Screen Junkies » Films http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Jump Scare of the Day: Insidious — “Face of Fire” Scene http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jump-scare-of-the-day-insidious-face-of-fire-scene/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jump-scare-of-the-day-insidious-face-of-fire-scene/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:50 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=266410 Perhaps the scariest scene from a movie which has been dubbed, ""a goddamn Disneyland theme ride of machine-gun paced jump-scares."

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By Jared Jones

James Wan‘s Insidious is, to quote Pajiba’s review of the film, “a goddamn Disneyland theme ride of machine-gun paced jump-scares.” Chief among them might the scene above, in which Josh’s (Patrick Wilson) mother, Lorraine, recounts a dream she had the night before involving a demonic figure and Josh’s son, Dalton. Then this happens, and then you wonder why the room suddenly smells like someone took a fresh dook. Then you realize that you are the only person in the room.

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Jump Scare of the Day: ‘The Sentinel’ Old Man Scene http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jump-scare-of-the-day-the-sentinel-old-man-scene/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jump-scare-of-the-day-the-sentinel-old-man-scene/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:12 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=266245 Alison is awakened in the middle of the night by a series of strange sounds and decides to go exploring. Because good things usually happen when you investigate a disturbance in a horror movie.

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By Jared Jones

Michael Winner’s The Sentinel is easily one of the most overlooked/underrated horror films to come out in the past 50 years — a cerebral, terrifying depiction of neurosis and atonement with a rather brilliant supernatural twist.

Telling the story of a beautiful model, Alison Parker, who moves into a Brooklyn apartment that actually serves as a gateway to Hell, this 1977 classic features a heap of former and future stars appearing in minor roles — from Christopher Walken to Ava Gardner to Jeff Goldblum — and has slowly been building a cult following over time. Arguably the most frightening moment in The Sentinel comes relatively early in the picture, when Alison is awakened in the middle of the night by a series of strange sounds and decides to go exploring. Because good things usually happen when you investigate a disturbance in a horror movie.

Anyways, the scene above rightfully earned a place on Bravo‘s 100 Scariest Movie Moments of all time, so give it a watch and let us know if you have any suggestions for future Jump Scare of the Day entries over at @screenjunkies with the hashtag #jumpscare.

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Gallery: Star Wars Episode VII Leaked Concept Art http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/star-wars-episode-vii-leaked-concept-art/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/star-wars-episode-vii-leaked-concept-art/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:59:17 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=266235 Since we're die-hard Original Trilogy fans, that sketch of Chewbacca with a "bionic arm from war wound" is making us geek out so hard right now.

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A powerful Internet Jedi by the name of themillenniumfalcon has just leaked a hefty gallery of Star Wars Episode VII concept art onto the ‘net, and an anonymous source tells us that these images are legit. Since we’re die-hard Original Trilogy fans, that sketch of Chewbacca with a “bionic arm from war wound” is making us geek out so hard right now. Check out the best leaked images in the gallery above, and visit Imageshack for the rest.

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By Jared Jones

True story: I saw this movie in theaters when I was 15, and when this scene happened, I hid by my hands and cried. I cried like a TEN YEAR OLD GIRL!! (*throws baseball out window*)

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The Film Cult Presents: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-joan-rivers-a-piece-of-work/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-joan-rivers-a-piece-of-work/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:22:35 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264721 On August 15th, I wrote about my favorite Robin Williams film, Hook, in tribute to his untimely and heartbreaking death. If you had told me then that less than a...

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On August 15th, I wrote about my favorite Robin Williams film, Hook, in tribute to his untimely and heartbreaking death. If you had told me then that less than a month later I’d be reviewing Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work because Joan Rivers—THE Joan Rivers—would also be dead, I wouldn’t have believed you. I would’ve told have told you to go fuck yourself because Joan Rivers was going to live forever.  And yet, here I sit. It hasn’t even been twenty-four hours that she’s left us.

I knew a lot about Joan Rivers before the documentary came out. I grew up with her daytime talk show. I watched her E! fashion recaps before they became what we all now know as Fashion Police. I’m a gay man; what can I say?  Loving Joan Rivers is kinda in the description. I knew that she was funny, that she had a daughter named Melissa, and that she had been around forever. But, when my best friend and I sat down one Saturday afternoon in the Laemlle theater in Pasadena to watch A Piece of Work, I realized I knew nothing of Joan Rivers.

A Piece of Work pulls no punches. Joan commented that there’d be no reason to allow a documentary to be made if she didn’t give full access to an outside production company. An in-house made documentary would wreak of bias, invalidity, and vanity. To let an independent, no-agenda crew come into your life is a brave concession. Thank god she did it. The Joan Rivers revealed in that hour and a half is a strong, complicated, workaholic with the eye of a tiger.

Following one year in her life, the documentary captures the end of a career slump for Joan. She had no heat in the industry. Fashion Police wasn’t back. Her reality show with Melissa wasn’t on, and everyone really only saw her as a plastic surgery freak who used to be on the red carpet. Starting at the end of that slump, during which she performed in the Bronx at four-thirty in the afternoon, A Piece of Work follows her into the beginning of what would be her third act. We’re right there with her as she struggles to get an autobiographical play off the ground and fails. We feel as tired as she does at three thirty in the morning when she hobbles into a Minneapolis hotel room and tells the man at the front desk, “I don’t care if it’s god himself. No one is to call my room until 6:30.” And when she books the Comedy Central Roast and wins Celebrity Apprentice  we cheer for her just as much as her staff does.

Celebrities are not squeaky clean. This has always been true. Everyone has a different side to them. Anyone who was as successful as Joan had to work doubly, triply, hard behind the scenes to make it look effortless. But not until A Piece of Work had there been a celebrity truly brave enough to allow the public so far behind the curtain. You know it’s going to be an honest portrayal of celebrity life when the opening montage is of Joan herself getting her make up done, foundation coating the plastic mask that show business made her get to stay relevant, her eyes peering through, ready to attack.

