Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:33:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kevin Smith’s Tusk Will Premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:15:58 +0000 Writer/director Kevin Smith’s new horror film, Tusk will enjoy its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Smith and Tusk join a long list of established and emerging directors that fill this year’s TIFF slate, which showcases new documentary films by Nick Broomfield, Ethan Hawke, The Yes Men, Joshua Oppenheimer, Frederick Wiseman, Jonathan Nossiter, and first-timers Marah Strauch and Tamara Erde and opens with David Dobkin’s The Judge.


From the singular mind of writer/director and podcaster Kevin Smith, and conceived from one of Smith’s own “Smodcast’s,” Tusk is a story unlike anything that has ever been committed to screen before. A tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Tusk will stay with you long after the credits roll.

The film is written and directed by Kevin Smith and stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks.

A24 will release TUSK in theaters on September 19th, 2014

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Goes Terminator with Red-Band Trailer Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:27:50 +0000 Well, it turns out that a hot tub time machine can do more than travel backwards in time, and it might have a mind of its own, as we learn in the e new red-band trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2. As the Repairman states: “The hot tub doesn’t take you where you want to go, it takes you where you need to go.”

In thHot Tub Time Machine 2e new red-band trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke (we’re already skeptical due to the absence of John Cusack, who has been replaced by Adam Scott) are living the high life after Lou (Corddry) altered their futures at the end of the first film. But when a would-be assassin attempts to kill Lou, they must use the hot tub again to save his life by preventing the attempt on Lou’s life. Only this time, they end up in the year 2024 where they must piece together the mystery of who exactly wants Lou dead.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is due in theaters this Christmas!

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Box Office Weekend: Lucy at the Box Office with Diamonds Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:43:06 +0000 While critics may be saying relatively the same thing about these films, things are shaping up very differently at the box office for the two big releases this weekend. Lucy, getting slightly worse reviews than its competition Hercules, nevertheless took the first-place spot with $43.9 million – more than enough to be make money against its $40 million budget. Hercules took second with $29.8 million, but the Dwayne Johnson vehicle has a much bigger debt to pay off, still needing to cover over $70 million of its $100 million production costs (and could be doing better overseas).

LucyThe rest of the box office is a mixed bag; third place went to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $16.8 million, which became a domestic success this weekend by crossing its $170 million costs. The Purge: Anarchy dropped off from its debut week, but it still made a splash, earning $10.5 million and ensuring the low-budget terror franchise will likely see a third entry despite critical reception. Planes: Fire & Rescue, on the other hand, may finally be a turning point for Pixar as the critically panned effort, even with $9.5 million this weekend, has failed to make much against its $50 million costs even after two weeks. Sex Tape, too, is not drawing much attention, with $6 million adding to a lackluster draw of $26.9 million for a film that cost $40 million to take.

Transformers: Age of Extinction proved Michael Bay critic-proof once again as it adds $4.7 million to a successful domestic run and is closing in a $1 billion worldwide total. Tammy also did quite well for itself despite critical panning, earning $3.4 million and coming close to making four times its $20 million budget in total. But two new films debuted near the bottom of the list; the critically lambasted And So It Goes, from director Rob Reiner, made $4.6 million (and may be hiding its costs in shame), while A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, opened in the tenth spot with $2.7 million. However, though the latter has not revealed its budget either, it may pick up steam on the basis of its acclaim and star power.

Weekend Box Office (July 25th – July 27th)

  1. Lucy…$43.9 million
  2. Hercules…$29.8 million
  3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes…$16.8 million
  4. The Purge: Anarchy…$10.5 million
  5. Planes: Fire & Rescue…$9.5 million
  6. Sex Tape…$6 million
  7. Transformers: Age of Extinction…$4.7 million
  8. And So It Goes…$4.6 million
  9. Tammy…$3.4 million
  10. A Most Wanted Man…$2.7 million
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Sabotage Blu-ray Giveaway Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:27:50 +0000 CinemaNerdz is proud to offer our readers a chance to win one of three Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo copies of Sabotage starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-starring Co-starring Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, and Mireille Enos.

