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Review: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke & Gary Oldman

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 9, 2014 10:25 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
In the new cynical, cash-grabbing sweepstakes to manufacture polished, all-appealing four quadrant blockbusters— specifically engineered to reap hundreds of millions of dollars, of course— 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” sequel is of a rare, rare breed. It’s the genuine article, an engrossing tentpole with serious themes, complex moral conflicts and emotional stakes, and one that doesn’t feel as if it was written by committee or structured around big and familiar action set pieces. And it’s one that executes on all its lofty ambitions from minute one with nary a false note. In truth, the deeply absorbing and thematically rich ‘Apes’ sequel is more akin to a drama than an action film, but it's one that still satisfies the desires and demands of big, blockbuster filmmaking.

Watch: New Clip From 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Shows A Softer Side Plus WETA Featurette Goes Behind-The-Scenes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2014 10:13 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
So far, the promos for "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" have been intense, highlighting the action, tension and fear the sequel will be bringing to the story kicked off in the solid "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." But it's not all monkey vs. man mayhem as this latest promo highlights.

Watch: New Full Length Trailer For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Unleashed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 8:56 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Next weekend sees the biggest lizard of them all, "Godzilla," stomping into theatres, but he won't be the only creature providing a sizzling summer. Primates will be everywhere in July with "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," and the latest trailer is here for the anticipated sequel to the surprise franchise starting hit, "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes."

Review: 'Austenland' Starring Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie & Jennifer Coolidge

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 12, 2013 12:01 PM
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Jane Austen has provided as fertile a ground for adaptation as nearly any author in the last century. From her most beloved works (“Pride & Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility") to more modern interpretations (“Clueless,” “Bridget Jones's Diary”), her work has inspired countless filmmakers to try their hand at bringing her stories to life. Between romantic literature courses, reruns of the BBC production of “Pride & Prejudice” and pop culture riffs like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," new fans are still being made every day. In Sundance premiere “Austenland,” Keri Russell plays one such fan, Jane Hayes, a 30-something woman who has become so obsessed with finding a Mr. Darcy of her own, she’s inadvertently closed herself off to real relationships that fail to measure up with her fantasies.

Watch: First Trailer For Literary Rom-Com 'Austenland' Starring Keri Russell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 1:14 PM
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Austenland
The goal of finding the perfect man seems to be the driving force for most run-of-the-mill romantic comedies, but it's given a bit of a twist in "Austenland," the feature debut of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Nacho Libre” co-writer Jerusha Hess. You see, the perfect man in this movie isn't exactly real but he is famous... he's Mr. Darcy, the heartthrob in Jane Austen's "Pride And Prejudice"... Really....

Keri Russell Wakes Up At 'The Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 5:07 PM
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So, Keri Russell is kind of having a moment, isn't she? While "Dark Skies" didn't exactly rain success on the box office, she's the center of one of the big buys of the Sundance Film Festival, the high concept rom-com "Austenland" and then there's that little show called "The Americans" which seems to be picking up fans left and right. And now, the actress is powering up into her first non-J.J. Abrams-related blockbuster.

Review: 'Dark Skies' Is An Effective Alien Abduction Chiller Undone By An Ending That Fails To Deliver On Its Promise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 22, 2013 9:02 AM
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Alien abduction, the supposedly true phenomena wherein everyday citizens are stolen from their beds, experimented on, and returned, is a truly frightening idea – one whose super-scary possibilities have only really been explored in a handful of movies ("Communion," with Christopher Walken, most famously; the ingeniously structured "Fire In The Sky" most effectively). The ultimate alien abduction movie, something that could do for peaceful nighttime slumbers what "Jaws" did for a day at the beach, has yet to be produced and "Dark Skies," a new sci-fi horror thingee that grafts the alien abduction theme onto what is essentially a loose remake of "Poltergeist," certainly attempts such a feat. And it is pretty scary. Unfortunately, all its hard work is undone by a bewilderingly goofy ending that is roughly the cinematic equivalent of an unwanted anal probe.

Watch: 2 Clips From Sundance Film 'Austenland' Starring Keri Russell

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 24, 2013 12:21 PM
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Naturally, as the Sundance Film Festival continues to unfold in Park City, Utah, more clips and trailers from films featured in the festival are being released this week. This time around, we’ve got two clips from “Austenland,” which debuted last week, showcasing the film’s quirky, offbeat charm. You also get a pretty good taste of some of the cast, which includes Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge and "Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie.

Sundance Review: ‘Austenland’ Is A Pleasant Comic Romp That May Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 19, 2013 2:45 PM
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Jane Austen has provided as fertile a ground for adaptation as nearly any author in the last century. From her most beloved works (“Pride & Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility") to more modern interpretations (“Clueless,” “Bridget Jones's Diary”), her work has inspired countless filmmakers to try their hand at bringing her stories to life. Between romantic literature courses, reruns of the BBC production of “Pride & Prejudice” and pop culture riffs like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," new fans are still being made every day.

Tony Hale Feels Paul Feig's 'Heat'; Keri Russell Is Under 'Dark Skies' & Radha Mitchell Declares 'Olympus Has Fallen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 2:16 PM
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Having worked together on Paul Feig's sophomore directorial feature "Unaccompanied Minors," as well as on episodes of "Arrested Development," it seems Tony Hale has formed a pretty friendship with the director, and is now joining Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the buddy cop comedy "The Heat." While details on the plot are still unknown -- and likely a bit in flux as Katie Dippold’s script is now getting a rewrite courtesy of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (“Bad Teacher,” “The Office,” “Year One”) -- if you add up McCarthy + Bullock + cop comedy, it should speak for itself. As for Hale, he'll be playing a man arrested for soliciting a prostitute. "The Heat" is slated to hit theaters on April 5, 2013.

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