Other celebrities have been pouring their hearts out all afternoon, with Lena Dunham winning the award for greatest commemoration. Upon news of Joan’s death, she tweeted: “That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it’s made of polyurethane.” That’s Joan’s legacy. She never apologized for a joke and knew that the only way to get through something, the only way to deal with pain was to laugh about it. Once you can laugh about something–death, homophobia, racism, national tragedy, body image–you can deal with it. A Piece of Work takes this head on when she’s heckled at a rural casino gig (“Where are we? I was in the casino earlier, put money into a slot machine and fish came out.”) by a man who has taken offense by a joke she’s made about Helen Keller. After he storms out, she says, “If we didn’t laugh, where the hell would we all be?”

Well, Joan, right now I feel a little lost. In moments when I didn’t think I could get my work done, when I felt my schedule was too crazy, or when I knew I should say yes to an opportunity when I wanted so badly to say no, I just thought about you walking through airports at four thirty in the morning all to make us laugh. Knowing you’re not out there right now telling off a heckler or quietly delivering meals to an AIDS patient kinda freaks me out. Without you fighting for the truth, without you hilariously using the very stereotypes that so many others use for hate, the world feels a little scarier and a whole lot less funny.

And finally, thank you for making me laugh. When you looked and smiled at that cheap wine bottle in A Piece of Work and giggled, “May.” Or when the thought of doing the Comedy Central Roast was so awful and you said to your driver, “Mohammad, can you stop the car so I can get out in front it?” Or on your reality show when you were showing your grandson the thirteen colonies and said, “See there used to be Indians all up and down here. Now they all have casinos, and thank god, cause if they didn’t Grandma wouldn’t have a job. [beat] We wouldn’t be able to buy you two different color grapes.”

In the last few months, Elaine Stritch, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and Joan Rivers have died. It’s almost too much for a gay man to deal with. But, I will deal with it because Joan wouldn’t want me to stop because she’s gone. She’d want us all to keep working, keep loving, and most definitely to keep laughing. The world is less funny without you, but I know you and Robin are making the angels piss themselves at this very moment.

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Gallery: The 21 Most Minimal “Minimalist Movie Posters” Ever http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/gallery-the-21-most-minimal-minimalist-movie-posters-ever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/gallery-the-21-most-minimal-minimalist-movie-posters-ever/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:53:51 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=264526 Simplicity is sometimes key, folks, and these posters demonstrate that to a tee.

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By Jared Jones

Just because an idea is simple doesn’t mean that it can’t be profound — just look at the films of Jim Jarmusch, the early works of The Beatles, or the “Push for Pizza” app, if you don’t believe me. Amidst all the intellectually vacant CGIfests and needlessly convoluted action/superhero movies (looking at you, Winter Soldier) currently clogging up theaters, a simple, straightforward moviegoing experience can be a breath of fresh air to critics and fans alike, and the same goes for the posters used to market the films themselves.

Movie posters, not unlike movie trailers, have taken a turn for the over-indulgent as of late, it seems. When the latter aren’t revealing every twist and turn a film’s story will take months before it is even released, the latter are evoking memories of 9/11 to market mutant goddamn turtles. Simplicity is sometimes key, folks, and these “minimalist movie posters” demonstrate that to a tee.

Check out 21 of our favorites in the gallery above, then let us know which current movies you’d like to see given the minimalist treatment. (My vote is for If I Stay, and it’s just a picture of a crudely drawn, leaky feeding tube. I’ll see myself out.)

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The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-film-cult-presents-american-gigolo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-film-cult-presents-american-gigolo/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:56:10 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264389 The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo, the 1980 film about sex and fashion that became a cult classic for its eighties aesthetic.

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After a few weeks of overly personal, emotional Film Cult columns, I thought I’d write on just a plain old campy mess of a movie called American Gigolo. Many of the movies I write about aren’t particularly well made but have some sort of lasting resonance with a small, but devoted fan base. Well, American Gigolo is a poorly made movie that I’m not sure has any devoted fan base beyond those of us who love eighties fashion and over-the-top kitsch.

Not unlike other classic cult films, say Showgirls for instance, the film makers made American Gigolo in complete earnest. Paul Schrader wrote and directed the film and really thought it was going to be a provocative gem. You may know Schrader from his work as writer (and co-writer) of such greats as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. American Gigolo is not among his most well made films, but it’s certainly my ironic favorite.

Let me set the scene for you. It’s early 1980 in the City of Angels. Pastels rule landscape, and money flows down Rodeo Drive like cheap rosé. Women aren’t as powerful as they will be in the following decades and therefore are forced to stay home while their power-broker husbands work in wood-paneled offices in Century City. What’s a lonely and rich woman-of-a-certain age supposed to do with her days? Macrame? That was for their mothers. Soap Operas, sure, but all those commercials for wheel chairs and panty liners. Nope, in the land of palm trees and wide streets, a wealthy older woman with nothing but time on her hands wants one thing: to fuck a hot younger guy for money. The king of those male hustlers? Julian Kaye, portrayed by the baby-faced (but man-bodied) Richard Gere.

Julian is a man of distinguished taste and many languages. He owns a black Mercedes convertible, snorts only the best cocaine, and is exclusively bedecked by Giorgio Armani. He runs a fast life, zooming up PCH or out to Palm Springs for whatever adventures his clients have planned for him. But, is his life too fast? He encounters “rough tricks”,  run-ins with drug dealers. Is he dancing to close to the edge?

The short answer is yes, he is. There’s danger everywhere he turns, from drugs to his gay pimp, with whom he’s always slightly flirting but also slightly afraid of. Of course, back in 1980, the gay community was something to be afraid of–men in leather, making out in dark clubs with chains and loud music. But the true danger Julian encounters is not the gay men whom he’s always seemingly just about to join. The real danger is Michelle Stratton, played by the eternal Lauren Hutton, with whom he’s in danger of falling in love. There’s not much to say about the plot as there isn’t really a plot. There’s a murder, some running, and some rock-bottom moments, and then of course, Michelle vouches for Julian and they finally allow themselves to be together. One doesn’t watch American Gigolo for the plot. That is, of course, if one’s getting drunk with their friends and wants a good laugh for the night. No, one watches American Gigolo for the aesthetic.

