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Star Wars 7 Cast Officially Announced

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

It’s official folks. There have been rumors for months but today JJ Abrams and the good folks at Disney revealed the entire Star Wars VII cast via an announcement on StarWars.com.

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.


Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are the three main characters from the first trilogy and it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret that they would return. The most notable new cast member is Andy Serkis. He has been in everything from Planet of the Apes to Lord of the Rings. John Boyega was in Attack the Block and is rumored to have a very big role in the new Star Wars movie.

Daisy Ridley is a young actress who will no doubt be very popular among Star Wars fans. Rumor has it she is single but she will stay pretty busy working on the new Star Wars film for a while. Oscar Isaac and John Boyega are also cast members who will have no problems finding a date now that they are going to be in the most anticipated film in this decade.

The new Star Wars film will be out next December. Let the fans start complaining about the new cast in 3, 2, 1…

Watch Transcendence on Redbox instead of theaters

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

If you enjoy most Johnny Depp films chances are you have been counting the minutes until Transcendence hit theaters. Depp plays Will Caster who gets shot and transfers his consciousness to a computer so he can save everything he knows and keep his personality but then it all goes haywire.

The reviews for Transcendence are not really good as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and Redbox and you can now watch it on your computer.


Aintitcool

It tries to be more introspective , more intelligent, more contemplative. It fails, of course. It fails because the ideas that TRANSCENDENCE tries to convey are so silly, and rather than genuinely explore our relationship with an increasingly technological world, it takes the stupider route. There isn’t a plot point that we don’t see coming a mile away, and there isn’t a single character that doesn’t behave like a bad plot construct rather than a real person.

Forbes

This is a very expensive film that nonetheless has the narrative claustrophobia of a far cheaper production.

Variety

Indeed, long before the Web goes bust, “Transcendence” has already flatlined.

IGN

If you are a fan of the genre, the concepts explored in Transcendence are evocative, even if the ideas are imperfectly expressed. Ultimately, the film is a missed opportunity, though; long on ideas and short on execution.

Watch Captain America The Winter Soldier on Redbox instead of theaters

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

If you enjoyed the first Captain America chances are you have been counting the minutes until it’s sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters. Cap’ isn’t fighting just bad guys in this film. He’s up against his old buddy who you thought got killed in the first one.

The reviews for Captain America 2 are both really good and really bad as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and Redbox and you can now watch it on your computer.


NYDailyNews

The defrosted Marvel hero, last seen in “The Avengers,” is in the right place in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” His 2011 debut was set in World War II, while this rousing, terrific film is a product of our era, full of dangerous drones and stolen digital intel.

Forbes

Part of what makes the action so stand-out is how often it feels natural. There’s CGI at work here, don’t get me wrong, but it’s nowhere near the CGI-fest that previous Marvel films have tended to be.

IGN

With a mix of effective character moments, viscerally thrilling action, humor, intrigue, and surprising heart, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of Marvel Studios’ strongest entries to date. This one is in fact a game changer.

Variety

Though “The Winter Soldier” lacks the special period luster of “The First Avenger,” craft contributions are generally topnotch, especially the sharp D.C. location shooting of d.p. Trent Opaloch (“District 9, “Elysium”) and Henry Jackman’s rousing, propulsive score (incorporating bits of Alan Silvestri’s “First Avenger” fanfare). Sci-fi geeks of a certain age will get a special kick out of seeing “Logan’s Run” ingenue Jenny Agutter reprising her brief “Avengers” role as a member of the U.N.-ish “World Security Council,” and busting out some highly impressive karate moves to boot.

Chris Evans will be back for the next Avengers next year but if you are a huge fan maybe you should see Captain America 2 in theaters.

Watch Noah on Redbox instead of theaters

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Russell Crowe is back on the silver screen but this time as Noah. The film has been picked apart by Bible-thumpers and has been cheered and jeered by those in the church. We all know the story from Genesis but seeing a filmaker’s adaption is another thing altogether, especially when it’s something you learned and believed to be a certain way as a child.

The reviews for Noah are mixed as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and Redbox and you can now watch it on your computer.


ScreenCrush

“This film’s inscrutable oddness — and the willingness to take chances — brought me to a place that could not have predicted. During the film’s third act I had no idea how this movie was going to end. Seriously. Even more exciting, once the credits rolled, I had to spend some time to work out how I felt. In fact, I’m still thinking about it.”

