Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A HIJACKING - REVIEW

A Hijacking (Kapringen)
September 20, 2012 (Denmark)
June 14, 2013 (United States)
103 min
Denmark (Danish / Swedish / English)

Written and Directed by Tobias Lindholm


"A Hijacking" offers two sides of a hostage situation enabling us to make conclusions and consider meanings. This thriller puts realism at its forefront, carried by an exemplary male lead on each end.

2006 was a fantastic year in cinema. One of its prized vessels was Paul Greengrass's "United 93," a gripping and indubitably fair depiction of the events of 9/11, particularly the flight, hijacking and crash of United Airlines Flight 93, that unfolds in near real-time. Tobias Lindholm's first solo directorial effort is "A Hijacking," a Danish film about a cargo ship that is overrun by Somali pirates who take the crew hostage and get in touch with its mother company in Copenhagen for ransom negotiations.

Besides a hijacking as their common crisis the two films are kin in their naturalistic filmmaking techniques: Handheld cameras, true lighting and on-location filming all give the impression that we're remarkably close to actuality. The close-quarters of the vessel, the consistently medium (or closer) shot lengths and that subtle swaying of the sea in addition to the hand-handled photography only increase the floating claustrophobia. Films like these may prove to be more "true to life" than documentaries can ever hope to achieve. Just as we divide our time between the passengers on United  93 and the grounded officials desperate to do what they can, in "A Hijacking" we spend half of the running time amidst the glass-walled offices of Copenhagen where the CEO of the targeted shipping company is personally attending to the matters.

One of the ways in which these two films differ is regarding the hijackers themselves. Al-Qaeda wasn't looking to make a "deal," they were there to cause chaos and carry out their part in the day's masterplan of terrorism. For the Somalians it's much more a business venture, they've even brought in a middle-man to be in charge of negotiations with officials in Copenhagen. Another stark divide between these two is the time transpired during their respective events. "United 93" took place in a single morning - planes can't sustain any situation that goes on too long anyways. It will likely surprise you how much time passes in "A Hijacking." A boat offers a different experience... they're (we're) stuck in the middle of the ocean and things could take a long while to get sorted out.

Another reason I brought up "United 93" was because director Paul Greengrass's next film, "Captain Phillips," is due out later this year. That film tackles the true story of Captain Richard Phillips who was also taken hostage by Somali pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009. (Funny how these two 2013 films bear remarkably similar plots, it's not unlike what we'll be seeing later this week with the inevitable "Olympus Has Fallen" vs. "White House Down" debate. I haven't even seen the latter, but please put me in its corner.) We'll see in October how "Captain Phillips" compares; until then it has a lot to live up to as "A Hijacking" sets the bar high.

Pilou Asbæk plays the ship's cook, a much more atypical role for our leading character than say a captain, who proves to be just as valuable once hijacked as he was before the incitation. Søren Malling is the CEO, our other lead, who is seen driving into the company's parking garage during his character's introduction. This is bookended with the fim's final shot of him leaving, as if it say "my work here is done." Malling's character is much less the everyman than Asbæk's cook who has a wife and daughter worried sick back home. Before word of the hijacking reaches Malling's desk he is saving the company over $5 million in a business deal with a Japanese company. What did you do at work today? He embodies and deals business. When an expert is flown in to assist/instruct with the hijacking situation it is recommended that Malling step down and they find someone else, someone who won't be as emotionally involved, to be the on the phone with the pirate's representative. We already know from Malling's previous dealings that he's going to see that things get done (meaing he is going to do them himself).

The cook and the CEO make for a  compelled back-and-forth for this thriller. We're never with either for too long and at times are left effectively longing to know what's going down on the other end. The negotiations were incredibly frustrating to watch. You may find yourself blurting out, "Why won't he just pay the pirates what they want and save these poor guys ASAP?!" Malling's character comes off as business first/employees second long before the film's finale. Is he ever genuine on the phone? Is that a facade he puts on when meeting the families of the victims? Does "A Hijacking" manage to make Malling feel like the one responsible for most of the horrors that the victims suffer? 


