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The Nerd Repository http://nerdrepository.com Real Nerds, Real News. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:24:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ – Free Advance Screening – Las Vegas, NV http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-free-advance-screening-las-vegas-nv/ http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-free-advance-screening-las-vegas-nv/#comments Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:24:40 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40324 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Kurt Russell. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Kurt Russell. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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The screening will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd at the AMC Town Square. See below for your chance to win!

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.

Simply fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of passes for this screening! Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and will be notified via email prior to the screening.

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Kurt Russell. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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The screening will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Regal Winrock. See below for your chance to win!

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.

Simply fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of passes for this screening! Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and will be notified via email prior to the screening.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-free-advance-screening/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:01:34 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40317 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Kurt Russell. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Kurt Russell. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings

The screening will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX. See below for your chance to win!

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.

Simply fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of passes for this screening! Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and will be notified via email prior to the screening.

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer: I Did it My Way http://nerdrepository.com/kingsman-golden-circle-trailer/ http://nerdrepository.com/kingsman-golden-circle-trailer/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:45:02 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40311 It’s been a long wait, but 20th Century Fox and director Matthew Vaughn have finally revealed the first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The sequel finds Eggsy (Taron Egerton) crossing the pond to team up with the elite spy agency’s American counterpart, The Statesmen. Mark Strong and Colin Firth reprise their roles from Kingsman: [...]

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It’s been a long wait, but 20th Century Fox and director Matthew Vaughn have finally revealed the first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The sequel finds Eggsy (Taron Egerton) crossing the pond to team up with the elite spy agency’s American counterpart, The Statesmen.

Mark Strong and Colin Firth reprise their roles from Kingsman: The Secret Service, and will be joined by a host of newcomers that include Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges. Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens in theaters on September 27.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer: It’s Time for the Jedi to End http://nerdrepository.com/star-wars-jedi-trailer/ http://nerdrepository.com/star-wars-jedi-trailer/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:26:02 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40300 It’s been an excruciatingly long wait, but now that Rogue One‘s theatrical run is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look to the future of the Star Wars franchise. During a panel at Star Wars Celebration this morning, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was unveiled by director Rian Johnson, and you [...]

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It’s been an excruciatingly long wait, but now that Rogue One‘s theatrical run is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look to the future of the Star Wars franchise. During a panel at Star Wars Celebration this morning, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was unveiled by director Rian Johnson, and you can check it out right here.

Much like the first look at The Force Awakens, this trailer is heavy on atmosphere while revealing almost nothing about the plot of the film – which is exactly what fans would expect. That sense of discovery is one of the biggest joys of being a Star Wars fan, and no doubt Disney and Lucasfilm will continue to keep the marketing ambiguous so audiences can discover the film’s secrets in theaters.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi picks up momenta after the end of the previous installment, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) locating the reclusive Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). The footage certainly indicates that she will begin training under the former Jedi master, but Luke’s voiceover here is troubling: “it’s time for the Jedi to end.” It should be interesting to explore the events that have transpired over the last 30 years that have caused Luke to arrive at this conclusion.

John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac are also glimpsed briefly in the trailer, and we can expect most of the Force Awakens cast to reprise their roles as well, including Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Dohmnall Gleeson and the late Carrie Fisher. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters on December 15.

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Movie Review: ‘The Fate of the Furious’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-the-fate-furious/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-the-fate-furious/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 02:40:14 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40294 Universal had the perfect opportunity to close the book on the Fast and Furious series after the seventh installment, which saw Paul Walker’s character driving off into the sunset in a moving tribute to the actor, who tragically perished during production. There was a sense of closure about those final moments, and longtime fans of the [...]

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Universal had the perfect opportunity to close the book on the Fast and Furious series after the seventh installment, which saw Paul Walker’s character driving off into the sunset in a moving tribute to the actor, who tragically perished during production. There was a sense of closure about those final moments, and longtime fans of the franchise knew things wouldn’t be the same.

But any reservations about continuing the series without Walker were put to rest when Furious 7 grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide. The studio forged ahead with plans not only for another film, but another trilogy, and the first entry into what promises to be a parade of diminishing returns has arrived with The Fate of the Furious, which finds Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of precision wheelmen (and women) reuniting to assist Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in retrieving a stolen EMP device from a military base in Berlin.

That the mission is successful should come as no surprise – in fact, this is such a foregone conclusion that director F. Gary Gray doesn’t even bother to show us the heist itself, instead opting to join the crew during their getaway. Just when it looks like they’re in the clear, Dom runs Hobbs off the road and absconds with the EMP – turns out he’s been coerced into working for Cipher (Charlize Theron), a manipulative cyberterrorist with a mind-bogglingly elaborate scheme that earns points for originality – most villains of her ilk would be hell-bent on amassing wealth, but Cipher’s goals are far loftier.

In order to take down their former leader and his new boss, the crew will need all the help they can get, and Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) is more than happy to oblige. Of course, the assistance of a shadowy government agent comes with certain conditions, and this one’s a doozy: the crew will need to team up with Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), who spent the majority of the previous film trying to kill each and every one of them. No one is more infuriated about this proposal than Hobbs, who still harbors a personal vendetta against Shaw and would love nothing more than to drag him into a dark alley and “beat his ass like a Cherokee drum.”

Ridiculously convoluted plot elements aside, the biggest question is whether or not The Fate of the Furious can deliver on the high-octane action that has become the franchise’s calling card, and the answer is: mostly. The film has some truly great moments, but the majority of the sequences that would have elicited the biggest reactions from audience members have already been spoiled by the marketing campaign. Expensive cars zooming across a frozen lake with a submarine in hot pursuit is undeniably entertaining, but we’ve known about that scene since the Super Bowl – how much more spectacular would this moment have felt if we hadn’t already been expecting it?

