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White House Down

IT WILL START LIKE ANY OTHER DAY. The same day as John Cale (Channing Tatum) is visiting the White House with his daughter, hoping to land a job with the Secret Service, the Executive Mansion is overtaken by terrorists. The same year as we saw Olympus Has Fallen, there was another action movie depicting the … Continue reading White House Down

Hail, Caesar!

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ABDUCTION. In 1951, Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) juggles a busy life, including trying to find out where the studio’s biggest star (George Clooney) has disappeared… The Coen brothers on familiar turf, with yet another kidnapping and a comedy set half a century ago. The biggest appeal here is how lovingly the … Continue reading Hail, Caesar!

The Hateful Eight

NO ONE COMES UP HERE WITHOUT A DAMN GOOD REASON. After the Civil War, two bounty hunters (Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell) and a prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) arrive at a stagecoach lodge during a blizzard in Wyoming where they are trapped with four strangers. The first movie to be shot in Ultra Panavision 70 … Continue reading The Hateful Eight

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

Magic Mike XXL

BACK TO THE GRIND. When those strippers who are still part of Kings of Tampa head for Myrtle Beach for a big convention, Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) decides to come out of retirement. For this sequel, Steven Soderbergh was still very much part of the project but promoted his assistant director to helm it. Those … Continue reading Magic Mike XXL

Don Jon

EVERYONE LOVES A HAPPY ENDING. Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has no problem meeting women, and Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) is one of the sexiest he has ever hooked up with… but his addiction to Internet porn becomes a problem. The star’s directing debut is all the more impressive because he manages to make a romantic comedy … Continue reading Don Jon

The Eagle

THE DESTINY OF A SOLDIER. THE HONOR OF A SLAVE. THE FATE OF AN EMPIRE.  Twenty years after the whole Roman Ninth Legion disappeared somewhere in northern Britannia, its commander’s son (Channing Tatum) arrives hoping to restore the honor of his family’s name. Inspired by the actual disappearance of a Roman legion in AD 120, … Continue reading The Eagle

Jupiter Ascending

EXPAND YOUR UNIVERSE. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a Chicago janitor, doesn’t know that she’s alien royalty, but is soon dragged into an interplanetary battle over who inherits Earth. The Wachowski siblings’ worst movie to date is an extravagant 3D sci-fi adventure that borrows its themes from The Matrix (1999), among other films. Elaborately staged, including … Continue reading Jupiter Ascending

The Lego Movie

THE STORY OF A NOBODY WHO SAVED EVERYBODY.   In the city of Bricksburg, happy-go-lucky construction worker Emmet Brickowoski meets a woman who believes that he is “the Special”, a person who is ultimately capable of stopping a superweapon. It may have looked like a stupid idea on paper, but the Cloudy With a Chance … Continue reading The Lego Movie

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Just Release The Interview on VOD

On November 24, a group of grammatically challenged hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace released a first batch of e-mails between people working at or who are in other ways associated with Sony Pictures. It’s been followed by several new batches and messages from the group that is apparently targeting Sony for making The Interview, a … Continue reading Just Release The Interview on VOD

Foxcatcher: Murderous Millionaire

BASED ON THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY.   “I think all comedians are dark”, said director Bennett Miller during a press conference at this year’s Cannes film festival, where his film Foxcatcher was screened. This is no surprise. After all, it’s only been a few months since Robin Williams committed suicide. Even those, perhaps especially those, … Continue reading Foxcatcher: Murderous Millionaire

22 Jump Street

THEY’RE NOT 21 ANYMORE. Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum) are back undercover, this time at a college where they’re looking for a dealer who’s been supplying students with a deadly new drug. The sequel to 21 Jump Street (2012) has such a loose attitude that it’s a wonder the two stars even remember … Continue reading 22 Jump Street