‏THE GUNMAN Opens March 20! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Mar 2015 06

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the gunman poster large sean pennTHE GUNMAN, the new action thriller from Pierre Morel, the director of Taken, stars Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. In theaters March 20, 2015.

Cast: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Jasmine Trinca
Director: Pierre Morel

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Movie Review: ‘Chappie’ Starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman
Mar 2015 06

chappie movie posterChappie is the latest film by science fiction director, Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp has been responsible for some the most modern, contemporary sci-fi films to date. Elysium and District 9 were his last two films, and many critics and movie-goers were not satisfied with his most recent direction. The film community had begun to wonder if the young, brash and over-zealous director was in over his head. Can Blomkamp return to form and wow audiences with CHAPPiE?

Is third time the charm for the director? Read on to find out.

Chappie follows Blomkamp’s crude, realistic and dirty production values of his previous films. To say Blomkamp has a style to his films is like asking if the next Michael Bay movie will have explosions. Blomkamp has the ability to craft worlds that seem so realistic and authentic; they’re science fiction, but his content and they way he presents it is highly believable.

The world Blomkamp and writer Terri Tatchell have created is one of despair and oddly enough, hope. The setting? South Africa, Johannesburg. The situation? Dire. Crime is at an all time high, the local police force over run, a city out of options. Enter Sigourney Weaver (Avatar, Aliens), who plays a brash but easily manipulated robotics CEO, Michelle Bradley. Bradley’s company offers the relief a city with no options needs; a relenting, efficient and uncompromising police force–made of highly advanced, mobile robots. These robots are the brainchild of Deon Wilson (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire). Wilson is responsible for creating the rudimentary A.I. system that powers the Scouts (the nickname given to the robotic police force).

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‏RUN ALL NIGHT Opens March 13! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Feb 2015 27

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Run All Night PosterBrooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass. But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself… at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.

Cast: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ed Harris, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany, Common
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

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Movie Review: ‘Focus’ Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie
Feb 2015 27

focusHeist movies have been among the more highly revered genres for decades and it seems unlikely that it will stop anytime soon. In most cases, the audience finds themselves rooting for the person(s) committing the often elaborate heist in the hopes that they may get to walk off into the sunset thus granting a payoff (figuratively and literally speaking) to viewers and the characters. So, what are we getting with Focus?

Focus follows the life of highly experienced con artist, Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) who has, obviously, been in the game for a while and has a wildly successful and covert operation with his team in which massive amounts of money is generated from selling ‘hot’ merchandise and other commodities. Enter young, and intrigued Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie) who crosses paths with Nicky and immediately wants to be a part of the operation. As expected, Jess seems to be transforming from high potential apprentice, to someone of high affection to Nicky. Needless to say, things get just a little complicated.

Calling back to the previous point about heist movies in general, is the desire for the successful pull off of the heist. More often than not, movies of this type make the audience overlook the criminal actions of the protagonists due to the fact that the person or group they are robbing has far more reprehensible qualities. In Focus, most of the people being robbed are actually quite oblivious bystanders. In fact, there is a scene (which is well filmed by directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa) in which a slew of random people get robbed blind via slight of hand techniques. To the credit of the scene, and watching the team work, it was a sight to behold and was quite entertaining. On the other hand, imagine being one of those people walking down the street and in startling late fashion discovering something of high value was taken. You would be a little pissed and paranoid would you not? It would be hard to say that there really is a villain to be found opposite Nicky and his crew which can make rooting for them a tad more difficult. Perhaps that is the point here.

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83: Tom’s Wedding Movie Spectacular (Honeymoon Edition)
Feb 2015 24

the philadelphia story poster largeWe’re skipping Hot Tub Time Machine 2 this week but we have a good reason. Tom’s getting married. (Don’t feel bad…we’re shocked too.) Since he decided to spend the week of the wedding, you know, doing wedding stuff it made recording an episode some problematic. So we interrupt our regular broadcast to give you one of our patented “specialty episodes”. The topic de jour…why, weddings of course.

It’s Reel Spoilers #83: Tom’s Wedding Movie Spectacular (Honeymoon Edition).

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 9min

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