ChristianityToday

Noah is a good movie made by good filmmakers who pursue important questions and think of movies as art.

NYTimes

“Noah” is occasionally clumsy, ridiculous and unconvincing, but it is almost never dull, and very little of it has the careful, by-the-numbers quality that characterizes big-studio action-fantasy entertainment.

ABCNews

Noah is not about the animals. Despite its clumsy beginning, it’s a deft and daring exploration of Noah and his family, a film teeming with meaningful artistic choices that both lauds and curses faith in the very same breath.

Watch Muppets Most Wanted on Redbox instead of theaters

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the gang are back for another crazy adventure. This time they are back battling an evil jewel thief who looks a lot like Kermit. The Muppets got a reboot in 2011 and in Muppets Most Wanted we get to see them star alongside Tina Fey and Ricky Gervaise.

The reviews for Muppets Most Wanted are mixed as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and Redbox and you can now watch it on your computer.


San Francisco Gate

After successfully juggling several different storylines, the predictable ending is a bit of a thud. Maybe we’ve been spoiled by “The Lego Movie,” but there’s no surprising emotional wallop in “Muppets Most Wanted.” There are also far too few scenes involving the Swedish Chef, and not enough of Beaker either.

The Guardian

Muppets Most Wanted might have ended up as a worthy successor to The Muppets. Sadly, here he’s stuck in self-conscious gurning mode. As, it must be said, is the film itself. A wasted opportunity.

Film.com

Before anyone huffs and puffs about sullying the good name of the Muppets, remember how these are gypsy showfolk singing for their supper, and are in no way above a little hucksterism to make a dollar. It’s that no foolin’ attitude, along with all the feel-good togetherness and personal growth and learning about the number 3, that makes the Muppets, and this movie, so special

Watch Divergent on Redbox instead of theaters

Friday, March 21st, 2014

If you enjoyed the Hunger Games chances are you have been counting the minutes until Divergent hit theaters. Theo James is poised to become a star this year and Shailene Woodley could follow in Jennifer Lawrence’s footsteps and become an A-lister by headlining the new franchise. Kate Winslet is the bad guy or girl who is set on destroying them both.

The reviews for Divergent are both really good and really bad as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and Redbox and you can now watch it on your computer.


Washington Post

It’s rare that a movie is as good as the book on which it’s based. It’s even more unusual when it’s better.


NY Daily News

After nearly two and a half hours, you may still be hard-pressed to understand the point of “Divergent.” Let me save you some time: it’s to grab our cash as quickly as possible, before the Next Big Thing comes along.


Wall Street Journal

In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, “Divergent” is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long.


USA Today

Despite two strong lead performances and a welcome dose of female empowerment, this somber tale feels too familiar and formulaic.

Watch Need for Speed on Redbox instead of theaters

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Aaron Paul is on fire right now. After playing Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad opposite Walter White his star has risen to new heights in Hollywood. Now he is taking over as the leading man in ‘Need for Speed’, which was originally a video game back in the 1980s.

The reviews for Need for Speed film are mixed as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and you can now watch it on your computer. Check out the Netflix below to watch it with a free trial.




LA Times

“Need for Speed” may be something else: the first driving movie that wants to be like all driving films. It’s packaged as “Fast & Furious,” has aspirations to “Drive” and comes off as a paler “Cannonball Run,” or a “Death Race 2000” without the dystopia.

IGN

Aaron Paul does what he can to class things up, but he doesn’t have writers like Vince Gilligan and Co. here to serve his considerable talent. Still, he — along with Keaton’s scenery-chewing, weird Wolfman Jack-meets-Death Race games keeper — is the best and most human thing about the movie.

Gamespot

I can only recommend you see the Need for Speed movie in theaters if your local movieplex has a $5 Tuesday offer or something similar. The racing/action scenes are no doubt better on the big-screen, but the ham-handed story and clumsy dialogue weighs the experience down too far for it to be a truly enjoyable movie.

