Year in Review: 15 Great Films You May Have Missed in 2013

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Every year, there are plenty of great films, but some fall through the cracks and others are overshadowed.   While we’ll have our Top 10 of the year lists near the end of 2013, we wanted to share with you some movies that may have slipped past your attention.  There are films like these on our Top 10 lists as well, but we didn’t want to be redundant, and we wanted to bring attention to more films.  These movies either had too limited of a release or they were dismissed because they looked bad or the premise was deemed too cheesy.  Whatever the reason, they have the potential to be a cult classic in the making or at least a movie you’ll probably be sharing with your friends.

Hit the jump for Matt, Dave, Adam, and Brendan’s choices for great movies you may have missed this year.

SNITCH Blu-ray Review

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Dwayne “The Rock Johnson is a movie star now.  For much of the year, he’s been in movie after movie (so far four), and most of them have been hits, on top of having a TV show and his wrestling appearances.  It took a while (films like The Rundown and Walking Tall didn’t do that well), but now he’s one of the biggest names in cinema.  But something like Snitch shows that he’s an appealing presence on screen, but he can only lift material so far.  A thoroughly mediocre film, Snitch will make for good cable viewing.  My review of the Blu-ray of Snitch follows after the jump. 

Benjamin Bratt Talks SNITCH, His History with Director Ric Roman Waugh, the Authenticity of the Film, Playing an Antagonist and Going Up Against Dwayne Johnson

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While Dwayne Johnson may be the big draw in Ric Roman Waugh’s Snitch, Benjamin Bratt gets to play the big bad behind the scenes.  During a recent interview for the film, Bratt talked about his history with Waugh, the authenticity that the director brings to the picture, the thin line separating crops from criminals, starring in an antagonistic role and going up against the physically imposing Johnson.

In theaters now, Snitch also stars Susan SarandonMichael Kenneth WilliamsJon Bernthal and Barry Pepper.  You can check out my review here.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Weekend Box Office: IDENTITY THIEF Sneaks Past SNITCH on Weak Oscar Weekend

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2013 has not been a banner year at the box office by any stretch of the imagination, but this weekend will set a new low. For the first time in months, no film took in $15 million. That includes the first-place Identity Thief, which was back on top in its third frame. With an estimated $14.1 million, Identity Thief barely edged out the $13 million debut of Snitch but, when we’re talking numbers this small, gloating over rank seems a little pointless.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Identity Thief $14,100,000 $93.7
2.  Snitch $13,000,000 $13
3.  Escape from Planet Earth $11,013,000 $35.1
4.  Safe Haven $10.600,000 $48
5.  A Good Day to Die Hard $10,000,000 $51.8
6.  Dark Skies $8,850,000 $8.8
7.  Silver Linings Playbook $6.051,000 $107.4
8.  Warm Bodies $4,750,000 $58.1
9.  Side Effects $3,511,000 $25.2
10.  Beautiful Creatures $3,410,000 $16.3

TOP 5: The Road to Oscar, SNITCH Interviews, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Character Guide, STAR WARS Roundup, Sony Announces Playstation 4

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I’m opening myself up to complete public failure here, but in the spirit of Oscar weekend I thought it might be fun to share with peers and readers alike my picks for tomorrow’s 85th Academy Awards. Worst case scenario, I figure, is that my picks are so woefully off base that I’m quickly offered a well-compensated position within the Republican Party as a polling analyst. High hopes, I know, but ultimately it’s all in the name of fun. Here’s to hoping you the reader will enjoy comparing your predictions against my own and sleeping better at night as a result of your superior Oscar guessing power.

My half-witted Oscar picks aside, this week’s edition features category previews plus Adam and Matt’s own predictions, Snitch interviews with Dwayne Johnson and more, a character guide to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, a roundup of recent Star Wars: Episode VII talk, and Sony’s PlayStation 4 announcement. Something that resembles a brief recap and link to each is starved for your attention after the jump.

