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06.19.2014

The family crime drama THE JUDGE starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall has delivered a trailer that I wasn't quite expecting. Downey has taken off his action hero armour for this character driven drama which he produced with his wife, Susan Downey.

Here’s the synopsis followed by the first trailer:

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

The Judge is directed by David Dobkin who is responsible for comedies like THE CHANGE-UP, FRED CLAUS, and WEDDING CRASHERS. He's an interesting choice to take on what could have been a powerful drama and perhaps that's why I felt this trailer is a little too melodramatic for my taste. I can see anyone else in Downey's role and it's the same movie; seriosuly just put in Jon Hamm and it's the same movie.

Still, THE JUDGE has a lot going for it in terms of casting: Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’OnofrioBalthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Leighton Meester and Oscar-winners Billy Bob Thornton and Melissa Leo star.

What do you guys think of this one? THE JUDGE will be released October 10th 2014.

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6:46AM on 06/21/2014

looks great

RDJ and Duvall? yes please. and Vera Farmiga has a hold on me i cannot deny! she keeps me watching Bates Motel well past the point of reason. nom
RDJ and Duvall? yes please. and Vera Farmiga has a hold on me i cannot deny! she keeps me watching Bates Motel well past the point of reason. nom
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11:07AM on 06/20/2014
I always forget Billy Bob is an Oscar winner.
I always forget Billy Bob is an Oscar winner.
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10:26AM on 06/20/2014
While the cheese is strong with this one, I think the cast alone earns a ticket from me. I mean...Robert Duvall!
While the cheese is strong with this one, I think the cast alone earns a ticket from me. I mean...Robert Duvall!
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9:00AM on 06/20/2014
That music in the trailer kind of kills the mood of what looks like an intriguing family legal drama. Having said that, the cast is good enough for me to still be optimistic.
That music in the trailer kind of kills the mood of what looks like an intriguing family legal drama. Having said that, the cast is good enough for me to still be optimistic.
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6:34AM on 06/20/2014

oh boy

that looks like a cheesy crap-fest! passss!
that looks like a cheesy crap-fest! passss!
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8:23AM on 06/20/2014
It does look a tad bit cheesy.
It does look a tad bit cheesy.
3:06AM on 06/20/2014
Maybe Robert Downey Jr. puts in a performance of the same calibre as Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, but lighter?
Maybe Robert Downey Jr. puts in a performance of the same calibre as Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, but lighter?
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11:21PM on 06/19/2014
In some ways, this movie reminds me of The Verdict starring Paul Newman.
In some ways, this movie reminds me of The Verdict starring Paul Newman.
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10:10PM on 06/19/2014

I dunno...

Just like The Soloist, I can't help but feel that RDJ chose this simply because he thought it has Oscar potential. And just like The Soloist, he chose poorly. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't look bad, it just doesn't look like anything special.
Just like The Soloist, I can't help but feel that RDJ chose this simply because he thought it has Oscar potential. And just like The Soloist, he chose poorly. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't look bad, it just doesn't look like anything special.
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9:22AM on 06/20/2014
I am referring to the movie titled "The Soloist", not the long-time Joblo user of the same name.
I am referring to the movie titled "The Soloist", not the long-time Joblo user of the same name.
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10:04PM on 06/19/2014

Sweet

This the writer just say put Hamm into this role! Really You comparing Hamm to Downey? wow
This the writer just say put Hamm into this role! Really You comparing Hamm to Downey? wow
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9:59PM on 06/19/2014
Pure Oscar bait but fuck it. I'm in. Good story, great cast, great performances, not a sequel, reboot, remake, rehashing, retelling, re imaging, or adaption. What's not to like. I'm there.
Pure Oscar bait but fuck it. I'm in. Good story, great cast, great performances, not a sequel, reboot, remake, rehashing, retelling, re imaging, or adaption. What's not to like. I'm there.
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9:14PM on 06/19/2014
D'Onofrio is looking nice and husky for Kingpin!
D'Onofrio is looking nice and husky for Kingpin!
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9:06PM on 06/19/2014

Meh

I think Robert Downey Jr pretty much just plays Robert Downey Jr. (or Tony Stark). Don't get me wrong, he's a good actor, but not much of a stretch with different characters.
I think Robert Downey Jr pretty much just plays Robert Downey Jr. (or Tony Stark). Don't get me wrong, he's a good actor, but not much of a stretch with different characters.
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8:57PM on 06/19/2014
Looks like a great film that could end up being a nice little Oscar contender. And I will see anything that has Downey Jr's name and talent attached to it. It'll be nice to see him in another drama again.
Looks like a great film that could end up being a nice little Oscar contender. And I will see anything that has Downey Jr's name and talent attached to it. It'll be nice to see him in another drama again.
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8:55PM on 06/19/2014

Huh

I don't know, I think this looks pretty great. But I get what you're saying about RDJ. The cast alone deserves a look from me though.
I don't know, I think this looks pretty great. But I get what you're saying about RDJ. The cast alone deserves a look from me though.
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8:55PM on 06/19/2014

Huh

I don't know, I think this looks pretty great. But I get what you're saying about RDJ. The cast alone deserves a look from me though.
I don't know, I think this looks pretty great. But I get what you're saying about RDJ. The cast alone deserves a look from me though.
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8:57PM on 06/19/2014
My bad on the double post.
My bad on the double post.
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