Not unlike Grey Gardens, American Gigolo is one of those cult classics that really only has a life because it so perfectly captures a specific moment in fashion. In Grey Gardens it’s the quirky, DYI fashions of Little Edie, while in American Gigolo, it’s the ultra-glam Beverly Hills set of 1980s Los Angeles. Mr. Schrader really doused American Gigolo with syrup in this respect. I know many a designer who has been influenced by this film, many men and women who cite American Gigolo as their style muse for evening looks and seasonal fashion lines.

Having Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton wear all of these fabulous clothes doesn’t hurt. Lauren Hutton was (and is) a model for all time, a beauty discovered by legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland and heralded for not fixing the gap in her teeth. She is known for her philanthropy and activism, often spending months in Africa helping those less fortunate. All of that is ignored in this film however, since Mr. Schrader has essentially turned her into a mannequin. If she were a great actress, this would be different. Alas, she’s not. She’s beautiful, knows how to carry a woven red leather clutch, and is just vulnerable enough to believe she can crack Richard Gere’s muscled shell. And let me tell you, that’s enough reason to watch the movie.

Gere and Hutton dance around each other, surrounded by a world of shoulder pads, jersey dresses, and chunky jewelry. Their chemistry is real, which I can only imagine is another reason the movie was made. Re-watching it this week, I like to believe that if the movie were remade, Julian would be played by James Franco. Both are hams, and both are hot enough to pull off the whole vaguely gay hustler thing the character demands. Who would play Michelle? Hard to say. I think Idina Menzel would be great in the part. Maybe make it a musical and really gay it up.

God bless Paul Schrader. He had no idea he was making a mess, and he didn’t learn his lesson, seeing how he was also the director of The Canyonswhich was so awful it’s now masterpiece in debacle. That said, thank god Paul Scrader made American Gigolo. It’s the perfect post card for the fashion, decadence, and insanity of early eighties Southern California.

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The Screen Junkies Top Six: Most Essential “Sin City” Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-screen-junkies-top-six-most-essential-sin-city-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-screen-junkies-top-six-most-essential-sin-city-movies/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:32:06 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264381 A Dame to Kill For can deliver all the gratuitous T n' A and over-the-top violence it wants, but unless it relocates itself to the land of slot machines and cocaine, it will surely fail to live up to the true "Sin City" classics.

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By Jared Jones

This weekend, Eva Green’s awesome boobs march their way into theaters to star in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, which let me tell you right now, is most certainly *not* a blatant cashgrab by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez based on the success of their 2005 original. So just throw that notion right. out.

Based on my extensive research, I have discovered that neither of the Sin City movies actually take place in Las Vegas, which feels like kind of a cop out to me. Placing any movie in the real “Sin City” automatically boosts its IMDB rating by 2.4 stars. Everyone knows this. A Dame to Kill For can deliver all the gratuitous T n’ A and over-the-top violence it wants, but unless it relocates itself to the land of slot machines and cocaine, it will surely fail to live up to the true “Sin City” classics. Classic like…

Leprechaun 3

Let’s start off with an obvious one. Leprechaun 3 is to Friday the 13th Part 4 what Halloween H20 is to A Nightmare on Elm Street 6, which is to say that it is a remarkable film in almost every regard. Whether it was Warwick Davis‘ reprisal of the role he was quite literally born to play or that truly masterful scene in which a woman has her tits and lips inflated until she explodes that truly put this movie over the top is debatable, but at the end of the day, Leprechaun 3 undeniably owes a debt of gratitude to Las Vegas for making the film the outright success it remains today.

I mean, come on! That “losing streak” pun alone was worth the trip! Not only that, but other Vegas-based puns that could be found on Leprechaun 3 movie posters included:

-”Welcome to Vegas…the odds are you won’t leave alive!”

-”This time, luck has nothing to do with it.”

-”To get out of Vegas alive…you’ll have to stay away from his pot of gold.”

-”The luck of the Irish…you’re dead!”

That one seemed kind of lazy, if you ask me.

Think Like a Man Too

Full confession: I have not seen this movie, but I refuse to believe that a sequel to a movie based off a book by Steve Harvey starring Turtle from Entourage, Kevin Hart (whose screamy,yelly thing never gets old), *and* the music of Mary J. Blige can be anything less than a fun-filled extravaganza. I would like to know, however, just what in the hell is going on in this poster. It is without a doubt one of the worst photoshop disasters I have ever witnessed.

Why is Turtle’s head so big, and why is his expression so calm? He’s pinning a tiny-headed (by comparison), clearly terrified friend down to the table, yet he has the dead-eyed demeanor of a serial rapist. Likewise, why are Kevin Hart’s friends laughing at his apparent misfortunes? Why does anyone laugh at Kevin Hart at all, for that matter?

Is that white guy in the background Lance Armstrong? Is Lance Armstrong in this picture? Do you guys ever have trouble watching that Lance Armstrong scene in Dodgeball, knowing what we all know now? Should they digitally replace Lance Armstrong in that scene in Dodgeball, and with who? So many questions.

Mars Attacks!

Confession #2: This movie was going to wind up on this list whether it was actually set in Nevada or not.

Last Vegas 

Aiming to finally close the debate on whether or not jokes about old guys popping Viagra ever cease to be funny (Spoiler alert: They don’t, ya boner!), Last Vegas saw Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline turn in diverse, career-defining roles as, get this, old guys in Vegas! I know, right! I guess it’s just a bonus that Turtle from Entourage is *also* in this movie!!!

“The light at the end of the tunnel has never been brighter…or funnier!” raved Phil Satchelknob of the LA Times when reviewing Last Vegas, “Douglas brings newfound life into his role, literally!”

I tried to describe this movie to my roommate the other day. I said it was basically Space Cowboys meets The Hangover, but set against the neon luminescence of the Sunset Strip. He called me an idiot and spit in my face. We haven’t spoken since.

