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Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 3

In: Movies, Patrick, Tommy D

Because Vancouver was the #2 city in in the world that wanted to see Paranormal Activity 3, last night Tommy, Nic, myself and two of our friends (Matt & Tim) were among the first victims to watch it. Despite the fact that we had to be there early to brave the lineup, it was definitely worth it. Upon entry into the theater, we were each given free popcorn, a free bottled drink, and a Paranormal Activity 3 t-shirt – Fun!

After watching the trailer for The Devil Inside (which also looks super freaky), we jumped right into the film. You’re probably wondering how we go from the past to the present. Well, as you’ve seen from the previews, pretty much the entire film takes place when Katy and Kristi are just little girls. That being said, at the beginning, there is a way that the link the jump from present to past. In an effort to not spoil the film for you, I won’t say anything more than what you already know from the trailer.

The rest of my review (without spoiling the plot) after the jump…

Last month, I first shared that Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe signed on to play Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert respectively in the musical movie adaptation of “Les Miserables“. It’s not the first time the Victor Hugo classic has hit the silver screen. In 1998, the long-running Broadway musical was adapted into a movie. That version starred Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman, Geoffrey Rush and Claire Danes without any singing nor dancing. The new movie version will stay truer to the stage production and be a huge song-and-dance number.

With two marquee male leads already attached, the Tom Hooper-directed film was in search for actresses who could keep up with the two men. These ladies would not only need serious acting chops but required them to carry a tune. That’s no small feat. Slated to join the cast as Madame Thenardier is Harry Potter’s Bellatrix Lestrange. That’s right, the always interesting Helena Bonham Carter is joining the production. You’re probably asking, who’s going to play prostitute Fantine? Keep reading to find out. You won’t be disappointed.

find out who after the jump

At the Toronto Film Festival, director and screenplay writer Alexander Payne debuted his newest film titled The Descendants which stars George Clooney among a slew of other stars. Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, the story follows Matt King, an owner of ancestral land.

King tries desperately to reconnect with his two girls after his wife is involved in a severe boat accident and falls into a coma. In delaying the process of being pressured to sell his land, he learns a disturbing secret about his wife… she had been cheating on him. However, he was the last to find out. The film is set for release on November 18th.

While some critics who screened the film at TIFF were quick to judge the script, I for one cannot wait to see what comes from this ensemble cast. If it is anything like Payne’s former films Sideways and About Schmidt, then I’m sure it’s going to be amazing! Check out the trailer below.

Watch “The Descendants” movie trailer after the jump.

As I’m so excited to watch Paranormal Activity 3 when it comes out later this week, I just came across a new trailer for a film that looks like it will be equally as terrifying. This trailer for “The Devil Inside” is set to be shown before Paranormal Activity 3 as one of the trailers. As my title implies, it looks like a cross between “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and Paranormal Activity”. Here’s the synopsis of what it’s about:

“Her entire life, Isabella Torelli believed her mother brutally murdered three people because she was clinically insane. After being told the murders occurred during an exorcism, she sets out to discover the truth. While documenting her experience with a film crew in Italy, she becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms.”

The trailer below made me jump a few times and I was on edge the whole time. Filmed to look like somewhat of a documentary, the realistic aspect of this film is what makes it so freaking scary to me. The trailer starts off with the 911 recording from Maria Rossi, Isabella’s mother… after she killed the three people. “The Devil Inside” hits theatres on January 6, 2012. Watch the trailer below (if you dare).

Watch the trailer after the jump…

Movie Review: Everybody Cut “Footloose”

In: Movies, Tyrell

Last night, Patrick and I decided to kick off our Sunday shoes and check out the MTV Films remake of the classic hit, “Footloose.” While some scream blasphemy, I was actually pretty excited to see the film. One, because I have taken classes from Kenny Wormald and was pumped for him to take on this iconic role, and two, to see all the dancing there was going to be from him and his female co-star, Julianne Hough. To start off, I have to say that I absolutely love love love the original and that you can never take the magic of that film away. So, would the new reboot hold it’s own?