The funny thing about spectacle is that it only works by contrast, and this is something The Fate of the Furious seems to forget. Whether it’s a parkour-infused prison riot or a standoff and pursuit in the busy streets of New York City, each action sequence is wildly over the top, but there’s so little downtime between these moments that it all begins to run together. It doesn’t help that Gray is far too reliant on CG over practical stunts, and if the quality of the digital effects is any indication, most of the film’s budget went toward paying the hefty salaries of its stars rather than crafting a reality was can become immersed in.

The Fate of the Furious coasts along thanks to its mostly endearing cast, especially Johnson and Statham as a pair of bitter rivals forced to trade insults rather than punches. Theron is obviously having fun as the blonde-tressed sociopath, but it’s disappointing that she spends most of the film isolated in her command center – after Mad Max: Fury Road, it would have been nice to see her take to the streets and meet the crew on their own turf. Diesel is every bit as gruff and wooden as usual, and Helen Mirren is mostly wasted in an all-too-brief supporting role as a foul-mouthed matriarch.

Overstuffed with over-the-top stunts and held together by a labyrinthine plot that strains the limits of credulity – even for this franchise – The Fate of the Furious isn’t quite bound for the junk heap, but it’s certainly the most disappointing entry in recent memory. After the near-perfect Fast Five and a pair of solid follow-ups, The Fate of the Furious provides a strong argument that the series is in dire need of a tune-up, lest it be dismantled and sold for scraps.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Teaser Trailer: How Did This Happen? http://nerdrepository.com/thor-ragnarok-teaser-trailer-happen/ http://nerdrepository.com/thor-ragnarok-teaser-trailer-happen/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:39:15 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40290 After a lackluster second installment, Marvel Studios definitely needed to shake things up to get the Thor series back on track, and the selection of The Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi to helm the third entry was certainly a bold move. Luckily, that decision seems destined to pay off in a big way, [...]

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After a lackluster second installment, Marvel Studios definitely needed to shake things up to get the Thor series back on track, and the selection of The Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi to helm the third entry was certainly a bold move. Luckily, that decision seems destined to pay off in a big way, because the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok has just dropped, and it’s fantastic. 

Check it out here.

This looks vastly different from the first two Thor films, and aesthetically it seems to have quite a bit in common with Guardians of the Galaxy – and that’s not a bad thing. Waititi’s sense of humor is very much on display here, and the final few seconds of this clip is absolutely brilliant as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) encounters a familiar face.

It’s also great to see the return of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), as well as being introduced to newcomers like Hela (Cate Blanchett), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). So far, everything about Thor: Ragnarok is looking great, and we can’t wait to see what other surprises Waititi and his team have in store for Marvel fans.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3.

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2017 Phoenix Film Festival Preview http://nerdrepository.com/2017-phoenix-film-festival-preview/ http://nerdrepository.com/2017-phoenix-film-festival-preview/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:42:18 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40274 We’ve already covered two of the nation’s biggest film festivals this year, but we aren’t done yet! As the old saying goes, there’s no place like home, so we’re thrilled to be spending the next few days hanging out at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival. With over 175 screenings in 8 days, the Phoenix Film [...]

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We’ve already covered two of the nation’s biggest film festivals this year, but we aren’t done yet! As the old saying goes, there’s no place like home, so we’re thrilled to be spending the next few days hanging out at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival.

With over 175 screenings in 8 days, the Phoenix Film Festival is guaranteed to have a little something for everyone. And while we couldn’t possible check out everything, here are eight films that we’re hoping to catch over the course of the next week.

The Hero
Directed by Brett Haley

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.

Brave New Jersey
Directed by Jody Lambert

A comedy about a small town on the night of Orson Welles’s legendary, 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio hoax, which terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America. As the citizens of Lullaby, NJ face what they think is their last night on Earth, their lives will change forever. An alien invasion movie where the aliens never show up.

Gold Star
Directed by Victoria Negri

After dropping out of Juilliard, Vicki drifts aimlessly between her family’s house in Connecticut and an itinerant existence in New York. When her father suffers a debilitating stroke, she has to become his primary caretaker. Vicki resists connecting with him, and making peace with herself, but finds a way forward thanks to a new friend and a life-changing event.

The Midnighters
Directed by Julian Fort

An aging ex-con struggles to adapt to the outside world after many years in prison—and begins to build a relationship with the grown son he never knew.

The Lost City of Z
Directed by James Grey

Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett — supported by his devoted wife, son and aide-de-camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

Unnerved
Directed by Gary King

Whatever killed their son continues to haunt Mallory and Frank no matter where they go. While hiding out at a remote lake house, Mallory struggles to keep her sanity and save her marriage as the supernatural activity grows. At their breaking point, they elicit the help of a clairvoyant to help end the terror. But will it be too late?

Painless
Directed by Jordan Horowitz

Born with a rare condition that leaves him alienated and unable to feel physical pain, Henry Long becomes obsessed with finding a cure. A need for normalcy leads him down a dark path where he must decide if finding a cure is worth paying the ultimate price.

Tommy’s Honour
Directed by Jason Connery

Based on the powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom and “Young” Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf. As their fame grew exponentially, Tom and Tommy, Scotland’s Golf Royalty, were touched by drama and personal tragedy. At first matching his father’s success, Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments and respect as founder of the Open Championship in 1860 with a series of his own triumphs. But in contrast to Tommy’s public persona, his personal turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against both the aristocracy who gave him opportunity and the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his wife.


The 2017 Phoenix Film Festival runs from April 6-13th. Check out phoenixfilmfestival.com for the full schedule of events. 

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ – Free Advance Screening – Tempe, AZ http://nerdrepository.com/fate-furious-free-advance-screening-tempe-az/ http://nerdrepository.com/fate-furious-free-advance-screening-tempe-az/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:53:30 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40265 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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The screening will take place on Tuesday, April 11th at the Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX. See below for your chance to win!

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Simply fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of passes for this screening! Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and will be notified via email prior to the screening.

