The Wedding Ringer (2015) – Review

3 Stars

The Wedding Ringer feels like the umpteenth movie starring comedian Kevin Hart in the last year. The breakout out star of 2014 has headlined four major releases over a 12 month span, so our quarterly Hart fix is once again at hand. This new vehicle for the diminutive actor is sort of like Hitch 2. Hart is called in to add bravado, social grace, and friendship to a schlub, whose painfully unaware of his ineptitude. Surprisingly, the picture plays fast and the up-for-the-task cast makes the most out of the playful material given to them.
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The Island (2005) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Michael Bay’s overlooked 2005 sci-fi actioneer is an enormously entertaining spectacle, that weaves in fantastical elements dealing with human cloning alongside an exemplary chase picture. Bay and his craftsmen have created a stunning action picture that resonates because of its imaginative story and the arresting visual beauty of nearly every frame.
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Top Five Most Over-Rated Best Picture Winners

This most over-rated best picture winners movie list features the top most over-rated Oscar films of all time, including only titles that have already released. In order to be included in this top 5 most over-rated best picture winners list each film has to have won the Academy Award for best picture of the year sometime between present and 1978. Author discretion is the final criteria used to distinguish these most over-rated best picture winners.

5. The Artist (2011)

Box Office Gross: $44,671,682    Adjusted for 2015: $46,823,700

null Michel Hazanavicius’ stylistically daring, dialogue-free comedy-drama The Artist stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, a matinee idol in Hollywood before the dawn of talkies. His marriage is far from perfect, and one day he meets ambitious chorus girl Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and is smitten. Very quickly thereafter, sound comes to movies, and George sinks all his money into one last epic silent film, while Peppy becomes a star in the new era. John Goodman co-stars as the head of the film studio working with Valentin.

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Podcast Ep 262: Boy Next Door, Mortdecai, Strange Magic Predictions, American Sniper Review, Most Under-Appreciated Best Picture Winners, Run All Night, The Avengers 2 Trailers

Episode two-hundred and sixty-two. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: The Boy Next Door, Mortdecai, Strange Magic

News:
Top 5 Most Under-Appreciated Best Picture Winners
Ouija Gets a Sequel
A Third Blair Witch Project Movie Is Inevitable Says Co-Director
Danny Boyle Has a 28 Months Later Idea

Reviews:
American Sniper
Men, Women, and Children
Young Ones
The Hobbit 3
Detention

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Run All Night
Unfriended
Outcast
Maps to the Stars
Bloodsucking Bastards
Three Night Stand
All the Wilderness

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Top Five Most Under-Appreciated Best Picture Winners

This most under-appreciated best picture winners movie list features the top most-underappreciated Oscar films of all time, including only titles that have already released. In order to be included in this top 5 most under-appreciated best picture winners list each film has to have won the Academy Award for best picture of the year sometime between present and 1978. Author discretion is the final criteria used to distinguish these most under-appreciated best picture winners.

5. Chicago (2002)

Box Office Gross: $170,687,518     Adjusted for 2015: $229,847,900

null A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-’20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron “Mama” Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie’s story — or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie’s story — all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines. A project that had been moving from studio to studio since the musical opened on Broadway in 1973.
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Podcast Ep 261: American Sniper, Wedding Ringer, Blackhat Predictions, Golden Globes Wrap-Up, The Gambler, Exodus Reviews, Ant-Man, Peanuts Trailers

Episode two-hundred and sixty-one. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: The Wedding Ringer, Blackhat, Paddington

News:
‘Adventures In Babysitting’ Remake Coming To Disney Channel
Golden Globes Wrap-Up
Batman vs. Superman movie to be released next year?

Reviews:
The Gambler
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Purge: Anarchy
Malifecent
Jordowsky’s Dune

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Ant-Man
Peanuts
Good Kill
Anarchy
The Lazarus Effect
Big Game
Chappie

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The Gambler (2014) – Review

4 Stars

Mark Wahlberg stars as a destructive addict whose sole joy in life is wagering high amounts of money that he doesn’t have the means of paying off. The Gambler is an updated retelling of James Toback’s fantastic screenplay, this version has been covered by Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan, and nearly everything works. From the small supporting characters to the lead, all have juicy lines to savor and the up-to-the task casting makes for an easily digestible movie-going experience.
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Podcast Ep 260: Taken 3 Predict, Stallone Tweets Ending of New Rocky, The Equalizer, Tusk Review, Entourage, Black Sea Trailer

Episode two-hundred and sixty. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: Taken 3

