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02.16.2015

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This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity* and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

Mila Kunis

The Case

The Prosecution: Jupiter Ascending, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Third Person, The Color of Time, Oz The Great and Powerful, Max Payne, Moving McAllister

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Mila Kunis is a popular and seemingly down-to-earth actress, which is why the prosecution is just a tad worried about her career. In the five years since her well-received performance in Black Swan, Miss Kunis has only starred in two fresh rated films, and overall the prosecution hasn't been impressed with her movies as of late.

Jupiter Ascending is just the most recent negatively reviewed film featuring the actress. Besides being panned by critics, her The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Third Person and The Color of Time were also ignored by moviegoers.

Miss Kunis has done a fine job in most of her post-Black Swan roles (she wasn't great in Oz The Great and Powerful, but one could argue she was miscast in the Sam Raimi film) and she's a solid actress, however the prosecution would like to see her appear in better projects. It's not as if these films have killed her career, but they definitely haven't helped it either. While the prosecution doesn't think Miss Kunis needs to serve a long sentence, we do believe she should spend some time behind bars.

Oz the Great and Powerful Mila Kunis

The Defense: Blood Ties, Ted, Friends with Benefits, Black Swan, The Book of Eli, Extract, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, That '70s Show, Family Guy

Ladies and gentlemen, the defense is fairly certain the prosecution is using the "I'm concerned about her career" argument as an excuse to look up half-naked pictures of my client. Miss Kunis' films as of late haven't been fantastic, but there's no need to lock the actress up in Movie Jail.

Ted and Friends with Benefits both featured entertaining performances by Miss Kunis, and the defense loved her cameo in Date Night. And who here didn't want to date the actress after seeing her in Forgetting Sarah Marshall? When you also take into account her fun TV work (That '70s Show, Family Guy and Robot Chicken), it's obvious Miss Kunis doesn't belong in prison.

Let's not forget my client is still a fairly young actress, and the defense doesn't believe her recent failures will have a negative long-term impact on her career. A good comparison might be Miss Kunis' Forgetting Sarah Marshall co-star Kristen Bell: Both are attractive, well-liked actresses who don't always appear in the best films. But just like Miss Bell, my client doesn't deserve to be locked up, and the defense is quite confident that the jury will agree.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall Mila Kunis

IN CLOSING...

Does Miss Kunis have a bright future ahead of her, or do you think tossing the actress in the slammer will do her some good? Do you think the prosecution has a case against the Black Swan star, or is he just picking on her because of Jupiter Ascending's failures? Is Mila Kunis GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyway, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

Jupiter Ascending Mila Kunis

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Lana Wachowski Andy Wachowski

It was closer than you might expect, considering The Wachowski's last three movies have bombed at the box office and received mostly negative reviews from critics, but the duo were found GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial. Many jury members said they still think The Wachowski Siblings are innovative filmmakers though, and they'd like to see them make a comeback, so maybe we'll do an update on The Matrix directors once their Netflix series Sense8 is released.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Happy Madison Productions, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Paul W.S. Anderson, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brett Ratner, Rob Cohen, Renee Zellweger, Shia LaBeouf, Renny Harlin, Diane Keaton, McG, Demi Moore, King Joffrey (Game of Thrones Special), David Spade, Spike Lee, Kevin James, Joel Schumacher, Ehren Kruger, Chris Rock, Mark Steven Johnson, Mickey Rourke, Ashley Judd, Uma Thurman, Josh Duhamel, Saw Franchise (Halloween Edition), Zach Braff, Sam Worthington, Melissa McCarthy, The Wachowski Siblings

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Edition), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Chris Columbus, Clive Owen, Terrence Howard, Andrew Niccol, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin, Joel Silver, Michelle Rodriguez, Kiefer Sutherland, Dario Argento, Susan Sarandon, Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Ivan Reitman, Stephen Sommers, Shawn Levy, Jai Courtney, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Luc Besson, Jason Reitman

UPDATES: Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage and Roland Emmerich, Jim Carrey, Robert Rodriguez and Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts and The Farrelly Brothers, Ben Stiller, Tim Burton and Shia LaBeouf, Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith & Chris Rock

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
Source: JoBlo.com

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1:58AM on 02/18/2015

Not guilty

My penis has spoken!
My penis has spoken!
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5:07PM on 02/17/2015

Guilty

especially since her judgement in general seems questionable (making a baby with Ashton Kutcher? Really?). However, I would give her credit for time served, and sentence her to community service.