What Happens in Vegas

Cameron vs. Ashton: The cinematic showdown have been asking for ever since Stallone vs. Lithgow.

Showgirls

Judging by the methods used to market A Dame to Kill For (see: Green’s boobs, Eva), I’m guessing they’ll be handing out lotion and Kleenex along with the 3D glasses at theaters nationwide tomorrow. Holes will be cut out of popcorn buckets. Our understanding of sticky theater floors, redefined. All this, so the story of Marv, Snuffy, Al, Leo, and Little Moe with the gimpy leg can continue on.

If the people behind A Dame to Kill For were smart, however, they would have set the movie in the Las Vegas, added in a show tune element, and slapped an NC-17 rating on it to really give the film the oversexualized punch it needs. Because let’s be honest, Sin City 2 appears to be selling itself as softcore action porn, basically, albeit with ridiculous production values and an A-list cast. But like most Hollywood fare, it lacks the balls to fully commit to the risque image it’s trying to pass off. This is a movie all but daring its audience *not* to jerk off during it, yet it can’t bring an “Elizabeth Hurley getting flogged in a pool while seizuring like a fish out of water” element to the table? Please…

I’m not just praising Showgirls because I learned all of my moves of seduction from it (the fish out of water is still my go-to). I’m simply saying that without that extra, Saved-By-the-Bell -star-getting-f*cking-like-an-electrocuted-corpse boost, A Dame to Kill For is all but destined to wind up a critical and financial failure. Showgirls, on the other hand, grossed over $500 million domestic and is 1 of only 5 films to hold a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes *and* a 10/10 on IMDB. The proof is in the pudding, folks. And no, I don’t mean that as some kind of sex thing, you damn perverts.

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Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/review-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/review-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:42:24 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263643 Guardians of the Galaxy can best be described as a two-hour montage set to a 1970's Jock Jams mixtape (and that's a good thing).

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By Jared Jones

It’s rather fitting that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy would be the first film I’d review for Screen Junkies, as it’s a movie that seems damn near impossible to critique. Sure, Guardians adheres to many of the conventions we’ve come to expect from a comic book movie (dead parents, cryptically-introduced characters who speak entirely in exposition, etc.), and betrays most of its plot conventions before they are even established, but its absolute refusal to take itself seriously doesn’t exactly open the door for criticism.

Of course, then you see a wisecracking racoon unleash a barrage of machine gun fire while riding on the back of a talking treebeast, and you nearly pass out from the deluge of blood that rushes from your head to your nerd boner.

Guardians of the Galaxy can best be described as a two-hour montage set to a 1970′s Jock Jams mixtape, complete with some of the most intense and plain beautiful CGI your puny eyes may ever gaze upon. It’s the kind of movie Pete Hammond would describe as an “uproarious, fun-filled thrill ride!” while sucking on the taint of whatever PR firm had hired him to write it. For once, his blatant hyperbole would be accurate.

The story is a rather familiar one in terms of comic book adaptations: Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is abducted by a gang of intergalactic mercenaries (led by the always delightful Michael Rooker) after watching his mother succumb to cancer, and twenty some-odd years later, he is roaming the galaxy as a common, if wickedly inventive thief. That is, until he stumbles upon the Infinity Stone capable of destroying entire civilizations (DUN-DUN-DUN!) and is forced to band together with a crew of misfits and miscreants in order to save the galaxy. Yadda yadda yadda hijinks ensue.

But yes, back to the CGI. As someone who has always preferred his world-building to take place in our actual world, even I must admit that Guardians was able to create the kind of exceptionally detailed, fully realized CGI-scapes that make paying the extra $10 for 3D glasses worth it. Not that I have to, being a fancy film critic that I am now and all (*spins bow tie*). The post-opening credits scene, which sees Quill a.k.a “Star Lord” shimmy his way across a barren planet to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters/Tesseract/whatever, was the highlight for me in that regard. The whole sequence plays out like a steampunk take on the 1912 Utah opening from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and if you can’t get into that, the door is right over there.

That said, the inevitable success of Guardians will ultimately (and rightfully) be attributed to its cast and the witty repartee they develop. Marvel movies — and really, any comic book adaptation — only shine when they opt for the absurdist route, in my opinion, and director James Gunn‘s script never once pauses to talk about “destiny” or “fate” or whatever hackneyed cliches often punctuate comic book faire. A gravel-voiced Christian Bale speaking in platitudes about the moral weight that comes with being a cape-wearing crime fighter? I fart in your general direction, sir. A gravel-voiced Dave Bautista discussing his inability to understand metaphor? I’ll take two, please.

*Every* character in Guardians is the comic relief, Zoe Saldana‘s somewhat flat Gamora excluded, and that’s what makes the movie such a fun, effortless experience to watch. That, and the breakneck pace at which the film itself moves, because good God, does this flick hustle information past you like an irritated flight attendant on a frat bro-filled plane to Spring Break, Cancun. But on top of it all, Guardians of the Galaxy is just funny, plain and simple. Who would’ve guessed that a WWE star not named The Rock has legitimate comedic timing, or that Vin Diesel repeating the same line of dialogue over and over and over again would never not be hilarious? Spoiler alert: Bautista kills it, and I want a baby Groot-sized potted plant on my desk ASAP.

If I could lob one legitimate criticism at Guardians, it would be that of its villains. As I’ve noticed in more and more blockbuster action movies to come out in recent years, Guardians in the Galaxy would like you to believe that its bad guys — mainly, the Vader-esque Ronan — are all-powerful, menacing, genocidal killers, yet it never really commits to that narrative or establishes what exactly is motivating them (other than the classic standby of “world destruction”). Ronan and his cronies are merely blips on the radar who pop up when needed to cause a little mayhem, but they never really give the impression that they possess the destructive power that warrants the fear they instill.

