Movie Review: THE FRONT RUNNER

THE FRONT RUNNER movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Mark O’Brien, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Mamoudou Athie, Alfred Molina, Kevin Pollak, Sara Paxton, Steve Zissis Writers: Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT by Matt Bai Director: Jason Reitman Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 6, 2018 (Los Angeles and New York); November 21, 2018 (wide) First of all, THE FRONT RUNNER is not the film adaptation of forever-in-development Patricia Nell Warren’s novel about an affair between an Olympic track coach and one of his athletes. Rather, it is a fact-based […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 18: The Ain’t Got Time For The Walking Dead Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we talk about the season 7 premiere of THE WALKING DEAD. We don’t watch THE WALKING DEAD, but we’ve never let that stop us from talking before. Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X, joins us. We use this as a jumping off point to talk about what it’s like when everyone is watching a TV show that you’re not watching. Then we introduce our new segment, “I Should Be Working On It Right Now,” in which we chat about the books we are writing. You can learn more about Chris’ book at JettJergens.com, and Sonia’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EDDIE THE EAGLE

EDDIE THE EAGLE | © 2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Tim McInnerny, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken Writers: Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton, story by Simon Kelton Director: Dexter Fletcher Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: February 26, 2016 EDDIE THE EAGLE is a movie that shouldn’t work. This isn’t because the subject matter isn’t engaging – a late-coming rookie to a death-defying sport who makes the Olympics is perfectly cinematic in narrative and visual terms. However, the fictional treatment of how real-life Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards achieved fame is so broad that there a character literally does a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CHAPPIE

CHAPPIE | © 2015 Sony/Columbia

Rating: R Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret Writers: Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell Director: Neill Blomkamp Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: March 6, 2015 Although CHAPPIE is clearly a product of present-day filmmaking – the motion capture is state of the art – it harks back to the kinds of stories that filmmakers were telling in the early ‘80s, like E.T. (minus the alien element), ROBOCOP and TERMINATOR. Director Neill Blomkamp and his co-screenwriter Terri Tatchell have a lot of love for the first sentient, self-aware robot they depict […]Read On »

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Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-MEN - DAYS OF FUTURE PAST poster | ©2014 Fox/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore. Omar Sy, Evan Peters Writer: Simon Kinberg, story by Jane Goldman & Simon Kinberg & Matthew Vaughn Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 23, 2014 If you’re going to make an installment of a film franchise that potentially erases the continuity of previous endeavors, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST demonstrates how to do it with not only style but real urgency. Don’t just randomly drop time travelers into the […]Read On »

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ELYSIUM Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

ELYSIUM | (c) 2013 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies ELYSIUM – Neill Blomkamp made a huge splash when he directed DISTRICT 9 a few years ago. This is his follow-up – another science fiction epic set in a distant future where the Earth is no longer the habitable place we enjoy today. ELYSIUM is very ambitious. […]Read On »

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THE WOLVERINE Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE WOLVERINE | (c) 2013 Fox Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies THE WOLVERINE – There has been a lot of negative and positive comments about the second Wolverine movie – starring Hugh Jackman reprising his role from the previous film as well as the many X-MEN movies. One thing that can be said about the film on DVD […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRISONERS

PRISONERS movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 20, 2013 PRISONERS is a two-and-a-half-hour thriller that raises some difficult questions, making them intense and uncomfortable enough for us to ponder even after the film is over. It also boasts strong performances by leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as a potent supporting cast headed up by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski wind up downplaying a number of central issues […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from PRISONERS Los Angeles Premiere

Hugh Jackman at the premiere of PRISONERS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment held the Los Angeles Premiere of PRISONERS on September 12th at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. PRISONERS  has an A-list cast, which includes an Oscar Winner, Oscar nominees and a Golden Globe nominee. Walking the carpet were the stars from the film: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette, Zoe Soul, Kyla-Drew Simmons, Aaron Guzikowski (Screenwriter), Producers – Broderick Johnson, Adam Kolbrenner, and Kira Davis. Guests at the event  included: Dennis Haysbert, Emile Hirsch, Carol Connors, Julius Tennon, Alfonso […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOLVERINE

THE WOLVERINE movie poster | ©2013 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sunada, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Haruhiko Yamanouchi Writers: Mark Bomback and Scott Frank Director: James Mangold Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: July 26, 2013 The major problem with THE WOLVERINE is not that the title character – or for that matter, Hugh Jackman, the actor who plays him – cannot headline a feature film. Wolverine, aka Logan, an immortal mutant whose skeleton has had the metal adamantine added to it, has proven to be a compelling figure, both in the Marvel Comics that introduced him and […]Read On »

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