The plot lines of both films are generally the same. Ren McCormack (originally played by Kevin Bacon), comes to the small town of Bomont to live with his aunt and uncle. In the original, he’s from Chicago but in this version due to Kenny’s sexy look and accent, Ren is from Boston. He soon discovers that the town has a ban on dancing and loud music after getting an unexpected ticket from a power hungry cop. Ren meets his soon-to-be best friend Willard at school who he later on, teaches how to dance to impress his girl, Rusty.

But of course, you can’t talk about Footloose without mentioning the loose cannon character that is Ariel Moore (played by Hough, originally played by Lori Singer). She’s the preacher’s daughter and in rebellion mode after the death of her brother. Her relationship with Chuck Cranston, a bad ass race car driver gets her into a little bit of trouble after she begins pursuing the new kid in town. It leads to a race of decked out school buses in a race that leaves Chuck in the dust. In the original, Ren and Chuck play a game of chicken with tractors.

More review and photos of “Footloose” after the jump.

It’s almost here. A&E is getting set to release it’s Stephen King mini-series, Bag of Bones. The two-night, two hour event stars Pierce Brosnan and Melissa George in the this classic and haunting murder mystery. The story revolves around the character of Mike Noonan, a writer who begins to experience writer’s block after the death of his wife. Four years after the death, he begins to experience nightmares in his TR-90 home, an unmapped township in Maine. With all of these settings, you can just imagine what Stephen King has cooked up.

Now, A&E has released it’s first look at the mini-series with a behind-the-scenes look and spooky new trailer. The trailer features a young girl, drowning in a lake. She then reappears on the streets of the town and writes on a fogged window, “BEWARE THE LAKE.” Are you kidding me? I love a good thriller and this looks right up my alley. After watching the behind-the-scenes footage, I truly cannot wait to have the pants scared off me. They started filming in Nova Scotia this summer but no official release date has been set. Check out all the footage below.

Check out A&E’s “Bag of Bones” after the jump.

New Releases Out This Week: October 17th

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

Another Monday, another edition of New Releases. This week, our featured new release is the hilarious and dark comedy, Bad Teacher which stars Cameron Diaz and the sexy Justin Timberlake. Awkward situation, this was the first time the two exes had seen each other and worked together since their break up. According to the stars, it wasn’t bad at all and they had a great time doing the film together… including the sex scene. Check out a synopsis of the film below:

Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a foulmouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate teacher. She drinks, gets high, and can’t wait to marry a meal ticket to get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her sights on a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) while shrugging off the advances of the school gym teacher (Jason Segel). The consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, coworkers, and even herself an education like no other!

Another hilarious addition to the cast is The Office’s, Phillys Smith who makes some of the best comedy with Diaz. Overall, I think if you buy Blu-rays or DVDs, them you should definitely pick this up. If not, then make sure you check it out on your AppleTV or other streaming media. More new releases below.

Check out more new releases after the jump.

Real Steel & Footloose Dominate The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

For the second weekend in a row, Real Steel has taken the top spot at the box office in these early estimates. The futuristic “high-tech” boxing film, which stars Hugh Jackman, brought in $16.3 million this weekend. It wasn’t a total knock-out though, as the Footloose remake, which opened this weekend, was very close behind with $16.1 million. Considering how close the two films were, it could end up with Footloose on top when it all becomes official tomorrow.

A second remake opened this weekend, with The Thing opening in theatres and taking the third spot with $8.7 million. The science-fiction horror remake was actually done well, considering it’s placement at the box office and the reviews it has received. The same can’t be said for the other newcomer this weekend. The Big Year, starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black didn’t even break $5 million this weekend. Check out where it placed and how the other films in the Top 10 list this weekend. Did you see any new films this weekend?

Top 10 after the jump…

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