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Review: Found Footage Tornado Disaster Flick 'Into The Storm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2014 11:39 AM
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Into The Storm
"If we don't take care of nature, nature will take care of us," is the teenage pearl of wisdom that Donnie (Max Deacon) shares in "Into The Storm." And it's indicative of the on-the-nose moralizing in this confused summer disaster flick that struggles to commit to what kind of movie it wants to be. One part environmental warning, another part PSA, and third part revelling in wind and rain blown destruction, the movie is ultimately a string of set pieces barely held together by the thinnest of stories. It's mostly about pitting people in uniquely extreme situations of life threatening danger, and perhaps it shouldn't be surprising given it's coming from director Steven Quayle, the man who gave us "Final Destination 5."

Watch: New Trailer For Tornado Disaster Movie 'Into The Storm' Raises The Alarm

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2014 1:45 PM
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  • 52 Comments
Into The Storm
While this weekend's "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" spends a lot of money and time to explode things with shiny robots in big metropolitan cities, sometimes it's just the weather that can be worrisome. As anyone who has even glimpsed at the news knows, a tornado can wreak deadly havoc with little more than rain or wind. So of course, Hollywood—more than fifteen years after "Twister"—is getting ready to make another tornado tentpole.

Watch: First Trailer For Tornado Disaster Flick 'Into The Storm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2014 1:01 PM
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Into The Storm
What on Earth is "Into The Storm"? To be honest, we had no idea about this one either, but Warner Bros. is starting to get the word out about this presumably modestly budgeted disaster flick, in which a tornado wreaks some tremendous havoc.

Richard Armitage Talks 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,' Deleted Scenes Between Gandalf And Thrain & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 11, 2013 11:33 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug
Although it’s appropriate that Bilbo Baggins serves as the central figure in the three “The Hobbit” films that Peter Jackson created to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name, another character provides their narrative backbone: Thorin. Played by Richard Armitage, the would-be dwarf king seeks, against all odds, to restore his people’s kingdom, and that trek is the reason that Bilbo takes his "Unexpected Journey." Meanwhile, Thorin struggles to come to terms with the significance of his birthright, even as he must fight again and again with increasingly fierce adversaries to reclaim it.

Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2013 4:49 PM
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  • 127 Comments
The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
If the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was a bloated 2 hour and 49 minute slog, replete with dull merriment, songs and a distended prologue that threatened to put you to sleep, then in contrast, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a brisk, engagingly paced 2 hours and 41 minutes which goes to show that length never matters—it’s how well your narrative engine runs.

Josh Brolin & Ryan Gosling Among Early Names To Play Bruce Wayne In 'Superman Vs. Batman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2013 5:43 PM
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  • 28 Comments
There is no script, there are no formal offers or meetings taking place, and obviously, it's still the opening stages of development for "Superman Vs. Batman." And yet, casting the role of Bruce Wayne is going to be key for the next film, because it's likely whoever lands the gig will be wearing the cape and cowl for the inevitable "Justice League" and define the next iteration the character. And apparently, some possibilities are already being tossed around.

What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face? 5 Choices For 'Superman & Batman'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2013 3:34 PM
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  • 131 Comments
What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face
This weekend at Comic-Con Warner Bros dropped a bombshell: instead of announcing a sequel to this summer's "Man of Steel" (or a full-on "Justice League" movie), they revealed they would instead be bringing a Batman/Superman team-up movie to the big screen. Once again overseen by the "Man of Steel" team of director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer (with Christopher Nolan taking a distant executive producer role this time around) the movie will likely retain much of the "Man Of Steel" cast (including Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne), while folding in a presumably new Batman mythology. What they didn’t say was who would be putting on the cape and cowl. Let the speculation begin!

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey': What Worked & What Didn't

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 17, 2012 12:15 PM
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  • 17 Comments
For a long time, it seemed as though "The Hobbit" would never get made. Despite the multi-billion dollar success of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films, the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's earlier novel were tangled up, and Jackson didn't even seem to be sure he wanted to go back to Middle Earth. Even once the film got underway, MGM's bankruptcy delayed the film for years, losing original director Guillermo Del Toro in the process.

Review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Rallies From A Goofy Opening To Become Another Thrilling, If Familiar, Action-Adventure Epic

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 4, 2012 12:00 AM
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  • 9 Comments
At almost three hours, Peter Jackson’s fourth foray into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is initially worrisome and typically self-indulgent. An extremely jarring 48 fps look -- which looks like an odd "Masterpiece Theater" in HD -- is unsettling, and the opening is slow-going and tepidly genteel, taking its time with two prologues, one that includes an aged Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) and Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood). And while “The Lord Of The Rings” films always sported a jovial and light-hearted tone, 'The Hobbit' (set some 60 years before the events of ‘LOTR’) ratchets up the goofiness to a near unfortunate level (yes, the source material is more of a kids' book, but even this is a little much).

20 New Images From The 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' Including First Look At Lee Pace As Legolas' Dad

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 9, 2012 11:04 AM
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We imagine one of the buzz words in movie marketing departments these days, along with 'Pinterest' and 'viral games' is 'app.' Barely any major movie hits theaters without some kind of iOS-related promotional tie-in, often in the form of a game, or something similar. Some are genuinely nifty (the Hans Zimmer one for "Inception" was pretty great), most are a bit half-hearted, but few are particularly revelatory about the movie themselves.

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