Film Review: ‘Get Hard’ Starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart

Get_Hard_film_posterIt isn’t easy to think of a bigger name right now when it comes to comedy films than Will Ferrell. Ever since he starred in Old School with fellow Frat Pack members Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson, Ferrell’s had a part in several of the most oft-quoted movies of the last decade. His general lack of shyness coupled with an overall good guy persona (with a few exceptions) has earned him the love of many fans around the world.

Now, it’s reasonable to think that Ferrell alone could carry a comedy title, but in this case, the producers managed to enlist Kevin Hart to play Ferrell’s foil. Hart has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame the last few years with his stand-up routine as well as his role in other recent films such as Ride Along and The Wedding Ringer. Hart has a knack for comedic timing, and combined with Ferrell’s naivete, it’s almost enough to save Get Hard, but not quite.

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87: ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ Starring Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet

Max Foizey from 97.1 FM Talk (KFTK) and Max On Movies joins us in the war room this week to take on the cumbersomely titled The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Divergent is back.

Should that be met with excitement or trepidation? Wait…which one is Divergent again? Is that one with the mazes? Or the one with the bow and arrow chick? I’m pretty sure there’s a dystopian future involved though. And people love dystopian futures. It’s why we keep voting the way we do.

It’s Reel Spoilers #87 – The Divergent Series: Insurgent

You’ve been warned.

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

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‏WOMAN IN GOLD Opens April 3! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!

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

Woman in Gold PosterAcademy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in the incredible story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, Maria has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the making.

Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Frances Fisher
Director: Simon Curtis

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

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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

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

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

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

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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84: ‘Focus’ Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie

focusTechnical difficulties delayed episode #84 but they have been overcome. If good taste can’t stop us we’re not going to let computer problems do it.

This week (last week?) on the show we take on the latest from Will Smith – Focus. Good or bad there’s one thing on which you can rely…there’s no way it can be as awful as After Earth.

It’s Reel Spoilers #84 – Focus.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Chris Fulgham, Blake Fehl, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 10min

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‏THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Opens March 20! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!

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

divergent insurgent movie poster largeTHE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer
Director: Robert Schwentke

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