DEMO_1SHEET_27x40_MECH_FINAL2_ONLINE.indd Jake Gyllenhaal has starred in a slew of films the past several years (Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler, Southpaw, Everest), and now he’s teamed with Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée with Demolition.

The story centers on Davis Mitchell (Gyllenhaal), an investment banker still reeling over his wife’s death. Initially channeling his frustration by writing a complaint letter to a vending machine company, David pens even more missives that reveal a deeper insight into his life.

Naomi Watts is Karen, a customer service rep who forms an unlikely bond with Davis, and their relationship leads our protagonist on an entirely new adventure. Chris Cooper co-stars as Davis’ father in law, with Judah Lewis playing Karen’s son Chris.

If you want to see Jake Gyllenhaal demolish a home and literally take things apart, then Demolition should be up your alley. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!




Demolition opens nationwide April 8, 2016.

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EYE IN THE SKY

Helen Mirren teams with director Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game) in Eye in the Sky, a top notch thriller about a military officer (Mirren) who’s tasked with capturing terrorists in Kenya. The operation is a joint collaboration with UK and American forces, with Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) and American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) leading a potential drone strike that is bound to have collateral damage.

Late actor Alan Rickman co-stars as Lieutenant General Frank Benson, a military vet whose frustration lies in the bureaucratic red tape that’s involved in the drone mission. Even though Benson and Powell are at the top of their respective field, politics and a seemingly endless chain of command handcuffs their latest mission.

Mirren previously worked with Alan Rickman on stage in Antony and Cleopatra, and during the interviews for Eye in the Sky she talked about working with the beloved thespian.

“I think Alan would have been incredibly proud that this is his last movie,” said Mirren. “Because what I love about it is the Alan you see up on the screen is much closer to the real Alan Rickman we all knew and loved.”

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Eye in the Sky opens in select theaters March 11.


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Episode five of CinemAddicts is now up on iTunes, and during this week we cover the Coen Brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the thriller Misconduct.

My Blu-ray pick of the week is the taut and inspired thriller The Gift, which marks the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton (he also stars in the film), and Anderson Cowan waxes poetic on animator Don Hertzfeldt’s 2012 feature It’s Such A Beautiful Day.

A collaboration between Hollywood Outbreak and Cold Cockle Productions, CinemAddicts provides listeners with reviews of movies coming out each week. During the podcast’s final segment, I give my DVD or Blu-ray recommendation and Cowan offers up a movie that’s worth catching on Netflix (or other streaming services). Giveaways are also a part of the show, and to enter our weekly contests, please subscribe and review CinemAddicts by clicking here.



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misconduct22With superhero and animated franchises serving as the king of the cinematic kingdom, big budget thrillers have gone the way of the dodo bird, and one would assume an Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins thriller would have had a much bigger release in the 1990s.

But living in the past can be a bad thing, and thankfully Misconduct features the aforementioned actors along with a solid cast to craft a first rate suspense flick which should keep you on your toes.

Josh Duhamel is Ben Cahill, an ambitious lawyer who will do everything it takes to climb up his firm’s ladder and impress his boss (Al Pacino). Ben’s laser focused career goals is one reason why his marriage to Charlotte (Alice Eve), a dedicated and overworked nurse, is going south.

When Ben’s mentally unstable ex-girlfriend Emily (Malin Akerman) reenters his life (via a Facebook friend request!) and divulges that her billionaire boyfriend Denning (Anthony Hopkins) is running a corrupt pharmaceutical business, Ben sees a multi-million dollar lawsuit in the making.

With dreams of glory and a rich payday right around the corner, Ben can’t see the forest from the trees. Thanks to a dying, motorcycle riding hitman who’s obsessed with truth (Byung-hun Lee) and a series of double crosses, mayhem and murder is now the order of the day, as Ben’s new goal is to simply stay alive.

Director Shintaro Shimosawa references the work of visual master Brian De Palma (Body Double, Dressed To Kill) as an influence for Misconduct, and the film’s greatest asset is Shimosawa’s visually arresting and cerebral approach to setting up a sequence. Most of today’s movies focus on pushing the narrative, relying on coverage and quick cutting to tell their story, and while that aesthetic can oftentimes be effective, the art of frame composition is usually lost in the process. If you love De Palma or Chan-wook Park’s (Stoker) approach to storytelling, then Misconduct should be a compelling watch.

Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino are well aware they are working within the baroque and operatic universe of a thriller, and they fill their respective monologues with scenery chewing gusto. Though Josh Duhamel seems a bit over matched sparring with these two heavyweights, it actually works, as Ben initially comes off as a pawn in a much bigger chess match. Though Duhamel doesn’t get to paint with as many colors as the film’s supporting players, he does a solid job in anchoring the narrative.

In thrillers, the girlfriend or wife role is usually given short shrift, but highly overlooked actress Alice Eve puts an indelible stamp to the proceedings, delivering the film’s knockout performance. With its stylized flair, Misconduct is an acquired taste that will have its share of detractors. Brian De Palma says that “the camera lies 24 frames per second,” and for many this manipulation equates to highly watchable cinema.  Shintaro Shimosawa understands that, even in today’s moviegoing climate, the thrill of a thriller is never gone, and hopefully Misconduct finds its way to welcoming shores.

Misconduct comes out in limited theatrical release and On Demand February 5, 2016. The movie is also discussed on this week’s CinemAddicts, a movie review podcast which is currently available on iTunes.




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George Clooney reunites with directors Joel and Ethan Coen for the Hail, Caesar!, a comedy which features him as an A-list star who’s been kidnapped during production of a studio’s latest swords and sandals epic. Josh Brolin is Eddie Mannix, the studio fixer tasked with finding the missing star.