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ – Free Advance Screening – Las Vegas, NV http://nerdrepository.com/fate-furious-free-advance-screening-las-vegas-nv/ http://nerdrepository.com/fate-furious-free-advance-screening-las-vegas-nv/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:51:41 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40260 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings

The screening will take place on Tuesday, April 11th at the AMC Town Square. See below for your chance to win!

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Simply fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of passes for this screening! Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and will be notified via email prior to the screening.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ – Free Advance Screening – Albuquerque, NM http://nerdrepository.com/fate-furious-free-advance-screening-albuquerque-nm/ http://nerdrepository.com/fate-furious-free-advance-screening-albuquerque-nm/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:50:39 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40263 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings

The screening will take place on Tuesday, April 11th at the Regal Winrock. See below for your chance to win!

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Simply fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of passes for this screening! Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and will be notified via email prior to the screening.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ – Free Advance Screening – Honolulu, HI http://nerdrepository.com/fate-furious-free-advance-screening-honolulu/ http://nerdrepository.com/fate-furious-free-advance-screening-honolulu/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:48:19 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40267 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The [...]

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Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

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Giveaway: ‘Harry Potter Film Concert Series’ at The Phoenix Symphony http://nerdrepository.com/giveaway-harry-potter-film-concert-series-phoenix-symphony/ http://nerdrepository.com/giveaway-harry-potter-film-concert-series-phoenix-symphony/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 23:28:04 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40246 The Phoenix Symphony will be performing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert on October 6, 7 and 8, 2017 and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert on January 5, 6 & 7, 2018 as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. You may remember we ran a giveaway last [...]

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The Phoenix Symphony will be performing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert on October 6, 7 and 8, 2017 and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert on January 5, 6 & 7, 2018 as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. You may remember we ran a giveaway last October for The Phoenix Symphony’s Halloween at Hogwarts and we’ve teamed up once again to give our readers the amazing opportunity to score a pair of tickets to the Harry Potter Film Concert Series performance of your choice before tickets even go on sale to the public!

But first let’s tell you a little bit more about this awesome event itself! The concerts will feature the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra performing, to picture, every note from each film while the full movie plays. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the films in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Tickets are now on sale for Phoenix Symphony subscribers and single tickets go on sale May 3, 2017 at 9:00 am to the general public at via phoenixsymphony.org or 602-495-1999.

Check out the official posters for the events below and for more info on the concert series itself go to harrypotterinconcert.com:

Don’t miss the most magical concert event to come to Arizona! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert with The Phoenix Symphony! Don your wizard’s robes and get ready to relive the adventures of Harry Potter and friends with The Phoenix Symphony!

The contest will run the entire month of April. To enter, just fill out the entry form below for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Harry Potter Film Series at The Phoenix Symphony event of your choice – we’ll randomly select the winners after the contest period closes, and notify them via email. If you’d like to know about upcoming free movie screenings, as well as other giveaways and promotions, then check out this link to add yourself to our mailing list!

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Movie Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-ghost-shell/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-ghost-shell/#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:51:22 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40231 Ghost in the Shell is one of the most popular and easily the most widely recognized anime property in the genre, so of course it was going to get the big bucks live-action Hollywood remake. It took more than twenty years to finally get there, but Ghost in the Shell boasts the star power of [...]

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Ghost in the Shell is one of the most popular and easily the most widely recognized anime property in the genre, so of course it was going to get the big bucks live-action Hollywood remake. It took more than twenty years to finally get there, but Ghost in the Shell boasts the star power of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role and the visuals of director Rupert Wyatt (Snow White and the Huntsman) to help hack into a new generation of fans. 

Johansson stars as Major, the first human brain to be transferred to a cybernetic body after a horrible crash in a world full of humans with partially cybernetic enhancements. Naturally she’s immediately turned into a weapon for the government and used to stop the most dangerous of criminals and threats. But when a mysterious villain appears with the ability to actually hack into people’s minds, Major is the only one who can stop him – until she discovers a connection with this mysterious man and realizes that her life was not saved, but stolen from her.

Ghost in the Shell is the rare, surprisingly competent adaptation of an anime property that works more than it fails. Unfortunately the story is showing its age and after so many other films and properties being inspired by and borrowing its ideas, themes, and designs for their own stories, this live-action remake feels a little too late to have any real impact. After you strip away the film’s originality, audiences end up with a terrifically shot, but only slightly above average cyber-superhero noir thriller.

Rupert Wyatt’s visuals and the gorgeous designs in the film are indeed the true stars of Ghost in the Shell. Wyatt showed his prowess for jaw-dropping visuals in Snow White in the Huntsman and brings a whole new aesthetic to the cyber-punk sci-fi landscape here. The Geisha-bots look incredible and move incredibly on screen, and Major’s suit/body is also incredibly designed and shimmers with subtle blue energy on top of her skin-colored prosthetics.

Wyatt also managed to pull off some of the goofier character designs found in the anime with aspects like Aramaki’s (Takeshi Kitano) silly hair or Batou’s (Pilou Asbæk) peroxide spikes and cybernetic eyes. The talented design and effects team even made a stunning version of Kuze (Michael Pitt) that had far too little screen time.

Unfortunately in a movie about cyborgs and technology, there’s little use for silly things like emoting or humanity. Not to say anyone in the cast turns in particularly bad performances, they’re just playing cyborgs in a bleak distant future with a script that doesn’t allow them too much of an emotional spectrum. Ghost in the Shell succeeds as a passable sci-fi action vehicle with amazing visuals and few moments of greatness, but never fully gets its footing to provide something truly original and unique.

