Seen last month in the first rate suburban nightmare Mom and Dad, Nicolas Cage continues his run of excellent work with Looking Glass. Directed by River’s Edge filmmaker Tim Hunter, the feature centers on Ray and Maggie (Nicolas Cage, Robin Tunney) a dysfunctional couple who buy a motel that’s housed in a mysterious, and possibly dangerous, small town.
The motel has a crawlspace that connects all of the rooms in the motel, and thanks to double sided mirrors Ray is able to explore his voyeuristic tendencies. Ray’s thrills are short-lived after a murder takes place on the property, and a sheriff (Marc Blucas) believes Ray might be the number one suspect!
Cage is at his unhinged best with Looking Glass, and Tunney (just like Blair in Mom and Dad) proves she’s more than up to the task to verbally spar with the actor (their scenes together are electric). Hunter infused Looking Glass with a graphic comic book, B-movie style aesthetic, and that pulpy flavor absolutely works with Looking Glass. Coming out February 16 in theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD, Looking Glass is a must see for Cage fans and, more importantly, devotees to well executed, if not lurid, thrillers.
Other films discussed on CinemAddicts is the Rebecca Hall/Dan Stevens relationship drama Permission and the punk rock feature Bomb City. Both open February 9. Take a listen below to the latest episode of CinemAddicts!
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Airing tonight on CBS, the 100th episode of the hit police procedural THE MENTALIST pretty much guarantees a long and healthy string of residual checks for the creative forces that have been bringing it to life for the past four years. Centered on a former professional psychic who comes clean about being a fake in order to use his innate observational skills to assist police in solving crimes, the series is far more charming than it is believable. Created by BRUNO HELLER and starring Australian charmer SIMON BAKER in the titular role, the series has been a hit since its premiere in September of 2008.
During a Television Critics Association press conference to promote the show, creator HELLER admitted the premise is a bit far-fetched but talked about why audiences buy it. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE 100th episode of THE MENTALIST airs tonight on CBS
Movies on DVD
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in a sort of Christmas Carol for hopeless romantics. McConaughey plays Connor Mead, a hotshot, photographer and ladies man who loves them and leaves them. Conner tries to convince his brother that marriage is bad, but the night before the wedding he’s visited by three ghosts who attempt to get his mind right about womanizing.
In Observe and Report, a bi-polar mall security guard named Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogan) must stop a flasher from freaking out the customers. But, in doing that he’ll endure a mean detective, a thief or two and a night in jail.
Adam Resurrected is a odd story about Adam Stein, a World War II circus entertainer who is spared the gas chamber because of his talent. Years later Adam becomes the ringleader at an asylum for Holocaust survivors. Prepare yourself, this is not a happy tale. In fact it’s downright depressing. Adam Resurrected stars Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe.Special Features: Audio commentary with director Paul Schrader, Behind the scenes, deleted scenes, Haifa international film festival Q&A, plus the theatrical trailer.
Paul Newman: The Tribute Collection is 17 discs, with a book of the superstar actor’s many notable movies including The Long Hot Summer, Exodus, The Hustler and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.Special Features: Backstory: The Long, Hot Summer, MovieTone News: The Long, Hot Summer World Premiere: A Lousiana Triumph!, theatrical trailer, Paul Newman Theater.
TV on DVD
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – The Complete Second Season contains six discs of the updated series version of the Terminator stories.Special Features: Commentaries on four key episodes by Executive Director Josh Friedman along with cast and crew, The Continuing Chronicles: Terminator eight-part featurette gallery, Terminated scenes: unaired moments, The Storyboard Process: Cameron Goes Bad illustrates how key sequences are mapped, Cameron vs Rosie fight rehearsal, plus a gag reel.
Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana will give tweenie Disney Channel fans just what they’re looking for – a collection of episodes and movies of the channel’s hit shows.Special Features: Justin’s award-winning essay – watch the essay video that got Justin and his siblings on the S.S. Tipton teen cruise, It’s a suite life having fun with Hannah & the wizards – hilarious bloopers and backstage interviews with the stars of all the fav Disney series, from Wizards of Waverly Place and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody to Hannah Montana.
Castle: The Complete First Season is three discs of the Emmy-nominated series that is based on a famous crime and horror novelist who helps the NYPD homicide department solve crimes. Great timing on the ABC network’s part. The new season of Castle began Monday night.Special Features: Misdemeanors: bloopers & outtakes, Whodunit: The Genesis of Castle – meet the creator of Castle and find out which classic detective shows and writers inspired and influence them, write-along with Nathan Fillion – the star of Castle spends a day tagging along with a real-life mystery writer, Castle’s Godfather – meet frequent Castle guest star and legendary mystery writer/television producer Stephen J. Cannell, plus audio commentaries.
Ugly Betty: The Complete Third Season is the entire third year of the series dedicated to the smart fashion magazine assistant who is fashionably challenged. There are six discs in the box set.Special Features: Look who keeps popping up – Michaek Urie and Becki Newton host this entertaining pop-up video commentary, Coming home to New York City – the cast and crew give fans an inside look as the show moves from La-La Land (L.A.) to to the Big Apple (New York), Mode after hours – webisodes, Betty bloopers, deleted scenes and audio commentary.
The Mentalist: The Complete First Season contains six discs from year one of the series about a man with super powers of observation who helps the police solve crimes after his own wife’s murder. The Mentalist stars Simon Baker and Robin Tunney.Special Features: Meet cast and creators and uncover evidence of a hit series, Cracking the Crystal Ball: Mentalist Vs. Psychic – the question of superior mental smarts vs. keen observation, unaired scenes on three key episodes, plus the all-important gag reel because murder can be killer funny.