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In as much as my BA was in English Lit, my knowledge of writers contemporary and American is LIMITED. That said, hearing that Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe and Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall were costarring in this… what do I call it: gay, historical biopic work of fiction(?), I knew I had to try it. And, I’m very glad I did.

You do NOT need to be a lover of On The Road or Naked Lunch to appreciate this film- though I’m sure a love of mid-century writing couldn’t hurt- but you do have to be okay with medium paced, psychological thriller-lite to enjoy Kill Your Darlings as most of the movie is spent in a drug induced comma as the protagonists (if you can call them that) plot to revolutionize Columbia University and destroy their enemies. The characters, as I mock their virtuosity are nonetheless very human- which you would hope for in a historical work. As such, you hate them as much as you respect their efforts and intellect. Watching the boys cheat, finagle and condescendingly make their way through the ivy league institute annoys as much as it does have you admiring them for their attempts to alter an educational system painfully limited in scope and creativity. Taking place in the 40s during WWII, the ever-present backdrop of a world war lends an almost humourous backdrop to these essentially spoiled boys who existentially question life while on nitric oxide as men and women die overseas for their right to do so. Let’s just say you don’t leave this movie loving the characters in it: you can still leave it loving the movie itself though, and I did.

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Not everyone has a happy ending,” says Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper). No truer words have been said. The first official trailer highlights all the adversaries Spider-Man faces in the highly-anticipated sequel. It’s all about the villains. Making sure Peter Parker doesn’t get his happily ever after are Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Harry Osborn aka Hobgoblin (Dane DeHaan).

It’s an interesting move to have Spider-Man battle three foes in the film. One of the biggest complaints of the final film in the Sam Raimi trilogy was that Spider-Man had to budget his time battling Sandman, Venom and Franco’s pumpkin bomb throwing bad guy. Who says superheroes can’t multi-task ;)

If you’re wondering if there will be any other villains for Spidey to battle in future installments, pay close attention to the trailer. Doctor Octopus’ mechanical arms and the Vulture’s wings briefly appear. Perhaps it’s a hint. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters May 2, 2014. Check out the trailer below.

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First Devil’s Knot Trailer Released

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Based on Mara Leveritt’s 2002 book of the same name, Devil’s Knot tells the true story of the savage murders of three young children in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. Due to the brutal nature of the crime, the community and police department were convinced the murders were the work of a satanic cult. Three teenagers known as the West Memphis Three were falsely accused of killing the boys and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Devil’s Knot first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Acclaimed Canadian director Atom Egoyan helms the film which stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. The former plays a mother of one of the murdered boys, while the latter plays a private investigator. Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan, Stephen Moyer, Amy Ryan and Alessandro Nivola round out the cast. The movie gets a wide release on January 24, 2014. Check out the first trailer below.

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Preach sister ;) That’s just one of the memorable quotes Daniel Radcliffe shares with Flaunt Magazine as he wears a velvety green suit. The 24-year-old is referring to his role as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. He’s relaying what director John Krokidas informed him about losing one’s gay virginity. His character pops his anal cherry to a stranger when his true love Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) rejects him.

Check out more pics snapped by Adam Whitehead below, along with excerpts from the publication’s November 2013 issue. Kill Your Darlings hits theaters tomorrow, October 18.

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In Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Harry Osborn was played by James Franco. Now it seems director Marc Webb has found his Osborn for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Reportedly, the new Harry beat out stiff competition for the role. Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Douglas Booth (Romeo and Juliet) were just a few names reportedly up for the role. Webb calls this actor “an exciting and extraordinary young actor and he is a fantastic addition to our cast.”

Speaking of cast, Andrew Garfield returns as the masked vigilante as does Emma Stone to reprise her role of Gwen Stacy. For the second installment, Stone has competition for Spidey’s heart. Mary Jane Watson arrives and will be played by Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). Her addition was confirmed previously as was Jamie Foxx’s casting as the villainous Electro. Filming reportedly will begin early 2013 with a tentative release date of May 2, 2014 planned. Find out who’s playing Peter Parker’s best friend below.

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Movie Review: Chronicle

In: Movies, Patrick

Earlier this week, Tyrell and I caught a pre-screen Chronicle, which opens in theatres today, and here are my thoughts on the modern take on a superhero movie. The film follows three high school friends after they gain superpowers after having made an incredible discovery they can’t explain. Set in Seattle, the film starts out with Andrew (Dane DeHaan), establishing the fact that he’s going to start recording everything that is going on in his life which his new video camera. This is before anything happens regarding superpowers. We see some of the challenges he goes through in his life with bullying, as well as some unfortunate situations at home.

When Andrew and his two friends (played by Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell) make an incredible discovery, they soon learn that they are capable of telekinesis and as a result, form an incredible bond with each other. As the boys continue to learn what they are capable of, their powers gets stronger (similar to working out your muscles at the gym). Keep in mind that these guys are only teenagers… and boys will be boys (even with superpowers).

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