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Joss Whedon to Write, Direct, and Produce ‘Batgirl’ Solo Film http://nerdrepository.com/joss-whedon-talks-write-direct-produce-batgirl-solo-film/ http://nerdrepository.com/joss-whedon-talks-write-direct-produce-batgirl-solo-film/#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:51:44 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40236 Joss Whedon is in talks to write, direct, and produce a Batgirl solo film for Warner Bros. within the DCEU. Didn’t see that one coming, did ya? Variety broke the news that the director known for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and directing both Avengers films for Marvel is close to a deal to [...]

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Joss Whedon is in talks to write, direct, and produce a Batgirl solo film for Warner Bros. within the DCEU. Didn’t see that one coming, did ya?

Variety broke the news that the director known for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and directing both Avengers films for Marvel is close to a deal to bring Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, to the big screen.

This mostly comes as a shock since Whedon was so entrenched in creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but eventually tapped out after Avengers: Age of Ultron. So to have his first major project after being Marvel’s guy for so long be for that company’s rival raises a few eyebrows, but the fact that it sounds like Whedon will have creative control in all aspects of the film can only mean good things for Batgirl.

The article also mentions the film will have “other characters from Gotham” so hopefully that means we’ll get more of J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon, who looks amazing in the Justice League trailer.

Batgirl will be the second solo female film from Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe with Wonder Woman bowing later this year. Whedon is no stranger to writing strong, funny lead female characters after creating a stable of shows led by ladies like Buffy, Dollhouse, Firefly etc. and he sounds like a perfect fit for Batgirl.

So for fans of the DCEU, if this comes to pass, how do you think Whedon’s Batgirl will fit into the current universe of Man of Steel, BvS, Justice League, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman? Will Batgirl be older, having already existed with Affleck’s Batman in Gotham? Is she young and into social media like the new incarnation in the comics? Who would you cast?

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‘IT’ Trailer: Come With Me and You’ll Float Too http://nerdrepository.com/it-trailer-float/ http://nerdrepository.com/it-trailer-float/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:57:12 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40225 Stephen King’s mammoth 1986 horror novel IT is considered one of the best works of the author’s illustrious career, and was previously adapted into a TV miniseries that was admittedly terrifying – thanks to Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise the Clown – but felt a bit watered-down when compared to the source material. And in the [...]

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Stephen King’s mammoth 1986 horror novel IT is considered one of the best works of the author’s illustrious career, and was previously adapted into a TV miniseries that was admittedly terrifying – thanks to Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise the Clown – but felt a bit watered-down when compared to the source material. And in the age of remakes and reboots, it’s no surprise that Hollywood is taking another crack at the book.

Mama director Andy Muschietti is behind the camera for this new version, which only covers about half of the novel about a group of kids in small-town Maine who team up to combat a sinister evil that haunts the area. If the film is successful, expect a sequel that covers the rest of the novel, which finds the kids regrouping 30 years later when the creature returns.

In the meantime, check out the first trailer for IT.

IT will open in theaters on September 8.

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

“IT” stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise.  An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”), Jeremy Ray Taylor (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”), Sophia Lillis (“37”), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s “Stranger Things”), Wyatt Oleff (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming “Cops and Robbers”), Jack Dylan Grazer (“Tales of Halloween”) and Nicholas Hamilton (“Captain Fantastic”).

Muschietti directed “IT” from a screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by King. 

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ http://nerdrepository.com/blu-ray-review-fantastic-beasts-find/ http://nerdrepository.com/blu-ray-review-fantastic-beasts-find/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:19:23 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40216 Harry Potter fans finally know where exactly to find those fantastic beasts: in their very own home theaters with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them out today on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. If you want to know my in-depth thoughts on the first spin-off of the Harry Potter universe you [...]

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Harry Potter fans finally know where exactly to find those fantastic beasts: in their very own home theaters with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them out today on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

If you want to know my in-depth thoughts on the first spin-off of the Harry Potter universe you can read my review here or check out this excerpt below:

“Whether racing through (and destroying) the streets of 1920’s New York or introducing audiences to numerous incredibly cool new creatures inside Newt’s very TARDIS-like, bigger-on-the-inside suitcase, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is full of tremendous visuals and likable new characters in a new corner of the Harry Potter universe – unfortunately some of the family charm is dulled by an overall dour vibe and unnecessarily dark plot lines.

While the film is far from perfect there’s obviously still a ton to enjoy and this Blu-ray set is stacked with special features worthy of the Potter franchise and your hard-earned dollars. Included with the Blu-ray copy of the film, you also receive a DVD and Digital HD download of the film covering all the different ways you might want to watch the film.

The special features themselves will keep you busy for a while and include Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins! with J.K. Rowling and director David Yates along with the four main cast members and producers Heyman and Wigram to discuss how they approached creating this pre-Harry Potter part of the universe. The cast members are interviewed together while the behind the scenes talent and crew speak individually – a wise decision because the actors are adorable and quite entertaining together, their chemistry on film isn’t hard to understand.

Characters is a fairly standard special feature where the cast and talented crew, including the amazing Colleen Atwood (designer of the costumes seen on DC TV shows), discuss the characters and how their backgrounds influence their costumes. Each sub-feature in Characters is about four minutes long and focuses on a certain character or group of characters.

Much like Characters extra, Creatures sees Rowling and Yates along with the effects crew discussing each fantastic beast in the film including individual sub-features for each creature including the Bowtruckle, Demiguise, Erumpent, Niffler, Occamy, and Thunderbird. Design is a feature that showcases the work of production designer Stuart Craig and how they created this old school era and new locale for the Harry Potter universe which are quite stunning in the film.

