Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul
25

Cinefantastique Spotlight: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

And What Did You Do This Weekend?: Chris Evans wins the war for the Allies in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.

We’re betting Paramount would’ve preferred that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER had come out on the Memorial Day or July 4th weekends. However, martial-arts-happy animals and big-ass robots claimed those two slots, so here we are in later summer, trying to get our patriotism back for a red-white-and-blue bedecked super hero doing his bit for …

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Jul
21

Video: EW’s Exclusive Live Comic-Con 2011 Coverage

DC, Marvel, and More at ENTERTAINMENT EARTH.

Can’t make it to Comic-Con 2011? Neither can I. Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly has the festivities locked down with live, streaming video coverage. Kick-off is on July 21, 9:15 AM PT/12:15 PM ET — click the player below, and geek out unashamedly.    

Jul
18

Cinefantastique Spotlight: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

Together Again for the Really, Truly Last Time: Daniel Radcliffe (left) faces down Ralph Fiennes in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2.

And so it comes to this: one determined, no-longer-a-boy-wizard versus one living incarnation of evil, facing off in a battle to the death. Meanwhile, millions of loving fans watch on, thinking, This is the culmination of all my dreams made real, while a smaller contingent of more critical spectators settle into their theater seats praying …

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Jul
15

Oliver Schmitz on LIFE, ABOVE ALL

Life and Love: Khomotso Manyaka (left) and Lerato Mvelase in LIFE, ABOVE ALL.

Maybe you’re gonna weep at the tale of a child paying a steep price for a community’s silence. Maybe you’re gonna take heart at the thought that one voice, breaking through that silence, can rescue not just the child, but all those around her, even the ones insisting on that fearful hush. Either way, LIFE, …

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Jul
11

Cinefantastique Spotlight: JOHN CARPENTER’S THE WARD and ZOOKEEPER

The Ward (2011)

How does a review show handle the situation where two, exciting, soon-to-be-classic films are released on the same weekend? We don’t know, but this weekend saw the release of JOHN CARPENTER’S THE WARD and the Kevin James comedy, ZOOKEEPER, so we decided to cover both of those instead. Granted, there’s not much of a correlation …

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Jul
08

Michael Tully on SEPTIEN

Septien (2011)

It’s hard to put a precise finger on the nature of Michael Tully’s SEPTIEN. I’m starting to think of it as kind of a Southern gothic chamber piece with epic ambitions, a family comedy-drama that at points incorporates inquests into the natures of love, creativity, competition, sex, and ultimate good and evil. Or maybe it’s …

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Jul
07

Joe Franklin Knows Talent (Sponsored Post)

Joe Franklin

You know you got it, you know it’s good, you just need that push to get your unique talent onto the stage and before an awaiting public. Well, our sponsor for this episode, Samsung, is ready to give you your chance with Samsung Mobile Stage, a competition that will grant a handful of standout entrants …

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Jul
04

Cinefantastique Spotlight: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Big. Bigger. Biggest. Somehow those words don’t seem fitting descriptions for the new TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON. Biggeriest? Spectactimammogigantular? In any case, it seems that Michael Bay’s plan for redeeming himself for the universally reviled TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE FALLEN involves ironically jettisoning as much plot as possible and focusing on the fireworks, all …

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