Watch 2014 Academy Awards Online

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Tomorrow morning everyone will be buzzing around the water cooler at work talking about what went down and who won at the Oscars tonight. Ellen DeGeneres will be the host of the evening and you know he will be hilarious and take some shots at the stars in attendance. Christian Bale looks to bring home a few Oscars tonight for his hit movie American Hustle. Gravity and Wolf of Wall Street are the favorites to win Best Picture honors. Although Tom Hanks could steal it with his performance in Captain Phillips. But you never really know how the academy is going to vote and sometimes the favorites don’t win. If you can’t watch the show live on ABC beginning at 8:30 PM ET you can catch it online if you know where to look.


Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street are all up for Best Picture this year.

You can watch behind the scenes of the show all night long on Oscars.com or by downloading the Oscars app for your smart phone. ABC also has an app that allows you to watch everything on the red carpet as well.

TVGuide.com will have streaming video of the Red Carpet as they do every year. It is starting at 6 PM ET and will show off all the red hot celebrities until the show starts. E!Online will also have the pre-show up for all to see for free as well.

You can always check out the Hollywood message boards. They usually have feeds and streams but they may or may not stay up for the entire show. Sopcast could be worth a shot as they also will have feeds but you never know when they will go down.

Another way to catch the show is to check the torrent sites in the morning if you want to watch it in it’s entirity. But chances are you may see something on Facebook or Twitter that will ruin the surprise and spoil who wins. Youtube will likely have the video up later tonight as well if you really want to see what happened later.

Watch Son of God on Redbox instead of theaters

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

The Bible is coming back to the big screen. Son of God looks to be one of the sleeper hits of the year and it’s one of the only true family friendly films at the box office. Telling the story of Jesus has been done many times but rarely is it done by a Christian in Hollywood. Diogo Morgado is back as Jesus except this time he isn’t on the TV screen, he’s on the silver screen instead.

The reviews for Son of God film are mixed as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and you can now watch it on your computer. Check out the Netflix below to watch it with a free trial.


NJ.com

After the ugliness of ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and, frankly, its filmmaker, that’s very welcome — as is a film which, once again, chooses to emphasize a message of total honesty and loving forgiveness.

WashingtonPost

To the filmgoers thronging to theaters this weekend: Don’t expect to see a great film, or even a very good one. Whether you discover a meaningful channel with which to continue your walk with the film’s protagonist, however, is strictly between you and your god.

SFGate

“Son of God” gets a PG-13 rating solely for its violent moments, which capture the betrayal, brutality and sacrifice of the story without seeming gratuitous. A few heathens laughed out loud at some of the stilted dialogue and awkward directing choices. More audience members were weeping.

RogerEbert

The film is most interesting when it focuses on the political machinations of the Roman occupation, and what it meant for the Jews being occupied. The overall problem with “Son of God” (besides the fact that it was already seen, in full, in mini-series form) is that Jesus, smirking throughout, comes off as a cipher. It is the blonde gentle Jesus from the stained glass windows and Sunday School books.

This film might be best watched at home on Redbox. But if you are a Bible thumper chances are you will see it in theaters anyway.

Watch Lego Movie on Redbox instead of theaters

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Did you love Legos as a kid or do you have a little one who is crazy about them? Legos aren’t just building blocks anymore. No sir, they are videogames, action figures, and now a movie. When you have Will Ferrell as the President and Will Arnett playing Batman you know you are in for a treat.

The reviews for the new Lego film are pretty good as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and you can now watch it on your computer. Check out the Netflix below to watch it with a free trial.


RogerEbert.com

Normally, I oppose the trend of plaything-based moviemaking, especially when the results are as brain-numbingly awful as “Transformers”, “G.I. Joe” and “Battleship”. But if those uninspired efforts had featured not just Michelangelo the Teenage Mutant Ninja but also Michelangelo the ultimate Renaissance artist as they fight for the greater good of interlocking mankind, maybe they would have changed my mind, too.

ew.com

The film’s comedy is very digressive, very free-associational (think Team America meets Family Guy). And though near the end The LEGO Movie takes a leap into outside-the-frame storytelling that may not have been necessary, that leap still neatly channels the film’s theme: If you build it, life will be awesome

nydailynews.com

Let’s say this for “The Lego Movie”: It’s a shining example within a highly dubious genre. As full-length toy advertisements go, you really couldn’t ask for more.

If you have kids chances are you would enjoy it but I don’t think it’s worth rushing out to the theaters just for the sake of seeing it. If you have to go with the family you might enjoy it.