Guardians’ PG-13 rating is most likely to blame for the movie’s lack of any real stakes or sense of impending doom, and I guess that’s forgivable. But just once, I’d like to see a quote unquote “popcorn flick” have the balls to actually commit to decisions it makes. If you’re going to kill off a character, kill off a character. If you’re going to have one character betray another, maybe establish a relationship between the two that last more than 30 seconds to give said betrayal some actual gravitas.

It’s a minor complaint in an otherwise glowing review, but something Marvel should maybe consider when developing Guardians of the Galaxy 2-8. Oh, did you not know that this movie is going to a box office juggernaut greenlit for a sequel by night’s end? Or that Chris Pratt is probably the next king of the box office? Because yeah, that’s all about to happen.

Grade: B+

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I’m Your Huckleberry: Five of the Greatest Movie Faceoffs of All Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/im-your-huckleberry-five-of-the-greatest-movie-faceoffs-of-all-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/im-your-huckleberry-five-of-the-greatest-movie-faceoffs-of-all-time/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:39 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263232 The faceoff sets the tone for the violence that is about to occur. It builds tension, anticipation, and whips our unquenchable bloodlust into a frenzy. Here are five great ones.

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By Jared Jones

Over at CagePotato, I write about all things mixed martial arts (MMA)-related — fight bookings, event recaps, and the occasional head-to-head fighter breakdown — all while making sure to include as many fart jokes as possible. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned that MMA fans love in my time at CP, it’s a good old fashioned faceoff, a staredown, or whichever term you prefer.

For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, maybe step outside every once in a while, but also know that a faceoff is what you get when you place when two opposing forces in each others comfort zones while expecting them to remain completely civil, usually in the interest of selling more pay-per-views. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it does not. This is the best staredown of all time. This is the worst one.

The faceoff is one of the more cinematic elements to be adopted by mixed martial arts, boxing, etc. It sets the tone for the violence that is about to occur. It builds tension, anticipation, and whips our unquenchable bloodlust into a frenzy. Faceoffs are truly the calm before the storm, whether in movies or martial arts, and it is with that notion that we look back at some of the greatest faceoffs in film history, ranked in no particular order.

Jules vs. “Pumpkin”/”Ringo” — Pulp Fiction

If you thought I would make it more than two entries into this list without mentioning Samuel L. Jackson, you are one dead wrong motherf*cker, motherf*cker.

You see, even when I attempt to evoke the intimidating presence of sir Jackson’s voice in writing, it still comes out sounding like it’s being spoken by the scrawny-legged, pimple-popping dweeb that I was from ages 9-13 and also 13-present. That’s just the kind of gravitas Jackson speaks with, and it was his closing monologue as contract killer Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction that really boosted Jackson’s bad motherf*cker cred to a level unattainable by most mortals. Even now, when he’s dressing like an old, female librarian in those Capital One commercials, I still have no doubts that Samuel L. could find out what’s in my wallet through sheer force in under 30 seconds flat.

Quoting Ezekiel 25:17, Jules manages to pull off the rare feat of comparing oneself to God and sounding 100% believable in this scene. And like a true badass, he doesn’t even need to fire a shot to get his point across. For although Jules may be brandishing 9 mm, it is his word bullets that do all the damage here.

I apologize for all that confusing writer-speak I used just then, but let’s move on.

Rocky vs. Thunderlips — Rocky 3

Speaking of the Bible, Rocky Balboa vs. Thunderlips: The Ultimate Male is about as accurate a David vs. Goliath story as we will ever see out of Hollywood. Standing at approximately 4’3″, Balboa literally did not possess the physical mass to register as a blip on Thunderlips’ radar. That he had been beaten into a state of semi-retardation by the third Rocky film did not aid him in his fight with Thunderlips, as you can tell by their derp-filled pre-fight faceoff.

Of course, cooler (softer?) heads once again prevail in the Rocky franchise, as Balboa manages to take down his massive opponent using nothing more than his fists, a chair, and the help of a dozen or so security guards. Just like his Dad raised him.

Batman vs. The Joker — The Dark Knight

CALM DOWN NERDS. I’m only including this so I don’t have to deal with all the “But what about my pwecious Dawk Knoight?” comments that would follow its omission.

In the second chapter of a dark, gritty story about a man who wears a cape with the honest-to-God intention of scaring people, Batman faces off against his greatest rival ever: a man in clown makeup dressed like a rejected gang member from The Warriors. Super-serious stuff that we should take super-seriously follows, including this scene where Christian Bale needs a lozenge and mercilessly beats Heath Ledger for not giving him one.

Honestly, I can’t look at or listen to Bale’s Batman anymore after seeing Pete Holmes do it way better.

Doc Holliday vs. Johnny Ringo — Tombstone

The art of the staredown was practically, if not literally invented by the Western. There are over 3,000 staredowns to choose from between the films of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood alone, but for me, it always comes back to the OK Corral. While the 1957 original starring Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster is undoubtedly a classic, my favorite faceoff comes in 1993′s Tombstone, and more specifically, the “I’m your Huckleberry” scene pitting Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday against Michael Bein’s Johnny Ringo.

To say that Val Kilmer absolutely slays it in this movie would do his performance no justice. Thankfully, Holliday hands out enough justice in Tombstone for the both of us, and usually in the form of a bullet between the eyes before a breakfast consisting of whiskey and a good blood cough.

Two films later, Kilmer would don Batman’s cape in 1995′s Batman Forever. His career would never recover. I’m just saying, Duster > Cape.

Lt. Vincent Hanna vs. Neil McCauley — Heat

While not a “faceoff” in the traditional sense, the diner scene between Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) in Michael Mann‘s Heat is one of those “defining moments of cinema” that you always hear critics talking about while sniffing their own farts. It’s a meeting of two powerhouse actors at the peak of their relevance. It’s one of the greatest movies of its decade. It’s Godfather vs. Godfather for Christ’s sake!

There are so many quotable lines from this exchange, but my personal favorite has to be:

Hanna: “So you never wanted a regular-type life, eh?”

McCauley: “What the fuck is that, barbeques and ball games?”