The film is set during Hollywood’s Golden Age, and as for modern times Tinseltown is undergoing a deeper look at diversity issues. For Clooney, taking a closer look at the entertainment industry’s representation of minorities can only be a good thing.

“I think that needs to be examined for a multitude of reasons,” said Clooney. “But I do believe it’s going to get a very good look at now and I think that’s always good. I think anytime you open up any part of an industry to diversity, I’ve never not seen not be good. So I think it’s a good thing.”

Click on the media to hear Clooney talk about the Academy’s decision to, in their own words, “alter the makeup of our membership.”



Hail, Caesar! opens nationwide Friday.

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Season four of the critically acclaimed A&E Network series Bates Motel returns March 7, as the inextricable bond between Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son Norman (Freddie Highmore) is explored for another ten episodes.

Along with paying homage to the twist driven dynamic and scares that infused Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Bates Motel has also carved out an identity of its own, proving that Norman Bates’ life before he crossed paths with Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) makes for arresting viewing.

While this season will continue to spotlight Norman Bates’ further journey into darkness, cast members Freddie Highmore and Nestor Carbonell are also expanding their creative horizons (Highmore is writing on the show and Carbonnell will also direct this season).

A promo for the upcoming season features a not so subtle (but awesome) homage to Psycho and offers a not so uplifting tagline (”We all go a little mad sometimes”). Check out the video below and tell us if you’re excited for season four of Bates Motel!





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In The Heart Of The Sea, an adventure which reunites Rush director Ron Howard with Chris Hemsworth, hits Blu-ray and DVD March 8 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Set in 1820, the narrative centers on a whale’s attack on the Essex, a New England whaling ship that’s being led by an inexperienced Captain (Benjamin Walker). Hemsworth is Owen Chase, the vessel’s veteran first mate who takes charge when things go south, and Ben Whishaw plays novelist Herman Melville (the events inspired Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick). The picture, which is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s book, In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex, hits Digital HD February 23.

The Blu-ray disc comes with deleted and extended scenes and the following featurettes: “Whale Tales: Melville’s Untold Story,” The Hard Life of a Whaler,” “Chase & Pollard: A Man of Means and A Man of Courage,” “Lightning Strikes Twice: The Real-Life Sequel to Moby Dick,” “Commanding The Heart of the Sea,” and “Ron Howard: Captain’s Log.” The DVD version’s sole special feature is “Chase & Pollard: A Man of Means and A Man of Courage.”


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Disney presents the 'Finest Hours' premiere with the US Coast Guard and Honor Guard on Monday, January 25, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

The Finest Hours is based on the true story of the 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue of the SS Pendleton. Chris Pine is Bernie Webber, the leader of the daunting mission while Casey Affleck is Ray Sybert, the introspective engineer who becomes the ship’s de factor leader.

“I’ve never been a big boat person,” said Affleck. “I don’t like being away from not seeing the land - otherwise I like being on boats. They’re beautiful. I did a movie after that called Manchester By The Sea and also shot in Massachusetts. A much smaller movie where we would go out on the North Shore quite a bit on little boats. I did fall in love with it. It’s real pretty, even in the winter time.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Casey Affleck talk about how the acclaimed novel Stoner helped shape his character in The Finest Hours.



The Finest Hours, co-starring Holliday Grainger and Eric Bana, is now playing nationwide. To hear more about The Finest Hours. please check out the new Hollywood Outbreak/Cold Cockle Productions podcast CinemAddicts.


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Whether it’s Auguste and Louis Lumière or Joel and Ethan Coen, brothers making an impact on cinema isn’t anything new. At the top of this list is Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, filmmakers whose careers date back to the 1950s. Thanks to Cohen Media Group, three of their films (The Night of the Shooting Stars, Kaos, and Padre Padrone) are headed to the Ahyra Fine Arts theater. The Los Angeles based retrospective runs January 29-February 4.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, The Night of the Shooting Stars’ narrative is told in flashback, as an adult woman recounts her days living in the Tuscan village of San Martino. Though the film has its fable like elements, most of the storyline is grounded in drama, as the town’s inhabitants struggle to survive under Nazi occupation while hoping for an eventual end to World War II.

Released in 1984, Kaos is an adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s short stories and, filtered through the universe of the Taviani brothers, focuses on five different tales of Sicilian life. Like The Night of the Shooting Stars, Kaos combines a mixture of fable like storytelling and realism.

The Taviani brothers’ passion for neorealism (Paolo Taviani jumped into filmmaking after reportedly being inspired by Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan) is evident in much of their work (most recently in 2012’s Caesar Must Die), and that dedication to detail is brought to full effect with 1977’s Padre Padrone. Winner of Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or, the story is based on the autobiography of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd whose early struggles for an education eventually led to a successful scholarly life.

For more information on the Taviani Brothers retrospective, check out the Laemmle’s official site.

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Episode Four of CinemAddicts, a podcast that’s a joint collaboration with Hollywood Outbreak and Cold Cockle Productions, is now available for download on iTunes. This week we review The Finest Hours, an epic action adventure that’s headlined by Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. Based on a true story, The Finest Hours had its share of surprises,including a standout and potentially star making performance from Holliday Grainger.

Also covered this week is a breakdown of the Oscar nominated short films which, like The Finest Hours, will be released in theaters Friday, January 29. If you’re unable to catch the shorts on the big scream, a slew of various streaming services, including Netflix,will house the shorts. For more information, go to www.shorts.tv.

Other films that are discussed on this week’s podcast include Kung Fu Panda 3, the 2013 surreal drama The Double, and Pretty Maids All In A Row, a cult film starring Rock Hudson that’s available via the Warner Archive Collection.

Are you excited about The Finest Hours or is there an Oscar short you’re dying to see? Feel free to comment below!


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