THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and BIRDMAN Lead Critics Choice Awards Nominations

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Individual critics groups are starting to weigh in with their picks for the very best of the year, and now the largest group of critics has unveiled its list of nominees for the 20th Critics Choice Movie Awards.  Made up of members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Critics Choice Awards recognize films and performances from all genres, with separate categories for Comedy, Action, etc.  Leading the pack in terms of quantity is Birdman with 13 nominations, followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel which raked in 11 nominations including Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor.  The brilliant Selma also fared well with 6 nods overall, and Unbroken rebounded a bit after being shut out of SAG and the Golden Globes with 6 nominations.  Additionally, you’ll find plenty of love for Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow in the Action categories.

Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.  The 2015 Critics Choice Movie Awards will be telecast live on A&E on January 15th.

TOP 5: INTERSTELLAR, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Gets an Official Title, First FURIOUS 7 Trailer, BIG HERO 6, First Trailer for CHAPPIE

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If you prefer your action/sci-fi blockbusters both slick and smart, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more fitting title made in the last several years than director Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow. Adapted from the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film only reinforces what I already believed: that Tom Cruise is the greatest living movie star in the world. He’s right in his wheelhouse as Major William Cage, a military officer who’s far more versed in the ways of spin and public relations than in actual combat. When a run-in with a rare alien leads Cage to be repeatedly thrust into the heart of a destined to fail military attack, the result is a thrilling and surprisingly funny ride that Cruise and Emily Blunt deftly carry. Watching Cruise replay the loop time after time, learning from his mistakes and inching closer to finality with each retry, may become tedious to some. For me, it was akin to learning the pattern of a video game only to finally reach the final boss on your last continue. All told, Edge is probably my favorite Cruise film since Minority Report and while it fails to reach the level of greatness, the fact that it’s even in the same conversation should tell you that it’s absolutely worth watching.

My Tom Cruise lovefest aside, this week’s Top 5 features an interview for and Matt’s review of Interstellar, Star Wars: Episode VII getting an official title, the first trailer for Furious 7, interviews for and Matt’s review of Disney’s Big Hero 6, and the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi actioner Chappie. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

EDGE OF TOMORROW Blu-ray Review

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Seriously, are we supposed to call it Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow now? That’s what the packaging of the Blu-ray (and its title on VOD) suggests, which is odd for a movie that made a little over a hundred million domestically.  Generally that sort of rebranding happens when a film flops, but perhaps this change was made because that’s what audiences thought the title was from the marketing.  Regardless, this Tom Cruise sci-fi action movie was easily one of the better movies of this past summer, but perhaps Cruise fatigue or title confusion left the film to underperform.  Starring alongside Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, Cruise does great work in this video game-inspired film and my review of the Blu-ray of Edge of Tomorrow follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: EDGE OF TOMORROW, OBVIOUS CHILD, SLEEPING BEAUTY, and More

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This week’s bounty of new Blu-ray releases include one of the most entertaining films of the year, a Disney classic, an underseen gem from this past summer, the previous season of shenanigans from AHS, and more.  Briefly:

Watch a Supercut of the Funny Parts from EDGE OF TOMORROW in New Mashup, Plus an Exclusive Deleted Scene

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Edge of Tomorrow is one of my favorite films of the year.  By some miracle considering the hectic production, director Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt assembled a smart, funny, and thrilling sci-fi time travel film that, above all, feels fresh.  We’re inundated with same-feeling movies week after week, but Edge of Tomorrow was a wonderfully unique and fun adventure that felt like a breath of fresh air.  In anticipation of the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release tomorrow, October 7th, we’re happy to debut a new deleted scene that can be found on the home video release and to also share a pretty funny mashup of some of the humorous bits from the film.  It’s a nice reminder of just how funny this sci-fi actioner is, and the deleted scene is from the final act of the film and involves Cruise finding himself an appropriate weapon.

Hit the jump to watch the Edge of Tomorrow Blu-ray clips, and click here to pre-order the film on Blu-ray.

