CHEF opens May 23 in St. Louis! Enter to Win Passes to the Advance Screening!
May 2014 15

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Chef Movie Yucca FriesWhen Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen—and zest for life and love.

Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey, Jr.
Director: Jon Favreau

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ReviewSTL Podcast Episode 14: RIP Bob Hoskins (1942-2014)
May 2014 09

Bob HoskinsHe may have stood at just 5’6″, but his stature in Hollywood stood tall.

The entertainment industry reeled last week with the announcement of Bob Hoskin’s passing from pneumonia. Hoskins, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his work in “Mona Lisa,” expanded his repertoire to more light-hearted fare, for which he is best-known.

To remember the man, our redoubtable crew sat down and discussed some of his more memorable roles that helped shape our childhood cinema memories.

Kevin chose “Hook,” the Steven Spielberg film starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. Joe went a more modern route, choosing the 2006 film “Hollywoodland,” while Steve opted for a similar recent route in discussing the war film “Enemy at the Gates.”

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Movie Review: ‘Neighbors’ Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
May 2014 09

We’ve all had neighbors we didn’t like at one time or another. Hell, I went to war with a few of my neighbors when I used to live in my wife’s condo. In Seth Rogen’s new film, Neighbors, he and Zac Efron are perfectly cast as next-door neighbors who go all out in a battle for neighborhood supremacy.

Rogen sums it up best in the film, which ranges from funny to hysterical, when he tells his wife, played by Rose Byrne, “Haven’t you seen any Kevin James movies?!?! I’m Kevin James!”

Kevin James he isn’t, as Rogen is way funnier in this comedy, which sometimes pushes the line in comedic taste. While much of the comedic humor revolves around partying, pot smoking, and sexual humor, we get a rape joke that is so funny you won’t be able to stop laughing, as well as a couple racial slurs that will evoke laughter.

While Neighbors may not break any new ground in the comedy genre, it is smart, well cast, and has a good message in the end. Rogen and Byrne are quite believable as new, first-time parents. They work well together, and Byrne is quite funny in her own right. If Efron is still trying to break away from his Disney ties, this film will do it. It’s arguably his best performance to date, as he is very believable as a college student who has partied his academic career away and fears what the future will hold. Dave Franco is also great as Efron’s frat-brother who has a special talent that is as funny as it is disturbing. In fact, he belts out one of the best lines in the film. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” he howls out in one scene stealing moment.

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Preview: ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Video, Features Kevin Spacey
May 2014 08

cod advanced warfare box artA few days ago Activision sent out a press release detailing their plans to reveal their future plans for Call of Duty. No one really knew what to expect, except maybe dogs and guns.

Well the internet isn’t one to wait, so Destructoid posted what it says is the official teaser/trailer that Activision had planned to release. In it, you can see a lot has become, how do you say? More Titanfall-y?

The trailer has received over 15 million views in just over a week.

In the predictably, over the top action trailer we see Mr. Spacey, hover bikes, exo-suits, cloaking technologies, spider-tanks and lasers. Like whaaaa? I mean, this is a cool turn for the series, I guess. Advanced Warfare as a title does sound kind of silly though, doesn’t it?

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Review: WWE Extreme Rules PPV (5/3)
May 2014 07

To say the WWE’s booking of Extreme Rules was poor would be an understatement. It seemed like no one cared to watch this pay per view, but in the end I’m pretty sure most wrestling fans were pleasantly surprised.

rvd extreme rulesThe show kicked off with a triple threat match between RVD, Jack Swagger, and Cesaro. This was a fun match to watch, as all three men worked well together. Cesaro, deservedly came out with the win, but the crowd was hot for RVD, chanting “ECW” throughout the match. I think it’s time to get Cesaro into the title hunt, whether it be the United States, Intercontinental, or Heavyweight title picture, he’s ready.

The Big E and Wade Barrett match was quite fun to watch as well. Both men worked their asses off in the ring, and I think it was pretty suspenseful for a while. Big E looks like he could be a legit mid-card guy. I once had my doubts about him. One thing there is no doubt about is Barrett is way over with the fans. I know that WWE is pushing him as a heel, but it’s not working. The WWE Universe loves his “I have some bad news…” announcements. I think it was a smart move to put the belt on him. I can see him feuding with Big E for another pay per view or two.

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