Grizzly (2015) – Review

3 Stars

Grizzly, originally titled Red Machine, which made it sound like a political thriller from the 1980s, is actually a horror/survival thriller in the vein of Jaws, Anaconda, and The Edge. This isn’t exactly a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, but they share a few qualities, namely an attacking 18 foot grizzly bear that is protecting his environment from the ‘bad’ humans breaking the laws of nature. Even with its cheap thrills, on-the-nose dialogue and unoriginal narrative situations, the movie has an earnestness that sneaks up on you to be a surprisingly entertaining time.
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Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse (2015) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

A dragon pairs up with a disgraced solider, and a band of outlaws to recover his stolen eggs from an evil sorcerer in Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse. The second sequel to the original is a busy little adventure film with about twice as much plot than is necessary, which is a good thing since it only makes sense half of the time anyway. This is one of the goofiest movies I’ve seen so far this year.
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A Most Violent Year (2014) – Review

4 Stars

40 years have passed since the release of cinema’s most influential film, The Godfather. In those following decades many lesser films emerged in its shadow begging comparison. Some have even been remarkably close at capturing certain aspects of what made that landmark film an all time classic. J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year rightfully deserves comparison to Coppola’s heralded series. Everything from the casting of Oscar Isaac, who bears a striking resemblance to Pacino circa 1972, to the lighting design that frequently backlights characters to offer ominous silhouettes and shadows, and the central theme of a good man attempting to stay the righteous course on his way to success in America, have been lifted from Puzo and Coppola’s work. Shockingly, A Most Violent Year doesn’t feel like a retread but as if it’s been locked in a time capsule for 35 years and newly discovered, this movie is so good it could serve as companion piece.
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Win a Copy of Interstellar on DVD or Blu-ray!


Interstellar will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday March 31, 2015

Enter Movie Mavericks DVD Giveaway Sweepstakes for Interstellar and You Could Win a Copy of the film on DVD or Blu-ray (your choice)!

Earth’s future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind’s survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life.

Entry Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada (must be 18 and older). Entry is free and you can enter up to 5 times by following the entry guidelines below. Giveaway will close the day before the home video release on Monday March 30, 2015 at 11:59PM PST. ONE winner will be drawn at random and notified via e-mail on March 31, 2015. Please include your e-mail address with your entry registration (in the box specified when making the comment) in order to be contacted if you win. E-mail addresses will never be shared or used for any other purpose than to notify the winner. Winners have 4 days from notification to reply with a delivery address. While winners often receive prizes in less time, it can take up to 4-6 weeks for prize delivery based on a number of factors. Movie Mavericks cannot be responsible for lost, stolen or otherwise unreceived prizes. Winner will be listed on this post.
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Airplane vs Volcano (2014) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

In the same year that gave us Asteroid vs. Earth, the Asylum, producers of mash-up disaster films of all manner, now births Airplane vs. Volcano. This isn’t an entirely apt tittle since the volcanos are hardly seen and the real villain is a jittery, sweaty fellow passenger on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Since the film only uses the volcanos as a reason to keep the plane in the air it loses the ‘camp’ factor right off the bat, and the lack of an antagonist with reasonable motivation makes it a useless exercise in redundant recycling of footage from their stock library. Plus, any movie that saddles its hero, Dean Cain in this case, with the unenviable and visually unappealing task of simply pushing/pulling the control sticks from a preset auto-pilot is wasting talent.
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Beautiful & Twisted (2015) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Rob Lowe executive produced and stars in this off-beat and highly entertaining television movie, chronicling the sordid love affair between a mega rich/eccentric hotel heir and his wife, a former stripper turned murderer. Balancing a campy tone with real life violence, this is based on a whacked out true story, can be a difficult act. For the most part Beautiful & Twisted manages to be successful. Finding cinematic inspiration that ranges from Mommie Dearest to Fargo, the filmmakers have applied a stylized touch to material that is darker than the visual design would suggest.
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Podcast Ep 263: Project Almanac, The Loft, Black or White Predictions, Wedding Ringer Review, Most Over-Rated Best Picture Winners, Spy, Everly Trailers

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

Box Office Ace Predictions: Project Almanac, The Loft, Black or White

Trivial Trivia:
John Carpenter directed Chevy Chase in a sci-fi comedy from 1992, name the film?

News:
Top 5 Most Over-rated Best Picture Winners
Universal Eyes ‘John Wick’ Directors for ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ With Chris Pratt
Suge Knight Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run on Compton Movie Set
Eddie Murphy returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the 40th anniversary?

Reviews:
The Wedding Ringer
The Interview
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Island
Stonehearst Asylum
The Maze Runner
Adjust Your Tracking

Trailer Addict:
Ted 2
Fantastic Four
She’s Funny That Way
Spy
Everly
It Follows
The Voices

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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

Trailer Addict:
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

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

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