THE COLLISION: Episode 92 – THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and EDGE OF TOMORROW

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This week on The Collision, we’re talking about The Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow. We talk about what the box office results mean for each one, why Fault won the weekend and Edge lost, the future of YA romance novel adaptations, the staying power of Tom Cruise‘s career, supporting good sci-fi action movies, and more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Mad Men, Hannibal, Fargo, and More TV”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Weekend Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Shines with $48.2 Million; EDGE OF TOMORROW Falls Flat

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After a stellar launch, The Fault in Our Stars fell back to Earth a bit on Saturday.  In the grand tradition of front-loaded teen fare before it, the romantic drama leveled off as the weekend progressed.  Fox is now reporting estimated earnings of $48.2 million for the three-day weekend instead of the $55 million or higher that looked likely yesterday.  Meanwhile, the news did not get better for Edge of Tomorrow overnight.  The well-reviewed sci-fi pic earned an estimated $29.1 million from 3,490 locations, or a bit more than Non-Stop brought in its own debut… at the end of February.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Fault in Our Stars $48,200,000 $48.2
2.  Maleficent $33,523,000 $127.3
3.  Edge of Tomorrow $29,105,000 $29.1
4.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $14,700,000 $189.1
5.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $7,200,000 $30.1
6.  Godzilla $5,950,000 $185
7.  Neighbors $5,200,000 $137.8
8.  Blended $4,050,000 $36.5
9.  Chef $2,600,000 $10.3
10.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $1,900,000 $196.2

Full story after the jump.

TOP 5: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Josh Trank Lands STAR WARS Spinoff Film, EDGE OF TOMORROW, DOCTOR STRANGE, JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed

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The Fault in Our Stars will break you. Don’t think for a second that it won’t. If you come out of it saying otherwise then there are only two explanations: you’re lying or you’re a sociopath. Either way, I’m not sure we can be friends. Led by terrific lead turns by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and solid supporting efforts by Laura Dern and Nat Wolff), director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of the John Green novel disguises a lesson in how much of a cold hard bitch the universe can be as a romantic teen drama. Every sweet moment that Hazel and Gus share (of which there are plenty) has an all-consuming gray cloud overhead. Even the catharsis that comes from pelting your ex’s car with eggs only lasts as long as the inevitability of your own mortality will allow. For all of its borderline grief-inducing moments, The Fault in Our Stars is actually a solid entry in the genre that handles its subject honestly and respectfully. It deserves praise for this even if it does depress the hell out of us along the way.

In addition to more on The Fault in Our Stars, this week’s Top 5 also includes Chronicle director Josh Trank landing a Star Wars spinoff film, Matt’s Edge of Tomorrow review, Scott Derrickson getting the Doctor Strange gig as well as casting rumors surrounding the pic, and Warner Bros. pushing Jupiter Ascending back from next month to February 2015. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on Track for Stunning $50+ Million Weekend with $26.1 Million Friday; EDGE OF TOMORROW Disappoints

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Summer doesn’t have to be all about superheroes and blockbusters, and this weekend’s box office is a refreshing reminder that not everybody wants Transformers all the time.  Fox 2000’s teen drama The Fault in Our Stars is off to a stellar box office debut,  as the adaptation of the beloved John Green book pulled in $26.1 million on Friday, putting the film on track for an incredible $50-$52 million opening weekend—at least; that’s a bigger opening day than Woodley’s large-scale sci-fi thriller Divergent.  The film is benefitting from positive reviews, excellent buzz, and the popularity of its lead actress Shailene Woodley, as director Josh Boone’s $12 million movie about two cancer patients who fall in love is proving to be the box office surprise of the summer.  We could see the mammoth opening coming over the past month or so, but even then early estimates were conservative, putting the opening weekend at somewhere between $35-$38 million.  Instead, the pic is overperforming, leaving the one and only Tom Cruise in its wake as his also-excellent sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow pulled in a so-so $10.6 million on Friday, putting the smart and thrilling pic on track for an opening weekend around $30 million.

Hit the jump for more on the Friday box office, including the full Top 5.

