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Mama drama – Why Stop Now review

By Richard Haridy February 19, 2014 Comedy and drama are two elements notoriously hard to successfully blend. Why Stop Now is a classic example of a film that fails to find a cohesive tone, jarringly bouncing between comedy and drama as it rushes towards a disappointingly insincere “happy” ending. Jesse Eisenberg plays Eli, a piano […]

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Lonely planet – Oblivion review

By Simon Miraudo April 10, 2013 Oblivion lifts liberally from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris, Moon, Sunshine, WALL-E, and pretty much every other science fiction film worth a damn. By cribbing from such bona-fide greats, the final product can’t help but be at least half-decent, if missing an identity of its own. The irony? Hidden […]

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Trailer Debut: Why Stop Now

Perhaps there are no better foils for the tightly-wound Jesse Eisenberg than crazy-speech-giving Melissa Leo and the notorious Tracy Morgan. Thankfully, that is precisely the trio sharing screen time in new comedy Why Stop Now. The Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner directed flick debuted at Sundance, where it was subsequently picked up by IFC Films. Eisenberg […]

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Mass hysteria – Red State review

Red State – Starring Michael Parks, John Goodman and Melissa Leo. Directed by Kevin Smith. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The posters declare Red State an “unlikely film from that Kevin Smith”, although a better tagline is surely “everything you imagined a Kevin Smith horror film would be”. Sure, the flick may catch purists off […]

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Poster Debut: Red State

UPDATE: We’ve been contacted by the Australian PR team handling Red State‘s release, and they’ve alerted us that the film will now open late October, as opposed to September 22nd as originally reported. As Kevin Smith’s horror flick Red State nears its official release, a brand new poster has debuted online. Although Smith has been […]

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Kevin Smith’s Red State scores Australian release

When Kevin Smith announced he would self-distribute his indie horror film Red State in the U.S. (screening the film state-by-state), we feared that it would be years before the flick arrived on Australian shores. Not so! Distributor Curious Film has revealed that they will debut the film in Oz on September 22nd, 2011 (thanks for the […]

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Sequel to The Fighter in the works?

O.K., it’s not often we discuss throwaway comments made on the red carpet, but this one seemed too good to pass up. At the Academy Awards, Mark Wahlberg revealed to Extra that he is interested in making a sequel to The Fighter. The David O. Russell-directed feature picked up two Oscars at the ceremony, for […]

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Melissa Leo to play Jesse Eisenberg’s mum

One thing you can be pretty sure of following an Academy Award nomination – and certainly something you can rely on after a win – is the guarantee of more work. According to Vulture, Melissa Leo (who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in The Fighter) will play mother to Jesse Eisenberg (nominated for […]

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>The King’s Speech dominates SAG awards

>The King’s Speech is on track to take home the big awards at this month’s Oscar ceremony following its coronation at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film picked up Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and star Colin Firth nabbed Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. Along […]

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Title shot – The Fighter review

The Fighter – Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Directed by David O. Russell. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The Fighter tells the true story of brothers Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale); the former is a down-and-out boxer with a chance at a title shot, and the latter is […]

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Trailer Debut: Red State

We knew Kevin Smith‘s religious thriller Red State would be a departure from his previous works. But we didn’t know it would be this much of a departure. The trailer for the pic has debuted online, and we can happily confirm that it’s scary, weird and deeply unsettling. Just like Cop Out! To steal from […]

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Poster Debut: Kevin Smith’s Red State

Kevin Smith has unveiled the first poster for his upcoming thriller Red State. The film – a thriller about a crazed, fundamentalist preacher – is said to be a major departure for Smith, and its creepy poster certainly serves as a testament to that. Smith revealed the poster on his blog, in which he also […]

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Trailer Debut: The Fighter

The trailer for David O. Russell‘s boxing flick The Fighter has arrived. It has long been considered a leading Oscar contender, and the trailer does nothing to dispel that assumption. The film tells the tale of real life fighter “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his troubled older brother and trainer Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale). […]

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Misery business – Frozen River review

Frozen River – Starring Melissa Leo and Misty Upham. Directed by Courtney Hunt. Rated MA for strong themes. 97 mins.At this year’s Oscar ceremony, there was a name you may not have recognised amongst the prestigious Best Actress nominees. Of course, everyone knows the likes of Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep. […]

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