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Review: Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 9:43 AM
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Pompeii
With a reported budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 to $100 million dollars, there is no doubt where the money went in "Pompeii," the ancient Italian city laid to no uncertain waste in Paul W.S. Anderson's film. When you plunk down your $12, you will get the destruction you promised. But it's too bad it's such a repetitive, unengaging, glaringly digital experience and worse than that, you'll have to sit through the disaster that is the rest of movie, a turgid gladiator drama, with acting so wooden, we'd wager that the script co-credited to "Downton Abbey" scribe Julian Fellowes (who we can only imagine saw his draft thoroughly rewritten by the other three writers on this into something more pedestrian) is good for kindling. Lots of things burn in "Pompeii," but nothing resembling drama, tension, excitement or entertainment.

Watch: 4 Fiery And Brawny Clips From 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 4:49 PM
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Pompeii
'Tis the season for shirtless bronzed dudes running and yelling, in olden times, as CGI effects fill the screen. Last month, Kellan Lutz beefed up "The Legend Of Hercules," next month Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton will shout a lot in "300: Rise Of An Empire" and this month, cinematic auteur Paul W.S. Anderson brings us the volcanic "Pompeii."

Sundance Review: Belle & Sebastian Frontman Stuart Murdoch's Musical ‘God Help The Girl’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 19, 2014 2:11 PM
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God Save The Girl
The apogee of cinema that experienced filmmakers have either struggled to make (Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle) or tripped over on their first and only attempt (Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese), the musical has long been a holy grail quest of ambitious filmmaking. Beguiling for its challenging nature and degree of difficulty to pull off, many have tried and many have failed to successfully climb this desired genre-peak. Due to its cultural currency plummeting over the years, finding the finances for such a project is rare, hence a confluence of reasons why audiences seldom see the musicals (Lars Von Trier and Baz Luhrmann come to mind as recent exceptions).

Review: 'Summer In February' A Picturesque & Dreary Love Triangle Romance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 7:06 PM
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Summer In February
There is no doubt that setting can inform character, with the surroundings and mood of a time and place, coming to bear on those living and interacting with those elements. But there needs to be some dimension to the characters on the page first, as no amount of costume design, set decoration or beautifully composed landscape shots can mask thin writing. And it's a lesson that veteran TV and movie director Christopher Menaul seemed to have forgotten when making "Summer In February," a handsomely dull romantic drama penned by author Jonathan Smith (based on his own book), in which characters totter around the beautiful English countryside wringing their hands over their lot, but without doing much about it.

Watch: 'Pompeii' Burns In New Trailer For Paul W.S. Anderson's Latest Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 3:55 PM
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If you like dudes and ladies in olden times yelling, facing peril, and speaking gravely, then 2014 will be your year. Two "Hercules" movies are on the way, along with "300: Rise Of An Empire" and, in case you forgot, auteur Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii."

Olga Kurylenko Is Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner,' Rose Byrne Reteams With Melissa McCarthy & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 1:15 PM
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Russell Crowe is a busy, busy dude. Not only does he have "Father and Daughters" casting up, he's busy working on his directorial debut "The Water Diviner" as well, and he's now landed a co-star. Olga Kurylenko has joined the period drama that will find Crowe playing Connor, a father and farmer who searches for his sons who went missing-in-action in Turkey following the Gallipoli war.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii' Blows....Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 8:35 PM
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Guys, it's the trailer for the new film by Paul Anderson! . . . No, not that one. Instead, it's the auteur behind a couple "Resident Evil" movies, "The Three Musketeers" and "Death Race," and he's back once again. And this time, he's getting volcanic. Literally.

Watch: Red-Band Trailer For Catherine Hardwicke's 'Plush' Starring Emily Browning Plus New Pics & Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 6:37 PM
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It has been well over a year since we heard anything about Catherine Hardwicke's rock 'n roll flick "Plush" but not only is it in the can, it's hitting theaters in less than a month. Really. So it's no surprise that a wealth of promo material is now hitting the internet, with the teaser trailer, poster and a batch of new pics all surfacing for the movie.

Review: ‘Magic Magic’ Starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple & Emily Browning

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 15, 2013 7:14 PM
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Your film stars a who’s who of young, on-the-rise actors who carry brand name recognition within the independent film world: Michael Cera (“Arrested Development”), talented and versatile British actress Juno Temple (“Killer Joe," “Jack And Diane," “The Dark Knight Rises,"“The Three Musketeers,” Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch,” "Sleeping Beauty") and Catalina Sandino Moreno (breakthrough actress and star of “Maria Full of Grace”). Your filmmaker, Sebastián Silva, is the celebrated director behind of 2009’s excellent indie “The Maid” (Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner) , your cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, is well regarded as one of the most excellent DPs on the planet and your film debuts at the prestigious 2013 Sundance Film Festival. So, bearing all those talented riches in mind, your movie goes straight to DVD...why exactly?

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is An 'Honorable Woman,' Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins 2 Movies & More

  • By Jason Guimaron
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  • July 3, 2013 10:27 AM
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The past week or so has seen a number of notable actresses line up some choice projects, so here's a little recap of what's been going on around town....

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