CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER opens April 4! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Mar 2014 25

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After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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Reel Spoilers Episode 37: ‘Divergent’ Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz
Mar 2014 24

Divergent PosterThis week it’s Divergent on the show. And, since Kevin didn’t see the movie, he gets to play our new game: Blind Man’s Synopsis. Although perhaps it would be less offensive if we called it Deaf Man’s Synopsis. Ok, it would be just as offensive but deaf people probably wouldn’t be listening to our podcast anyway. Blind people might.

If you’re offended you can always email us at reelspoilers@reviewstl.com. We were so excited that one time when we got an email. Man, we were beaming. It’s a little embarrassing in retrospect. But if offending people gets us an email or two…we’re not above it. Who should we offend next? Canadians? We don’t need your syrup. That’s what Vermont is for. Suck it, Canuckle-heads!

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ReviewSTL Podcast Episode 13: RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)
Mar 2014 21

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.”
-Lester Bangs

MCDBILE EC009Fortunately for you listeners, we here at ReviewSTL are the epitome of uncool, and we have riches to share with you.

The sudden passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman was a sad but unfortunately all-too-common reminder of the struggles some people go through in facing addictions. Still, a wise man once told me it’s less important to remember how a person died than it is to remember how they lived. And to remember Philip, we went back and discussed some of his outstanding works.

The guys discuss almost all of his major roles, and delve into some of our favorites from Red Dragon, Almost Famous, The Master, Doubt and many more.

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Movie Review: ‘Divergent’ Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney
Mar 2014 21

Divergent PosterIt’s been six months since Hunger Games: Catching Fire which means it’s time for the latest post-apocalyptic, kid-lit franchise to get its shot at box office glory. Say what you will about Hollywood dumbing-down America; at least they’ve taught millennials the meaning of the word “dystopia” (regardless of what David Axelrod seems to think).

The story takes place within a city that’s been walled off in order to protect its citizens from an unrevealed (hey, that’s what sequels are for) threat. Civilization has been divided into five groups; each tasked with its own societal function. These factions (as they’re called) are: Abnegation, meant for the altruistic; Amity, for the nonviolent; Candor, for the truthful; Dauntless, for the courageous; and Erudite, for the intelligent. But some are “factionless” and live in the periphery of society eating from dumpsters and just being generally all around sad and stuff.

While you are born into a faction you are allowed to select your own faction on your 16th birthday. In an effort to help you choose “correctly” the government administers a test that reveals to you which faction you are best suited for (though you are technically allowed to select any faction). Enter our heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley). She was born to Abnegation but has never really felt like she fit in. (Teenagers, amiright?) Her test reveals her to be…da, da, DAAA…divergent. (Gasp.) This proves to be problematic as the government frowns on the factionally ambidextrous. And by “frowns on” I mean “hunts them down and kills them.”

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Movie Review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Starring Ralph Fiennes, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray
Mar 2014 20

Ain’t it grand?

Grand Budapest Hotel PosterWes Anderson has a toy box. And in this toy box, Anderson has a camera – some might find it frustrating, while others find it magical – that frames almost every scene perfectly symmetrically. Sometimes this camera, from a fixed spot, will rotate left or right 90°, even 180° (and once in awhile, this camera will pivot all the way around, revealing a 360° set.) When the camera does move, it dollys left or right, following characters that move left, right, forwards or backwards – rarely does anyone move from a fixed line in a Wes Anderson movie.

Also in Wes Anderson’s toy box, are characters that are offbeat, sometimes cartoony, other times remarkably thorny, yet all likable, even when they do unlikable things. And these characters are played with a trusty collection of action figures… let’s see, he’s got a Bill Murray, always a favorite, a Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson usually makes an appearance somewhere. Yay, Jeff Goldblum! Ooh, Bob Balaban! Not always used, but a welcome sight…

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