P.S. - Has Renée Zellweger ever taken the stand?
especially since her judgement in general seems questionable (making a baby with Ashton Kutcher? Really?). However, I would give her credit for time served, and sentence her to community service.

P.S. - Has Renée Zellweger ever taken the stand?
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1:46PM on 02/18/2015
Yes. She was declared Guilty.
Yes. She was declared Guilty.
11:19AM on 02/17/2015

Not guilty

Don't really have a problem with her. I think Mila Kunis tends to deliver on a certain level. She's perhaps not as good an actress as her work in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Black Swan would have some believe. I couldn't stand her on That '70s Show, but now I find her at the very least infinitely watchable, if not the strongest actor in the world.
Don't really have a problem with her. I think Mila Kunis tends to deliver on a certain level. She's perhaps not as good an actress as her work in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Black Swan would have some believe. I couldn't stand her on That '70s Show, but now I find her at the very least infinitely watchable, if not the strongest actor in the world.
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10:49AM on 02/17/2015

Not Guilty

Because she's sexy when she defends justin timberlake in a russian interview. nuff said.
Because she's sexy when she defends justin timberlake in a russian interview. nuff said.
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5:57AM on 02/17/2015

Career average: 6.2/10

The problem about judging her career is that she has very few leading roles so far: The awful AMERICAN PSYCHO 2 (I don't blame her for that one), the decent FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (good performance) and JUPITER ASCENDING (I haven't seen it). Until she has done a few more (I hope the failure of JUPITER won't prevent that), I'll say she's Not Guilty.

I thought that her being miscast on OZ was on purpose (to use her as a red herring). She was good in TED, BLACK SWAN and SARAH MARSHALL. She
The problem about judging her career is that she has very few leading roles so far: The awful AMERICAN PSYCHO 2 (I don't blame her for that one), the decent FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (good performance) and JUPITER ASCENDING (I haven't seen it). Until she has done a few more (I hope the failure of JUPITER won't prevent that), I'll say she's Not Guilty.

I thought that her being miscast on OZ was on purpose (to use her as a red herring). She was good in TED, BLACK SWAN and SARAH MARSHALL. She didn't really have much to work with in EXTRACT, MAX PAYNE and THAT '70S SHOW. You'd think her fame would make the FAMILY GUY writers want to give MEG a bigger role, but it's actually gotten smaller over the years (probably because she's busy with said fame).
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11:01PM on 02/16/2015

Not Guilty

Not the greatest actress, but certainly not the worst and extremely likeable. I'm in the minority, but i didn't even mind her in Oz. Definitely miscast, but still fun to watch, and not deserving of time behind bars
Not the greatest actress, but certainly not the worst and extremely likeable. I'm in the minority, but i didn't even mind her in Oz. Definitely miscast, but still fun to watch, and not deserving of time behind bars
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10:40PM on 02/16/2015

Not Guilty

Not the greatest actress, but certainly not the worst and extremely likeable. I'm in the minority, but i didn't even mind her in Oz. Definitely miscast, but still fun to watch, and not deserving of time behind bars
Not the greatest actress, but certainly not the worst and extremely likeable. I'm in the minority, but i didn't even mind her in Oz. Definitely miscast, but still fun to watch, and not deserving of time behind bars
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9:02PM on 02/16/2015

Not Guilty....

She's made some bad films, but has done some very good work in others. If she's guilty of anything, it's of being too skingy in films......seriously, after that sex scene with Natalie Portman she STILL can't take off her clothes?

She's lucky she's cute....
She's made some bad films, but has done some very good work in others. If she's guilty of anything, it's of being too skingy in films......seriously, after that sex scene with Natalie Portman she STILL can't take off her clothes?

She's lucky she's cute....
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5:09PM on 02/16/2015
Not Guilty. I haven't seen a lot of her work, honestly, but I don't care how much bad stuff she makes. It lets her stay in Hollywood. It let's her do interviews, where she is awesome and beautiful. Some people are worth the bad movies just because they are awesome to have around. She's one of them. Not guilty.
Not Guilty. I haven't seen a lot of her work, honestly, but I don't care how much bad stuff she makes. It lets her stay in Hollywood. It let's her do interviews, where she is awesome and beautiful. Some people are worth the bad movies just because they are awesome to have around. She's one of them. Not guilty.
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1:59PM on 02/16/2015

