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Love & Mercy (2015) Movie Review: Pickin’ Up Good Vibrations

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Love & Mercy (2015)
Director: Bill Pohlad
Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

Each year there’s a bunch of biopics vying for your attention. Some like Straight Outta Compton and Steve Jobs generated quite a bit of buzz. Love & Mercy about the Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson was also very well received, though the movie’s release was quieter.

The most striking choice director Bill Pohlad makes is in casting two very different actors to respectively play the young and older Brian Wilson. Surprisingly it’s not as jarring as I would have imagined. This choice helped to immediately differentiate between the two eras as the film cut back and forth in time. Love & Mercy is factual based but it’s more concerned with what’s going on inside Wilson’s head than what his facial features look like.  

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Watch Harley Quinn Steal the New “Suicide Squad” Trailer

The new “Suicide Squad” trailer has dropped! My lack of excitement for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice had been unfairly rubbing off on Suicide Squad. Funny how a trailer and some great posters can change my sentiment around. Consider me hyped!

“I can’t wait to show you my toys.” The trailer has a great balance between bits of dialogue, things exploding and showing off the crazy and freaky members of the squad.

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How the Walkway Scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens could have been better (even if you love the movie)

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoilers Discussion Ahead!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is breaking all kinds of records at the box office. It’s not just die-hard Star Wars fans who are giddy about Episode VII, critics love the movie too. The critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes is currently above 90% and The Force Awakens received a Best Picture nomination from the Critics Choice Awards.

This is all not to say that The Force Awakens is immune to criticism. It’s possible to be a fan of a film and at the same time be critical of parts of the movie which aren’t working as well as it could have.

Some believe that there are way too many similarities between The Force Awakens and A New Hope. On the other hand, some appreciate how Episode VII mirrored the original and reenergized the Star Wars universe for a new generation. While others draw the line at the Starkiller base being an unneeded retread of the Death Star.

Personally, The Force Awakens is deserving of a lot of praises yet there is one scene in particular, among a few, that took me out of the movie watching experience. This is the scene towards the end of the movie where Kylo Ren confronts a certain rebel on an open bridge. (Spoilers ahead, final warning)

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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

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Which Upcoming Movies This Year Are You Excited For?

2016 is a very promising year for movie fans. There’s something for everyone whether you are a die-hard fan of Martin Scorsese, looking forward to Disney/Pixar’s sequel to Finding Nemo or salivating over all the comic book movies that are about to drop.  To get you pumped and primed, here’s a top ten list which includes a concise blurb on each pick for the most anticipated movies this year.

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The 20 Best Movie Posters of 2015

What Do Your Favorite 2015 Movie Posters Say About You? 

A great movie poster can grab your attention and get you hyped for an upcoming film. Some are provocative, some are funny and some are plain weird. Some tell a story with a simple image. Some evoke a particular mood. Love or hate a film, you can’t deny an eye catching movie poster when you see it. What are your personal picks? Without further ado, check out these cool posters:

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10 Cool Things You Should Know About Back To The Future

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Back In Time – A Back The Future Documentary

Here’s my contribution to MovieRob’s Genre Grandeur – Time Travel Movies. For all the great posts in this feature click here!

Great Scott! Back To The Future is an enduring, beloved sci-fi classic more than 30 years later. 2015’s documentary Back In Time is a retrospective look on the time travelling trilogy and its present day cultural influence. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Steven Spielberg, director Robert Zemeckis, writer/executive producer Bob Gale and many more talk about their experience making the movies.

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Movie Review: The Green Inferno Has Got a Serious Case of the Munchies

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Director Eli Roth’s horror film The Green Inferno works up a mean appetite. After a lengthy delay in distribution, The Green Inferno finally hits the big screen. For horror film fans who eat up all things gross and gory, The Green Inferno will momentarily satisfy, but will leave you hankering for more. 

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Battle Of The Movies: Iron Man (2008) vs Ant-Man (2015)

Which is Marvel Studio’s best solo origin movie? That’s a question worth discussing after Ant-Man became a refreshing summer blockbuster.

There’s certainly fan support for Captain America: The First Avenger, The Incredible Hulk and Thor. But to prevent an all out civil war, this post will focus on what many regard are the two top contenders for best solo debut movie.

Time to pick a side! It’s a battle of the movies between Iron Man (2008) versus Ant-Man (2015). After going head to head in several categories such as Story, Heroes and Villains we’ll turn the floor over to the people’s decision (that’s you!) for your all important vote.

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Movie Roundup: What’s Your Favorite Jake Gyllenhaal Performance?

Movie Roundup is where I give quick impressions on a bunch of films. You might find a movie that catches your curiosity. Or maybe there’ll be a film to avoid, which means I watched a terrible movie so you wouldn’t have to! :)

I’m really liking Jake Gyllenhaal’s movie choices lately, especially over the last five years. Even though I generally like commercial movies, I’m glad he’s not doing stuff like the disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow or the video game based movie Prince of Persia anymore (I had little interest in watching those). In his more recent stuff, you can see he’s shifted to this whole other gear as an actor. What’s your favorite Jake Gyllenhaal performance or movie?

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How To Fix The Future of ‘Fantastic Four’ Franchise

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The future of the Fantastic Four franchise is not bright. 20th Century Fox spent 120 million dollars to produce a reboot of Marvel’s longest running superhero team. Early estimates put the opening weekend box office at well below $40 million.

Director Josh Trank has spoken out against the studio meddling with his vision of Fantastic Four. As reported at comicbookmovies.com, Fox cut out 3 action set pieces days before filming, took over the third act from Trank and removed the director from the editing room.  

Currently, Fantastic Four (2015) is scoring 9% on Rotten Tomato’s critical consensus, the audience score is at 28%. I’ll reserve judgement on the movie until I’ve seen it myself.

Here are five options on how the studio can handle the Fantastic Four property. We’ll discuss the pros & cons and the probability of each option.

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