Archive for June, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Teaser

— by ADAM POYNTER — Peter Jackson returned to Middle Earth last year with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of what will be three films to cover the beginnings of Bilbo Baggins and his adventures with the dwarves where he finds the ring of Power, encounters[...]

Global Smurfs Day returns June 22

On June 22, in celebration of the birthday of Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs (born June 25, 1928), Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation will once again coordinate events all over the world as part of Global Smurfs Day, a worldwide event in anticipation of the release of “The Smurfs 2,”[...]

Sony acquires The Lunchbox

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to the Viewer’s Choice Award, Grand Rail d’Or, winner at the 2013 Critics’ Week, “The Lunchbox.” Written and directed by Ritesh Batra, “The Lunchbox” stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nakul Vaid.[...]

Three New Man of Steel Clips

— by ADAM POYNTER — “Man of Steel” is less than one Earth week away from its debut in American theaters and Warner Bros. is not backing down from its promotional campaign. They are in hyper mode as we have seen more material released in the past few weeks than the last six months com[...]

Sony Options Un Prophèt Remake Rights

Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned the rights to remake “Un Prophèt,” the French hit released in the US as “A Prophet” in 2010, into an English language film to be produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe through the Original Film banner. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film tells t[...]

Review: Frances Ha

— by RON WILKINSON — Greta Gerwig (“Greenburg”) comes flying out of the screen and into your heart in this surprisingly disarming and genuine coming of age story by Noah Baumbach (co-written by Gerwig). Threatening at first to become just another self-absorbed New York poor girl who [...]

Man of Steel: Nokia Trailer

— by JOSUE SANCHEZ — In just one week, we will learn exactly what the masses will make of the highly-anticipated Superman movie, “Man of Steel.” And if the final, ultimate trailer just released by Nokia and Warner Bros. is any sign to go by, then this movie will be, without a[...]

Review: Violet & Daisy

— by RON WILKINSON — Anybody who watched 2009’s astounding “Precious” knows that when screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher digs into the far corners of dysfunctional women’s minds, he comes up with eye-opening realities. In “Violet & Daisy,” he not only writes the screenplay, [...]

Review: The Internship

— by ADAM DALE — The comedic duo from 2005’s “Wedding Crashers” are back together on the big screen, as Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson re-team in director Shawn Levy’s “The Internship.” Two out-of-date watch salesmen Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn), who are [...]

Review: Yesterday Never Ends

— by RON WILKINSON — Screened at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival, Spanish director Isabel Coixet’s atmospheric dialog of love and loss is, for better or for worse, textbook film school. At 108 minutes, this film will be about 30 minutes too long for the majority of America[...]

Review: The Heat

— by JESSIKA OWENS — Do you know what really irks me? When you see a trailer for a movie and literally all the funny parts are in the trailer. Lucky for all involved, this is not the case with “The Heat.” If ever a movie had high expectations from me, it was this one. [&helli[...]

Classic Magicians Reappear in Ricky Jay Film

— by RON WILKINSON — In the performing arts world today, there are two kinds of magic. The best known kind is the arena magic of Penn & Teller and the other big Las Vegas and Atlantic City acts. These acts are massive productions with massive attendance and, yes, they make massive m[...]

Review: Elemental

— by BEV QUESTAD — Three stories of crisis are personified by three eco-warriors fighting for the elements of our global environment: water, earth and air. The first story features Rajendra Singh, a water conservationist and crusader for a clean Ganges River. The deadly filth of the Gang[...]

Review: Halfway to Hell

— by SHERICE ANTOINETTE — So far, it’s been an amazing summer. “Fast and the Furious 6” broke a box office record, coming in the fourth highest grossing film for Memorial Day weekend, and “Iron Man 3” is the first solo superhero film to cross $1 billion at the box office. Depen[...]