Archive for April, 2011

FIRST LOOK: Madea’s Big Happy Family

FlixCritic got a first look screening at Madea’s Big Happy Family, but you’re gonna have to wait for our review till Friday.

We can show you the comical posters Tyler Perry put together to promote the film. I personally love these, especially Georgia Shore.

  • Release Date: April 22nd, 2011 (wide)
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Producer: Tyler Perry, Joseph P. Genier, Ozzie Areu
  • Stars: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Shad ‘Bow Wow’ Gregory Moss, Cassi Davis (II), Isaiah Mustafa
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama and Adaptation
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, language and some mature thematic material.
  • Year: 2011

Check them all out and the trailer. Are you ready for the next installment of the Madea franchise?

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FIRST LOOK: Cowboys & Aliens Trailer Gets Update

According to FirstShowing, Universal has debuted the full theatrical trailer on Apple for Jon Favreau‘sCowboys & Aliens, based on the Platinum comic books, starring Daniel Craig and a whole host of other awesome actors, including Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano and even Clancy Brown. Given we’ve already seen a badass teaser trailer and plenty of posters, we all know what this is about, so let’s just get right into it because this looks awesome. Can the line-up of this summer’s movies get any better? Everything really looks great so far, and this in particular looks so damn fun! Bring on the summer season!

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FIRST LOOK: Stake Land

Stake Land looks completely gritty and raw. The trailer just gave me chills – flip and watch…

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MOVIE POSTERS: The Hangover Part II

The Hangover II looks like it will promise to pack all the punch, but this time around they guys are hung over in Bangkok. Watch the trailer and check the posters on the flip…

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REVIEW: Scream 4 Goes Back To Its Roots To Capture A New Generation

Scream 4    B

Movie review: Acacia

Scream 4 starts off as all of the previous films have, with a phone call to a ridiculously young, ridiculously attractive girl.

But this is a new decade and Scream 4 is for a new generation. The film’s initial act serves up what made the original Scream great: great self-referential digs at horror movie remakes that any pop culture lover can recognize as something they might say. Then we’re made aware that we’re back in Woodsboro, the setting of the original movie. The two sequels, as much as I enjoyed them, felt to epic once they left the small town setting. There’s something really scary about a killer on the loose, who you can’t easily hide from on a huge college campus or in a big city.

Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is back in her hometown to plug her self-help book. There she reconnects with her remaining family; cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) is now a Woodsboro resident married to Dewey Riley (David Arquette), now the town sheriff. Unfortunately, with Sydney’s return comes Ghostface’s reemergence and people quickly begin dropping like flies.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Arthur [Remake]

Arthur     B-

Movie review: Acacia

Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions or any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune. Arthur is forced to marry a woman he doesn’t love or lose his inheritance. Arthur proposes but then meets a Linda, played by Liza Minnelli, a woman with no money whom he falls in love with. This was the plot of the original 1981 movie starring the late Dudley Moore. Not much has changed in the 2011 version of the light-hearted comedy.

The new millennium Arthur stars Russell Brand [Arthur Bach] as the loveable drunken billionaire, Helen Mirren his lifelong nanny, Hobson, a straight-talking English woman who treats Arthur like he’s still a naughty child, which his behavior warrants. Their interaction is central to the movie and gives the film its warmth. Hobson is very much a mother figure to Arthur even if he realizes it too late. Through their relationship, Arthur finally grow up. Greta Gerwig makes her big screen debut as Naomi, taking over the love interest role that Liza Minnelli played while Jennifer Garner plays Susan, the cutthroat and ambitious woman that Arthur is ordered to marry. The two women certainly contrast each other, but I didn’t really need nor want their characters in the movie. As I said before, it’s all about Hobson and Arthur.

However, Gerwig played a convincingly sweet woman, someone you wouldn’t be surprised childlike Arthur would fall head over heels for. Jennifer Garner played against type but she sunk her teeth into the role of Susan. She wasn’t given much, but it seemed she relished being a little evil. Neither was the great Nick Nolte, who plays Susan’s father, Burt Johnson. Luis Guzman plays Bitterman, Arthur’s driver and he was wasted in the role because anyone who has seen his work knows he could’ve been hilarious. But, unfortunately, he wasn’t given much to do except say a quip or wear a stupid outfit every once in awhile. Brand and Mirren had decent performances, giving a really thin script some substance. Overall, the movie was sweet and only a little naughty, just like its predecessor.

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FIRST LOOK: Priest

  • Release Date: May 13th, 2011 (wide)
  • Director: Scott Charles Stewart
  • Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, Lily Collins
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Genre: Suspense/Horror, Thriller, Western and Adaptation
  • MPAA Rating: PG 13
  • Year: 2011

Synopsis:

A legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

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