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Review: 'If I Stay' Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos and Stacy Keach

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • August 21, 2014 2:05 PM
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If I Stay, Chloe Moretz
Based on Gayle Forman’s bestselling teen novel, “If I Stay” should certainly appeal to its target demo. It alternately seems engineered for tears, giggles and swoons, and it shouldn’t have an issue with making adolescent girls, go through all of those in turn. Chloë Grace Moretz’s Mia Hall is an identifiable, admirable heroine, who isn’t quite the outsider she was in “Carrie,” but she still carries that teenage worry of being set apart from her peers. Meanwhile, her love interest Adam (Jamie Blackley, “Snow White and the Huntsmen”) is the perfect amount of sweet and smoldering for the audience. If BOP magazine were still around, Blackley would be its cover boy, adorning the lockers of high schoolers everywhere.

Watch: 5 Clips From Weepie 'If I Stay' Starring Chloe Moretz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2014 11:05 AM
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If I Stay, Chloe Moretz
Even though it was once considered the afterthought of the summer movie season ("Guardians Of The Galaxy" will certainly change that perception), there is still plenty to come this August. And while mutant turtles and femme fatales are the highlights (such as they are) over the next few weeks, for our money, Stacy Keach being all sensitive and grandfatherly might top 'em both.

Watch: Chloe Grace Moretz Runs The Show In Prologue Trailer For ‘If I Stay’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 9:17 AM
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If I Stay, Chloe Moretz
Geez Hollywood, give our tear ducts a break won't you? This weekend finds Shailene Woodley in love and battling cancer with "The Fault In Our Stars," and later this summer, teenagers, love and death will collide again in "If I Stay." Now might be a good time to hit Costco and stock up on Kleenex.

Watch: First Noir Filled Trailer For 'Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 2:52 PM
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Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Eight years after audiences first visited the monochrome, rain slicked, bullet filled streets of "Sin City," are they ready to go there again? Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller certainly hope so, with talk of a TV series and "Sin City 3" already percolating. But to get there, the awkwardly titled "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" will need to make some major waves, and the first trailer is here to entice with more pulpy adventures.

Review: 'Planes' Featuring The Voices Of Dane Cook, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Garrett

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 7, 2013 11:03 AM
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Billions of dollars flood the Walt Disney Company every year, thanks to the toys, videogames, DVDs, clothing, gummy vitamins and bed sheets associated with their "Cars" franchise. What originated as a single Pixar movie (2006's "Cars") has expanded beyond the sequel (2011's "Cars 2") and short films and "land" at the Disney California Adventure theme park (whose signature ride, Radiator Springs Racers, is one of the most impressive attractions in the whole Disneyland complex). It's now it's own universe, one with just as many spin-off and sequel possibilities as such high profile Disney modules as "Star Wars" or Marvel. This is made very clear in "Planes" mere seconds after the shimmery Disney castle disappears and an odd title card emerges, before anything else, that reads, simply: "World of 'Cars,'" which, depending on your age and demographic, is either a promise or a warning. Either way, "Planes" is just the beginning. Buckle up.

Cannes Review: Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ An Overfamiliar Tale Of Connections Broken & Remade

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 23, 2013 6:32 AM
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Nebraska, Bruce Dern, Will Forte
There’ve been great masses of critical laurels laid at Alexander Payne’s door over the years, some, in our eyes, more earned than others. When it really hits home, the director’s quiet humanism and wry humor can yield perceptive insights, especially into certain trademark areas of expertise: family dynamics, the vanities and follies of aging men, the reluctance to let go of old dreams. But the downside to this kind of blanket approbation is that, because we know what to look for in an Alexander Payne movie, sometimes we might kid ourselves that we find things that aren’t really there. And so, we come trundling to "Nebraska," already being buzzed about as a major player here in Cannes, and certainly not a bad film in any way, but one that failed to engage us with anything like the kind of witty perceptiveness we found in, for example, “Sideways,” to reference the other two-man road trip-style film of Payne’s.

Stacy Keach Will Be "Pure Evil" In 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 6, 2013 11:20 AM
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It’s taken over seven years but “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is finally arriving this year and just as the first installment brought back aging character actors like Rutger Hauer and Powers Boothe for small roles, the sequel is bringing in another tough guy actor.

Bob Odenkirk & Stacy Keach Join Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2012 12:29 PM
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While it took Alexander Payne seven years between his smash hit "Sideways" and last year's very successful "The Descendants," the good news for fans is that the director is moving right along to his next movie. "Nebraska" has been brewing for a while, and was finally officially greenlit last month, with Payne nabbing Bruce Dern and Will Forte as the two leads in his low budget, $13 million black and white film. And with pre-production well underway, a few more names have come on aboard.

Stacy Keach Joins 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 10:32 AM
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Well, here's a bit of random/awesome casting to the already stellar lineup being assembled for "The Bourne Legacy."

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