The exploration of these quandaries make the film that much more meaningful and lasting. In it's finest moments "A Hijacking" captures what it must have felt like for the prisoners to be granted temporary access to the deck from their make-shift cell below deck: under-appreciated and fresh air. The relationship between the pirates and prisoners further waylaid me. There's a sequence that rivals the maritime brotherhood in "Jaws" than anything close to "United 93." Greengrass's film did the unthinkable, it sympathized with the hijackers. However, there's not as much of that here as they are never the focus of any given scene. In any case, "A Hijacking" merits enrollment in that high-class of practical thrillers for these reasons and more.

"We can't rush these people. Time is a Western thing. It means nothing to them."
- Connor Julian



★★★★

CONTENT: some language, some strong violence, mature themes

Friday, June 21, 2013

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 113


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE


1. Man of Steel / 56% - $116.6M
2. This is the End / 85% - $20.7M
3. Now You See Me / 50% - $11.0M
4. Fast & Furious 6 / 71% - $9.6M
5. The Purge / 38% - $8.3M

Here's Scott Mendelson's analysis of the weekend box office over on Forbes.


NEW IN THEATERS




This Week
  • A Hijacking* / 98%
  • The Bling Ring / 58%
  • The Haunting of Helena*
  • Maniac* / 54%
  • Monsters University / 76%
  • Unfinished Song* / 64%
  • World War Z / 67%


Last Week

  • 20 Feet from Stardom* / 97%
  • The Bling Ring* / 62%
  • Hatchet III* / 56%
  • In the Fog* / 88%
  • Man of Steel / 56%
  • Pandora's Promise* / 58%
  • This is the End / 85%
  • Vehicle 19* / 25%

* = limited release

NEW IN STORES


  • 21 and Over / 26%
  • American Mary / 59%
  • The Brass Teapot / 26%
  • Jack the Giant Slayer / 52%
  • The Last Exorcism Part II / 17%
  • Marketa Lazarova CC / 100%
  • Movie 43 / 4%
  • Quartet / 79%
  • Safety Last! CC / 96%
  • Stoker / 67%
  • Things to Come CC / 91%
  • Upside Down / 29%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes
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POSTER CHILD



Michael Cera holds the magical cactus in the trailer for "Crystal Fairy." Not sure what this phallic imagery is going for, but it seems to suit the acid trip this flick is purported to be. Nice use of only green, yellow, white and black at that.


James Wan's sequel to "Insidious" retains its creepy atmosphere with this poster. When in doubt, use a baby! I still don't understand the significane of the "SI" being red. Anybody?


The poster for the "300: Rise of an Empire" is one of the best I've seen this year. A tidal wade of blood-red sea ushers in this long-due sequel that is, fittingly, set quite a bit on the seas.

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ENLISTED




I felt Michael Shannon as General Zod was one of the best parts of "Man of Steel." Check out JoBlo's "Top 10 Superhero Movie Villains." 



Did you see "This is the End"? What did you think of the celebrities' versions of themselves. To go along with that Rotten Tomatoes serves up "24 Frames: People Playing Themselves." I found this a valuable list as my wife and I were just wondering what other movies were like "This is the End" as we drove home from the theater last night. This list proves there have been a lot of cameos over the years, but it seems nothing has ever been near the level of "This is the End."




In honor of "World War Z" dropping this weekend here's Rotten Tomatoes with "24 Frames: Zombie Nation."



You ready to enroll at "Monsters University"? MOVIECLIPS counts down "Top Ten Movie Monsters' for us.


David Ehrlich over on Film.com lists "The 10 Best Music Moments from Sofia Coppola Movies." This is a sweet resource that I may have to refer to in future Movie Music Moments. Coppola's latest, "The Bling Ring" is currently in limited release, opening wider this weekend.

