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Watch: New Trailer And Clip For 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' Brings A New Adventure

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2014 12:52 PM
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The Penguins Of Madagascar
I haven't seen any of the "Madagascar" movies, possibly due to the fact that I'm not four years old. But with the franchise earning nearly $2 billion dollars worldwide after three installments, clearly DreamWorks Animation are appealing to kids in all the right ways, a trend sure to continue this fall with the release of "The Penguins Of Madagascar."

LAFF Review: ‘Cut Bank’ Traps John Malkovich, Bruce Dern, Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer & More In Half-Baked Caper

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 24, 2014 2:31 PM
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Cut Bank
Cut Bank, Montana might be the last place we’d expect to witness an “Office Space” reference, and yet halfway through “Cut Bank” there it is—actor Michael Stuhlbarg asking after a parcel just as Stephen Root’s Milton did with a stapler. The line is meant as a source of both laughs and menace, but the minute Stuhlbarg’s villainous get-up lumbers into frame—heavy-lensed glasses, trucker hat, grimy fingernails—to a sting usually reserved for Jason Voorhees, we know towards which side of the spectrum director Matt Shakman’s leans. It’s just a shame that screenwriter Rodrigo Patino’s Black List script cribs from twenty other sources besides Mike Judge, planting accomplished actors in a dozy small town caper that never gains a sense of location or thrills.

Review: Diego Luna's Well-Intentioned, Respectable & Paint-By-Numbers 'Cesar Chavez' Starring Michael Peña

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 25, 2014 6:05 PM
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Chavez Micheal Pena
An intermittently compelling overview of a movement, but only a cursory portrait of a man, “Cesar Chavez,” directed by Diego Luna, is a well-intentioned, respectable and respectful biopic. But the conservative format of the film, that never goes beyond the kind of paint-by-numbers approach that stultifies so many entries in this genre, was a disappointment, as Luna’s first directorial feature, the small-scale but affectingly odd “Abel” promised better things to come, and at the very least, showed that Luna had a knack for creating characters who were lovable as much for their flaws as for their strengths.

Berlin Review: ‘Cesar Chavez’ Starring Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson And John Malkovich

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 13, 2014 12:03 PM
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An intermittently compelling overview of a movement, but only a cursory portrait of a man, “Cesar Chavez,” directed by Diego Luna and premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival this week, is a well-intentioned, respectable and respectful biopic. But the conservative format of the film, that never goes beyond the kind of paint-by-numbers approach that stultifies so many entries in this genre, was a disappointment, as Luna’s first directorial feature, the small-scale but affectingly odd “Abel” promised better things to come, and at the very least, showed that Luna had a knack for creating characters who were lovable as much for their flaws as for their strengths. But the Chavez we get here has no flaws, unless his choice to nobly sacrifice time with his family on the altar of a higher cause is a flaw. And of course it’s not. Chavez was a true hero, spearheading the campaign to extend union rights to the exploited migrant worker class in 1960s California, and from there to the whole nation. But without the context of his inner struggle, the personal dragons that he must have had to slay in order be the shining knight for an unrepresented minority, all we get is heroism, and heroism of itself does not make for a particularly interesting tale.

Exclusive: Find Out Who 'Cesar Chavez' Is In Clip From The Biopic Premiering At The Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 11:00 AM
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Cesar Chavez
Who is "Cesar Chavez"? It's a good question to ask, as young audiences may not be familiar with the activist, labor organizer and civil rights leader who fought for change in the '60s and '70s. But with his life getting the big-screen treatment, a lot more people will soon know his story.

Watch: Trailer For Diego Luna Directed Biopic 'Cesar Chavez: An American Hero' Starring Michael Peña

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 1:25 PM
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Chavez Micheal Pena
Tremendously talented, but also unfortunately underrated, Michael Peña is the kind of presence we always enjoy in a movie, but he's usually found in a supporting role. But thankfully, Diego Luna has recognized that the actor has more than enough skill and charisma to carry a picture, and he's doing just that in his biopic "Cesar Chavez: An American Hero." And now, we have a taste of how it turned out in the first trailer for the film.

Animation Voice Round-Up: Benedict Cumberbatch & John Malkovich To Voice 'Penguins of Madagascar' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 6, 2013 3:32 PM
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DreamWorks Animation is hard at work filling out the voice casts for two of its upcoming animated features with big name stars joining the ranks of both "B.O.O. (Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations)" and "Penguins of Madagascar." In two separate scoops, The Wrap reports that Matt Bomer and Rashida Jones will join Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy in 'B.O.O.' while John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch will become part of "Penguins of Madagascar," an offshoot of the bizarrely popular "Madagascar" franchise. DreamWorks Animation has always had a history of casting insanely popular, of-the-moment stars in its animated features, and these decisions seem to reinforce that.

Stream This: 'Grabbers,' Jeff Bridges in 'Fat City,' Ryan Gosling in 'The United States of Leland' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Stream This: Grabbers, more
Hello stream-fans! Another week, another round of suggestions on how to spend that well-earned leisure time in front of your computer. This weekend sees two blockbuster releases in "Red 2" and "R.I.P.D.," both of which you might want to skip, and another collaboration from the "Drive" team of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, which we'd warrant you go see. Yet, in honor of it all—good, bad, and ugly—we've got our correlated streaming suggestions. Between a sports-noir mix featuring a young Jeff Bridges, comedic horror with John Malkovich, a simultaneous theatrical/VOD release, and (sort of) baby Gosling, you should have plenty to watch. There's also an oldie musical from Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Astaire and an early look at a classical Hollywood comedy from the Criterion Collection before its release on DVD. So let's get right down to it.

Review: 'Red 2' Starring Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren & More

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 18, 2013 1:09 PM
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“Red 2” begins with a cool, comic-book-style credits sequence, paying a short homage to its Warren Ellis-penned roots. Too short, in fact. Just as we’re starting to get into the warmly hued titles, we’re thrown headlong into the live-action, high-stakes world of retired government agents...shopping at Costco. The film has numerous issues, but the most distracting is the inconsistent bursts of stylized animations, buried between unimaginative shots and sequences. They serve as setting transitions, announcing our heroes’ arrival in Hong Kong and Paris, but they’re oddly skipped when the former spies land in London and Teterboro. Well, we understand the lack of fanfare for the New Jersey town, but London? “Red” helmer Robert Schwentke was apparently too busy directing “R.I.P.D.” to make the follow-up, so Dean Parisot makes an unremarkable return with his first feature since 2005’s “Fun with Dick and Jane.”

Watch: 6 Clips & Lots Of New Pics For 'Red 2'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 24, 2013 10:32 AM
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Red 2, Helen Mirren
“Red 2” continues to show that age is just a state of mind when you’re a world traveling assassin. The sequel to the surprise hit of 2010 is set to hit theaters on July 19th, but if you can’t wait to get your fix of geriatric contract killers then we have six new clips for you to check out below.

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