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In Theaters: 'Dark Shadows' May A Cause A 'Sleepless Night,' But 'God Bless America' For 'Bonsai'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 11, 2012 3:59 PM
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So “The Avengers” knocked it out of the park, huh? With a $600 million intake worldwide and lots and lots of good reviews, Joss Whedon and the folks over at Marvel can probably even one-up James Cameron at the next Masters of the Hollywood Universe fete. (That sounds fun, doesn’t it? I’d go to a party like that.) This weekend is a little smaller, but looking good nonetheless. A number of foreign films that have done well in the festival circuit, and the latest eyefeast from Burton and Co. hit theaters today, providing quite a lot of competition – if not dazzling CGI and budget – for the massive blockbuster winner of last week. Let’s see how they measure up.

Review: Chloe Moretz Is Trapped In The Unclean, Clammy Coming-Of-Age Indie 'Hick'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 8, 2012 3:02 PM
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Later, there will be a brief discussion of how literature is not film, and how some actions and themes do not survive translation from the page to the big screen because our mind can better deal with envisioning them than it can with actually seeing them. Before that though, I feel I have to pause and note that "Hick," adapting Andrea Portes' novel for the screen under the direction of Derick Martini ("Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire," "Lymelife"), is one of the most unclean and clammy films I've ever had to endure at a film festival. Not because it was incompetent and not because it deals with violent and sexual material but, rather, because it is both incompetent in general and even more incompetent specifically when it is concerned with violent and sexual material. We're supposed to be watching the cross-country adventures of 13-year-old Luli (Chloe Moretz, who clearly needs to fire both her management and her parents) as she sets out for Las Vegas and leaves her drunkard parents behind in Nebraska. What we get is a chronicle of physical abuse, drug abuse, murder and sexual assault all involving a minor, which then tries to lighten the mood with cutaways to Luli's sketches and a jaunty score with pedal steel guitar accents.

New Images Of Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne & More In 'Hick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 4:09 PM
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Not really feeling "Dark Shadows" or "The Avengers" at the multiplex next weekend? Feel like staying home instead and not dealing with hassle, hustle and bustle of a busy weekend audience? Well, you'll have an option on VOD with "Hick" (which is also opening in limited release as well) and a few more images have arrived to give you a sneak peek at what you're going to get.

Watch: New Clips From 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' 'Hick' With Blake Lively & 'Bel Ami' Starring Robert Pattinson

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 4, 2012 10:24 AM
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We know this is a long shot, but there’s a chance that people are going to be interested in discussing movies other than “The Avengers” this weekend, right? Right? Well, we hope so, because we’ve got a few new clips from some upcoming movies that you might want to take a look at.

3 New Photos From 'Hick' Starring Blake Lively & Chloë Moretz, Plus The Green Band Trailer For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 10:23 AM
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Well, if you can tell us the major differences between this green band trailer and the (not very) red band version that dropped last week for "Hick," you've got better eyes than we do. We're still not quite sure what made that previous trailer so naughty, but here's a cleaned up version you can watch at work along with a couple new stills from the flick.

Watch: Blake Lively & Chloë Moretz Go White Trash In Red Band Trailer For 'Hick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 3:43 PM
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Well, we will say this. You ain't seen Blake Lively or Chloë Moretz -- or hell, most of the other cast really -- in anything like this before. Whether it all works or not is entirely a different matter, but the red band trailer for "Hick" is sure to grab your attention.

Poster & New Pics Of Blake Lively, Chloe Moretz & Eddie Redmayne In 'Hick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 6:40 PM
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  • 78 Comments
While reviews out of TIFF weren't great -- we called it "a black blot of shame for everyone who had a part in its making" -- "Hick" still remains a curiosity because it offers up a grittier side we've rarely seen from the cast led by Blake Lively, Chloe Moretz and Eddie Redmayne.
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'Welcome To People' Lands On June 29th; 'Hick' Hits VOD & Theaters In May & 'For A Good Time Call' Dials Up On September 14th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 5:29 PM
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Get out your marker and dry erase board of upcoming movies, because you'll have to add a few more dates to the calendar.

TIFF '11 Review: Chloe Moretz Is Trapped In The Unclean, Clammy Coming-Of-Age Indie 'Hick'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 14, 2011 2:15 AM
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Later, there will be a brief discussion of how literature is not film and how some actions and themes do not survive translation from the page to the big screen because our mind can better deal with envisioning them than it can with actually seeing them Before that, though I feel I have to pause and note that "Hick," adapting Andrea Portes' novel for the screen under the direction of Derick Martini ("Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire," "Lymelife"), is one of the most unclean and clammy films I've ever had to endure at a film festival. Not because it was incompetent and not because it deals with violent and sexual material but, rather, because it is both incompetent in general and even more incompetent specifically when it is concerned with violent and sexual material. We're supposed to be watching the cross-country adventures of 13-year-old Luli (Chloe Moretz, who clearly needs to fire both her management and her parents) as she sets out for Las Vegas and leaves her drunkard parents behind in Nebraska. What we get is a chronicle of physical abuse, drug abuse, murder and sexual assault all involving a minor, which then tries to lighten the mood with cutaways to Luli's sketches and a jaunty score with pedal steel guitar accents.

New Clips From TIFF-Bound Duo Of Derick Martini's 'Hick' & Marc Forster's 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 7, 2011 2:22 AM
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On the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, clips have now been unveiled for two of the premiering films hoping to make an impact: Derick Martini's adaptation of Andrea Portes’ coming-of-age novel "Hick" and Marc Forster's take on the real-life story of a criminal-turned-do-gooder "Machine Gun Preacher."

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