Lastly, the part most fans will skip to first are the deleted scenes. There’s quite a bit of wealth of content here to dig through with some surprisingly good scenes that were cut. The clips all feature finished CG effects could have easily been left in the film, but obviously Yates needed to keep the running time down. The deleted scenes include: Major Investigation Department, Jacob’s Tenement, Newt’s Case, MACUSA Cell, Creocreatura, Tracking Demiguise, Suitcase Celebration, Skyscraper Roof, Obscuris Unleashed Part 1, Obscuris Unleashed Part 2, and Newt Goodbye with Creocreatura being my favorite since it features a brand new beast from the suitcase not seen previously in the film and some lovely backstory.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer: Don’t Do Anything Stupid http://nerdrepository.com/spiderman-homecoming-trailer-stupid/ http://nerdrepository.com/spiderman-homecoming-trailer-stupid/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:56:20 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40212 Last year, Spider-Man joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a scene-stealing appearance in Captain America: Civil War, marking the first entry into a partnership between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, who have owned the rights to the character for decades. Now the studios are joining forces again for a new standalone adventure, this summer’s Spider-Man: [...]

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Last year, Spider-Man joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a scene-stealing appearance in Captain America: Civil War, marking the first entry into a partnership between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, who have owned the rights to the character for decades. Now the studios are joining forces again for a new standalone adventure, this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming

We’ve already seen one trailer for the film, but with a July release date looming on the horizon, the marketing campaign is starting to pick up some steam. With that in mind, Sony has dropped the latest look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, which features a ton of spectacular (yes, I said it) action.

Tom Holland continues to be pitch-perfect in his role as Peter Parker, and it looks like his relationship with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) may not be as chummy as the first trailer led us to believe. And Michael Keaton seems to be relishing his return to the world of comic book movies with a role as the sinister Vulture, one of the most iconic characters from the Spider-Man mythology.

Directed by Jon Watts and featuring a supporting cast that also includes Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Bokeem Woodbine, Angourie Rice and Donald Glover, Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.

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‘Justice League’ Trailer: We Have to Find Them http://nerdrepository.com/justice-league-trailer/ http://nerdrepository.com/justice-league-trailer/#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:04:44 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40203 After much anticipation and a week of build-up featuring character posters and trailer teases, the first full Justice League trailer has finally hit. It has a decidedly more fun tone than anything we saw for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and plenty of Zack Snyder’s trademark visuals. Unite the League in the first Justice [...]

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After much anticipation and a week of build-up featuring character posters and trailer teases, the first full Justice League trailer has finally hit. It has a decidedly more fun tone than anything we saw for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and plenty of Zack Snyder’s trademark visuals.

Unite the League in the first Justice League trailer below:

There’s a lot to like in this trailer and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman looks poised to steal the show. A lot has been made about this “grumpy” Aquaman on the internet based on all the moody photos of the character, but he’s having a ton of fun when seen in actual action. He has the swagger of a cocky metal band rock star and his James Hetfield-esque “Yeah!” in the final shot is hilarious.

As for the rest of the League, Cyborg’s CG looks iffy in almost every shot and is overshadowed by the rest of the team. Not much new here from Ezra Miller’s The Flash, but he still looks like a great big screen version of the character and the same goes for Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Batfleck looks to be killing it as The Dark Knight with some solid one-liners and some very cool shots of Batman doing what he does best. We also get our first looks at J.K. Simmons perfectly embodying Commissioner Gordon, Mera swimming in the ocean, and Barry Allen speaking to his dad is prison played by Billy Crudup.

Postives aside, the trailer really lacks a “wow” moment and Cyborg isn’t the only CG that looks spotty in a few places. Personally, I love the cover of the Beatles “Come Together” for this trailer but I’m sure that’ll bother some people as well.

Strangely enough, still no sign of Henry Cavill’s Superman even though we know he will play in the part in the film. Are Snyder and Warner Bros really trying to sell mainstream audiences on the idea that Supes died in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or are they saving the reveal for the next trailer? Hopefully when trailer 2 is released we’ll get a better sense of story and the threat from Steppenwolf along with the return of Man of Steel himself.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League hits theaters November of 2017

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Movie Review: ‘Personal Shopper’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-personal-shopper/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-personal-shopper/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:48:01 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40198 Kristen Stewart reunites with her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper, which finds the accomplished actress portraying another assistant to a celebrity. This time, the boss lady is Kyra (Nora von Waldstätten), a Paris-based supermodel who can’t be bothered to select her own outfits – that’s the sort of thing she leaves Maureen (Stewart) to handle [...]

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Kristen Stewart reunites with her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper, which finds the accomplished actress portraying another assistant to a celebrity. This time, the boss lady is Kyra (Nora von Waldstätten), a Paris-based supermodel who can’t be bothered to select her own outfits – that’s the sort of thing she leaves Maureen (Stewart) to handle while she’s jetsetting around the world. The job sucks, but it affords Maureen plenty of freedom to pursue other interests, like trying to make contact with the spirit of her recently deceased brother.

When Maureen begins receiving mysterious text messages from an unknown sender who seems to know her every move, the film posits this as a mystery, and Assayas devotes an excruciating amount of screentime to Maureen’s iPhone. Watching her exchange messages with an unseen party is meant to build tension, as this stranger encourages her to explore some of her darker desires, but there’s nothing compelling about the banality of this storytelling device. And although Maureen can’t seem to put together the identity of her new digital pen pal – who at one point leaves her a key to a hotel room – audiences should have no trouble solving the case long before the film gets around to it.

Stewart is just as reliable as ever, turning in a gripping performance despite the bland material she’s given here. Maureen is the very portrait of grief, and watching her struggle not to succumb to its weight feels incredibly authentic and relatable. But as a ghost story that’s low on scares and a thriller whose thrills are almost nonexistent, Personal Shopper does little more than meander, much like an apparition that haunts an old abandoned house.

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Movie Review: ‘Life’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-life/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-life/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:11:11 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40192 Let’s be clear about this from the beginning: Alien is the measuring stick against which other outer space horror flicks are measured. Indeed, while viewing Daniel Espinosa’s tension-filled Life, I realized that it’s nearly impossible not to recall Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic while watching a film about a crew of astronauts trapped in a vessel with [...]

