PITCH PERFECT 3

It’s doubtful anyone watching Pitch Perfect 3 won’t have seen at least one of the previous installments, hence why little time is spent catching the audience up to The Barden Bellas. The movie begins as a spy caper, set to an a cappella performance of Britney Spear’s “Toxic” aboard a yacht that explodes in a fury of flames just as Beca (Anna Kendrick) and Patricia, a.k.a. Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), narrowly jump to safety. Flashback a few weeks and Beca is working with Pimp-Lo (Moises Arias) to put the finishing touches on his new rap single. The cut Beca produces … Continue reading PITCH PERFECT 3

“I am spinning gold!” — A conversation with Adam Devine on MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

Adam Devine is a clown, and a successful one at that. Whether he is chaos incarnate on the big screen in the his latest movie, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, or just an actor doing junket interviews in The Sink’s backroom, he’s going to bring the funny. Question: How much of the movie was improvised on set? Answer: “36% I would say,” Devine replies matter-of-factly. “If we’re talking improv, I got to give you stats.” The co-creator, writer and star of Comedy Central’s Workaholics has come into his own with a few big screen supporting roles under his belt … Continue reading “I am spinning gold!” — A conversation with Adam Devine on MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Jenny (Anna Kendrick) is down on her luck and has decided to move in with her brother, Jeff (Joe Swanberg), his wife, Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and their toddler (Jude-the director’s son). It seems like a good idea for all three of them: Jenny gets free rent, Jeff gets his sister to pal around with and Kelly gets some free childcare, but it doesn’t quite works out the way they hoped. Jenny is a little too self-absorbed, destructive and drunk to consistently help out. There are moments where she makes for a good babysitter and even manages to help Kelly rekindle … Continue reading HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Movie Beat – 7.25.14

And So It Goes – Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is not a nice guy and he prefers it that way. He makes his living as a realtor, and he gets his kicks by making others completely miserable. Then his estranged son shows up and drops off Susan (Sterling Jerins), the granddaughter he never knew he had, and Oren has to reevaluate some perspectives. Diane Keaton, John Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen pitch in and lend him a hand. Script from Mark Andrus and direction by Rob Reiner. In limited release from Clarius Entertainment.   The Fluffy Movie – Gabriel Iglesias … Continue reading Movie Beat – 7.25.14

Movie Beat – 08.23.13

Devil’s Pass – Fifty years ago, nine people froze to death while hiking in the Ural Mountains. Now, a group of idiotic twenty-somethings is going to recreate that hike just to prove that man can conquer the elements. Or because they have nothing better to do. At first things go well, it always does, then something happens, and things don’t go so well. They always do. Someone tries to kill them, first by avalanche, then by gun, but once they find a long abandoned bunker with some sort of zombie-demon inhabitants, they are doomed for sure. Happens to me all … Continue reading Movie Beat – 08.23.13

Movie Beat – 06.07.13

Dirty Wars – One part documentary, one part recreation, and one part storytelling excellence equals the adaptation of Jeremy Scahill’s latest book of investigative journalism.  Scahill has been on the front lines for the war on terror since 1998, years before the phrase was even coined. Based on his book of the same name, Scahill tracks down the hidden war, the war that is happening behind the war we see on TV, the dirty war that might be the real reason for a decade-plus and two wars that Americans have fought abroad. Conspiracies, corruption, cover-ups, just another day in Afghanistan. Written by … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.07.13

Movie Beat – 09.28.12

The Hole –Two brothers (Chris Massoglia & Nathan Gamble) looking for excitement in the sleepy town of Bensonville discover a trap door covering a hole in their basement. Once opened, the hole brings their inner most fears to life. Their next-door neighbor (Haley Bennett) becomes involved and the two brothers have to work together to close the hole once and for all, reconcile growing up, and deal with an increasingly distant mother (Teri Polo). Joe Dante’s 3-D family horror film sees a limited engagement on 9/28 from Hole LLC., followed by a DVD release on 10/2. This is how a studio … Continue reading Movie Beat – 09.28.12