Friday Box Office: SNITCH Squeaks by IDENTITY THIEF on Friday; Comedy Expected To Prevail This Weekend

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A disappointing month will come to a disappointing end this weekend as the box office offers up yet another underwhelming frame. How underwhelming? While last year gave us a surprisingly-strong debut in Act of Valor ($24.4 million), not one title is expected to reach $15 million by Oscar Sunday. Among new releases, Snitch is in the best shape. The action flick starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson won a narrow victory on Friday: taking in an estimated $4.14 million from 2,511 locations. Snitch should see a $12 million debut, though that won’t be enough to beat Identity Thief. The comedy holdover took in $4.1 million on Friday, but is expected to earn $13 million over its third weekend in theatres. Debuting in fourth place, Dark Skies earned an estimated $3 million from 2,313 locations. The extraterrestrial-thriller is projected to make $8.4 million through Oscar Sunday, putting it behind holdovers like Safe Haven, Escape from Planet Earth and A Good Day to Die Hard. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Snitch $4,140,000 $4.1
2.   Identity Thief $4,100,000 $83.7
3.   Safe Haven $3,520,000 $40.9
4.   Dark Skies $3,087,000 $3
5.   A Good Day to Die Hard $2,800,000 $44.6

Barry Pepper Talks SNITCH, THE LONE RANGER, His Love of Westerns, and More

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Opening this weekend is Ric Roman Waugh’s new thriller Snitch, based on the true story of a man (played by Dwayne Johnson) whose son is wrongly accused of dealing drugs and is facing decades behind bars under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.  Johnson strikes a deal—he will help lead to an arrest if his son can go free.  He soon finds himself caught up in a massive undercover mission helmed by agent Barry Pepper that could lead to the arrest of a Mexican Cartel drug lord—but at a potentially deadly cost.  The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, and Michael K. Williams.

At the New York press day for the film, I was able to speak to Barry Pepper about his involvement in the film.  He talked about preparing for the role, then filled me in about his upcoming role in The Lone Ranger and working with Johnny Depp.  He also told me about an upcoming project focusing on the Civil War era, and his surprising alter ego as a blacksmith.

SNITCH Review

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At first blush, writer/director Ric Roman Waugh’s action drama Snitch looks to be much heavier on the action part of that descriptor.  If you go into the theater having glimpsed at the movie’s trailer, poster and clips, or if you just know that it stars Dwayne Johnson (Faster), you might be expecting just another fun but shallow B movie.  Hopefully you’d be pleasantly surprised, like I was, to find a much more complex plot that raises the stakes for each of its fully-realized characters in a way that tests the viewer’s limits of believability without crashing through them, all while delivering on the promised action sequences.  Hit the jump for my review of Snitch.  

Jon Bernthal Talks SNITCH, Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, and Frank Darabont’s LOST ANGELS

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Opening this weekend is Ric Roman Waugh’s new thriller Snitch, based on the true story of a man (Dwayne Johnson) whose son is wrongly accused of dealing drugs and is facing decades behind bars under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.  Johnson strikes a deal- he will help lead to an arrest if his son can go free.  He convinces a worker, ex-con Jon Bernthal, to make an introduction, and soon the two find themselves caught up in a massive undercover mission that could lead to the arrest of a Mexican Cartel drug lord- but at a potentially deadly cost.  The film also stars Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, and Michael K. Williams.

At the film’s press day in New York, I was able to sit down with Jon Bernthal. He told me about how he got involved in the project, about the intense action scenes in the film and about some deleted scenes that didn’t make the final cut. He also filled me in on working with Martin Scorsese on the upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street, and collaborating with Frank Darabont (creator of The Walking Dead) again on the new pilot Lost Angels.

Dwayne Johnson Talks SNITCH, FAST AND FURIOUS 6, PAIN & GAIN, G.I. JOE and HERCULES

by     Posted 1 year, 63 days ago

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Opening this week is Ric Roman Waugh’s new thriller Snitch, based on the true story of a man (played by Dwayne Johnson) whose son is wrongly accused of dealing drugs and is facing decades behind bars under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.  Johnson strikes a deal—he will help lead to an arrest if his son can go free.  He soon finds himself caught up in a massive undercover mission that could lead to the arrest of a Mexican Cartel drug lord—but at a potentially deadly cost.  The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, and Michael K. Williams.

