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Director Greg McLean, best known for his 2005 feature Wolf Creek, reunites with Radha Mitchell (they worked together on the man-eating crocodile film Rogue) with The Darkness. Co-starring Kevin Bacon, David Mazouz, Jennifer Morrison, and Lucy Fry, the storyline centers on a family who return from the Grand Canyon with a supernatural force that feeds off their own fear.

It’s been a busy year for McLean, as he recently finished shooting The Belko Experiment, a movie that was penned by Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn. Daniel Radcliffe signed on earlier this month for McLean’s next movie Jungle, an Amazon set thriller which is based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival.

The Darkness opens nationwide May 13. Check out the trailer, which features a pretty cool scare with David Mazouz (whatever is coming out of his mouth is pretty disgusting), and tell us what you think!







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One of The Witch’s many assets lies in director Robert Eggers’ singular vision of 17th century New England. Banished by their church and forced to live in a remote area on the outskirts of a forest, William (Ralph Ineson) and his family must now fend for themselves. Though they grow crops and raise animals on their land, surviving in this secluded area leads to the worst kind of cabin fever, as daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy, delivering a pinpoint performance) and her paranoid mom (Kate Dickie) continue to butt heads. This level of suspicion from the mother may be warranted, as Thomasin holds a mysterious connection to a powerful forces that lives deep within the forest.

Though Robert Eggers is one of the up and coming voices of cinema, he approaches storytelling from an entirely different vantage point. “Religion. Mythology. Folk tales. Fairy tales. They are more important to me than film,” says Eggers, who received the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award (U.S. Dramatic).

Click on the media bar below to hear Robert Eggers talk about how the support of producers Rodrigo Teixeira, Lourenco Sant’Anna, and Sophie Mas helped The Witch achieve its potential.


To hear Anya Taylor-Joy discuss her own journey with The Witch, check out the story on our sister site Deepest Dream.




The Witch opens in theaters February 19.

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Director Ramin Bahrani’s latest work, 99 Homes, was released last year to critical acclaim, with Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield receiving heaps of praise for their respective performances. Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the film centers on Dennis Nash (Garfield), an unemployed single father who’s kicked out of his residence after consistently failing to pay his mortgage. Although Dennis and his family (Laura Dern co-stars as the mother) were thrown out by unscrupulous real estate broker Rick Carver (Shannon), Dennis ends up working for Rick in a desperate attempt to get his home back.

The tables are turned when Dennis lands the gig, as it’s now his turn to kick people out of their homes. Though initially hesitant at the prospect, he adopts Rick’s “kill or be killed” approach to business, and this Faustian bargain leads him down an ultimately heartbreaking road.

Director Ramin Bahrani’s dedication to neorealism, a cinematic method in which non-actors are employed as characters in the film, is evident all throughout 99 Homes, as real life construction workers, police officers, and eviction clean up crews were utilized in the narrative.

Special features on 99 Homes include an insightful documentary from Bahrani, who discusses the film’s visually arresting, three-minute Steadicam shot that begins the film. Bahrani also focuses on his work with cinematographer Bobby Bukowski and details the importance of effectively lighting some of the movie’s most dramatic sequences. The director also gives a good case for why blocking a scene and having actors step on specific marks can, at times, be constricting.

The commentary is worth a listen if you’re a movie fan or wannabe director looking for cinematic methods in telling your story. Lastly, the Blu-ray also features one deleted scene (which is also a long take, visually beautiful steadicam shot) that has Rick Carver giving real estate advice To Dennis.

**To hear Michael Shannon talk about the research behind 99 Homes, check out our Soundcloud interview below:

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deadpool55X-Men Origins: Wolverine featured a scene stealing performance from Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, and though the actor took a poorly received detour in comic book land with 2011’s Green Lantern, he’s back with the suit that truly fits him. Red, not green, is the true color of the day, and the long awaited film Deadpool capitalizes on Reynolds’ quick witted sarcasm and indelible charm.Directed with panache from first time filmmaker Tim Miller, the film is true to one of Marvel’s most intriguing anti-hero, a fourth wall breaking wiseacre whose mile a minute humor who’s never boring to watch.

