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Review: Arsenal

PLOT: A straight-laced entrepreneur ( Adrian Grenier ) tries to rescue his older, ex-con brother ( Johnathon Schaech ) from the clutches of a deranged Southern mob boss ( Nicolas Cage ). REVIEW: I’ve long been fascinated by the series of B-action yarns churned out with regularity by Grindstone Entertainment and Lionsgate Premiere - usually produced by Randal Emmett...
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Nicolas Cage and John Cusack ham it up in the Arsenal trailer

ARSENAL tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers, Mikey ( Johnathon Schaech ) and JP ( Adrian Grenier ), who had only each other to rely on growing up. When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by ruthless crime boss Eddie King ( Nicolas Cage ), JP turns to the brothers' old pal Sal ( John Cusack ), a plain clothes detective for help. In order to rescue his brother,...
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Why It Works: High Fidelity

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** With shows like Mad Men , Weeds , Girls , and Breaking Bad  and movies like THE SOCIAL NETWORK and THERE WILL BE BLOOD , the idea of a heavily flawed, unlikable, or...
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Face-Off: The Rock vs. Con Air

In our previous Face-Off , I dropped close combat action films JACK REACHER and JOHN WICK into the ring, and not only did 100% of you agree with my decision to give it to JOHN WICK , no one complained that it was a lopsided Face-Off or politely asked me to leave the internet forever. It was as if I'd died and went to movie column Heaven. They already have the Episode VIII trailer there,...
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Awfully Good: Con Air

Before DC unleashes SUICIDE SQUAD on the public, let's look back at another time a group of bad guys got loose and stole the show…   Con Air (1997)   Director: Simon West Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich The touching story of a convict with a heart of gold and his struggle to get his stuffed rabbit...
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John Cusack and Sam Jackson star in the trailer for Stephen King's Cell

If you enjoyed John Cusack and Sam Jackson hamming it up in Stephen King 's 1408, then the following should interest you! The duo chose to work together again, this time on CELL. The story follows that a strange signal that pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, starting a murderous epidemic of epic proportions turning users into bloodthirsty creatures. A group of...
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Awfully Good: Better Off Dead

Forget EDDIE THE EAGLE, if you want to meet a truly inspirational skier, you should watch…   Better Off Dead (1985)   Director: Savage Steve Holland Stars: John Cusack, Diane Franklin, Curtis Armstrong   After losing his spot on the ski team and his beloved girlfriend to the ski team captain, Lane Myer decides that...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Elizabeth Banks

Last time on The Good, The Bad & The Badass , we took a look at the career of actor Woody Harrelson . This week, we look at one of his HUNGER GAMES co-stars... Elizabeth Banks Nobody's having as good a year professionally as Elizabeth Banks , and her success is well-deserved. A star-in-the-making for over a decade now, Banks has always felt like one...
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Trailer for Chi-raq shows Spike Lee tackling gun violence for next film

It's been awhile since a Spike Lee joint has really connected with me, but that may change in a matter of weeks with the release of his latest film CHI-RAQ. Serving as Amazon Studios' first original movie release, CHI-RAQ is a modern day reworking of the Greek play LYSISTRATA. Only here, the women withhold sex in order to stop gun violence, particularly black-on-black violence in...
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Adrien Brody set to play a poisoned CIA agent in action thriller Expiration

THR is reporting that Adrien Brody is set to star in an action thriller penned by BROKEN CITY scribe Brian Tucker titled EXPIRATION. The project doesn't have a director yet, but filming is scheduled to begin in March 2016 in Europe. Brody will also co-produce through his Fable House shingle. Corsan World Sales will deal with international distribution, with Paradigm...
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Review: Dragon Blade

PLOT: In western China, 48 BC, an unlikely partnership is formed between a Roman general and a member of the Silk Road Protection Squad. Together, they must stop a tyrannical madman who is willing to kill his family for his own prosperity.  REVIEW: When a movie is “so bad it’s good” it is easy to forgive many of it’s flaws. At least you had fun right? In the new Jackie Chan...
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Jackie Chan befriends John Cusack in this exclusive Dragon Blade clip

A massive success this year in its native China, "Dragon Blade" brings action spectacle on a grand scale to US audiences. Featuring an international cast led by Jackie Chan , John Cusack and  Adrien Brody , the film features the fight for the Silk Road when East and West collide. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius ( Adrien Brody ) arrives with a giant army to...
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