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

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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

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)

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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82: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Starring Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson

Fifty Shades Grey Poster LargeThis week we celebrate Valentine’s Day with Fifty Shades of Grey. And, to make it even more romantic we’ve brought in help – our significant others. When it comes to a movie like this you don’t want to hear just a bunch of dudes talking. So we’ve fixed that for you.

And, as if discovering the types of women who would dare be seen with the likes of Reel Spoilers isn’t enough, we also brought in a “sexpert” – licensed counselor and sex therapist Lindsay Walden.

We’re not even gonna try and keep this one clean, folks.

It’s Reel Spoilers #82: Fifty Shades of Grey.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Dan Graney, Lindsay Walden
Run-time: 2hr 11min

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Who Could Be The New Spider-Man?!

Who Could Be The New Spider-Man?!

Written by Joe Buttice

spideyFinally.  After years of speculation and two lackluster (albeit not from a money making stand point) entries into the Spider-Man mythos, Disney/Marvel and Sony Pictures have come to an agreement to share the rights to The Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. This deal will bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and will allow Marvel to revitalize the stagnant Spidey franchise while giving Sony a major franchise again. With this new chapter in the history of Spider-Man about to be written, who will be cast as the web slinger?!

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81: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne

Jupiter PosterMila Kunis cleans toilets and Channing Tatum is half-dog/half-man in Jupiter Ascending.

The Wachowskis are back and that’s starting to sound like a threat. There’s also something about aliens and stuff. Let us talk you through the film so you can be just as confused as we are.

Plus quite possibly the quickest box office report of all time from Kevin, and a video recovery from Dan.

It’s Reel Spoilers #81: Jupiter Ascending.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 31min

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Movie Review: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton

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Kingsman Poster LargeThey say whats old is new again, and in the case of Kingsman: The Secret Service directed by Matthew Vaughn, this statement rings true. Spy-related movies in general have taken a turn toward the more serious and purely dramatic route. Not to say that it is a bad thing, but for some,spy movies usually entail a certain level of fun to overlap the obviously dangerous particulars that coincide with the job.

Kingsman leads off with a group of the, well, Kingsman conducting a military operation in the middle east which does not end with necessarily savory results. Fast forward a decade and some change and we find Kingsman agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth), looking to recruit a young adult to join the Kingsman initiative. Here we find Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) among the a group of his peers training in the hopes of becoming a field agent. Meanwhile, you have eccentric billionaire, Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) unveiling his own plans to “save the planet” in the long run no matter the immediate costly consequences.

One of the great things about Kingsman is the fact that it is self-aware. The movie pays homage to the Bond movies of old with the use of gadgets and exciting presentation. In fact a couple of the characters actually do make reference to the old school bond movies in a very tongue-in-cheek fashion. Another series that briefly came to mind was the first Men in Black (no, there are not any aliens present in the movie) in the sense that this clandestine organization brings about a certain intrigue in how they conduct their operations. At the same time it is amusing to watch the new recruits attempt to acclimate to the stresses of field work in their training. Kingsman does not take itself TOO seriously, there is a healthy balance of comedic beats to offset the stylish action scenes.

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Movie Review: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ – Featuring Lord Emanuel Zorg Voldemort

Jupiter PosterIf Jupiter Ascending were a person, they’d be schizophrenic. The film is a convoluted and disjointed mess that even top-notch visuals can’t save. To say the film is a waste of your time would be an understatement. If that ringing endorsement doesn’t catch your attention, then continue on dear reader.

To start the convoluted story is a convoluted backstory, following Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a Russian immigrant who despite her model good looks is stuck cleaning toilets and living with her stereotypical Russian family. Her father was an Englishman (hence the surname Jones) who was shot and killed shortly after Jones was conceived. Presumably this wasn’t a ringing endorsement of why raising a child in Russia is a fantastic idea, so her family immigrated to the United States.

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80: ‘Project Almanac’ Starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia

Project Almanac PosterIf you like it when we second guess every conceivable plot-hole of a film then you are in for a treat. Project Almanac is an embarrassment of riches. It’s a time travel movie with no apparent rules for time travel. “Rules? Where we’re going, we don’t need ‘rules’.” So sit back and relax as we try to make sense of the nonsensical.

All this, plus a Box Office Report from Kevin, and Blake single-handedly ruins every time travel movie ever made.

It’s Reel Spoilers #80 – Project Almanac.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 31min

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THE LOFT is Now Playing! Enter to Win a Run of Engagement Pass to See the Film!

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The Loft Movie PosterKarl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the tense psychological thriller THE LOFT, the story of five guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city—a place where they can indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.​

Cast: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra
Director: Erik Van Looy

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