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Let’s be clear about this from the beginning: Alien is the measuring stick against which other outer space horror flicks are measured. Indeed, while viewing Daniel Espinosa’s tension-filled Life, I realized that it’s nearly impossible not to recall Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic while watching a film about a crew of astronauts trapped in a vessel with a murderous creature. But while Espinosa’s film may wear its influences on its sleeve, that doesn’t rob it of its entertaining qualities.

Set aboard the international space station an unspecified number of years in the future, Life opens with the crew retrieving a damaged rover containing a collection of samples from Mars. Among the specimens is the first proof of biological existence on the red planet, and resident scientist Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare) manages to nurse the creature back to health. Dubbed “Calvin,” the being evolves rapidly, displaying a surprising amount of intelligence and curiosity.

Things take a turn for the worse when Calvin, sensing danger at the hands of its caretakers, responds to the perceived threat with a horrifying act of violence and escapes into the bowels of the ISS. It’s here where the Alien similarities are most prevalent, as the crew is stalked relentlessly from one part of the station to another by a seemingly unstoppable foe. But unique to this film is the fact that everything takes place in zero gravity, which allows Espinosa to craft some complex and fascinating action setpieces that help elevate Life beyond its formulaic storytelling.

Also raising the bar is the cast, including Ryan Reynolds as a smartass engineer, Rebecca Ferguson as the mission’s quarantine specialist, and Jake Gyllenhaal as a chief medical officer with no desire to return to Earth. “I hate what we do to each other down there,” he tells a fellow crew member, and we see where he’s coming from: it’s hard to argue with the tranquility of space when compared to the chaos of humanity. Of course, with Calvin on the loose, things are getting a lot less tranquil by the moment.

There are a few missteps here, including a handful of disorienting shots from the creature’s point of view that serve no real purpose, and an unnecessarily bleak turn of events in the third act, but Life has more than enough tension and terror to keep audiences engaged – at least until Scott’s original franchise returns to the screen in a few short months.

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Loot Pets Mar 2017 Unboxing – ‘Primal’ http://nerdrepository.com/loot-pets-mar-2017-unboxing-primal/ http://nerdrepository.com/loot-pets-mar-2017-unboxing-primal/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:39:24 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40184 This March Loot Pets is going Primal for our furry friends at home featuring exclusive items and treats including a The Flintstones toy for your pups, a chew bone of Jurassic proportions and a even  Predator bling for your dog or cats collar. Give into your instincts and go Primal by watching our video via our [...]

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This March Loot Pets is going Primal for our furry friends at home featuring exclusive items and treats including a The Flintstones toy for your pups, a chew bone of Jurassic proportions and a even  Predator bling for your dog or cats collar.

Give into your instincts and go Primal by watching our video via our YouTube page below:

Remember, if you want to get in on the action with a $5 discount courtesy of The Nerd Repository, you can always head over to Loot Crate‘s website and join up to get your very own monthly crate, full of exclusive collectibles you won’t find anywhere else.

Loot Pets Video Credit: Paige Wilson

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Interview: Adam Collis Talks World Premiere of ‘Car Dogs’ http://nerdrepository.com/interview-adam-collis-talks-world-premiere-car-dogs/ http://nerdrepository.com/interview-adam-collis-talks-world-premiere-car-dogs/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:17:55 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40166 Written by a native of Scottsdale, Arizona and produced with the help of 85 students from Arizona State University, Car Dogs hopes to be the first of many feature film projects to be produced in the city of Phoenix, while also giving college students the opportunity to learn the filmmaking business from a group of [...]

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Written by a native of Scottsdale, Arizona and produced with the help of 85 students from Arizona State University, Car Dogs hopes to be the first of many feature film projects to be produced in the city of Phoenix, while also giving college students the opportunity to learn the filmmaking business from a group of seasoned professionals.

One of those veterans is the man behind the camera, director Adam Collis, who spearheaded the program after being hired as a visiting professor at ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre. We caught up with Adam last week to talk about the genesis of Car Dogs, the diversity of his cast, and the excitement surrounding this week’s world premiere.


It’s interesting to watch a movie that’s set in Phoenix and was actually shot here, because there are so many shots in this film where I immediately recognize the area and the surroundings. As the director, why was it important for you to shoot here?

Adam Collis: Well, the movie was always set in Phoenix, and it was written by a Scottsdale native, so it almost felt serendipitously destined to be shot here. The film started coming together when, as a professor at Arizona State University, my boss came to me and said that we needed to give internship opportunities to our students, so they could get some real-world experience. And I kind of jokingly said “well, we could make a feature film, and that would give them all great internship experiences,” and he took me seriously and said “is there a script that you could do?”

I had been here about a year and a half, and I kept thinking about this script by a former student, who I had taught in my very first class in Los Angeles. It was this script called Car Dogs, written by Mark King, a Scottsdale native, and it was set in this car dealership in Scottsdale. And I was thinking “this could be done relatively inexpensively.” We had just had the financial collapse, so I knew there would be a lot of empty dealerships in the valley and we could get our location.

So I called Mark to find out if he had every done anything with it, because that was a hot script in Hollywood for awhile. There were names attached to it, and it had a big agency representing it, but like so many projects it came together and then fell apart, so when I called it was available. And I asked if he wanted to come back to his hometown, and make a movie drawn from his own life experiences, with students from his alma mater, and Mark said “of course.”

And then we just started putting it together with all of these wonderful ASU connections. Like our casting director, John Jackson – he’s an ASU alum – and he’s really what led to the sort of outside-the-box casting of George Lopez. That part was originally written for like a young Ben Affleck type, but John really gets you to think about things in a different way, to think about casting roles in a way that feels real, but unexpected. Nobody was expecting me to cast a 50-year-old Mexican-American comedian in that role.

Josh Hopkins and Adam Collis on the set of ‘Car Dogs’

Yeah, he’s fantastic. You almost kind of forget that it’s George Lopez, because the role is so different from the stuff he’s typically recognized for.

