Friday, January 18, 2013

New In Theaters - January 18, 2013

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe,
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, & Kyle Chandler
Directed by Allen Hughes for distribution by 20th Century Fox

The Plot: A down and out cop turn private investigator is double-crossed by his latest client who also happens to be the mayor of New York.

The Final Word: While the film’s trailers (and name) have been everywhere, it’s unfortunate that the plot for the most part gets buried in the footage. On paper the on-screen pairing of Wahlberg and Crowe seems like a good idea, but somehow everything has gotten lost in translation.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville,
Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzmán,
Eduardo Noriega, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford,
Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney & John Patrick Amedori
Directed by Kim Jee-Woon for distribution by Lionsgate

The Plot: A one-time FBI agent turned sheriff of a sleepy little border town near Mexico finds himself on the front lines when a dangerous criminal escapes custody and ends up on a collision course with his jurisdiction.

The Final Word: Love him or hate him, Schwarzenegger remains one of the most well-known action movies stars of all time. Now 65, the actor has proven he’s not ready to call it a career and based on the success of action franchise “The Expendables,” it is clear audiences aren’t ready for him (or his big name friends) to walk off into the sunset just yet either.

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,
Megan Charpentier & Isabelle Nellsse
Directed by Andres Muschietti for distribution by Universal

The Plot: Two girls who vanish into the woods after their father brutally kills their mother. 5 years later the girls are found in an abandoned cabin and returned to their uncle and his girlfriend who soon realize something else has returned with them

The Final Word: del Toro is one of today’s most talented sci-fi/horror producers and each of his films attract a loyal following. He also usually gets a warm reception from critics which was again the case today as many seemed very pleased with the film.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New In Theaters - January 4, 2013

Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine 'Trey Songz' Neverson,
Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Thom Barry,
Paul Rae, Bill Moseley & Gunnar Hansen
Directed by John Luessenhop for distribution by Lionsgate

The Plot: Picking up decades after the 1974 original left off, the horror franchise continues when a girl brings her friends down to visit the house she just inherited, but the property contains a deadly secret.

The Final Word: Hollywood loves a good horror movie and they tend to embrace it even faster if it’s using a familiar face…so to speak. Puns aside the return of Leatherface and his infamous chainsaw couldn’t be entering the fray at a better time. Since 2008, studios have traditionally kicked off the year with at least one horror release and usually audiences get fully behind it; regardless of quality.

Former winners among the favorites in this year’s supporting actor Oscar field

Of all the main Oscar categories, the Best Supporting Actor race is by far the most open with it truly being anybody’s game. While last year screen legend Christopher Plummer ran away with the category (much as Daniel Day-Lewis is expected to in the lead race), any number of possibilities is likely here as a number of former winners look to add another trophy to their mantle.

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Leading ladies dominate this year’s supporting actress Oscar race

While the majority of this year’s Oscar races seem to be wide open, the supporting actress race is actually a little more compact with essentially it being a two horse race. Will voters go for the rising star or decide to support the established veteran? Or will a dark horse enter the field? Next week will set the stage.

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Writers Guild nominations shake up field; ‘Looper’ and ‘Wallflower’ surprise

As we head closer to the 2013 Academy Awards, the industry’s top guilds are beginning to make their voices heard with their annual year end nominations. Following the Producers Guild of America (PGA)revealing their picks earlier in the week, today the Writers Guild of America (WGA) pulled back the curtain on their selections with a number of top contenders missing in action.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Producers Guild nominations give Oscar boost to familiar contenders

Just one day after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) decided to allow voters an extra 24 hours to submit their ballots for this year’s Oscar nominations, the equally prestigious Producers Guild of America (PGA) made their own unexpected move and released their nominations 24 hours earlier. While the Guild didn’t give a reason why they upped their timetable, Hollywood certainly wasn’t complaining as the nominations gave a big boost (at an opportune time) to a number of the year’s top contenders!

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