BA (Jackson) and riotously unpredictable Murdock (Copley). But when a CIA-sponsored raid goes wrong, they end up on the wrong side of the law, pursued by a slippery CIA operative (Wilson) and a hard-as-nails military officer (Biel) who has a history with Face. And they'll need to blast rather a lot of things to smithereens to prove their innocence.

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A-Team Trailer


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Watchmen Review


Very Good

The year is 1985. The Cold War rages on. While serving his fifth consecutive term in the Oval Office, President Richard Nixon contemplates nuclear assault against an aggressive Soviet Union. Elsewhere, an egomaniacal villain unleashes a mysterious threat that promises to decimate several of the world's major cities. Help, meanwhile, is not on the way. The masked superheroes who used to protect our crumbling society are in exile, banned by Congress from practicing what's now believed to be vigilante justice. And our nation's top weapon -- a sky-blue, radioactive superbeing nicknamed Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) -- has fled to Mars following a fight with his longtime girlfriend. He peacefully sits and contemplates whether humanity is worth saving.

Originally published by DC Comics in 1986, Watchmen is an anti-superhero diatribe set in a hellacious alternate universe imagined by writer Alan Moore (V for Vendetta) and artist Dave Gibbons. Twelve individual issues were bound into a graphic novel in 1987, and have been worshipped ever since by serious comic enthusiasts who consider Watchmen a watershed moment in the ongoing fight to legitimatize the art form. Depending on which timeline you follow, Hollywood has spent the better part of the last 20 years trying to adapt Moore and Gibbons' magnum opus from page to screen.

It was worth the wait.

It's somewhat appropriate for director Zack Snyder to accept the challenge of translating Watchmen to film. Like the proud but overmatched Spartans in Snyder's breakthrough smash, 300, he's waging a battle that can't be won. Whatever version he delivers, it will be compared to Moore's vision -- which means it's likely to disappoint the graphic novel's uncompromising fan base. Even Moore refuses to endorse any cinematic renditions of his work, believing film, as a medium, can't do his comic-book story justice.

He might be right. But I do think Snyder comes about as close to Moore's intent as we're likely to see in adapting the sprawling Watchmen into manageable, feature-length form. I liked what Snyder kept, and agree with what he left behind.

Using the green-screen tricks that brought 300 to life, Snyder deftly recreates Gibbons' grimy visuals, while screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse retain the bulk of Moore's plot. As Russia and the United States position themselves for potential nuclear holocaust, sociopathic superhero Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) investigates what he believes is a plot against members of his former crime-fighting team, The Watchmen. Following the brutal murder of The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) -- Snyder takes Moore's carnage to extreme levels in this film -- and the alienation of Dr. Manhattan, Rorschach coaxes Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson) and Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) out of retirement for one last case.

It goes without saying that your Watchmen experience should start with the actual comics. Moore stockpiled his dense and jaded adventure with prescient political commentary, pessimistic social observations, deep characterization, a sadistic pirate tale, and a squid that demolishes half of New York City. Even with a 162-minute run time, Snyder's film has to omit chunks of the source material. So long, pirates, and adios, squid. Plus, it's Moore's gift for narrative flow that impresses in the comics. The author gracefully interlocks multiple storylines that ping-pong from past to present, tying together an army of players who share a rich, twisted history of crime fighting.

Some of Snyder's contributions do miss the mark. Rorschach's gravely voice will be compared (unfavorably) to Christian Bale's Dark Knight bark. Speaking of, the comical fight choreography during a pivotal jailbreak scene is one "Wham!" away from being part of the vintage 1960s Batman television series. It's always convenient when rampaging bad guys can be subdued with one punch.

Call-to-arms classic-rock staples by Bob Dylan or Simon and Garfunkel also seem too obvious when paired with Moore's revolutionary material. And song selection actually degrades two important sequences: Dr. Manhattan's intervention in the Vietnam War, and Nite Owl's post-battle relations with a willing Silk Spectre.

But Snyder's largely faithful adaptation, while hardly perfect, boasts one key enhancement -- it has flesh-and-blood actors who bring tangible hopelessness and palpable hesitation to the story's very real pathos. Wilson and Haley triumph as mousy Nite Owl and his polar opposite, the delusionally confident Rorschach. They help offset Crudup's monotonous Manhattan and Matthew Goode's stiff turn as Adrian Veidt, reportedly the world's smartest man.