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THE BAD



James Gandolfini passed away Wednesday at the age of 51 due to a possible heart attack. The Film Tome sends thoughts/prayers to his family and friends. May he rest in peace. Head over to The Film Tome Facebook page to remember and honor this American icon by sharing some of your favorite performances of his. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)


"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" was due out this October but has now been pushed back to next August. This bodes both well and unwell for the project. Now they'll have more time to make it better (fingers crossed), but maybe it was so unready they had no other choice. Looks like I'll need to readjust my most anticipated films of 2013 and 2014 respectively. When they were still casting earlier this year I thought something like this would happen. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

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OR THE COOL



Here's a lovely and moving James Gandolfini video tribute.




Here's MOVIECLIPS with the Weekly Five (five things to be excited about this week in the world of entertainment!).



There's a bronze seven-foot statue of Bruce Lee over in L.A.'s Chinatown! I should catch up with some of his films and go pay my respects. And so should anyone who remotely cares for the martial arts genre. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)




In preparation for "Monsters University" Film School Rejects looks back at the Pixar shorts over the last 27 years.


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MAYBE THE HILARIOUS




Here's a song review of "Man of Steel." We typically don't see these...



Here's The Onion with "Ecstatic Native Americans Praise 'The Lone Ranger.'"

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TRAILER ROUND-UP: HERD 112



Last week our first look at "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" landed to a roar of fanboys across the internet, I consider myself one such one. The adventure continues right where we left off and shows us glimpses of every eventful moment from Beorn's to the Lonely Mountain itself. Along the way we see the likes of Orlando Bloom reprising his role of Legolas from the original trilogy. Why do the visual effects here fair worse than the films that came a decade ago? I still can't wrap my mind around that, but that's not going to stop me from being there opening weekend. This is after all the continued adaptation of my most beloved story. For a more in-depth look at this trailer check out the MOVIECLIPS Instant Trailer Review that I was a part of. Smaug's Desolation can be felt around the world come December 13th.



"Desperate Acts of Magic" received a limited release last month in NY and LA. This low-budget comedy follows Jason who recently fired from his office job begins his magician career. Funny how we've been getting a lot of magic-related movies lately, but not funny how hard this one tries to amuse. The trailer has some moments, maybe even more than "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," but there's nothing here to draw in anyone other than someone who'll see almost anything (like me).



There's a lot of disdain for fat people in this country," says one of the subjects in "All of Me," an upcoming documentary about a support group for overweight women, some of whom decide upon receiving a weight loss operation. Yeah, probably not a popcorn flick, emotions look to be running pretty high. This will be playing at the LA Film Festival, no word on when/where else.




"Caroline and Jackie" is the story of two sisters and a group of friends who get together for a weekend of socializing, though it's really a ruse to stage an intervention for one of the sister's eating disorders. Temperaments escalate to what can only be a breaking point. I find these kind of pot-boiler character casseroles fascinating. "Caroline and Jackie" received a limited release earlier this year, but keep an eye out for when it goes in stores or online later this year.



What's "Blue Jasmine"? It's the latest film from writer/director Woody Allen, who I just confirmed by checking his filmography, has put out a film every single year since 1975. Damn. Here Jasmine (Cate Blanchette) heads to San Francisco after a life crisis and winds up reconnecting with her sister. As a trailer it fails to involve us much, but just let the names and talent involved do the selling. Second only to spousal relationships (i.e. "Husbands and Wifes") perhaps sister-relationships (i.e. "Hannah and Her Sisters") are what Allen has dealt with most. "Blue Jasmine" hits theaters on July 26th.



A Mafia family is relocated to Normandy by the witness protection family in the "The Family." Mob movie patriarch Robert De Niro is the dad in a family full of petty crooks and arsons. The trailer is ripe with scenarios for their havoc. It's mildly entertaining if not completely satisfying. Martin Scorsese and Luc Besson are producing this crime comedy that hits theaters on September 20th.



