Movie Review: BRIGHTBURN

BRIGHTBURN teaser poster | ©2019 Screen Gems

Rating: R Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn Writers: Brian Gunn & Mark Gunn Director: David Yarovesky Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems Release Date: May 23, 2019 While BRIGHTBURN touches on various mythologies, it is most closely linked to that of Superman. Like SUPERMAN, BRIGHTBURN deals with a human-looking baby, found in what is clearly a (very small) spacecraft by a sweet, childless couple, Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and Kyle Breyer (David Denman), who raise the boy as their own. The title of BRIGHTBURN turns out to be the name of one of those towns that figure in super origin stories, […]Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: LOVE & MERCY

LOVE AND MERCY Blu-ray | ©2015 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti Writers: Owen Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner, based on the life of Brian Wilson Director: Bill Pohlad Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment Release Date: Blu-ray/DVD, September 15, 2015 By all accounts – including the one in this film – the life of Beach Boys’ founding member Brian Wilson, one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the twentieth century, was and is a complex affair. A single feature film of normal running time wouldn’t be able to tell Wilson’s story in linear fashion. LOVE & MERCY, which was released theatrically last […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the MAGIC MIKE XXL World Premiere

Channing Tatum at the World Premiere of MAGIC MIKE XXL | ©2015 Sue Schneider

The World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures MAGIC MIKE XXL was held at the TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California on June 25th. Opening the premiere were guy dancers who proceeded to entertain the press like “Chippendale” dancers. After they finished the stars started to walk the carpet. From the film the stars, which included: Channing Tatum (Star/Producer), Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks, Carrie Ann Hunt, Crystal Hunt, Gilbert Saldivar, Reid Carolin (Producer/Writer), Gregory Jacobs (Director/Producer), Alison Faulk (Lead Choreographer) and Teresa […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MAGIC MIKE XXL

MAGIC MIKE XXL poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, Donald Glover, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks Writer: Reid Carolin, based on characters created by Reid Carolin Director: Gregory Jacobs Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 1, 2015 MAGIC MIKE XXL is an example of a sequel that improves on the original. In 2012’s MAGIC MIKE, we met the title character (Channing Tatum) and his cohorts at a Miami male strip club. The film registered as one of the least hysterical stories ever told about people who remove their clothes for a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LEGO MOVIE

THE LEGO MOVIE | © 2014 Warner Bros

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day Writers: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, based on Lego Construction Toys Directors: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 7, 2014 THE LEGO MOVIE, which takes a host of Lego figures, vehicles, structures and environments and deposits them in a story in 3D animation, has some very good jokes. It also has a message that gets repeated in various forms throughout […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING Los Angeles Premiere

Cameron Diaz at the Los Angeles Premiere of WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Lionsgate and Alcon Entertainment held the Los Angeles Premiere of WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING on May 14th at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING features an A-list star cast and they all showed up to walk the black carpet, which included: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Rodrigo Santoro, Joe Manganiello, Amir Talai, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rob Huebel, Tom Lennon, Rebel Wilson, Taboo, Whitney Port, Kirk Jones (Director), Mike Medavoy (Producer), and from the soundtrack Alison Sudol. Joining them were guests, which included: […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE HUNGER GAMES World Premiere – Part 1- The Stars

Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth at the World Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Recently, Lionsgate held the World Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. This premiere had the same setup as THE TWILIGHT SAGA premieres that have been held down at Nokia…BIG is the word to describe it. Fans of the book series by Suzanne Collins were everywhere. They screamed as the stars arrived. Some wanted autographs and their photo taken with the stars. Seen walking the black carpet were the stars of the movie, which included: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby […]Read On »

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The Great HUNGER GAMES Rip-Off

Jennifer Lawrence in THE HUNGER GAMES | ©2012 Lionsgate

They say that there are only seven stories, aka plots, and that every story we’ve ever read, heard, or seen in a film, is either one of those seven, or a combination of one or more of them. Proof of this was recently hammered home in a big way via the AVATAR/POCAHONTAS/FERNGULLY debacle. While I’m a big fan of mash-ups, aka taking elements of several existing stories, lyrics, or melodies, and making them into one new-ish one, I do find it odd that with all the hoopla surrounding this season’s darling, THE HUNGER GAMES – no one seems to remember […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HUNGER GAMES

THE HUNGER GAMES final poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Donald Sutherland Writers: Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: March 23, 2012 Not having read Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel THE HUNGER GAMES, this reviewer can only report secondhand on the film version’s fidelity to the source material (according to those who have read the book, it’s fairly close). As to how well the HUNGER GAMES movie stands up on its own, it is a good […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the MAN ON A LEDGE Los Angeles Premiere

Sam Worthington at the Los Angeles Premiere of MAN ON A LEDGE | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Summit Entertainment held the Los Angeles Premiere of MAN ON A LEDGE recently at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. MAN ON A LEDGE stars Sam Worthington as ex-cop Nick Cassidy. After escaping from prison he stands on the ledge of a New York Hotel to prove his innocent, but is he innocent or does he have a hidden agenda? Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Ed Harris, Director Asger Leth, Writer Pablo F. Fenjves and Composer Henry Jackman. Joining them were guests, which […]Read On »

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