Hanna: “Yeah.”

That is some Samuel Beckett-level existentialism right there, and one of the many reasons why we will forever be in debt to Heat for bringing together two acting greats for one memorable faceoff.

You can list your personal favorite faceoffs in the comments section if you’d like. I will consider considering them. 

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10 Iconic Movie Lines, If They Were Written Today http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/10-iconic-movie-lines-if-they-were-written-today/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/10-iconic-movie-lines-if-they-were-written-today/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:50:31 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262898 We live in an era of rapidly deteriorating linguistic abilities (translation: words b hard), where the appreciation for an eloquently-delivered turn of phrase is at an all time low.

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By Jared Jones

We live in an era of rapidly deteriorating linguistic abilities (translation: words b hard), where the appreciation for an eloquently-delivered turn of phrase is at an all time low. For every hour that The Learning Channel is allowed to continuing airing reality shows about polygamist midgets suffering from bipolar schizophrenia, or delusional, cupcake-baking Long Island housewives who communicate with ghosts, the IQ of the average earthling drops 10 points, thrusting our collective vocabulary ever closer to the monosyllabic, hybrid hillbilly and valley girl grunts uttered by the mouth-breathing troglodytes depicted in Idiocracy (*accepts award for greatest sentence ever written*).

The movie world has not been spared in this eradication of intellect, and could honestly be considered one of its greatest forerunners. Even the whimsical insults of eras past have been all but forgotten in favor of the base-level “sick burns” churned up by today’s creatively-bankrupt minds.

“His mother should have thrown him out and kept the stork.” — Mae West, 1934

“It tastes like fuckin’ dick infused with balls.” — Adam Sandler, 2013

To loosely quote Not Sure, there was a time long ago when screenplays were penned with the writer’s blood, sweat, and tears, not hastily scribbled onto a cocktail napkin amidst a three-day coke binge with Michael Bay. But times have changed. Can you imagine how some of the most iconic lines in film history would sound if they were written today? Gee, I wonder…

10 — “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” 

Modern equivalent: “I got 99 problems but this bitch ain’t one.”

9 — “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Modern equivalent: “Life’s like a bowl of ‘sketti and butter, so go tell Sugar Bear it’s done.” (*farts*)

8 — “A boy’s best friend is his mother.

Modern Equivalent: “A boy’s best friend is *your* mother, who I totally put a dent in last night.”

7 — “They’re here.”

Modern Equivalent: “Oh sh*t there’s some ghost-lookin’ muthaf*ckas in the TV screen!”

6 — “Yo, Adrian!”

Modern Equivalent: “Yo, Adrian!” Truly a man ahead of his time, that Stallone.

5 — “If you build it, he will come.”

Modern equivalent: “If you f*ck it, fame will come.”

4 — “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”

Modern Equivalent: “Gin and juice. Beeeitch.”

3 — “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Modern Equivalent: “I’ve a serious man-crush on you, Lou. No homo.”

2 — “I’m the King of the World!”

Modern Equivalent: “Suck my d*ck, Planet Earth!”

1 — “Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

Modern Equivalent: “If anyone else wanna kill some aliens, let me hear you say yeah!”

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The 7 Greatest Films That Took Place Entirely on Trains http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-7-greatest-films-that-took-place-entirely-on-trains/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-7-greatest-films-that-took-place-entirely-on-trains/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:04:17 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262526 By Jared Jones After a year-long creative dispute with Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein — the man Gary Oldman would likely refer to as Hollywood’s H.J.I.C (Head Jew in Charge) —...

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By Jared Jones

After a year-long creative dispute with Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein — the man Gary Oldman would likely refer to as Hollywood’s H.J.I.C (Head Jew in Charge) Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer is finally set to receive a limited theatrical release here in the States this weekend. This should come as thrilling news to fans of Ho’s previous films, 2006’s epic monster flick The Host and 2009’s similarly excellent Mother, as well as the rapidly increasing number of Americans with train fetishes. As someone who lies firmly in both camps (emphasis on firmly), I quite literally could not be more aroused excited.

Snowpiercer is essentially the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott reimagined in the ice-age dystopia of 2031, only swap the Cleveland Avenue bus for a train carrying the Earth’s only remaining inhabitants and Rosa Parks for the Flame On guy. If that didn’t sell you on this movie, I don’t know what you’re even doing here. In any case, Snowpiercer got me thinking long and hard (also, firm) about other train-based movies, which can only mean that I am about to rank the ones I can remember in descending order for you because Internet.

#7 – Unstoppable

Denzel Washington stars as a know-it-all, smooth-as-jazz train engineer paired with, get this, a fresh-faced white dude on the first day of his new job. Ropes are shown, wise is cracked. Not before long, ol’ Denzel and his newbee partner are forced to partake in a suicide mission to catch a runaway train carrying more deadly chemicals than George W. Bush could dream up as an excuse to invade a Middle Eastern country (topical). Hijinks and ‘splosions ensue.

#6 – Night Train

Leelee Sobieski might be the worst actress in the history of the world, but she has really nice boobs and this movie was actually kind of decent. Lovecraft-ian, even. Three strangers find a dead body on a train that happens to be in possession of a butt load of diamonds, or maybe they’re emeralds, it’s not really important. Anyway, they all agree to do the logical thing and chop said dead guy into pieces while killing off anyone who dares question them. Co-starring Steve Zahn and the incomparable Danny Glover.

#5  The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Fun fact: The guy who directed this movie went on to direct Jaws 4: The Revenge, which is quite possibly the stupidest film ever made.  

#4 – The Lady Vanishes

Yesterday I witnessed a shirtless teenager sporting no less than five teardrop tattoos walk into a convenience store and attempt to steal a bag of Cheetos by smuggling them in his ass. I know this because, for whatever reason, the kid’s pants were belted around his lower thighs in what I can only assume was an act of defiance against both the societal norms of dress code and the concept of gravity. Anyways, the kid tried to make a run for it when he saw that the owner had also taken exception to him, and literally tripped over his own pants before being tackled by the owner.