Vince Vaughn is the biological father of 533 people due to an anonymous donation he made at a fertiliity clinic over 20 years ago in "Delivery Man." This is just a teaser trailer and works quite well by just showing two snippets of scenes from the film. The start is just filler that could almost begin any trailer, but it especially resonates when you learn the synopsis. Chris Platt plays Vaughn's lawyer who has a heck of problem on his hands when over a hundred of these "lost" children sue to know the identity of their sperm lord. Sounds a lot like "Starbuck," an indie Canadian comedy which only recieved a limited release in the States. Well, thanks to the stars involved this version of the story will be getting a wide release come November 22nd.


Kristen Wiig plays the "Girl Most Likely." Most likely to what? Move in with her mother played by Annette Benning after her young career as a playwright has failed to blossomed. Mother and daughter are both on the dating prowl, Matt Dillon and Darren Criss (from "Glee") playing their counterparts. Dillon's in a wacky and comedic role is the highlight of the trailer for me. We'll see if this girl (and this movie) ever get back on their own two feet. Will you be likely to see this on July 19th.


A second trailer for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" also hit the web last week, proving to be longer and better than the first. This distopic/utopic sci-fi parable action promises to provide as much social and political commentary as "District 9," the writer/director's freshman effort. But that shouldn't make genre fans fear for a second that this won't deliver in the action and spectacle department. Matt Damon, in arguably his most combat-heavy role to date, faces off against the security enforcers on that elitest "Halo"-like space station (Speaking of which there's plentiful comparison to be made to video games, from "Half-Life 2" to "Mass Effect," fitting when you consider Blomkamp was originally and continually interested in adapting "Halo" to the big screen). The details you can scrap from this trailer are almost without end, the believable world we are going to be able to experience may be my favorite part advertised. For a more in-depth look at this trailer check out the MOVIECLIPS Instant Trailer Review that I was a part of. I know where I'll be on August 9th.

Fox-trot to the next spot Miss Jane, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


STRANGE STEER


It's "The Breakfast Club" meets "Dawn of the Dead" in "Detention of the Dead." There's a joke about how no student would be caught dead (or undead as it were) in the library. Meh, I'm about as excited as the joke is funny. This gets a very limited release come June 28th.



LASSO OF THE WEEK

The trailer for "Prisoners" has completely sold me on its story of a desperate father who will do anything to locate his kidnapped daughter, even if it means taking the law into his own hands. Hugh Jackman is the central focus, Jake Gyllenhaal plays the detective assigned to the case, and Paul Dano ("There Will Be Blood" and "Ruby Sparks") is the pitiful/pitiless fellow who may have done it. Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo round up the emotionally-powered cast. It begins on bleak autumn day and ends even bleaker, "Prisoners" demands to be seen come September 20th.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

MY FATHER'S TOP 5 FILMS OF ALL-TIME

Last month I thought it would be neat to ask my mother what her personal top 5 films of all-time were and do a post about it. It worked out well, I learned about her and it brought us closer together - and not just under the sun of cinema. After the success of that I knew I wanted to do the same thing with my Dad once Father's Day rolled around. Here we go!



From the onset my Father told me that "unlike [my] Mother" he didn't need movies that taught a moral in their story. He goes to movies as a form of escape or to re-live a memory of a time gone by. This difference between my folks may be best exemplified in their polarizing reactions to "Life is Beautiful." It was #3 on my Mother's list. My Father despises the film because of what happens and it's far-from-happy denouement. "Maybe I'm not mature enough," my Dad confessed, "Life is hard enough - I don't want to add to my stress." I wondered out load as to how him and I were related, let alone father and son. I like a good entertaining, home-in-one-piece jog as much as the next person, but my favorites (or what I'd have topping my list - be it of all-time or any given year) might be melancholy, depressing, ambiguous, bizarre or even depraved. My Father also doesn't know why we're so different.