Wade Wilson is a mercenary for hire who, after falling in love with a tough minded ex-prostitute named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin, who has a palpable chemistry with Reynolds), is ready to settle down and possibly carve out an honest life. Wilson’s happiness is short-lived when he’s diagnosed with cancer, and in sheer desperation he agrees to enter an experiment that will cure him of the disease and give him superhuman powers. Even with the promise of being cured, Wilson knows he’s walking into a trap, especially since his medical handler, a tough guy named Ajax (The Transporter Refueled’s Ed Skrein), oozes evil from the get go.

When the inhumane and painful procedure leaves Wilson’s once pretty face an absolute mess, he names himself Deadpool (with the aid of his trusted friend, played by TJ Miller) and undergoes a one-man mission to take out Ajax and fellow baddie Angel Dust (Haywire’s Gina Carano). With X-Men members Colossus (a CG creation voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) unwittingly blocking Deadpool’s path to redemption, our anti-hero’s mission is much harder to pull off.

If you want eye-catching, adrenaline filled action sequences coupled with wall to wall humor, then Deadpool should be your cup of tea. The film is a no-brainer for Marvel Universe fans and it scores huge points by not having the end of the world plot dynamics of your average X-Men or Avengers installment.

Although the movie’s over the top and gleeful approach to comic book violence will turn off a healthy share of moviegoers, my frustration arose with the incessant comedic banter and jokes. The film takes a few moments to give us a little breathing room (especially when dealing with Deadpool’s relationship with Vanessa) but most of the narrative swims in this fever pitched madness.

This unyielding jolt of energy, whether it’s the action or nonstop comedy, will please a huge chunk of movie fans, and it’s safe to assume a Deadpool sequel is in the offing. Credit goes to Miller for fusing both Reynolds’ and Deadpool’s manic energy, but hopefully the next movie will ease up on the gas pedal. That being said, Deadpool is worth the watch, and if you feel the need for speed, you’re probably driving in the right direction.

***To hear my discussion of Deadpool on the new podcast CinemAddicts, click on the Soundcloud bar below:







Deadpool opens nationwide Friday.


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On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts we review Deadpool and the Michael Moore directed documentary Where To Invade Next. Both films are opening nationwide this Friday, and although Deadpool is scoring astronomically high on Rotten Tomatoes, Where To Invade Next is also holding its own anticipation wise.

Other films coming out on Friday includes the dating comedy How To Be Single starring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson and Zoolander 2 which unfortunately is being roundly panned by critics.

Crimson Peak, a movie which I have grown to appreciate upon a second viewing, is my Blu-ray choice of the week while CinemAddicts partner Anderson Cowan chooses We Need To Talk About Kevin as his streaming recommendation. During the show’s final moments, we pick the random winner of our giveaway (if you rate and review CinemAddicts on iTunes, you qualify for future giveaways).

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Miranda Cosgrove is known to millions for her work in Drake & Josh and iCarly, and now the 22-year-old is adjusting to more adult oriented fare with the upcoming NBC sitcom Crowded. The project centers on two loving parents (Patrick Warburton, Carrie Preston) whose empty nest lifestyle is changed when their daughters (Cosgrove, Mia Serafino) move back on the same day. Shea (Cosgrove) is the smartest and most straight-laced of the family while Stella (Serafino) is the starry-eyed one with designs on an acting career.

“I was really excited to be a part of this show because I took a couple of years off and I went to school,” said Cosgrove. “I love acting - that’s still what I’ve always wanted to do. I hope fans of iCarly and Drake & Josh will like it because they’re my age now and it’s definitely edgier and touches on a lot of subjects (those shows) couldn’t because it was children’s television. So I’m really excited.”

While promoting Crowded, Miranda Cosgrove talked about what she’s learned as a USC student. Click on the media bar below to hear Cosgrove (Serafino is briefly heard in the background).



Crowded debuts March 20 on NBC.

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553055963DM00033_The_World_George Clooney is one of the most famous stars in the world. Aside from being a great actor and director, he is also one of the nicest people in show business. Whether at an award show or in public, Clooney treats his fans well.  The Hail, Caesar! star told us that when fans approach him, they are sometimes surprised by the way he looks. Clooney goes on to tell us that he remembers growing up in Kentucky and meeting Raymond Burr, and he recalls being awestruck at seeing the legendary television star. (Click on the audio player to hear George Clooney)

Hail, Caesar!, co-starring Josh Brolin, is now playing nationwide.

