Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Gunnery Sgt. Beckett Returns in ‘Sniper: Legacy’

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Sniper: Legacy is the fifth movie in the long-running series and it’s coming out on DVD and Digital on September 30th. Tom Berenger returns as USMC Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Beckett and returns to the series to join up with his son Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Beckett, who’s played by Chad Michael Collins and was introduced in 2011’s Berenger-less Sniper: Reloaded. +Continue Reading

Reconnecting Back Home in ‘Fort Bliss’

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Fort Bliss, winner of Best Narrative Feature at the 2014 GI Film Festival, will open in theaters on September 19th and be available on demand from iTunes, cable and satellite providers on the same day. The latest trailer just debuted online. +Continue Reading

Saving ‘Dom Hemingway’

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Dom Hemingway (out now on Blu-ray and Digital) looks bulletproof, offering up Jude Law and Richard E. Grant dressed like a couple of ‘70s British villains in a movie written and directed by Richard Shepard, who made the aging hitman classic The Matador with Pierce Brosnan.

All the trailers make this one look like a standard-issue UK hard man gangster picture with larger-than-life characters with lives punctuated by extreme violence. Lots of characters will die and the protagonist may or may not learn something about himself.  Jude Law’s title character definitely belongs in one of those movies, but Shepard is ultimately more interested in his relationship with his daughter, played by Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones. He’s hidden an absent-father-seeks-redemption melodrama in his crime picture. +Continue Reading

The Weapons of ‘Hercules’

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Dwayne Johnson takes on the old sword-and-sandals movie genre this weekend with Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner and based on the Radical Comics series by Steve Moore.Johnson stars as a semi-retired strongman living on past glories who must be lured back into action to help the ruler of Thrace defeat a terrifying warlord. Ian MacShane (Deadwood) and Rufus Sewell (A Knight’s Tale) co-star as members of Hercules’ loyal crew. +Continue Reading

Will the Real ‘Sabotage’ Please Stand Up?

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Sabotage (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital), was supposed to be the movie that jump-started Arnold Schwarzenegger’s late-career resurgence. Arnold took a Skip Woods screenplay and sought out director David Ayer (End of Watch, the upcoming Fury) to rewrite the script and bring his eye for detail to the drug raids at the center of the picture. Unfortunately, Sabotage was DOA at the box office and not particularly loved by most critics. Arnold’s probably done as a leading man and that’s a shame. +Continue Reading

Noah: ‘The Least Biblical Movie Ever Made’

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The headline quote is from director Darren Aronofsky, who’s made exactly the movie that interested him, one that doesn’t have much in common with the Old Testament story as it’s taught in most all churches today. Noah (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital) has more in common with a movie like Thor than it does The Ten Commandments. It’s a pretty good action picture if you’re not going to get hung up on its lack of fidelity to the Bible. +Continue Reading

Creating Digital Leads in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters this weekend. Both this sequel and the Rise of the Planet of the Apes reboot that preceded it manage to pay tribute to the original series while at the same time abandoning the prosthetic makeup effects that were one of those movies’ most beloved and defining features. The apes in the new movies are some of Hollywood’s most impressive digital creations to date. +Continue Reading

Check Out the First Trailer for ‘Unbroken’

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Louis Zamperini passed away since we first wrote about Unbroken, the upcoming movie about his life scheduled to debut in theaters this Christmas. Zamperini got a lot of personal attention from director Angelina Jolie, but he’s going to miss out on the acclaim he deserved on the film’s release and his role as grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade. The first trailer for the movie has debuted online. +Continue Reading

Continue Your Soccer Education With ‘The Class of ‘92’

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If you’ve been caught up in World Cup fever over the last few weeks and want some more soccer in your life, The Class of ’92 documentary comes out on DVD this week as a Walmart exclusive. The film documents the raging success of a group of six young players who joined the Manchester United club in the English Premier League in the early 1990s. +Continue Reading

On the Set With ‘Fury’

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Fury, scheduled for release on November 14, is writer/director David Ayer’s new movie about a U.S. Sherman tank mission behind German lines in April 1945. Brad Pitt plays the tank commander Wardaddy and Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal play the other men in the tank’s crew.

I visited the set of Fury last November at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire about an hour outside of London. The disused (we were in Britain, that’s what they call it) airfield was built during WWII and the British countryside was standing in for Germany.

On the day we visited, Ayer was filming a tank battle. The actors weren’t on set, but we got a chance to talk with a lot of the crew and the military support team, all of whom were determined to bring an unprecedented level of authenticity to this portrayal of WWII. +Continue Reading