5. The Ten Commandments (1956)


The miracles on display in Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 remake of his own silent film from the '20s are my Father's favorite part of the picture. He likes that God is portrayed as a God of miracles. He hasn't seen the film in years (nor have I and I doubt I watched the whole 4-hour affair as a kid anyway), but he remembers it being so extravagant and dramatic. This is one I'll have to eventually sit down and experience, but it's one of those films you have to plan your whole day around.



4. Wait Until Dark (1967)

"I was too young when I was taken to it," my Father remembers. He was a nine-year-old boy taken along with the adults to see Audrey Hepburn starring in the big screen adaptation of Frederick Knott's play. I too saw the film in my younger years and I've been unable to forget it. This film must be to my father what M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs" was to me (read about that experience here), though he was even younger than me. Nostalgia is potent when it comes to movies that leave lasting impressions and oft times it's the ones that leave scars we remember most. "It scared the bejeebees out of me!" my Father exclaimed. (And that led into an interesting rabbit hole on the internet as to where that term, "beejeebees," may have come from in my Dad's vocabulary. As with all thought-provoking matters in the Internet age it was somewhat satisfyingly settled thanks to Yahoo! Answers.)



3. Groundhog Day (1993)

Besides just being entertaining "Groundhog Day" taught my Dad a valuable lesson: "Every day is a new day and you have a new, fresh page to write on." "You have to live your life right," he surmised  Wait, I though he didn't care for morals!



2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

This ranked so high on my Dad's list mainly because he feels we all need an adventure and a goal in our lives. In "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Indy (and us) is confronted with many stressful moments but you always know he's going to get out of it. He compared Indy to the likes of the Dirk Pitt character in the Clive Cussler novels. Had my Dad been a product of one generation earlier he probably would have been at the theater each week to see how the cliff-hanging serials would continue each week, those narratives are what inspired Spielberg and Lucas for this character's adventures in the first place. "Unlike in life the good guy always comes out on top in 'Raiders.'"



1. The Princess Bride (1987)

I'm certain that my Dad loves this movie more than anyone on the planet - and that's saying something for a classic that is as widely seen and beloved as this one. This is the "escape" he was referring to in my quoting of him at the start. Based off my father's previous picks "The Princess Bride" is a holy culmination of all his tenants: Miracles and spectacles, hairy and scary situations, a clear message that today is the today to right your course, and of course, the good guys prevailing by the end - on horses into the sunset no less. "A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing," as the Grandfather advertises at the story's start. What else could you ask for? As far as my Father is concerned, nothing.


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Honorable Mentions:



Between "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music" my Dad would have to go with "Mary Poppins." His sister-in-law took him to see it in the theater when he was 6. He had such a magical time watching it that when the credits rolled she asked if he wanted to see it again. YES! So they stayed in their seats and caught the very next showing of it. "You guys didn't pay for another ticket?" I asked. "Oh, it didn't matter in those days!"


A Stephen King adaption or a Hitchock movie were also considerations: "'Rear Window' or 'Misery,' one of those." I especially approved of these honorable mentions.


Once my Dad had listed all his favorites I asked, "What about 'The Gods Must Be Crazy' or 'The Shawshank Redemption.'" His reaction was immediate. "Awww! I forgot!" After some brief discussion he declared, "'The Shawshank Redmeption' probably bumps off 'The Ten Commandments.'"

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My Dad will tell you he's only in it for escape and/or entertainment reasons, but I sense it's much more complicated than that. Complex, dark and far-from-"Mary Poppins" narratives like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" have completely enraptured him in recent years. We never know what types of stories, filmed or otherwise, will work their effect on us unless we try them.  I feel that part of a healthy consumption of movies includes both fantastical Blockbusters and independent dramas (and a good smattering of everything in-between and around). In any case, these are the movies that my Dad loves most and that in turn makes them special to me.

Do you know your Father's favorite film(s)? I'd be interested in hearing what those are, make the known in the comments below.

Happy Father's Day!