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xfiles_frame_r_originalv2_hires2The return of The X-Files has been a huge success thus far. The ratings have been very good for FOX and X-Files fans can’t get enough of Mulder and Scully. With three episodes left on the six episode run, many are wondering if this is the end for the iconic series. X-Files creator/writer/director Chris Carter says he wants audiences to watch and enjoy the remaining episodes, and he also wants fans to know he feels very confident there will be more of The X-Files.
The X-Files airs tonight 8/7c on FOX.

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With Deadpool around the corner, the red suit wearing “merc with the mouth” (Ryan Reynolds) is understandably getting most of the Marvel attention. The Super Bowl TV spot for Captain America: Civil War is giving Deadpool a run for its money, as pitting superheroes against each other, with both sides believing they are supporting the right cause, should make for compelling viewing.

Detractors of the trailer believe Captain America: Civil War gives off an entirely Avengers vibe, and although several of “Earth’s mightiest heroes” are featured in the clip, there is no world-destroying villain like Ultron (James Spader) in the mix. Instead, the story centers on the battle from Avengers’ freedom, with Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) wanting more government interference with the squad. Captain America (Chris Evans) sees things entirely different, and now the latest iteration of the Avengers is set to fight Iron Man’s assembled crew (War Machine, The Vision, Black Panther, Black Widow).

If you haven’t seen the clip, it’s definitely a must watch, especially if you want a bit more Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in your life. Check out the TV spot below and tell us what you think!


Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opens nationwide May 6, 2016.

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hail-caesar-posterThe Coen Brothers were mere tikes during the ’50s era of Hollywood, but that has not kept the directing duo from capturing one of the golden eras of film in their new movie Hail, Caesar The film serves as a love letter to an era gone by, where the actors were true personalities and the movies were grand in scale.

At the center of it all is Eddie Mannix, a rock in the midst of all the chaos played brilliantly by Coen Brothers vet Josh Brolin. Mannix is more fixer than wheeler-dealer, seemingly always coming out ahead no matter what crisis comes his way. The studio’s underwater vixen (Scarlett Johansson) gets herself knocked up out of wedlock, Mannix gets the call. The studio wants to make its countrified cowboy (Alden Ehrenreich) a dramatic leading man, much to the dismay of an acclaimed director (Ralph Fiennes), it’s up to Mannix to make the personalities work. And the biggest issue of Mannix’s harried day comes when the superstar (George Clooney) of the studio’s biggest prestige picture goes missing, kidnapped from the set.

It’s a bunch of drama for Mannix, who also finds himself hounded by twin gossip columnists Thora and Thessaly Thacker (both played by Tilda Swinton), as he attempts to throw them off the scent of his latest woes. It’s not an easy life for Mannix, as we also see him pursued for a job outside of the studio by Lockheed that would seemingly set him up for life but would take him away from the chaotic life where he thrives.

While there is plenty to like about Hail, Caesar, the film feels uneven. Perhaps the biggest issue is the execution. The film appears divided in its desire to be a tribute to old Hollywood and its dedication to telling the story at hand.  Moments where the momentum of the plot picks up are often interrupted by elaborate nods to films of the past — whether it be the beautifully shot underwater ballet featuring Johansson, the Gene Kelly-esque dance number led by Channing Tatum, Ehrenreich’s crooning cowboy bit or even Clooney’s Oscar-worthy speech played for dramatic effect, then laughs in the titular film — it all feels like the obvious salutes to films of eras past get in the way of driving the plot’s advancement.

Ultimately, the aforementioned tributes are some of the most memorable moments of the film, due in part to the excellent work of cinematographer Roger Deakins, but you sort of get the feeling that some of the character development of the secondary players got cut as a result. Mannix is the one character in the film that is fully fleshed out, while most of the other characters are more caricatures. Johansson and Ehrenreich stand out with their limited time onscreen, but the Johansson storyline, in particular, feels forced into a shiny red bow conclusion.

If you’re a Coen Brothers fan, you’ll appreciate the amazing look and feel for the era as well as the humorous banter in some scenes, but as a whole ‘Hail, Caesar’ would likely be ranked in the middle of the pack or lower in their cinematic history.

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