DREDD Review

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Grit, for lack of a better word, is good.  This at least seems to be the prevailing wisdom when it comes to action movies.  But is gritty good enough?  Pete TravisDredd seems to think so.  The director has designed a down-and-dirty future where nothing shines, everything is grimy, and life is cheap.  Into this world he throws a memorable albeit simple protagonist whose very voice emanates ugly violence and wholesale slaughter.  Dredd swings between a single-minded drive to use your adrenal gland like a chew toy and a one-dimensional ploy to play into a shallow bloodlust.  What it lacks in claustrophobia, a compelling plot, dangerous stakes, and a compelling antagonist, it makes up for with loud noises, blown-apart bodies, and a killer performance from Karl Urban.

First Trailer for DREDD Starring Karl Urban

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The first trailer for Pete TravisDredd has gone online.  I know filming was already well underway (if not wrapped) by the time The Raid came out, but thems the breaks.  The trailer does a good job of setting up the conflict, and while there’s the inevitable speed-ramping, at least there’s a plot point to explain it (the drug called Slo-Mo, which is what I think Zack Snyder takes every morning).  I’m not sure if this trailer is enough to get naysayers past the 1995 Sylvester Stallone flop, I’m still excited to see Karl Urban as the eponymous judge/jury/executioner.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena HeadeyDredd opens in 3D on September 21st.

Tease for the DREDD Teaser Trailer

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The first trailer for Dredd is set to arrive tomorrow, but a 10-second tease has gone online.  What can we learn from ten seconds?  Pretty much nothing other than this action movie will have lots of action, and that Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) was negotiating, but negotiations are over.  I’m eager to see the longer trailer, but I was already eager before seeing an ad for an ad.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer tease.  The film also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena HeadeyDredd opens in 3D on September 21st.

New Images from DREDD Starring Karl Urban

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Yesterday we brought you a new image of Game of Thrones star Lena Headey as Ma-Ma in director Pete Travis’ reboot Dredd, along with a few quotes from the actress regarding her character.  Now a few more images from the film have surfaced online, giving us another look at Karl Urban as the titular Judge Dredd as well as co-stars Olivia Thirlby, Langly Kirkwood, and Deobia Oparei.  I still really have no idea what to expect from this film, so hopefully a trailer is on the way soon.  I like Urban and Headey quite a bit, and Olivia Thirlby is a promising prospect as Dredd’s trusty sidekick.  Moreover, the pic has been described as a major departure from the Sylvester Stallone-fronted 1995 adaptation, so at least we’re in for something decidedly different.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st.

THE DARKEST HOUR Blu-ray Review

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Computer generated imagery has revolutionized movies, of which there’s no doubt, but one of the side effects it that it’s made spectacle boring. You can destroy anything, create fantastical creatures, and combine different takes into one without audiences noticing at the click of a button. The one thing you can’t create with a computer is a compelling story, which is why The Darkest Hour is such a dull slog. Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, and Max Minghella lead a pack of Americans who are stuck in Russia when an alien invasion hits. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Director Paul Weitz Talks BEING FLYNN and Future Projects

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Being Flynn (opening in theaters on March 2nd), adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, explores the often unconventional bond between parent and child. In the film, Nick (Paul Dano) is a young writer who misses the loving nature of his late mother (Julianne Moore) and hasn’t seen his father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro), a self-proclaimed “master storyteller,” in 18 years. After serving time in prison for cashing forged checks, losing his job as a cab driver and becoming homeless, Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick, who tries to integrate his father into his life, but quickly learns how complicated that truly will be.

At the film’s press day, director/screenwriter Paul Weitz spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made him want to bring Nick Flynn’s story to life, why he’s drawn to father-son stories, why he went through 30 drafts of the script prior to filming (and how the final draft was ultimately the same as the first draft, at its core), and what the real-life father and son thought about the actors who played them. He also talked about how he’s developing something with Tina Fey, and that he’s going to be doing a play in New York in the Spring, with Topher Grace (reprising the character that he played in In Good Company) and Olivia Thirlby. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

5 Movie Clips from BEING FLYNN Starring Paul Dano, Robert De Niro and Olivia Thirlby

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We have 5 clips for you from Being Flynn, an adaptation of Nick Flynn‘s memoir Another Bullshit Night In Suck City written and directed by Paul Weitz (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant).  Paul Dano stars as the fictional Nick Flynn, a young writer who unexpectedly reunites with the father (Robert De Niro) who abandoned him 18 years ago and describes himself as “a master storyteller.”  Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor, Wes Studi, and Julianne Moore also star.

Being Flynn opens on March 2.  Watch the clips after the break.

Olivia Thirlby Talks BEING FLYNN and DREDD

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Being Flynn (opening in theaters on March 2nd), adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, tells the story of Nick (Paul Dano), a young writer who misses the loving nature of his late mother (Julianne Moore) and hasn’t seen his father, Jonathan (Robert DeNiro), a self-proclaimed “master storyteller,” in 18 years. When Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick, the young man finds himself overwhelmed and ends up taking a job at a homeless shelter, where he works alongside a young woman named Denise (Olivia Thirlby), with whom he attempts to sustain a romance.