THE FILM TOME PODCAST - EPISODE 8: THE MUD BEYOND THE PINES


Curator's Note: This is technically Episode 8 of The Film Tome Podcast but Episodes 6 and 7 have not yet been posted. Those will be cut together and made available in the coming weeks. Episode 8 was put in the express lane as it was a special Father's Day episode and we wanted to make it available today for that reason. If George Lucas was cool enough to jump around in his episodic deliveries then so are we!



In this episode Trent and I each share our Top 5 Father-Son Relationships in films. We follow that up by reviewing two 2013 films with such relations on display, "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "Mud." In addition to that main discussion we have Recently Beheld, Newsreel and Trailer Round-Up on the menu. The format of the show has been slightly tweaked and each segment has it's own intro. The show now takes the ideal format of two cinephiles (Trent and yours truly) on a night out to the theater. You can navigate as you wish by using the Show Notes below.


There's three easy and free ways to take in the podcast: Listen below, download below or subscribe on iTunes. Please share your feedback with us in the comments below and share this podcast with the cinephiles in your life. You can find all of our previous episodes here on The Film Tome or by doing a search for "The Film Tome Podcast" on iTunes. Thanks for listening and happy watching everybody!





SHOW NOTES
The Film Tome Podcast - Episode 008: The Mud Beyond the Pines
Recording Date: June 9, 2013
Runtime: 55:32

Segments:
(1:45) Recently Watched
(15:00) Newsreel
(19:03) Trailer Round-Up
(23:55) Feature Presentation: Top 5 Father/Son Relationship Films
(40:20) Review: The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
(47:30) Review: Mud (2012)

Music: 
Mike Patton - The Snow Angel, The Place Beyond the Pines OST (2013)
Klaus Badelt - The Pirates of the Caribbean OST (2003)
Bill Farmer/Aaron Lohr - Nobody Else But You, A Goofy Movie OST (1995)
Mike Patton - Family Trees, The Place Beyond the Pines OST (2013)
David Wingo - Opening, Mud OST (2013)

THE FILM TOME PODCAST - EPISODE 5: THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH


This episode went live some time ago (and was recorded quite some time before that), so apologies that it's not the most timely listen. I've gotten behind in editing and there's another two episodes that have been in the can that will be coming down the pipe soon-ish. My hope is that the conversations will still prove relevant, if not more so as people will have had a longer opportunity to catch up with the films in discussion.


In this episode Trent and I briefly review "Les Misérables" and "Lincoln," two early front-runners for Best Picture last year. Usual topics like Trailer Round-Up and Recently Beheld are also in the mix. There's three easy and free ways to take in the podcast: Listen below, download below or subscribe on iTunes. Please share your feedback with us in the comments below and share this podcast with the cinephiles in your life. You can find all of our previous episodes here on The Film Tome or by doing a search for "The Film Tome Podcast" on iTunes. Thanks for listening and happy watching everybody!





SHOW NOTES

The Film Tome Podcast - Episode 005: The President's Speech
Recording Date: January 4, 2013
Runtime: 38:11

Segments:
(1:35) Trailer Round-Up
(6:50) Recently Watched
(15:55) Review: Lincoln (2012)
(23:40) Review: Les Miserables (2012)

Music:
Les Mis Cast - Look Down, Les Miserables OST (2012)
John Williams - The People's House, Lincoln OST (2012)
Les Mis Cast - At the End of the Day, Les Miserables OST (2012)
Russell Crowe - Stars, Les Miserables OST (2012)
Les Mis Cast - Red and Black, Les Miserables OST (2012)
Les Mis Cast - Master of the House, Les Miserables OST (2012)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 112



NEW IN THEATERS





This Week
  • 20 Feet from Stardom* / 95%
  • The Bling Ring* / 61%
  • Hatchet III* / 50%
  • In the Fog* / 87%
  • Man of Steel / 57%
  • Pandora's Promise* / 53%
  • This is the End / 83%
  • Vehicle 19* / 33%


