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SXSW Review: Jon Favreau's 'Chef' Starring Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2014 9:40 PM
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Jon Favreau, Chef
Ahead of the inaugural screening of Jon Favreau's latest film "Chef,” the movie is being heralded as a glorious return to the filmmaker's independent roots. Favreau, after all, wrote "Swingers," one of the more influential indies of the nineties, and reteamed with his "Swingers" co-star Vince Vaughn for a madcap mobster comedy with 2001's "Made" (a film that he directed, too). Since then, he's been swayed by the Hollywood machine, turning out a number of big budget smashes (“Iron Man”) but these films were, to many degrees, tentpole-anonymous; possessing little evidence of the voice that made him such a sensation in the first place. And while the more down-to-earth "Chef" does offer some fascinating autobiographical dimensions, the film is also an overlong, unfunny, largely insufferable bore. This doesn't feel like a homecoming; it feels like a step backwards into a generic Culver City studio zip code.

Watch: First Clip From Jon Favreau's 'Chef' Premiering At SXSW Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2014 3:10 PM
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Chef
In the next film from Jon Favreau, you won't see any Marvel superheroes, cowboys, aliens or elves from the North Pole lost in New York City. Instead, just a man with the modest ambition of trying to get a food truck off the ground.

'I Am Love' Director Luca Guadagnino Gets 'A Reliable Wife,' 'Catfish' Directors Touch A 'Nerve' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 4:52 PM
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A Reliable Wife Luca Guadagnino
It's been five years since Luca Guadagnino delivered the heady and swooning "I Am Love," and while he's been working steadily since on various fashion campaigns, shorts and documentaries, there hasn't been much movement on a feature film. Now it looks like he's ready to return, with another tale of domestic trouble.

Review 'Machete Kills' Starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir & Carlos Estevez

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 9, 2013 5:39 PM
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Machete Kills
Robert Rodriguez isn't one for false pleasantries: if you didn't like "Machete," you really won't think much of "Machete Kills," and he's okay with that. This sequel to the 2010 actioner seems to exist mostly for his hardcore base and as a favor for good friend Danny Trejo, who plays the pockmarked, laconic hero of the title. Not even original distributor Fox wanted any part of the continued adventures of the Ex-Federale who never met a fireball he couldn't fly through with the grace of an eagle and the fierceness of a tiger, as this adventure comes courtesy of the good folks at Open Road. But this is no course correction: anyone who has ever seen a Rodriguez film, or has seen his career evolve (devolve?) into the bare essentials of camp exploitation, knows what to expect.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Machete Kills' Plus Sofia Vergara Gets Dirty In NSFW Clip, Featurette & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 1:22 PM
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Machete Kills,
"Machete Kills" continues to unleash more clips and featurettes and photos, like so many bullets from a bra gun, hoping that you'll want to take a ride with the mostly unasked for sequel. And today comes even more from the movie that is putting its outrageousness right up front.

Watch: Mel Gibson Gets In A Knife Fight In Red Band Trailer For 'Machete Kills' Plus New Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 1:13 PM
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Machete Kills
If you think things shooting from boobs and women getting punched in the vagina is totally irreverent and edgy, and having Charlie Sheen actually say the words "Machete Kills" is some sort of knowing genius, then you're probably a better audience for this movie than we are.

Watch: Sofía Vergara Shoots Bullets From Her Boobs & Crotch In Clip From 'Machete Kills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 8:56 AM
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Your mileage on "Machete Kills" — which already may be running on a tank of fumes — will likely depend on how funny you think boobs shooting bullets are. Well, if you think that's the height of comedy, this sequel might be right up your B-movie alley.

TIFF Review: 'Fading Gigolo' Starring John Turturro & Woody Allen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2013 3:30 PM
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"Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank god that you know me and have access to my dementia?" George Constanza asks when his scheme to get Jerry out of a relationship by having him claim he wants to have a menage a trois, winds up with woman actually being into the idea. It's a hilarious scene because not only does it acknowledge one of the ultimate male fantasies but when moments later Jerry says he can't go through it, it also underscores that it's a long way from fantasy to reality. There's little of that wonderment or fear in John Turturro's odd, uneven and yet engaging "Fading Gigolo," a film that starts as a sex comedy but becomes something else entirely, as ideas for what would've been two really good separate films are combined into one merely adequate picture.

New Pics From 'Machete Kills' Get Out The Guns

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 4:16 PM
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While cinema buffs pack their backs and collect air miles as they prepare for a jaunt that will take them from Venice to Telluride to Toronto in a matter of weeks, for those looking for big, dumb, popcorn fun this fall, there are still options this fall. And one of them will be "Machete Kills." Now whether or not this sequel needed to be made is up for debate, but it's clear that Robert Rodriguez and co. are sticking to the low budget, campy, grindhouse aesthetic that defined the first flick. And a few more pics have arrived to provide a look at the film.

Watch: Michelle Rodriguez Smells Fish Taco In Character Clip From 'Machete Kills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2013 9:43 AM
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Machete Kills Danny Trejo Michelle Rodriguez
The destructive dude and bodacious babes have been rounded up once again for more mayhem, as Robert Rodriguez is going back to the grindhouse for "Machete Kills." Make no mistake, this franchise isn't getting any more "mature" or "grounded." Nope, it's still bullet-riddled, groin-punching, B-movie abandon.

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