Movie Review: ‘Southpaw’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, 50 Cent

Jake Gyllenhaal is on a roll.

With his new film, Southpaw, the actor once again buries himself into another role. This time it’s Billy Hope, a boxer who is seemingly on top of the world.

He has millions of dollars, a beautiful wife and daughter and has won 43 straight fights.

After a tragedy strikes Hope’s family, everything he has vanishes, including his longtime manager Jordan, played by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Antoine Fuqua does a fine job directing the film. In fact, it may be his best work since Training Day.

Just like Fuqua did in Training Day with Denzel Washington, he gets a scene stealing performance from Gyllenhaal, who should garner some Oscar attention for his role.

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103: Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly

AntMan-poster-lowresPaul Rudd stars as the Marvel Cinematic Universe wraps up Phase 2 with Ant-Man. Blake and Kevin are out – so it’s up to Joe, Dan, and Tom to take on the movie. But fear not – tangents abound as we discuss everything from Star Hustler to frozen custard. Sometimes we even talk about the movie.

All this plus a Video Recovery from Dan (Tom finally remembered).

It’s Reel Spoilers #103 – Ant-Man.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 49min

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Marvel’s ANT-MAN Opens Number 1, Yet Lowest Gross Since THE INCREDIBLE HULK. What Does That Mean?

Ant-Man Large Poster Paul RuddBy now, we’ve all grown used to the idea that any new Marvel movie is capable of topping the box office and leading ticket sales worldwide, if not setting a new record for an opening weekend. Time and time again, the studio pushes out a new superhero adventure only to set its own bar higher, and in the process that same studio has raked in untold hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. It’s the new standard: Marvel Studios + new movie = $$$.

And then along came Ant-Man. Arguably the studio and comic book giant’s most bizarre standalone project to date, the project served as the origin story to a hero who’s actually an original Avenger (if we’re going by comic lore), but who’s also something of a joke. Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) is a master thief who’s gifted with a special suit by mad scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). The suit gives him the ability to shrink down to ant size while enjoying the accompanying perks, like magnified strength and the ability to control, um, ants. And voila! A superhero story is born.

Incredibly enough, this ludicrous concept actually played pretty well on the big screen. Ant-Man received pretty good reviews (a cumulative 80% positive on Rotten Tomatoes), for a number of reasons. To begin with, Paul Rudd is an intriguing brand of Hollywood darling; he can be knee-slapping hilarious or he can play the forgettable good guy, but he’s really hard to criticize. Douglas is his own brand of darling, and on top of these two packing a punch among critics, there’s the fact that the movie is pretty enjoyable. Like Guardians Of The Galaxy before it, it excels by not taking itself too seriously, and this helps viewers to relax and enjoy the fun.

Unfortunately for the studio, Ant-Man didn’t quite match the box office success of Guardians Of The Galaxy (which topped $160 million in its opening weekend). Marvel’s latest had a gigantic opening by most ordinary standards, nearing the $60 million mark. But as IGN pointed out, this was actually Marvel’s weakest opening since The Incredible Hulk (and that in itself is an extraordinary statement on the money-making power of the superhero genre).

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102: ‘SELF/LESS’ Starring Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley

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While Ryan Reynolds was patiently counting down the days until Deadpool makes him a star again he went ahead and filmed Self/Less. It’s kind of Freak Friday meets Jason Bourne only not as good. Also, there’s Ben Kingsley because the check cleared.

All this plus Dan finally gets to do a Video Recovery, Quincy takes on punk rock and Tom will make you question everything you thought you knew about Cat’s in the Cradle.

It’s Reel Spoilers #102 – Self/Less.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 2hr 8min

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VACATION opens Wednesday, July 29! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!

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vacation posterThe next generation of Griswolds is at it again. New Line Cinema’s “Vacation,” starring Ed Helms (“The Hangover” films) and Christina Applegate (the “Anchorman” films), takes the family on the road for another ill-fated adventure. The film marks Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley’s directorial debut. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.

Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Chris Hemsworth, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo
Director: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley

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SOUTHPAW opens Friday, July 24! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!

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southpawFrom acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and starring Academy Award® nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption… Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting… one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral.

Cast: Beau Knapp, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Forest Whitaker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomie Harris, Oona Laurence, Rachel McAdams, Rita Ora, Victor Ortiz
Director: Antoine Fuqua

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ANT-MAN Opens JULY 17! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!

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The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of the Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.

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101: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Starring Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer

rs_634x941-150203121933-634-magic-mike-xxl-posterWe once again invite the women-folk into the Think Tank. This time for a conversation about Magic Mike XXL. Warning: We might or might not have plied them with alcohol.

So you get that a Box Office report from Kevin and Tom explains why Magic Mike XXL is just a retread of The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training. Yeah…really.

It’s Reel Spoilers #101 – Magic Mike XXL.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom and Crystal O’Keefe, Blake Fehl and Kate Angle, Kevin Brackett and Katie Curriston
Run-time: 1hr 48min

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100: ‘Terminator Genisys’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney

terminator-genisys-poster-largeKTRS’s Paul Harris joins us in the war room for an in-depth discussion of Terminator Genisys. Arnold is back. Logic, however, is not.

Join us as we attempt to dissect yet another muddled time travel extravaganza. All this plus a box office report from Kevin and Tom names the next ghost in Ghostbusters.

It’s Reel Spoilers #100 – Terminator Genisys.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 57min

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Movie Review: ‘Max’

Movie Review: ‘Max’

Written by Juan Ramos

MaxI’m a sucker for dog movies, I admit it.

I cry like a little bitch at the ASPCA commercials, so maybe my take on “Max” isn’t as reliable as some heartless asshole’s take.

“Max” is 100 minutes of dog love, pure and simple.

Dog lovers will devour this movie and be left begging for seconds.

“Max” is a German shepherd, that was trained by the military to assist in weapons finding missions.

It just so happens that Max’s trainer/owner is shot and killed early on in the movie.

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