Last Week
  • Finding Joy*
  • The Internship / 33%
  • Much Ado About Nothing* / 80%
  • The Purge / 40%
  • Rapture-Palooza* / 27%
  • Syrup*
  • Wish You Were Here* / 70%
  • Violet & Daisy* / 24%

* = limited release

NEW IN STORES


  • 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom / 41%
  • Bullet to the Head / 47%
  • Come Out and Play / 56%
  • Dead Man's Burden / 76%
  • Eden / 80%
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters / 14%
  • The Magic Flute / 74%
  • Masquerade / 100%
  • Snitch / 57%
  • Wrong / 70%

% from Rotten Tomatoes
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POSTER CHILD




Aubrey Plaza maintains her good girl charm but not without her mischievous (albeit largely oblivious) smile for the poster of "The To Do List." The cast of degenerates looks on in the background. This has a very '80s college comedy feel to it. July 26th if this on your list.




Martin Freeman as the titular Hobbit stands amidst what can only be the entrance to the Lonely Mountain. He's out of his element, before something much more ancient than his kind, puny in comparison, but yet he's at the center of it all. It maintains the scheme and design that this saga has now held for over a decade. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" hits theaters everywhere on December 13th.

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CAST AWAY



Arnold Schwarzenegger will be in the 5th installment of the "Terminator" franchise. He's baaaack. (Source: The Arnold Fans)



From the bit of casting news to the man that Arnold passed the action movie torch over to (literally in "The Rundown"), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He tweeted a pic of himself getting made up for Hercules! Yes, he's playing the Greek legend himself in "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," due out July 24th, 2014. Read more over on JoBlo.


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ENLISTED




MOVIECLIPS has a new video countdown, "Top Ten Reasons Why We Love Dads." Enjoy and share it with your pop!




In honor of Father's Day (PSA: this coming Sunday everyone!) and the recently released "After Earth" Rotten Tomatoes considers "24 Frames: Certified Fresh Father and Son Films."



IMDb shares "Memorable Dads in Movies and TV."



And here's a massive list to close off this segment, Total Film's "50 Greatest Movie Dads."

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THE GOOD



Jon M. Chu will be returning as director to helm "G.I. Joe 3." I was a relative fan of "Retaliation" and the flair he brought to it from his "Step Up" films. (Source: Deadline)

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THE WEIRD



Will Smith is this week's defendant in JoBlo's weekly column "Movie Jail." You can see the on the big screen now in "After Earth," my review.

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AND THE RANDOM



Here's Scott Mendelson's weekend box office analysis wherein the record-breaking "The Purge" led the pack.



In honor of "Man of Steel" Rotten Tomatoes present "Total Recall: Superman Movies." How surprising is it that "Man of Steel" is now closer to "Superman III" (on the Tomatometer) than to the original?




Steven Spielberg is predicting an "implosion" in the film industry. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

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OR THE COOL




The cinephiles over at Film School Rejects share "A Superman Father & Son" as part of their Scenes We Love series. Fitting for the weekend's release and the holiday at hand! Here's their write-up.




Here's MOVIECLIPS with the Weekly Five (five things to be excited about this week in the world of entertainment!).




Ready for something rather heartwarming? Watch some of "The Hobbit" actors (namely Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom and Lee Pace) react to watching fan reactions to the new trailer which dropped yesterday. (You can see that trailer over on The Film Tome Facebook page) or later in this week's Trailer Round-Up. As cynical as I've been about the obvious money-making scheme behind this "Hobbit" trilogy this is a glimmer of hope that they're doing it all for the fans... (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)




Matt Singer gives us a timely history lesson about the first superhero movie of all time, "Superman and the Mole Man"!



MOVIECLIPS is known for some of the best mashups on the web. Check out this incredible June trailer mashup!



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MAYBE THE HILARIOUS

Are these "The Worst Movie Dads Ever"?



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This simple but iconic (it's essentially the incredibly brief opening credits put on a page) poster for "Breaking Bad" informs us that the end is coming on August 11th... "All bad things must come to an end." Perfect.

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Updated 6/16/13