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SXSW Review: ‘Space Station 76’ Starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler & Matt Bomer

  • By William Goss
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  • March 15, 2014 11:09 AM
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Space Station 76
The retro-kitsch appeal inherent to “Space Station 76” is palpable from its star-gazing opening credits, rendered as they are in Gill Sans font (think “2001: A Space Odyssey”) with state-of-the-art CGI effects modeled on the miniature work of yesteryear. What follows is a sci-fi soap opera seemingly borne from the 1970s and only now seeing a release, and for a good while, that novelty alone seems strong enough to carry the film.

Patrick Wilson aka Nite Owl Weighs In On 'Watchmen' War Of Words

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2014 11:08 AM
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Watchmen
Time is a flat circle, and five years after it hit theaters, new criticisms and defenses surrounding "Watchmen" have emerged over the past few weeks. Producer Joel Silver got the ball rolling by dissing Zack Snyder's version, and the director in turn dissed Terry Gilliam, whose unmade version would've been far less faith faithful to Alan Moore's comic. And Gilliam then weighed in with his own typically cheeky response. So who's next?

Patrick Wilson Joins Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man,' Marvel Plans 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Teaser In March

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 3:54 PM
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Patrick Wilson doesn't do the blockbuster thing very often, and when he has — "Watchmen," "The A-Team" — the results have been mixed to say the least. But he's going to give it another shot, because when Marvel comes calling, you pick up the phone.

Saoirse Ronan Visits ‘Stockholm,’ Glenn Close Is 'Always On My Mind' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 4:36 PM
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Saoirse Ronan is gearing up to visit "Stockholm, Pennsylvania." She'll co-star with Cynthia Nixon and Jason Isaacs in the drama that follows "developmentally stunted Leia, a young woman raised by a kidnapper who now struggles to acclimate to her actual parents after 20 years of separation."

Kate Mara & David Oyelowo Are 'Captive'; Jim Sturgess & Anthony Hopkins Drink Up 'Heineken' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2013 10:36 AM
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wo rising young stars are getting the chance to shine in lead roles, by starring in a true life thriller. Kate Mara ("House Of Cards") and David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes") will feature in "Captive," for helmer Jerry Jameson.

Review: 'Insidious: Chapter 2' Starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson & Barbara Hershey

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 12, 2013 3:27 PM
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Insidious 2
No fewer than three times during “Insidious: Chapter 2,” the sequel to James Wan’s hit 2010 horror entry, its central clan of haunted suburbanites seems to address the audience directly. “It’s still happening!” they exclaim to one another, and it’s true – objects rattle and familiar apparitions re-emerge regularly. But these winking outbursts bring up a self-aware question that the film believes it will answer, then proceeds to spectacularly mishandle: Why, besides a stellar opening weekend, does this extended narrative exist?

Watch: 2 Clips From 'Insidious: Chapter 2' Plus New Pics From The Horror Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 5:37 PM
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As we noted in a feature earlier today, horror movies have been doing brisk business at the box office, and studios couldn't be happier. Cheaper than a traditional blockbuster, the genre has allowed filmmakers to take bigger risks, while studios profit handsomely from movies that are drawing in audiences in waves. And this fall, "Insidious" is hoping to build on the success it had two years ago.

Watch: International Trailer For 'Insidious: Chapter 2' Serves Up New Footage From The Horror Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 1:38 PM
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Nearing the $100 million worldwide mark as it heads into its second full week of release, it's safe to say that audiences are loving the scares that James Wan is serving up. He makes 'em cheap, doesn't skimp on the thrills and as a result, no matter what you think of his movies, he packs 'em in for miles around. And one of Wan's biggest success stories is "Insidious," made for a tiny $1.5 million and earning $97 million worldwide. So of course, a sequel beckons and Wan doesn't seem to be changing the playbook all that much.

Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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Who would have guessed that the man responsible for spearheading the “torture porn” label would turn out to be such a classicist filmmaker? James Wan, who famously abandoned the over-long “Saw” series after its first gruesome installment, has gone on to make a number of pictures that harken back to an earlier era, less grisly and more foreboding. It’s perhaps a testament to his craft that his latest, “The Conjuring,” seems to feature no sex, almost zero foul language, and a minimal amount of blood-letting, only to still comfortably secure an R-rating. Rarely do you find contemporary horror films dedicated to genuinely scaring you instead of making you laugh ironically, recoil in disgust, or react with politically-fueled anger.

Infestation, Oppression, Possession: Watch 6 Clips From 'The Conjuring' Plus Lots Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 9:05 AM
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At the halfway point now of the summer movie season, we've seen lots of big blockbuster action, raunchy comedies, sequels, animated fare, indie dramedies and more. But we haven't really had a good scare, however "The Conjuring" is hope to frighten the butter off your popcorn...but does it have the goods?

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