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  • paulywalnuts 2:55 am on June 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Common, Dave Franco, , Jesse Eisenberg, , , , Woody Harrelson   

    Movie Review | Now You See Me 

    Movie Review: Now You See Me

    Movies about magic aren’t generally supposed to do well at the box office, but “Now You See Me” opened up better than box office king Will Smith’s scientology disaster.  Is Will losing his mojo, or is “Now You See Me” really that good?

    A little bit of both, perhaps.  NYSM is a fun movie, a little reminiscent of National Treasure more so than any of the great magic-themed movies that came before it.  Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and the guy that looks like James Franco are all magicians that are brought together by a mysterious benefactor that helps them rob from the rich, and give to the poor.  Michael Caine is one of their biggest fans, Morgan Freeman wants to prove them to be frauds (stop hating, Mo Free), and Mark Ruffalo wants to lock them up.  The movie follows their act getting discovered in Vegas, famous in New Orleans, and infamous in NYC.  The plot isn’t mind-bending, but keeps you guessing what’s next … well, mostly.  The magic acts are still spectacular for a 2013 audience that’s spoiled by CGI.

    Louis Leterrier directs the movie like a little kid that can’t sit down … the camera is always moving, circling the scene and characters.  He gives plenty of wide shots of Vegas, New Orleans, and New York … and even manages to get the audience attached to the actors a little.  A very little.  Common and other backup stars made the best of their short screen time.   The movie was good enough to be amusing, but short of great.  Actually, somewhere right now Christopher Nolan is wondering if he made “the Prestige” a few years too soon.  Or perhaps he took the source material a little too seriously … because somewhere between the campiness of animated movies and the seriousness of the Prestige, Now You See Me exists.  And it’s fun to watch.

    IMDB Rating:7.4 out of 10

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating:
    46% of critics liked it / 75% of audiences liked it

    This (grooms)man’s Rating:
    5 out of 10 … a good movie to watch, but you can wait for the DVD

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  • Justin 5:00 pm on September 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amanda Plummer, Catching Fire, , Elizabeth Banks, Francis Lawrence, Jena Malone, , , , , Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, , Woody Harrelson   

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Begins Filming | Nov 2013 Release 

    The annual Hunger Games have begun. Filming anyway.

    Lionsgate has announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has officially started production in/around Atlanta. Filming will follow in Hawaii. The Hunger Games’s sequel is being direct by Francis Lawrence (who directed I am Legend, so hopefully less shaky camera this time around 🙂 ).

    Without giving much away, the story surrounds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark as they face off on what Im going to call The Hunger Games: All Stars.

    All of the main cast including Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland  will be back with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson back as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Also joining the cast are some pretty strong actors and actresses including  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer.

    Primary shooting is set to wrap in December with Catching Fire set to be released November 22nd, 2013.

    After filming is complete, Lawrence will then get ready to shoot X-Men: Days of Future Past (Summer 2014) starting in January where she will return as Mystique in the sequel to X-Men First Class.

     
    • winklevi twins 11:01 am on September 12, 2012 Permalink

      this girl is the busiest girl in Hollywood it seems. Hopefully the second film dives deeper into the characters. Hunger Games comes out on dvd next week. I highly recommend it watching it.

  • paulywalnuts 5:55 pm on March 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Stanly Tucci, Woody Harrelson   

    The Hunger Games | 155 Million Reasons to Watch It 

    Like many teenage girls, and a surprisingly large amount of teenage boys, I went to the Thursday midnight showing. With such high expectations on it, I was very much expecting to walk away disappointed in something – anything – by the end of the movie. I wasn’t, and you won’t be either.

    For those of you that think this is Twilight redux, let me clear up the plot. At some point in the future, the area once known as the United States is made up of 13 districts and the Capitol (which is somewhere in Colorado area now). After an uprising against the capitol, where the powers-that-be responded by nuking one of the 13 districts, the capitol hosts an annual reminder of their absolute control over the remaining 12 districts. The Hunger Games is when the capitol selects two tributes from each district, one male and one female, to fight to the death in a booby trapped arena as the home districts are forced to watch. That’s right — not so much a teen love story when all the characters you’re getting to know have to kill each other until only one survives.

    The movie was an incredible adaptation of the novel, and kept me interested from beginning to end. The design of each district and the capitol was breathtaking, but the movie rightly focused on the character drama instead of the grandiose locations and overusing CGI. Jennifer Lawrence as the lead proved her previous Oscar nom was not a fluke. Woody Harrelson aced the part of her drunken mentor. I wished the second act was a tad longer so Woody – and Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth – had more screen time, but one can only fit so much in. Plus – Stanley Tucci was amazing as the flamboyant wacky “host” of the games coverage and is quickly becoming one of my favorite supporting actors!

    Although the least developed of all the characters, you still got to know the tributes from the other districts fairly well during the third act, the Games itself. You learned their motivations, flaws, and started rooting for some of them. That made many of their deaths all the more disturbing. This wasn’t a rah-rah-rah, I feel so great movie. It was sad to watch kids killing other kids. Even Cato, the “villain” in the arena that was expected to dominate and win, came across as just a child doing what he was supposed to. I won’t launch into what the Hunger Games says about society – passionate people of every kind will find something for each of their causes in this movie. I can say THG (take that TDK fans!) is the best movie of 2012 so far, and by a longshot.

    The Hunger Games opened to an estimated $155 million this weekend, third all time behind the final Harry Potter ($169.2mm) and The Dark Knight ($158.4mm). It appears to be holding its audience from Fri to Sat to Sun even better than Twilight and Harry Potter movies, and has an A rating from fans. It has the potential to have a long, healthy run in the theaters with no real threats to siphon off its audience anytime soon. Go see it when you have time to come home and think through what it was all about.

     
    • paulyrodney 6:02 pm on March 25, 2012 Permalink

      Actually, Wrath of the Titans is opening 3/30. “Clash” opened to $61mm, and not everyone that saw it was as disappointed with it as I was. Assuming it’s sequel does about the same or slightly better, and THG loses 60% of it’s audience, we’ll have a fight for first place in the box office next weekend.

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