Not Guilty

Excluding "Oz, The Great And Powerful", Ms. Kunis is almost always one of the best parts of her films, even if those movies aren't that good. She's very charismatic and instantly likable, which helps her a lot.
Excluding "Oz, The Great And Powerful", Ms. Kunis is almost always one of the best parts of her films, even if those movies aren't that good. She's very charismatic and instantly likable, which helps her a lot.
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1:39PM on 02/16/2015

not guilty

All I gotta say is that she is freakin beautiful as fuck.
All I gotta say is that she is freakin beautiful as fuck.
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1:31PM on 02/16/2015

Not Guilty

obviously she's done better work than Jupiter Ascending but i wouldn't say she deserves a guilty verdict.
obviously she's done better work than Jupiter Ascending but i wouldn't say she deserves a guilty verdict.
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1:18PM on 02/16/2015
Not guilty.
Not guilty.
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10:40AM on 02/16/2015

Guilty, sadly

Kunis looks like a very likable person but I just don't find her talented. Black Swan looks like a Kate Hudson case, where a part feels close enough to the actress, her lack of range isn't noticeable. I found Kristen Bell so much more charismatic in Forgetting Sarah Marshall that I wished she had ended up with Segel's character and not Kunis. The truth is, in most of her films, it doesn't look to me like Kunis does anything more than reading her lines.

I'm careful about not judging too
Kunis looks like a very likable person but I just don't find her talented. Black Swan looks like a Kate Hudson case, where a part feels close enough to the actress, her lack of range isn't noticeable. I found Kristen Bell so much more charismatic in Forgetting Sarah Marshall that I wished she had ended up with Segel's character and not Kunis. The truth is, in most of her films, it doesn't look to me like Kunis does anything more than reading her lines.

I'm careful about not judging too harshly actors after their movie flops because directors and writers are also responsible of how a character looks on screen but I don't think it's the case here. I think she makes bad movies because she's just not good enough to make better ones.
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10:24AM on 02/16/2015

Not guilty

Her career is too scattered. Most of these movie jail people are those who use to have good movies but lately have been doing bad movies. Mila Kunis has been back and forth over the last few years. There is no consistent trend of bad or good movies. Also most of her bad movies are not her fault,
Her career is too scattered. Most of these movie jail people are those who use to have good movies but lately have been doing bad movies. Mila Kunis has been back and forth over the last few years. There is no consistent trend of bad or good movies. Also most of her bad movies are not her fault,
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8:36AM on 02/16/2015

Guilty

When she's given the right material to work with she's decent. When given nothing to work with, she's awful. She's been more awful then decent in my opinion.
When she's given the right material to work with she's decent. When given nothing to work with, she's awful. She's been more awful then decent in my opinion.
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2:28AM on 02/18/2015
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8:25AM on 02/16/2015

Not Guilty

She has show herself to be a pretty good actress given the right part. Some of her films looked pretty good on paper but ended up being awful because the director or script sucked. It's rarely Mila's fault that a film fails.
She has show herself to be a pretty good actress given the right part. Some of her films looked pretty good on paper but ended up being awful because the director or script sucked. It's rarely Mila's fault that a film fails.
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7:53AM on 02/16/2015
Not guilty - but I wish she'd take a year off from appearing in front of my eyes on a daily fucking basis.
Not guilty - but I wish she'd take a year off from appearing in front of my eyes on a daily fucking basis.
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7:22AM on 02/16/2015
Not guilty. Given the right materials, she really shines, i.e. Black Swan. But with wrong materials, i.e. Oz The Great and Powerful, the result is just the opposite.
Not guilty. Given the right materials, she really shines, i.e. Black Swan. But with wrong materials, i.e. Oz The Great and Powerful, the result is just the opposite.
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7:01AM on 02/16/2015

Pretty Guilty

She is lovely to look at but unless in a well written part and directed by a firm hand she is a below average actress at best. She always looks like she is acting a part to me, instead of living a role. So guilty. She isn't very good a picking parts or a baby daddy.
She is lovely to look at but unless in a well written part and directed by a firm hand she is a below average actress at best. She always looks like she is acting a part to me, instead of living a role. So guilty. She isn't very good a picking parts or a baby daddy.
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6:59AM on 02/16/2015

Not guilty

I can't believe some of the names brought to trial, though. It's infuriating. Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, Dario Argento, etc....c'mon. Spike shouldn't be in movie jail.
I can't believe some of the names brought to trial, though. It's infuriating. Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, Dario Argento, etc....c'mon. Spike shouldn't be in movie jail.
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6:52AM on 02/16/2015

guilty

any one involved with family guy deserves jail!
any one involved with family guy deserves jail!
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6:25AM on 02/16/2015

not guilty

by a mile!
by a mile!
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