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SABOTAGE: Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the pulse-pounding action film Sabotage, from the director of End of Watch and the writer of Training Day. When DEA task force leader Breacher Wharton (Schwarzenegger) storms a heavily armed cartel safe house, rogue members of his team use it as a cover to steal $10 million in cash. But just when they think their secret is safe, agents are killed off one-by-one, and everyone is a suspect, including the squad itself. Co-starring Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, and Mireille Enos, Sabotage is an explosive tale of betrayal and trust that critics call “a tense, action-packed thrill ride!” (Mark DeCarlo, ABC-TV’s Windy City LIVE)

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Movie Review: Hercules Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:54:01 +0000 Thankfully, Hercules is not an origin film. Though it is about the titular hero from Greek myth, The Legend of Hercules (2014) from earlier this year already took that approach so it is just as well. Here, the fabled strong-man (Dwayne Johnson) has already performed all but one of his legendary labors when the story opens.

HerculesThe newHercules was directed by Bret Ratner of Rush Hour (1998) fame and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) infamy. The screenplay was written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spillotopoulus. This is the former’s first feature film. The latter has primarily worked on Disney animated films like Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007). The storyline the screenplay is based on is a comic by Steve Moore. You might be thinking that this combination of folks behind the camera is a bit like the “potpourri” category on Jeopardy, and you would not be wrong – sounds weird, could be awful. Yet it turns out it isn’t so bad after all.

Hercules, the Son of Zeus, is a relatively content family man at the film’s start. His famous labors are largely complete and he has a wife, Megara (Irian Shayk), and three children to occupy his time. His close companions are Amphiaraus (Ian McShane) a seer, Autolycus a childhood friend/Athenian army buddy, Tydeus (Aksel Hennie) a barbarous silent warrior, Atalanta (Ingrid Berdal) a former Amazon, and Iolaus (Reece Ritchie) the nephew of Hercules.

Then, one dreadful evening, Hercules loses everything. His family is ripped away from him and he is powerless to stop it. In fact he cannot fully recall what happened. He is found with their bloodied, violated corpses in a senseless state – grieving. He and his friends are driven from Athens as the populace that once so loved Hercules, now fears and reviles him as they suspect him of causing the tragic death of his own family. The local leadership, King Eurystheus (Joseph Fiennes) in particular, does not seem genuinely sad to see Hercules leave.

Hercules and his band become mercenaries become known for performing spectacular deeds. This is partly because Hercules is just that great a warrior and partly because the job that Iolaus assumes within the group is master-storyteller. Basically a PR pimp for their band of brothers. This is a rather comical approach to story and fits the tone of the film. Each friend of Hercules has a specialty. The Amazon has her bow. Autolycus has his knives and so on. It is all rather reminiscent of The Magnificent Seven (1960).

Out adventuring in the world, ever-haunted by his deep loss, Hercules and his companions are sought out by Lord Cotys (John Hurt) the Regent of Thrace. Lord Cotys explains he and his country are being savaged by Rhesus (Tobias Santelmann) and his mighty army. He must be stopped so that Thrace can be saved for the new king to be crowned. The lord’s daughter, Ergenia (Rebecca Ferguson) has a son. He is the six-year-old heir – Arius (Isaac Andrews). So, Hercules begrudgingly offers to take on the task. It means he must train the locals to build an army that will face a superior force. Meanwhile, the general of the Thracian army, Sitacles (Peter Mullan), is not happy with the specialists but has to live with them by virtue of the wishes of Lord Cotys. An expected but oddly endearing army training montage scene then follows.

HerculesNext comes the great battle with Rhesus! Then, surprisingly (not really), there turns out to be treachery afoot and Hercules and his band must decide who to stand with and who to stand against. As if that weren’t bad enough, Hercules is having visions of Cerebus – the one remaining Labor he has yet to perform. What could that mean?

The film takes only a semi-serious approach to “legends” and much more genuine take on fighting for what is right and fighting for the soldier standing next to you. Hercules loses his family and then gains a surrogate one during the course of the film.

The script is genius in one respect only. It is not an origin story. The hero is fully developed and knows who he is. That is sort of enough in this respect – yes this is a plotting mish-mash from previous action films – but it works because it is a tried and true formula that is wholly dependent on the charisma of the cast. Lee Marvin and his group had that charisma in The Dirty Dozen (1969). Sylvester Stallone is “expending” the same type of energy for the third time later this summer. Here, this is all about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson owning the film with some violent and acerbic friends.

Thankfully, Ratner steps out of the way in this film and lets the action flow. Hercules has all the big set pieces you could ever want but they are presented in a logical way with compelling, if predictable, reasons for the conflicts. The like ability of the cast saves the day here. Hercules is an old hero. But Johnson makes him far more enjoyable than past strong-men.

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