EDGE OF TOMORROW Review

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In almost every action movie, the hero never dies.  If he does die, he’s always alive at the end.  He is immortal by default.  Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow provides a sly commentary not only on the action genre, but also touches on notions of destiny, providence, choice, and sacrifice.  However, its most intriguing aspect is how it aligns with the career of its ageless, persevering star.  Tom Cruise is the eternal action star, who is both dominant in and yet trapped by his career circumstances.  His captivating performance in Edge of Tomorrow is both reflective and fresh as he doesn’t distract from the fascinating, exciting film, but his presence gives an extra pop to a film that will bring you back for repeat viewings.

Enter Our EDGE OF TOMORROW Giveaway and Win Free Stuff

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Opening in theaters soon is director Doug Liman’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow.  The smart and thrilling sci-fi yarn stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and takes place in the midst of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race.  Cruise plays a military officer who keeps being killed, only to wake up and relive the same day over and over again.  To perhaps change his fate, he must train to become a better soldier.  In anticipation of the film’s release, we’ve been provided with some Edge of Tomorrow-themed gear to give away to some lucky readers.  Items include a backpack, Bluetooth speaker, hat, mug, t-shirts, tanktops, and more.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to get a look at the items up for grabs.  Edge of Tomorrow opens in theaters everywhere on June 6th in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See EDGE OF TOMORROW

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I was already looking forward to Edge of Tomorrow, but now I can’t wait because the buzz has been ecstatic.  Since it’s not based on well-known material (the source is the novel All You Need Is Kill), it was flying under the radar in a summer packed with sequels and name properties.  But I’m glad to hear that the movie is good because it’s got a cool concept: Groundhog Day with mech suits.  I’m in.

I’m pleased the announce we’re giving away 25 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of Edge of Tomorrow.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill PaxtonBrendan GleesonNoah TaylorKick GurryDragomir MrsicCharlotte RielyJonas ArmstrongFranz DramehMasayoshi Haneda, and Tony Way.  Edge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th.

New EDGE OF TOMORROW Clips and 5 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of four Edge of Tomorrow clips and five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from director Doug Liman’s upcoming sci-fi actioner.  The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who keeps being killed during a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race, only to wake up and relive the same day over and over again.  In order to perhaps change his fate and save humanity, he works with a Special Forces warrior (Emily Blunt) to train himself to become a better soldier.  Early response to the pic has been highly positive, and all of the trailers have teased a thrilling and fascinating sci-fi yarn.  As a big Cruise fan myself, I’m very much looking forward to seeing this one in a couple of weeks.

Hit the jump to check out the Edge of Tomorrow movie clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Bill PaxtonBrendan GleesonNoah TaylorKick GurryDragomir MrsicCharlotte RielyJonas ArmstrongFranz DramehMasayoshi Haneda, and Tony Way.  Edge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th.

27 New EDGE OF TOMORROW Images Featuring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson

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The stars of Doug Liman’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow are gearing up for their globe-trotting world premiere in just a couple of days, and the marketing has been ramping up with a recently released featurette and trailer.  Today we’ve got 27 new images from the film to share with you which feature great new action-packed looks at Tom CruiseEmily BluntBill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson.  Exo-suits are the new black.

Also starring Noah TaylorKick GurryDragomir MrsicCharlotte RielyJonas ArmstrongFranz DramehMasayoshi Haneda, and Tony WayEdge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

Tom Cruise Keeps Dying in Excellent New EDGE OF TOMORROW Trailer

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Fresh off this morning’s behind-the-scenes featurette, Warner Bros. has released a fantastic new Edge of Tomorrow trailer for director Doug Liman’s upcoming sci-fi actioner.  Tom Cruise plays a military officer who keeps being killed during a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race, only to wake up and relive the same day over and over again.  In order to perhaps change his fate and save humanity, he works with a Special Forces warrior (Emily Blunt) to train himself to become a better soldier.  The premise itself is fascinating enough, but this trailer shows more of the relationship between Cruise’s cowardly character and Blunt’s warrior as the two are in training, and it looks incredibly promising.  I also really like the aesthetic that Liman has settled on for the film, and the set pieces look absolutely thrilling.

Hit the jump to watch the new Edge of Tomorrow trailer.  The film also stars Bill PaxtonBrendan GleesonNoah TaylorKick GurryDragomir MrsicCharlotte RielyJonas ArmstrongFranz DramehMasayoshi Haneda, and Tony WayEdge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th.

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