What I’m saying is that I wish we could go back to the days when everyone dressed as classy as the people in Alfred Hitchcock movies. Even homeless dudes had an evening suit back then. It was a simpler, better time, and somewhere out there, there is a 15-year-old picking cheese crumbles out of his ass hair that agrees with me.

#3 – Snakes on a Train

Full disclosure: I have not seen this movie. I have, however, read the film’s plot synopsis on its Wikipedia page, which I will now repeat to you verbatim:

“Although taking the same basic idea from Snakes on a Plane (lots of deadly snakes loose on a claustrophobic, high speed means of transport), the background story of how the snakes end up on the train is completely different.

In the movie, writer Eric Forsberg created a woman who has been put under a Mayan curse which causes snake eggs to hatch inside her belly and eat their way out. In order to recover the “lost pieces” of herself (the snakes), she must travel to Los Angeles where a powerful Mayan shaman can lift the curse. She takes the snakes along with her in small jars. While on the train, bandits attack her, allowing the snakes to escape and endanger the rest of the passengers.

Eventually, and inexplicably, she herself transforms into a gigantic snake and swallows the moving train whole.

Six passengers managed to escape unharmed and one of them performs magic to make her vanish. However one girl is shown to have been unknowingly bitten, suggesting the curse will remain.”

To recap: Mayan shamans, magic, and snakes eating trains. WHERE YOU AT NOW, HITCHCOCK?!

#2 – Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

By far the easiest selection of this list, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory sees Steven Seagal return as Navy cook-turned killing machine Casey Ryback and take on a group of international terrorists who hijack the train he happens to be traveling on with his niece. You know, kind of like how a group of terrorists hijacked the submarine he happened to be serving on in the first film. In any case, Dark Territory is the sort of gritty, powerful action flick that actually dares ask the tough questions, like “Why would a group of highly-skilled terrorists not check the manifesto of the train they were about to hijack to ensure that a counter-terrorism specialist was not on board?” But that’s just for the film scholars to decide when dissecting this masterpiece in 2025.

I love how they refer to Segal’s character as “the cook from Under Siege” in this trailer, as if to say, “This character was so unmemorable in the first incarnation that using his name to hype the second would accomplish nothing.” You gotta appreciate that kind of honesty.

But seriously, this movie is awesome. The only reason I didn’t rank it #1 was due to the fact that it features Kurtwood Smith yet a distinct lack of foots in asses.

#1 – Source Code

Believe it or not, there aren’t that many great films which take place entirely on a train. I blame texting (also, airplanes). Hidden beneath the smoke of such dumpster fires as Atomic Train, Death Train, and the band Train, however, is Source Code, a solid little sci-fi thriller directed by Moon’s Duncan Jones and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

The plot of Source Code is incredibly similar to this year’s Edge of Tomorrow, in that Gyllenhaal plays an army soldier (pilot) forced to relive the same scenario over and over until he stops some terrorists from blowing up a train with their Tesseract or what the f*ck ever. While some critics have claimed that the film veers toward the overly sentimental with its conclusion, most agree that Source Code is ultimately a great popcorn flick that manages to be entertaining *and* thought-provoking. Movie-going audiences obviously agreed, as the film grossed nearly $150 million worldwide on a $32 million budget. HEAR THAT, MICHAEL BAY?! WE CAN HANDLE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, YOU WALKING CAN OF AXE BODY SPRAY.

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In the late seventies, fading movie stars used to join ensemble casts in campy films to stay working, to keep their names in the public eye. The Towering Inferno was one such movie. Death on the Nile, this week’s Film Cult Presents selection, is also one of these movies. Bette Davis had been famous—I mean, famous—for over thirty years by the time Death on the Nile was filmed. She’d already done Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, which some marked as a comeback, and yet, she still felt the need to be in movies below her, movies that were downright kitschy. It’s a shame what the business of show does to its aging stars.

That said, Death on the Nile remains one of my favorite films of all time. I have a soft spot for Agatha Christie narratives. They’re always set in some glamorous locale like Mesopotamia, on the Orient Express, or in the Caribbean. Someone sort of deserving bastard ends up dead and a group of people who all benefited from the death are examined, one by one, usually in catty brilliance, until Hercule Poirot (the Belgian sleuth portrayed perfectly in this film by Peter Ustinov) or Miss Jane Marple (the old lady with the steel trap mind) remember a seemingly innocuous fact and save the day just in time for tea.

Death on the Nile fits this mold. A rich heiress is newly married to a handsome playboy. They spend their honeymoon going down the Nile, and when the heiress turns up dead, all the passengers are suspects, as everyone has a motive. Hercule Poirot does his damnedest to eliminate suspects, but it’s clear everyone wanted the beautiful Mrs. Simon Doyle dead. Don’t worry, no spoilers here. This mystery is too much fun to be ruined. Check it out for yourself and see if you can figure out who the culprit is.

Despite the fun of the mystery, did I mention that Maggie Smith is Bette Davis’ paid companion? She and Davis, the most talented actors in the bevy of suspects by far, spar and and snap at each other more than contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and it’s brilliant.

Also in attendance on the luxury cruiser is Mia Farrow, whose waif innocence is heartbreaking yet anchored in the prowess of her talent. Interesting to note that Mia Farrow is the best friend of Mrs. Doyle whose murder is the core plot of the film. Mrs. Doyle is played by Lois Chiles, who also played Mia’s close friend in The Great Gatsby four years earlier. Their chemistry is still as stunted and random as it was on West Egg. Saving the day from their flat interactions is Angela Lansbury, delivering a showstopping performance as a boozy romance novelist with feathers in her bedazzled turbans and over-the-top gesticulations highlighting each of her sex-laden axioms. She’s a hurricane of hilarity, and her tango is as fierce as they come:


No expense was spared on the shoot. The locale is authentic, and the costumes and jewelry are also as such. The film won an Oscar for Best Costume Design. The cinematography also pulls no punches, not that it’s difficult to make ancient monuments in Egypt look bad. Shooting on site gives the film strong verisimilitude, which is always necessary when the story is a basic whodunit. Regarding the authenticity of location, Bette Davis famously said, “In the older days, they’d have built the Nile for you. Nowadays, films have become travelogues and actors stunt men.” Well said, Ms. Davis. Well said.

