‏FURIOUS 7 Opens April 3! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Mar 2015 24

Enter for your chance to receive a pass for two to a special advance screening!

Furious 7 Movie Poster Paul Walker LargeContinuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucase Black, Jason Statham
Director: James Wan

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86: ‘Cinderella’ Starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett
Mar 2015 20

Cinderella 2015 Xlarge Poster HDFour guys sitting around discussing ball gowns. That’s what we’ve been reduced to this week thanks to Cinderella.

“Why didn’t we see the new Liam Neeson movie?” you ask. Because that’s a trick question. There are no “new Liam Neeson movies”. They’ve been re-releasing Taken 2 with different titles for three years now. You’ve been hornswoggled. It’s an elaborate scam that’s currently being investigated by your state’s Attorney General. So instead sit back and enjoy as Reel Spoilers comes dangerously close to being Fashion Police. You might have your doubts about this week’s episode but we implore you to…Say Yes to the Dress.

It’s Reel Spoilers #87: Cinderella.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 45min

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Movie Review: ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney
Mar 2015 20

divergent insurgent movie poster largeAround this same time last year, Divergent was a box office success – pulling in almost $300 million dollars worldwide on its $85 million dollar budget. This was yet another attempt to kick-start a movie franchise based on a YA property, similar to that of The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games. Where other similar attempts like Vampire Academy and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones have failed, The Divergent Series seems to be right on track to cash in. But has the lackluster second film in the series predicted the future for the franchise?

Taking place only days after the events of the first film, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her love interest Four (Theo James), along with brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and frienemy Peter (Miles Teller), take refuge in Amity until they are ready to take on Jeanine (Kate Winslet). Meanwhile Eric (Jai Courtney) and his army have been searching Abnegation for a box marked with all of the symbols of the factions. After uncovering the artifact and taking it to Jeanine, we learn that only a Divergent can open it – causing her to order the capture of their kind. When Eric shows up to Amity, Tris and her friends escape on a train to Factionless territory – where we are introduced to their leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts). She asks that Dauntless join forces with the Factionless to take on Jeanine and the Erudites.

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Movie Review: ‘Cinderella’ Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden
Mar 2015 13

Cinderella 2015 Xlarge Poster HDIn 1950 Walt Disney Productions was $4 million dollars in debt, and took a huge gamble on producing the $3 million dollar animated feature Cinderella. It was a film that would either make or break the studio. Yet here we are, and we all know the outcome of the film – 65 years later as we watch the live-action re-imagining of the classic, which is revered as one of the greatest animated features of all time.

Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Thor) directs a screenplay by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, Antz) in a straight forward adaptation that doesn’t try to flip the original story, which audiences know and love, on its head. The film follows the classic animated version pretty much beat for beat, and it isn’t at all a bad thing. We do gain more insight into Cinderella’s childhood, and relationship with her mother (Hayley Atwell) and father (Ben Chaplin) before they pass away, which only helps to grow the connection we feel with the main character – played by the charming Lily James (Downton Abbey).

Before Ella’s father passes away, he tries one more attempt at happiness by marrying the widowed Lady Tremaine – masterfully portrayed by Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, Blue Jasmine). Blanchett may look as lovely as ever, but she is evil incarnate as the wicked stepmother. Never before has a cartoon villain come to life on film in such dastardly fashion, as the actress makes it extremely easy to hate her character to its core. Blanchett is in good (bad?) company, as she brings her terribly nasty daughters Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) with her to live in the house. True to form, the wicked stepsisters are just as cruel and awful to Cinderella as you would expect. All three actresses do a fantastic job of making the audience loathe them.

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85: ‘CHAPPiE’ Starring Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
Mar 2015 12

chappie movie posterThis week Neill Blomkamp returns with RoboCopy

Ummm… I mean Chappie. A movie that our legal department requires us to inform you resembles RoboCop in no way whatsoever (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). So please ignore all of the cops who are robots, and the Peter Weller sound-alike voice work, and that giant evil robot which doesn’t at all look like ED-209.

It’s Reel Spoilers #85 – CHAPPiE.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Justin Staggs, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 37min

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