Adam Collis: He was just so incredibly directable. He’s such a talented and charismatic guy, he’s the sort of guy you can just train the camera on and let it go. I’m just so delighted, and it was very, very gratifying to be able to work with him.

You also have Octavia Spencer in this film for a brief role, and coming off this past year’s award season, that’s a pretty high-profile name. How did she get involved?

Adam Collis: This is one of those stories where it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Josh Hopkins, who plays Reynolds, is someone that I grew up with in Lexington, Kentucky. He’s also an executive producer on the film, and he had known Octavia Spencer for a very long time. There’s a really important, pivotal scene near the end of the film, and it called for someone with Octavia’s gravitas, so I pitched the idea to Josh.

He reached out to Octavia, and then I had a call with her. We talked for about ten minutes, and she was in, so I thanked her and told her we would see her during production. Well, some time passed and things changed in her schedule, and she told Josh she wasn’t sure if she’d be able to do it. So Josh came and told me that, and I said “well, did she tell you definitively that she couldn’t be in the movie?” And he said no, so I begged him to go back to her and explore it again.

He came back and told me that she wasn’t sure it would fit into her schedule, and once again I said “did she tell you definitively that she couldn’t be in the movie?” And he said no, so I begged him to go back to her and see what they could work out. Then he comes back a third time and says “Octavia wants to talk to you.” I’ve never shared the contents of that conversation with anyone, but by the end of that twenty minutes, she said “I’ll see you in Phoenix,” so it all worked out for everyone.

Another great performance in this film comes from Chris Mulkey as the main character’s father.

Adam Collis: He’s the best! Chris Mulkey is the bull, El Toro. You just let him in the ring, and you try your best the guide the bull with your red cape, but the bull probably has better ideas than you have.

Chris Mulkey as Malcolm Chamberlain in ‘Car Dogs’

There have been plenty of movies with this sort of villainous businessman archetype, but this guy is the upper echelon. He is such an asshole, and he’s so despicable, but he’s so charismatic that you can’t take your eyes off him.

Adam Collis: You know, when I saw Mulkey’s reel, it wasn’t what I was expecting initially. I think what the writer had in mind was someone much more stoic and stern and manipulative, But I think what Chris brought to it was so much smarter, this guy who’s just such an overwhelming asshole that you’re fascinated to see what he’ll say or do next. Individual politics aside, does that remind us of anyone?

I think there’s something about the spirit of his performance that really speaks to our times. There’s someone who’s so strong in their point of view and so viciously committed to what he believes, regardless of whether or not it screws people over. He’s justified it in his mind, and everything that character does, he believes is okay, because he’s got his own justification and that’s what fuels his intensity. The best bad guys always think they’re the good guys.

How excited are you for Car Dogs to have its world premiere here in Phoenix?

Adam Collis: Well, the thing I’m most excited about is the thing I’m the most nervous about, and that’s the fact that we’re launching this movie in a completely unique way that depends on the good people of Phoenix to rally around this movie. Movies don’t launch a national release out of Phoenix – in fact, they don’t launch national releases very often out of anywhere that isn’t New York or Los Angeles. We’re saturating theaters across the valley so we can truly test the market, and so we can truly give the people of Phoenix the chance to decide whether or not this movie goes national.

This project was born out of the culture of innovation that is Arizona State University. There’s no question about that, and president Michael Crow has created this entrepreneurial, innovative environment, and out of that environment we created a new business model for financing an independent film, and a new professional immersion program. But the biggest innovation is this new way to launch a movie out of the Phoenix market, so that’s why it’s so important for the people of Phoenix to come out and support the movie. If it goes national, everything points back here.


The world premiere of Car Dogs takes place on Monday, March 20th. The film opens in Harkins Theaters throughout the Phoenix area on Friday, March 24.

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Movie Review: ‘Raw’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-raw/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-raw/#respond Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:43:51 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40017 Julia Ducournau’s debut feature Raw, about a young vegetarian who develops an insatiable craving for flesh, arrives on a wave of festival buzz – not to mention anecdotal reports of viewers passing out during screenings, or fleeing the theater in search of a place to deposit the contents of their stomach. While the grisly subject matter didn’t affect [...]

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Julia Ducournau’s debut feature Raw, about a young vegetarian who develops an insatiable craving for flesh, arrives on a wave of festival buzz – not to mention anecdotal reports of viewers passing out during screenings, or fleeing the theater in search of a place to deposit the contents of their stomach. While the grisly subject matter didn’t affect me in quite the same way, there’s no denying the grotesquery on display here, as shy, introverted student Justine (Garance Marillier) finds herself losing control of her ever-growing appetite.

It’s the first week of veterinary school, and the freshman “rookies” are in the midst of hazing rituals that include being showered with blood and forced out of their rooms in the middle of the night, sans clothing, to drink and dance until dawn. As part of this rite of passage, Justine is coerced by older sister and fellow student Alex (Ella Rumpf) into consuming a rabbit kidney – not an easy task for a lifelong vegetarian. She manages to choke it down, only to awaken the next morning with her arms, legs and stomach covered with a severe rash, which the school nurse chalks up to food poisoning.

The voracious hunger with which Justine is subsequently consumed is a somewhat heavy-handed metaphor for sexual awakening – indeed, Justine’s experimentation in this department is intrinsically linked to her newfound desire, as evidenced during a late-night hookup in her dorm room that climaxes (literally) when she finally manages to get a taste of blood. But Ducournau has a few more tricks up her sleeve, including an exploration of male sexuality as Justine’s gay roommate (Rabah Nait Oufella) struggles with his identity, and a shocking plot development in the second act that contextualizes Justine’s sudden change in appetite.

Drawing clear inspiration from horror greats like Dario Argento and David Cronenberg, and anchored by a fearlessly vulnerable performance by Marillier, Raw is an unflinchingly audacious debut from Ducournau. Its subject matter will likely prove too lurid for most audiences, but genre fans will eat it up – no pun intended.