Moore and Gibbons posed a philosophical question in their graphic novel. Who watches the Watchmen? It's meant to address society's checks and balances, to debate who steps in when those we ask to lead have failed. But it can also be applied to this adaptation. Who will watch? And will they like what they see?

From my perspective, Snyder's Watchmen achieves two goals. It delivers a visually stimulating companion piece for dedicated fans. And it provides a portal for newcomers taking their first tour through Moore and Gibbons' thought-provoking but pessimistic universe. Their next step should be toward the bookstore, where the definitive version of Watchmen still waits.







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Lakeview Terrace Review


Bad
Lakeview Terrace is the seventh film directed by playwright Neil LaBute and it is, by a wide margin, the director's weakest effort to date. A domestic thriller built on brittle tension, the film brandishes racial conflict and flailing machismo before revealing that it has little insight into either topic. Depending on who you talk to, these facts are burdened or lightened by the appearance of the ever-ostentatious Samuel L Jackson.

Set in an affluent corner of a Los Angeles suburb, Jackson enters the screen quietly as Abel Turner, a veteran member of the LAPD. On any given day Abel is either the best parent and neighbor you've ever met, or a lumbering, blue nightmare. The latter opinion is that of Chris and Lisa Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington), a young, interracial couple from Chicago who have just bought the house next to Turner's. She designs clothing while he works for an all-natural supermarket chain named Good. Abel isn't fond of seeing a pretty black woman with a white boy, but his bigger problems are with domestic decorum.

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Running With Scissors Trailer


From day one, Ryan Murphy has kept me involved. People had warned me, "Once you option your book, it's out of your hands." I was like, "Good. Go, take it away, make it pretty. Call me when I have to buy a tux." 

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Little Children Review


Very Good
Five years after rethinking and remapping the idea of the dramatic thriller in the now-classic In the Bedroom, Todd Field finally swings back into the director's chair with an adaptation of Tom Perrotta's Little Children after a sadly unsuccessful attempt to film an adaptation of Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road. Any filmmaker would reconsider their style after five years, and Field is no different: Little Children has little or nothing to do with In the Bedroom in mood, tone or story.

In a small Northeastern community, Brad Adamson (Patrick Wilson) secretly has a huge cult following. A gaggle of housewives, including obvious peculiarity Sarah (the consistently outstanding Kate Winslet), adore Brad from afar as he takes his son to the playground (he's a stay-at-home dad) each day, whispering his nickname between them: "The Prom King." After a dare that leads to a small kiss, Sarah and Brad start spending time together at the town pool with their kids. Rumors fly and the neighborhood becomes a cauldron of suspicion as the town learns that a reformed pedophile named Ronnie (Jackie Earle Haley) has just moved back to the neighborhood.

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The Alamo Review


OK

If you want to remember the Alamo, the latest feature film version of the Texas fort's famous last stand may not be much help.

A beautifully produced but relatively bloodless (literally and figuratively) Hollywood rendering of the 1836 siege on San Antonio by tyrannical General Santa Anna, who was determined to recapture the territory for Mexico, it's a movie more concerned with details like Jim Bowie's terminal case of consumption than it is with the historical context of its story and its legendary characters.

In this movie, Bowie (Jason Patric) the frontier adventurer and volunteer army colonel is presented as little more than an infamous "knife fighter" haunted by his wife's death. Newspaper publisher, lawyer and militiaman Lt. Col. William B. Travis (Patrick Wilson) is just a determined dandy with questioned military skills (questioned mostly by Bowie) who rises to the occasion as temporary commander of these now-fortified grounds surrounding an unfinished mission. David "Davey" Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) is a fiddle-playing former senator made famous by a stage play written about something he once did while wearing a coonskin hat -- and why he's even at the Alamo isn't entirely clear.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera Review


Terrible

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals are garish, puerile melodramas with all the elegance and sincerity of a Super Bowl halftime show -- and his brash, brassy songs have the depth and nuance of action-movie explosions.

Director Joel Schumacher was responsible for one of the most tawdry, terribly cliché-riddled action-movie bombs in Hollywood history -- 1997's "Batman and Robin."

When this pair teamed up to bring Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" to the big screen, it was a match made in hell.

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Patrick Wilson

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3rd July, 1973

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