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Universal unveils Dark Universe cast, logo, and Russell Crowe voiceover

May 23
// Rick Lash
We’ve known since 2014 that Universal wanted a piece of this super hot ‘cinematic universe’ (©Marvel) action. It’s all the rage. After all, they’re friggin’ UNIVERSAL—how could t...

Trailer for The Mummy with Tom Cruise reveals a new world of gods and monsters

Dec 04 // Hubert Vigilla
Makes me wonder if Tom Cruise will make appearances in other Universal Monster Movie universe movies. (The UMMUM, as the cool kids call it. Cool kids meaning me, mostly.) Here's an official synopsis for The Mummy: Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters. The Mummy hits theaters on June 9, 2017. Check out a poster for the film below.
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Run, Tom Cruise, run!
The Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise teased a trailer last week with a short preview and a movie poster. The trailer for the film just dropped, and it looks much darker than the kooky, happy-go-lucky Mummy movies with Brendan Fraser. Also, you get to see Tom Cruise running in this trailer, because of course you do. It's a Tom Cruise movie. Check out the trailer below.

Review: The Nice Guys

May 20 // Matthew Razak
[embed]220584:42955:0[/embed] The Nice GuysDirector: Shane BlackRated: RRelease Date: May 20, 2016 If you've seen the cult classic Kiss Kiss Bang Bang you know that Sean Black knows his way around the tropes and cliches of noir film and knows how to subvert them beautifully. His return to the genre is exciting to say the least. The Nice Guys starts up as many noir films do with narration from one of our lead private eyes: Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe). He is soon joined in his narration efforts by Holland March (Ryan Gosling) as the two team up to find a missing girl -- Jackson out of misplaced duty and Holland out of greed. Tagging along is Holland's daughter Holly (Angourie Rice). A 70s, drug-fueled mystery unfolds replete with femme fatales, conspiracies, tragic downfalls and everything else you'd expect from a noir. Stir in some buddy cop banter (Black's other genre strong suit) and you've got yourself a perfect example of neo-noir on your hands. There's a lot to unpack here, especially since Black is clearly spending a lot of the movie simply deconstructing the noir genre. Sadly, the movies plot seems to suffer because of it. While it's two lead characters are fantastic, it's comedy crisp and its direction clever the film's story never lives up to any of it. Relying far too heavily on deus ex machina and cheap plot twists the mystery seems to be more in service of the themes than the other way around. That might be fine for an art house film, but this isn't that and it makes watching the movie start to get a bit boring. Thankfully, Crowe and Gosling are pretty fantastic together. Their chemistry takes a bit to work up, but once it does they're flinging insults off each other wonderfully. It helps that the two characters are really representations of the two major facets of noir gumshoes. Crowe's is the hard-edge moral code that classic noir anti-heroes abide by and Gosling's is the rampant self destruction and selfishness that makes them not entirely likeable. Together they basically make Humphrey Bogart in 70s suits and Hawaiian shirts. It's a wonderfully smart look at noir film archetypes made even more fun by the charm the two actors bring to the role.  On the other hand you have Holly, whose character seems almost unnecessary except to move the plot along. Her character is the worst aspect of the buddy cop movie (the unwanted sidekick) and feels especially out of place in a film crammed full of adult content. The emotional ticks she plays a part in could have been executed just as easily without her, and her involvement in some of the scenes feels inappropriate at times. She also seems out of place overall with the tone and genre of the film. A bit of 90s buddy cop movie pushing in a bit too much on what should be a noir with just a sprinkling of that genre.  I will say that the 70s are the perfect setting for neo-noir. The last decade of abandonment tinged with the knowledge that all the drugs, sex and crime we're leading to a crescendo that was the 80s. The movie doesn't quite make enough of its setting except to play off the emergence of pornography in cinema and show of some epic 70s fashion. It's another aspect that works really well for the noir part of the film, but feels like a gimmick when the more buddy cop tones play in.  The Nice Guys is a strange combination of what Sean Black does best, but his neo-noir feels awkward mixed with buddy cop. Maybe he was emboldened by his success at mashing together genres in Iron Man 3, but in this case Black should have stuck with what he does best: turning noir on its head in order to redefine it.
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Shane Black doing it oh so nice
There's something a little off about The Nice Guys. It should work really well. Two great actors who play off each other fantastically with director/writer Shane Black bringing his talents back to the neo-noir genre. Plus, it...