At the film’s press day, actress Olivia Thirlby spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she fought for this role, the lack of pressure in playing a fictional character in a real-life story, spending time volunteering in a homeless shelter for research, and how open director/screenwriter Paul Weitz was to fostering a collaborative environment on set. She also talked about how her desire to be an action heroine attracted her to Dredd (starring Karl Urban as the title character), how much fun she had kicking ass and learning how to handle weapons, and how incredibly dynamic and complex her role is. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

New Images from DREDD Starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby

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A couple new images from the forthcoming Dredd have popped up online. We’ve seen very little from the Pete Travis-directed reboot thus far, but it’s certainly clear from these images that Dredd is a world filled with large helmets and disgruntled frowns. I have absolutely no idea what kind of film Travis has crafted, but I’m hoping we’re in for a good time. Comic creator John Wagner recently talked a bit about the film and said we’re going to get a “more rounded, more human” Dredd who’s “capable of introspection [and] questioning his own beliefs.” I’m guessing this means no Rob Schneider.

Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones). The film opens in 3D September 21st.

Poster and New Images for BEING FLYNN Starring Paul Dano and Robert De Niro

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Focus Features has released the poster and new images for Paul Weitz‘ dramedy Being FlynnPaul Dano stars as a young writer who takes in his estranged father (Robert De Niro) when he finds him at a homeless shelter.  The film is based on Nick Flynn‘s memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, and also stars Julianne Moore, Lily Taylor, and Olivia Thirlby.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and images.  Being Flynn opens in limited release on March 2nd.

Over 25 New Images and 2 Clips from THE DARKEST HOUR Starring Emile Hirsch

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Summit Entertainment has released two new clips and a ton of new images from the upcoming alien invasion pic The Darkest Hour. From producer Timur Beckmambetov (Wanted) and director Chris Gorak, the film centers on a group of young tourists who find themselves trapped in Moscow during a worldwide alien attack. The catch is that the aliens are invisible and feed off of electricity, so flashing lights and car alarms signify that it’s time to get the eff out of dodge.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and images. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, and Joel Kinnaman. The Darkest Hour opens in 3D on December 25th.

The Red Pill Viral Update: MEN IN BLACK 3, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE DARKEST HOUR and THE HUNGER GAMES

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As The Dark Knight Rises revved up their viral campaign earlier this week , it overshadowed other movies in the midst of their own marketing. The Dark Knight Rises’ “Operation Early Bird” granted early access to the prologue for people close to specified IMAX theaters and a new trailer is expected to drop on Monday. However, there are other properties that are vying for your attention and your dollars, such as Men in Black 3, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Darkest Hour and The Hunger Games. Hit the jump for an update on each of these unique campaigns.

Max Minghella and Olivia Thirlby THE DARKEST HOUR On-Set Interview

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In September of 2010, straight from the Toronto International Film Festival, I got to do something very cool: I went to Moscow and visited the set of Summit Entertainment’s alien invasion movie, The Darkest Hour.  Normally when I say I got to visit the set, it involves going to a huge soundstage and sitting around conducting interviews.  However, The Darkest Hour was a bit different: the production was filming in 3D on the streets of the city and in and around some of the most famous landmarks on the planet.   It was a set visit unlike any I’ve ever been on and it should make for some awesome visuals in the finished film.  While I already posted the group interview I did with producers Timur Bekmambetov & Tom Jacobson, Emile Hirsch, Joel Kinnaman, and director Chris Gorak, it’s time for the final on set interview and it’s with Max Minghella and Olivia Thirlby.

During the interview they talked about filming in Moscow, the 3D, who they play, working in the sci-fi genre, the weapons, whether or not they watch playback, and so much more.  Hit the jump to check it out.

New Trailer for THE DARKEST HOUR Starring Emile Hirsch

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A new trailer for The Darkest Hour has gone online. The film centers on a group of young tourists who find themselves trapped in Moscow following a worldwide alien attack. The pic takes the alien invasion genre and turns it on its head, as the aliens are invisible. They feed off of energy, so lightbulbs flashing or electronics going wonky are signs that they’re near. It’s a cool concept, and this trailer highlights some of that along with some intensely disturbing kills. Seriously, how would you like to turn to dust in a matter of seconds feet-first? The cast is impressive and it’s a neat idea, so I’m excited to see some electricity-fueled carnage this holiday season.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. If you missed any of Steve’s coverage from the set, check out his interviews with producers Timur Beckmambetov and Tom JacobsonEmile Hirsch, Joel Kinnaman, and director Chris Gorak. The Darkest Hour opens in 3D on Christmas Day.

First Trailer and Poster for BEING FLYNN Starring Robert De Niro and Paul Dano

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The first trailer for the drama Being Flynn has gone online. The film is an adaptation of Nick Flynn’s acclaimed memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, written and directed by Paul Weitz. Paul Dano stars as a writer who takes a job at a homeless shelter, only to run across his long-absent father (Robert De Niro) who is seeking a bed. The story is neat, and the trailer plays pretty well. Dano and De Niro are both capable of great performances, but I can’t tell if Being Flynn will play as an insightful drama, or a heavy-handed soap opera. Weitz was responsible for About a Boy which gives me hope, but his last three films (American Dreamz, Cirque du Freak, and Little Fockers) give me pause. I’m hoping for the best though, as the trailer reminds me a bit of Wonder Boys which is definitely not a bad thing.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The cast also includes Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby, Dale Dickey, and Lili Taylor.

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