Movie Review: ZOOLANDER 2

ZOOLANDER 2 | © 2016 Paramount

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Cyrus Arnold, Kristen Wiig Writers: Justin Theroux & Ben Stiller and Nicholas Stoller and John Hamburg, based on characters created by Drake Sather & Ben Stiller Director: Ben Stiller Distributor: Paramount Release Date: February 12, 2016 Ben Stiller’s epically airheaded supermodel character Derek Zoolander, created by the actor and his then-writing partner, the late Drake Sather, began life in the ‘90s in sketches created for the VH1 Fashion Awards. In 2001, ZOOLANDER got his own movie, with the character jockeying for position with fellow male supermodel Hansel, played by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INHERENT VICE

INHERENT VICE movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Joanna Newsom, Eric Roberts, Michael Kenneth Williams, Martin Donovan, Sasha Pieterse, Hong Chau, Jordan Christian Hearn, Jeannie Berlin Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 12, 2014 Although novelist Thomas Pynchon is a legendary American writer who has so far brought forth eight novels and numerous short stories (in addition to a lot of technical writing), INHERENT VICE is the first of his works to make it to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FREE BIRDS

FREE BIRDS movie poster | ©2013 Relativity Media

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Jimmy Hayward Writers: Scott Mosier and Jimmy Hayward, story by David I. Stern & John J. Strauss Director: Jimmy Hayward Distributor: Relativity Media Release Date: November 1, 2013 On the surface, FREE BIRDS is one more animated feature about talking animals putting aside their differences to save themselves and each other – yes, at this point, it constitutes an entire genre. However, it’s hard to tell if the makers of FREE BIRDS are intentionally putting out messages here, or if the whole thing is […]Read On »

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Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 3 – The Cold

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN | ©2013 Weinstein Company

It’s time to conclude what happened at the Toronto International Film Festival by dividing up the films into three categories. So here are the winners, losers and something in-between so just for fun I’ve broken them down into buzz terms, HOT, WARM and COLD. Part 3: THE COLD (BUZZ+CRITICAL REACTION+AUDIENCE COMMENTS) YOU ARE HERE Road trip comedy drama with Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis CONSENSUS: Writer/director Matthew Weiner’s surprising limp big screen debut. The leads are irritating, the plot so-so, the overall effect dull. Maybe Weiner just too tired after obsessing over every MAD MAN detail. Would make a good […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: CARS 2

CARS 2 Blu-ray | ©2011 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Voices: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer Writer: Ben Queen Director: John Lasseter Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 I’ve never been more disappointed in a Pixar film than I was with CARS 2 – an abomination if there ever was one with the Pixar organization whose batting average has been impeccable since TOY STORY. Even when the movies have been just okay (THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE), they’ve still had some value and some great humor/animation thrown into the mix. Even the brilliant TOY STORY 3 shouldn’t have worked, but the Pixar team found […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CARS 2

CARS 2 movie poster | ©2011 Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures

Stars (voices): Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, John Turturro, Bonnie Hunt Writer: Ben Queen, story by John Lasseter & Brad Lewis & Dan Fogelman Director: John Lasseter, co-director, Brad Lewis Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: June 24, 2011 For those who either really liked the first Disney/Pixar CARS, or pretty much liked it but wished it had a genre plot, here is CARS 2. It brings back not only the CGI animated automotive universe of the first film (sans people or animals), but also the main characters, the learn-important-life-lessons through-line and even […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the CARS 2 World Premiere

Owen Wilson at the World Premiere of CARS 2 | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Disney•Pixar held the World Premiere of CARS 2 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on June 18th. Hollywood Boulevard was transformed into the World Grand Prix between Highland and Orange. Life-Size remote-controlled cars of Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile came down the black carpet, which looked like a racetrack. The backdrop was so cool as, like the movie, cars looked liked they were sitting in the stands. The press section was built on a riser so we looked down onto the carpet. It had a start and finish line at each end, plus giant flags representing the internationals […]Read On »

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UNKNOWN is one of the Blu-ray and DVD picks this week

UNKNOWN | © 2011 Warner Home Video

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. I was on a self-imposed break last week so this week I am combining last week’s titles along with this week’s. MOVIES UNKNOWN – If anyone has ever seen TAKEN, you know that Liam Neeson can bring it. He’s definitely got the power to be an action star […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Los Angeles premiere

Michael Sheen and Owen Wilson at the LA Premiere of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Sony Pictures Classics presented the Los Angeles premiere of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, a film by Woody Allen on May 18th at The Academy Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills.  The premiere benefited THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is a romantic comedy set in Paris. It’s about a family that goes there because of business, which includes two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall, but are forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Owen Wilson, Michael […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS movie poster | ©2011 Sony Classics

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson Writer: Woody Allen Director: Woody Allen Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: May 20, 2011 Woody Allen has been writing and directing movies since 1969’s TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (or 1966’s WHAT’S UP, TIGER LILY? If one counts his before-its-time MSTK redubbed take on a Japanese spy film). He started out as a farceur, then did comedy/dramas, then tried straight drama and by 1980, he made a movie called STARDUST MEMORIES where aliens told his onscreen alter ego (played by Allen) that […]Read On »

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