Russel Crowe's The Water Diviner gets trailer and poster

The man has been waiting years to use his actual accent
Oct 01
// Matthew Razak
Russell Crowe is finally making the jump to director, because that's what actors do it seems. His debut film is The Water Diviner, a WWI period piece about an Australian man who goes searching for his lost boys after the war...

Review: Noah

Mar 28 // Matthew Razak
[embed]217520:41371:0[/embed] NoahDirector: Darren AronofskyRated: PG-13Release Date: March 28, 2013 Knowing the biblical story of Noah, as most of us do, really isn't going to give you the full idea of Noah's plot. While the basic gist of a god wiping the earth clean of sinful mankind by flooding it, and Noah (Russel Crowe) collecting all the animals still forms the structure of the plot the movie elaborates on, expands and removes certain parts. This is more of a telling of the story to focus on the themes of the Noah myth than to tell the story itself. In fact only half the film is dedicated to the part of the story that is usually focused on, the building of the ark, and the rest plays out as a more focused study on the characters, faith and mercy. It's this latter part that really works. The beginning of the film feels like some sort of post apocalyptic fantasy film as we find Noah, descendant of Adam's son Seth, living with his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), and three sons Ham, Shem and Japheth. They live alone, outside the cities of men, which are ruled by Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone), descendant of Adam's son Cain.The cities have fallen out of favor with "The Creator" thanks to rampant sinning. When Noah dreams a dream of the world ending they family picks up everything to find Noah's grandfather Methusula (Anthony Hopkins) and on their way to him rescue Ila (Emma Watson). From here on out things unfold pretty much as you expect, except for some stone giants that are cursed fallen angels that aid Noah in the construction of the arc and its defense once Tubal-cain decides to lead his men in an attack. All that is the first half of the film, and it's a perfectly passable, big fantasy epic that entertains enough to keep it going and has just enough of that Aronofsky flair to feel like its a bit more than a Lord of the Rings knock off. It's the second half of the film that really stands out, though. As the floods rage we're confronted with the actual act of killing everyone on earth, and so are the characters. Noah becomes increasingly convinced that all of man, including his family, is meant to die, and the struggle between his faith in "The Creator" and his love for his family pulls forward. The internal struggles of the family are as old as the Bible itself as sons turn on their father and wives on husbands, but it's this in depth and powerful look that turns a mythic story into a heart wrenching family piece and finally makes the movie click.  Before the flood things seemed almost rushed, like Aronofsky just wants to get to the part of the film that he knows is good. The plot unfolds pretty matter-of-factly, and while the great battle to defend the ark is cool there's almost no emotional development. We spend an hour getting the characters where they need to be to be locked in a boat together. It's a pretty hour, but it never jives as a movie. The second hour gets intense and that's when the performances come out. Connelly is especially powerful as she falls apart because of her husband's actions and Crowe's stoicism throughout the film is a wonderful reflection of the faith that the movie addresses. It's interesting to watch this movie as a religious statement because at times, if you're not a believer, Noah's actions seem like the work of the bad guy. Many times you find yourself hearing lines the hero of a movie would usually yell about the strength of mankind coming from the bad guys mouth. It's an interesting role reversal that Aronofsky plays with well in order to confront our hubris and gluttony, but also to paint "The Creator" in a light that isn't all worship and glory. Of course the sinners must die so the thematic pull between these two ideas loses its thrust eventually, but Noah's inner struggle with his decisions makes up for that. However, Aronofsky can't always keep his own thematic struggles working. He's often caught between progressive religious ideals (he depicts the days of creation as evolution) and literal miracles (a forest grows over night). It's possible the idea was to have fantasy aspects while addressing religious ideas in the same film, but these two concepts often contradict each other and it's hard to get a bead on what the film is trying to say. Of course most of the fantasy aspects disappear once they enter the boat and thus the thematic incongruencies do as well. Another reason the second half of the film works better. What makes this even odder is that Aronofky's trademark visual tripiness (see Black Swan or The Fountain) are almost completely gone in the latter half too. The film is directed like the two aspects of his career. The opening half being his more visually metaphoric work and the latter being the in depth searching of a specific character's soul. It's odd that they're so separate when he melded them so well together in the likes of Black Swan.  None of this really eschews the fact that Noah is really a big budget fantasy film. That's what the studio paid for and that's what they got. There's action and huge set pieces and humor and all those things you expect from a tent pole film. The problem is that it works best when it's not being one of those. Noah works when its about Noah. 
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To preface this review I'd like to point you towards this article, which explains how I, as a DC film critic, finally got to see Noah ahead of time. Basically, Paramount for some reason thought it would be grand to scree...

First trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Noah gets biblical

Nov 14 // Nick Valdez
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Forty days and nights of action
I'm not the most religious person. I have my beliefs and other folks have theirs, but there's no reason that I can't enjoy a film depicting one of the more famous stories from the Bible, Noah's Ark. This first trailer for Da...

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First trailer for Winter's Tale

Nov 07
// Nick Valdez
Winter's Tale is based off the book of same name and is the directorial debut of Oscar winning screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman. I have no rightly idea what's going on in the trailer (other than the fact it takes place in Olde N...

It's been a little while since we've heard about Noah, Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic (by way of Mad Max with 11-foot-tall fallen angels). We previously had a picture of Noah's ark looking very ark-like, but now we have our...


Man of Steel action figures for Zod and Jor-El

Michael Shannon as a CW star, Russell Crowe as space-armor Javert
Jan 31
// Hubert Vigilla
[UPDATE: Additional pics of Superman action figures, a Superman vinyl figure, and the Lego box added to the gallery.] We've been getting a lot of pics of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, but we've yet t...

Five new uncut clips from Les Miserables are worrying

Dec 03 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
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After the release of the last trailer for Tom Hooper's upcoming adaptation of the brilliant Les Miserables, my excitement was somewhat diminished. I didn't like the way the trailer cut up, and I wanted some unbroken songs to...


New international (French) Les Misťrables poster

Sorry for the crappy cropping job on the header!
Nov 26
// Thor Latham
Now that we're well on our way out of November, we enter into the legitimate beginnings of the Holiday season; that is to say, that time of year that some people love while others despise it wholeheartedly. What can we do to ...

Les Miserables cast photos by Annie Leibovitz

Nov 13
// Hubert Vigilla
Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables is just over a month away. To help build the hype, noted photographer Annie Leibovitz took a number of stunning cast photos for Vogue. They're much better than the chintzy Disney pics...

Trailer: Broken City

When cities break they fix them
Oct 05
// Matthew Razak
Corruption, intrigue, action, bad hair, a trailer that give away most of the movie and all the best lines. These are things that you should expect when watching the trailer for Broken City a movie about a city that is b...

New images from The Man With The Iron Fists

Keep your 'Iron' this one. Geddit?
Sep 19
// Xander Markham
Music producer and Wu Tang Clan leader RZA is as much of a movie nerd as Quentin Tarantino, particularly when it comes to wushu, aka Chinese martial arts movies. Anyone who enjoyed Kill Bill - which should be everyone - shoul...

After reading through the entire Dark Tower series because I thought that it was actually, finally going to be made into a movie/TV series I was pretty much crushed when production halted. But never keep a rambling, all-over-...


Russell Crowe is directing a Bill Hicks biopic

Jul 23
// Alex Katz
Russell Crowe, acclaimed star of Wine Drunk at the Villa and Fightin' Round the World, will be directing a film based on the life of legendary comedian Bill Hicks, who died of cancer at the age of thirty-two. At present,...

Prior talks culminated today as it was confirmed by Paramount and New Regency that Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming Biblical epic Noah has found its titular lead. While the fable famously features a raven and a dove, ...


Russell Crowe takes lead role in Darren Aronofky's Noah

Mar 21
// Andres Bolivar
Last month there was word that Russell "Master & Motherf*cking Commander" Crowe was in talks for the lead role in Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Now we have official confirmation that the Crowester will indeed star in...

Russell Crowe in talks for Darren Aronofsky's Noah

Feb 29
// Xander Markham
Darren Aronofsky's Noah has been in gestation for a long time - if in a pretentious mood, you might say it's positively antediluvian at this point - but it looks as though the project finally setting sail with confirmation th...

[UPDATE] Russell Crowe cast as the new Robocop?

Feb 02
// Jamie R Stone
[UPDATE: Well, looks like it's the week of the police cyborg known as Robocop. Just the other day, we told you that Nick Schenk was hired on to write the Robocop remake for the big screen. Today we're reporting that Russel Cr...

Will Smith and Russell Crowe join Winter's Tale

Feb 02
// Xander Markham
Akiva Goldsman has long struggled to secure financing for his directorial debut, Winter's Tale, which is surprising considering it is a magic-themed gangster story (adapted from a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin) from the man who ...

Russell Crowe wants Fox to make Master and Commander sequel?

Dec 08
// Tom Fronczak
Russell Crowe quizzically Tweeted yesterday "If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts." It feels odd that he'd push for this movie when Gladiator seemed...

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