News:
Stallone Tweets Creed’s Final Scene/ Release Title of New Rambo
Foxcather Subject Attacks Director
Jeff Wadlow Completes Rewrite of Masters of the Universe Script
Movie Theater Attendance Hits 20-Year Low

Reviews:
The Equalizer
Tusk
Electric Boogaloo
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Wolf of Wall Street

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Black Sea
Project Almanac

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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Historical inaccuracies be damned, Ridley Scott’s biblical epic is a rousing achievement. Anchored by two solid leading men in stars Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, Exodus manages to get the pulse pounding even if the details are a bit shaky. Scott has dedicated this tale of warring brothers to his late brother, Tony Scott. Perhaps, this explains why the director has chosen to adapt the tale of Moses’ exile and eventual return to Memphis as an action film mixed with a disaster epic. Purist and fans of Cecile B. Demille’s work have cried foul, but Scott’s take can’t be dismissed so easily.
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Jersey Boys (2014) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

I’m admittedly not a fan of musicals, but Jersey Boys is one of the best to come along. There have been a select few over the years that have been memorable, but typically the genre bores me to tears. Story momentum is constantly broken by three or four-minute interludes that do nothing but serve as either bad karaoke or just bad music. Oddly, Jersey Boys contains all my usual quibbles with the genre, all the musical bio-pic clichés abound, and still I enjoyed this picture. The performances are winning-if a bit theatrical-and the direction from Eastwood is sublimely handled. Fans of the stage production have cried out in regards to the toned down aesthetic of this film version, but that is appropriate given the medium and the seriousness of the tale.
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Interstellar (2014) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

Christopher Nolan’s ambitious sci-fi project is a visually beautiful experience. The often stunning effects work and set designs are among the most striking committed to screen. Obviously inspired by 2001, Solaris, and a host of other ‘high-minded’ space parables, Interstellar is at its most appealing before its main character launches into orbit on a mission to save humanity. The thespian pyrotechnics are laid on thick as each of the film’s three major stars is given numerous close-ups while shedding tears. The hoped for emotional impact on audience members is virtually non-existent, the final scene in Armageddon pulled more tears, although this is admittedly Nolan’s most heartfelt work to date.
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Podcast Ep 259: Woman In Black 2 Predict, Most Pirated Movies, Best/Worst of 2014, The Interview Review, Entourage, Focus Trailer

Episode two-hundred and fifty-nine. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: The Woman in Black 2

News:
Interview takes in $15 Million in VOD
Wolf of Wall St. Tops List of Most Pirated Films
Best/Worst Movies of 2014

Reviews:
The Interview
The November Man

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Entourage
Focus
Alien Outpost

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Podcast EP 258: The Gambler, Into the Woods, Unbroken Predictions, Miami Vice Reboot, 11 Movie Reviews, 8 trailers

Episode two-hundred and fifty-eight. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: The Gambler, Into the Woods, Unbroken

News:
Robert Rodriguez Will Make His First Fantasy Epic ‘Fire and Ice’ With Sony
Mark Wahlberg Will Be Back For ‘Transformers 5′
Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release, Has No Plans For VOD/DVD; U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking
Miami Vice Rebbot in the Works

Reviews:
Top Five
The Expendables 3
22 Jump St.
If I Stay
Avenging Force
Knights of Badassdom
The Giver
Wish I Was Here
Grudge Match
Tammy
Let’s Be Cops

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Get Hard
Wild Hard
San Andreas
Mad Max: Fury Road
While We’re Young
Insurgent
Inside Out
True Story

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Podcast Ep 257: The Pyramid Predictions, Mickey Rourke Fighting, Sony Drops Jobs, Cruise for Highlander, Star Wars, Jurassic World, Cinderella Trailers

Episode two-hundred and fifty-seven. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: The Pyramid

News:
The Stand Adaptation Now Planned as Four Movies
Mickey Rourke to resume Boxing Career
Super Middleweight Champ Andre Ward to star in Creed
Chris Pratt Is A Cowboy Ninja Viking
Sony gets Hacked, Fury, Annie released early
Shooting Clerks Bio-pic
Sony Drops and Universal Acquires Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie
Highlander Reboot Producers Want Tom Cruise

Reviews:
Sin City 2
St. Vincent
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever
Earth to Echo
Automania
The White Buffalo

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Star Wars
Jurassic World
Strange Magic
Cinderella
The Captive
Cake
Unfinished Business
Pitch Perfect 2
Pan
American Heist
Blackhat

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