Recently I was able to speak to Mr. Johnson about the film Snitch in an exclusive interview.  As it turns out, he’s a big Collider fan, with a sweet spot for Steve!  He also told me about signing on to do the film and connecting with his character as a father who would also do anything for his kids.  I also got some details about Fast and Furious 6, and the scoop on upcoming films Pain and Gain, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and his passion project Hercules.  Click after the jump to see the whole interview.

Director Ric Roman Waugh Talks SNITCH, Working with Dwayne Johnson, Working as an Undercover Parole Officer and His Upcoming Project, CURRENCY

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Opening this week is Ric Roman Waugh’s new thriller Snitch, based on the true story of a man (Dwayne Johnson) whose son is wrongly accused of dealing drugs and is facing decades behind bars under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.  Johnson strikes a deal: he will help lead to an arrest if his son can go free.  He convinces one of his workers, an ex-con played by Jon Bernthal, to make an introduction and the two get caught up in a massive undercover mission that could lead to the arrest of a Mexican Cartel drug lord, but at a potentially deadly cost.  The film also stars Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, and Michael K. Williams as a frightening local drug dealer.

Recently, I was able to sit down for an exclusive interview with director Ric Roman Waugh.  Waugh told talked about working with Dwayne Johnson and the rest of his dream team ensemble, his days undercover as a parole officer to do research for his previous film Felon, why they chose Shreveport, Louisiana as the home for this film and how his background as a professional stuntman came into play.  He also gave me an inside scoop on his upcoming projects: a documentary about a Delta Force operator and the film Currency, which will take inspiration from the documentary and Waugh’s own experiences to tell the story of military vets coming home to an unwelcoming future. 

5 Clips for SNITCH Starring Dwayne Johnson

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With director Ric Roman Waugh’s (Felon) Snitch opening February 22, we’ve been provided with five clips.  The film stars Dwayne Johnson as a father whose son is wrongly accused of a crime and sentenced to 10 years in jail.  In order to clear the boy’s name, he must go undercover and risk his own life.   Snitch also stars Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper.   Hit the jump to check out the clips and look for our exclusive video interviews with the cast soon.

Super Bowl TV Spots for FAST AND FURIOUS 6, IRON MAN 3, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, THE LONE RANGER, and More

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Tonight during Super Bowl XLVII, new ads ran for Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger, Oz the Great and Powerful, World War Z, Snitch, 21 & Over, and Fast & Furious 6.  If you missed the big game, aren’t planning to watch the game, or just want to watch the ads again, we’ve got them all in one handy article.  Now that all the ads have been posted, I’ve added my thoughts.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spots.

Super Bowl TV Spot for SNITCH Starring Dwayne Johnson

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Dwayne Johnson is really getting ahead of the curve when it comes to Super Bowl spots.  Earlier today his Super Bowl commercial for the “Got Milk?” campaign was released online, and now Summit has unveiled its Super Bowl spot for the upcoming thriller Snitch.  Johnson stars in the film as a father who volunteers to go undercover for the DEA in order to clear his son’s name and get him out of a ten-year prison sentence.  There’s a nice vigilante vibe from this trailer, and it looks as if director Ric Roman Waugh gives Johnson an opportunity to stretch his dramatic chops as well.

Hit the jump to watch the TV spot, and check back here on Collider Sunday night for a round-up of commercials and movie ads from the big game.  Snitch also stars Susan Sarandon, Michael K. Williams, Jon Bernthal, and Benjamin Bratt and opens on February 22nd.

New Trailer for SNITCH Starring Dwayne Johnson

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Dwayne Johnson is one of a handful of action stars who are trying to re-energize the genre and it looks as if his new film Snitch could be a much-needed shot in the arm.  From director Ric Roman Waugh (Felon), Johnson stars as a father who volunteers to go undercover for the DEA in order to clear his son’s name and get him out of a ten-year prison sentence.  This cut is much tighter than the first trailer and delivers the plot conceit quickly before getting to the bread-and-butter action scenes.  Also starring Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper, Snitch opens February 22nd.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

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