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Review: Tumbledown

PLOT: The young widow ( Rebecca Hall ) of a cult musician begins to fall for an academic ( Jason Sudeikis ) that she’s hired to collaborate with her on a biography of her late husband. REVIEW: Once the dominant genre of American cinema (rivaled only by the western), romantic comedies have become something Hollywood’s having more and more trouble pulling off...
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02.12.2016
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FX legend and Oscar winner Rick Baker is retiring from the movie business

As Hollywood moves more and more towards CGI for all special effects needs, the use of practical make-up and animatronics has become as out-dated as cassette tapes and video stores. While directors like J.J. Abrams champion the practical for movies like STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, the prevalence of digital continues to hammer the nail in the traditional FX coffin. With that being...
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05.28.2015
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: James Caan

Last week, in anticipation of THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, we took a look at the filmography of Wes Anderson , whose debut film, BOTTLE ROCKET, featured a standout performance by this week’s subject… James Caan No one could ever deny that James Caan is one hell of a badass. Even at seventy-three years old, Caan’s still one of the toughest guys in...
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03.17.2014
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Review: Blood Ties

BLOOD TIES was originally reviewed as part of our TIFF 2013 coverage. PLOT: In New York City, circa 1974, Chris ( Clive Owen ) is paroled after twelve-years in prison for murder. He's met by his sister Marie ( Lili Taylor ) and brother Frank ( Billy Crudup )- a cop who tries to put his brother on a straight-laced, honest path. Now pushing fifty, and with two kids...
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03.17.2014
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Forget the Oscars, here are your 2014 Razzie Award winners

12 YEARS A SLAVE is your 2014 Best Picture according to the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences, but the real winner is MOVIE 43. The ensemble sketch comedy film starring everyone from Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet to Naomi Watts and Halle Berry was a commercial and critical disaster and pretty unfunny to boot. But, it can now enter the annals of movie history as one...
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03.03.2014
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New domestic trailer for crime drama Blood Ties with Clive Owen and Billy Crudup

The last time we heard from BLOOD TIES, the crime drama from director  Guillaume Canet , was at TIFF 2013 (see our review here ), but now the film has resurfaced with a new domestic trailer in preparation for its stateside release. Starring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as brothers on either side of the law, one a cop (Crudup) and one a crook (Owen), the two square off with...
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01.23.2014
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Matthew McConaughey

Last week, we switched things up and explored the career of uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. This week, we put our focus back on the talent in front of the camera, with a re-evaluation of an actor many of us had written off years ago, but is now on his way to being a legend… Matthew McConaughey Two short years ago, Matthew McConaughey was a...
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01.12.2014
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Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net: American History X, E.T., Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, Superman

Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Artwork We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column I will showcase the kick-ass...
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01.04.2014
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Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Read Chris Bumbray's TIFF review here ! PLOT: Based on the true story of Ron Woodroof who, after being diagnosed with HIV and not being able to secure useful medication, began to smuggle in drugs from other countries in order to sell them to those with the same disease. In the process, he turned his "only 30 days to live" diagnosis into several years of crusading against...
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10.28.2013
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The JoBlo Sunday Night Movie Chat: An American Werewolf in London

October is finally here and this schmoe couldn't be happier. Not only is the love for horror movies through the roof, but October is also the anniversary of The JoBlo Sunday Night Movie Chat! We are kicking off the month with an undeniable classic. A true meshing of genres, this week's movie shows just how great horror comedies can be. This week, we discuss the 1981 classic, An...
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10.06.2013
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Matthew McConaughey turned down over $15 million to star in the Magnum, P.I. movie

Everyone loves a good comeback. The most recent example would be Robert Downey Jr who went from a Lindsey Lohan level of downfall to become one of the top paid actors in the world. Matthew McConaughey had the potential to be a top level star and after a string of bad romantic comedies and films like SAHARA, he all but disappeared into obscurity. It would have been easy for him to...
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09.11.2013
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Review: Dallas Buyers Club (TIFF 2013)

PLOT: The true story of Ron Woodroof ( Matthew McConaughey ), a hard-living, homophobic Texan , who learns that he's HIV positive. With AIDS treatment still a mystery in that era (it takes place in 1986), Woodruff takes on the FDA, and manages to bring in medications from all over the world, using himself as a guinea pig. Eventually, he turns it into a thriving...
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09.09.2013
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