That aside, the pace of the film is surprisingly strong for a mystery that plays out on a giant paddle boat. The star power may have something to do with that, although there are moments when one feels the writers could have cut some scenes short. The plot exposition becomes a little tedious towards the beginning, and in order to make all the suspects seem truly capable of murder, their hatred of Mrs. Doyle gets hammered in pretty solidly.

Of the many Agatha Christie adaptations, it’s easy for this to get lost in the shuffle, what with Murder on the Orient Express considered a classic. Still, this is one of the better ones. This and Evil Under the Sun (which also stars Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith) are definitely my favorites. It’s escapist, fun movie-making at its finest. If you love a bit of camp and a whole lot of murder, then Death on the Nile is right up your river. Besides, what’s better than seeing a bunch of rich people kill each other?

P.S. Keep a look out for a young Jane Birkin, three years before she shared a plane with Jean-Louis Dumas and he named a thirty thousand dollar bag after her.

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Screen Junkies Show: Which Movie Monster Is The Scariest? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-which-movie-monster-is-the-scariest/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-which-movie-monster-is-the-scariest/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:00:44 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255439 You know, to kids.

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Monster’s University is opening this weekend, so kids everywhere have monsters on the brain. But which one is the scariest? In order to find out, the Screen Junkies investigative team has compiled a crack panel of researchers to give their expert opinions on the subject (FYI, one of these researchers apparently has a really weak dad).

Check out the video to see these kids’ reactions to everyone from the clown from It to the Cloverfield monster.

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Director: James Watkins

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe

Synopsis: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Release Date: Danielle Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciaran Hinds

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Big Miracle http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/big-miracle/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/big-miracle/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:31:08 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243488 Director: Ken Kwapis Cast: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell Synopsis: In small town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend – a Greenpeace volunteer – on a campaign to save a family...

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Director: Ken Kwapis

Cast: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell

Synopsis: In small town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend – a Greenpeace volunteer – on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

Release Date: February 3, 2012

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The Grey http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-grey/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-grey/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:08:38 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241159 Director: Joe Carnahan Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo Synopsis: In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack...

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Director: Joe Carnahan

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

Synopsis: In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.

Release Date: January 27, 2012

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Man on a Ledge http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/man-on-a-ledge/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/man-on-a-ledge/#comments Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:29:19 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243482 Director: Asger Leth Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell Synopsis: As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest...

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Director: Asger Leth

Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell

Synopsis: As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion.

Release Date: January 27, 2012

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Underworld: Awakening http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/underworld-awakening/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/underworld-awakening/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:46:38 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241155 Director: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley Synopsis: When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene...

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Director: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley

Synopsis: When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

Release Date: January 20, 2012

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Red Tails http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/red-tails/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/red-tails/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:42:22 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241147 Director: Anthony Hemingway Cast: Nate Parker, David Oyelowo and Ne-Yo Synopsis: A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II,...

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Director: Anthony Hemingway

Cast: Nate Parker, David Oyelowo and Ne-Yo

Synopsis: A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

Release Date: January 20, 2012

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Contraband http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/contraband/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/contraband/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:21:57 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241137 Director: Baltasar Kormákur Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale Synopsis: To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. Release Date:...

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Director: Baltasar Kormákur

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale

Synopsis: To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.

Release Date: January 13, 2012

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Safe House http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/safe-house/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/safe-house/#comments Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:43:42 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243505 Director: Daniel Espinosa Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick Synopsis: A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked,...

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Director: Daniel Espinosa

Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick

Synopsis: A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

Release Date: February 10, 2012

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The Vow http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-vow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-vow/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:59:40 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244041 Director: Michael Sucsy Cast: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neil Synopsis: A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum)...

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Director: Michael Sucsy

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neil

Synopsis: A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again.

Release Date: February 10, 2012

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:53:13 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244657 Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds and Idris Elba Synopsis: As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human...

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Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds and Idris Elba

Synopsis: As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

Release Date: February 17, 2012

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-girls-with-the-dragon-tattoo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-girls-with-the-dragon-tattoo/#comments Sat, 24 Dec 2011 19:51:11 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238714 Director: David Fincher Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander...

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Director: David Fincher

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard

Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.

Release Date: December 21, 2011

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The Adventures of Tintin http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-adventures-of-tintin/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-adventures-of-tintin/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 23:26:06 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239374 Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig Synopsis: Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is...

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig

Synopsis: Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship.

Release Date: December 21, 2011

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Young Adult http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/young-adult/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/young-adult/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 23:22:33 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239366 Director: Jason Reitman Cast: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt Synopsis: Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her...

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Director: Jason Reitman

Cast: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt

Synopsis: Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now married with kids.

Release Date: December 16, 2011

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/sherlock-holmes-a-game-of-shadows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/sherlock-holmes-a-game-of-shadows/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:45:57 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238707 Director: Guy Ritchie Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. Release Date: December...

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Director: Guy Ritchie

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris

Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Release Date: December 16, 2011

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The Sitter http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-sitter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-sitter/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:30:49 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238691 Director: David Gordon Green Cast: Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, Sam Rockwell Synopsis: A comedy about a college student on suspension who is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door, though he is fully...

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Director: David Gordon Green

Cast: Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, Sam Rockwell

Synopsis: A comedy about a college student on suspension who is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door, though he is fully unprepared for the wild night ahead of him.

Release Date: December 9, 2011

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New Year’s Eve http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/new-years-eve/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/new-years-eve/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:27:01 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238686 Director: Garry Marshall Cast: Katherine Fugate Synopsis: The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year’s Eve. Release Date: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton...

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Director: Garry Marshall

Cast: Katherine Fugate

Synopsis: The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year’s Eve.

Release Date: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher

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