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SXSW 2017 Movie Review: ‘The Hero’ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-the-hero/ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-the-hero/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:32:51 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40152 Whether it’s that classic mustache or that unmistakable voice brimming with gravel and grit, Sam Elliott is a true old school icon in Hollywood. His latest film The Hero screened at SXSW 2017 and we hope to see Sam in many movies to come – but man, what a cherry on top this film is [...]

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Whether it’s that classic mustache or that unmistakable voice brimming with gravel and grit, Sam Elliott is a true old school icon in Hollywood. His latest film The Hero screened at SXSW 2017 and we hope to see Sam in many movies to come – but man, what a cherry on top this film is to the actor’s legacy.

While not exactly an autobiographical film, The Hero was absolutely written for Sam Elliott by screenwriters Brett Haley and Marc Basch. Elliott plays Lee Hayden, an aging Western movie star with a golden voice reduced to doing advertising voiceover work, as the best days of his career are decades behind him.

Lee spends his free time smoking weed and drinking whiskey while pining over his lost glory days until a trip to his doctor reveals he has a late stage pancreatic cancer, with very limited time left on this Earth. In shock, Lee seeks solace with his neighbor/friend/weed dealer Jeremy (Nick Offerman), where a chance encounter in his living room with younger gal Charlotte (Laura Prepon) puts Lee on the path to acceptance of his life and mortality.

Since The Hero was essentially written for Elliott, the responsibility falls squarely on him to carry the movie – which he most impressively accomplishes. Elliott is funny, sad, empathetic and admirable all with that incredibly cool swagger in an award-worthy performance. There’s quite a bit of heart in both the film and Elliott’s performance that’s touching and sincere adding an authenticity to the story.

The supporting cast also pulls their own weight, including the scene-stealing Offerman. His chemistry with Elliott is superb and I would gladly watch these two actors share more screen time in any film. Laura Prepon is given a somewhat thankless role as Lee’s stand-up comedian love interest. The character is given some pretty tough scenes that could easily have made another actress in the role come across as callous and unlikable but she manages to come out the other side a still redeemable gal worthy of Lee’s affection.

Krysten Ritter also has a small role as Lee’s daughter Lucy, but the film never gives you full sense of who this person is and why she is in the film, other than a plot device for Lee to reconcile with, but Ritter does give a nice performance in her scenes with Elliott. Katharine Ross is in a similar situation as Lee’s ex-wife, but also makes the best of her minimal screen time and material.

Director Brett Haley does a fine job with steering the film away from any polarizing character moments while also making some terrific visual choices to accentuate Lee’s mental state. The creeping sound of the ocean plays a continual theme throughout along with some well done dream sequences involving Lee’s most famous film, also titled The Hero.

Outstanding performances from the lead cast elevate The Hero from a quiet character flick to something a bit more special. There’s obviously a lot of love put it into this film by its talent in front of and behind the camera and in a situation of life imitating art, Elliott should get all the attention and praise he deserves from this film.

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SXSW 2017 Movie Review: ‘Colossal’ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-colossal/ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-colossal/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:31:49 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40137 The first film we screened at SXSW 2017 started the festival out in a weird, BIG way – pun intended. Colossal, the new film from director Nacho Vigalondo, stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis in a movie with a premise almost too bizarre to really explain, but I’m going to try anyway. The most important thing [...]

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The first film we screened at SXSW 2017 started the festival out in a weird, BIG way – pun intended. Colossal, the new film from director Nacho Vigalondo, stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis in a movie with a premise almost too bizarre to really explain, but I’m going to try anyway. The most important thing to know is the Vigalondo has created something wholly unique, with a terrificly dark sense of humor that never really makes sense of all of its bits and pieces but is still an extremely satisfying and creative film.

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a party girl who just got booted from her apartment by her boyfriend (Legion‘s Dan Stevens) and finds herself returning to her hometown to figure out what to do with her life. While stumbling back into town she runs into childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) and the two quickly rekindle their friendship. This may sound like the beginning of a traditional rom-com, but as Gloria begins to settle back into small town life, a giant, lizard like monster begins to attack Seoul, South Korea – and Gloria discovers she can somehow control the actions of the monster.

Colossal is full of twists and turns and is best experienced if audiences enter the theater knowing very little about the film other than the absurd premise. The film is anchored by two impressively solid performances from Hathaway and Sudeikis with both actors making the audience buy into the surreal events. Hathaway is the clear lead, and without her performance the film just wouldn’t work – but make no mistake about it, this is Jason Sudeikis’s film. The character of Oscar is played beautifully by the usually comedic actor and Oscar has a character arc that is very crucial to the plot, and fairly surprising at it all unfolds.

The human elements of this film are obviously a success, but what of the promised monster action that surely has to take place for the story to advance? This is indeed an arthouse-type indie film, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much actual giant Kaiju destruction and mayhem Colossal was able to deliver. Early shots of the beast are strategically placed by Vigalondo and his cinematographer, but as events progress the movie does actually let loose with the monster in sometimes comedic, sometimes horrifying fashion.

While Colossal is full of great performances and plenty of big and small entertaining moments, it’s not without its flaws, including some pretty paper-thin plot elements. Obviously you have to just go along for the ride on movie like this, but Colossal mixes in childhood scenes throughout, hinting at an origin story for Gloria’s connection to the monster. The final reveal is beyond vague as far as giving this “connection” or “power” a real explanation and kicks off a third act ripe with logic leaps even within the already broad narrative. Also, Gloria as the heroine is dangerously close a few times to becoming completely unlikable and irredeemable, but thankfully Hathaway’s performance and Vigalondo’s direction never allow that to happen.

This quirky mashup of Kaiju cinema and indie comedy is an innovative and refreshing surprise that is extremely difficult to compare to any other film. Vidalongo obviously has an incredibly vibrant and unique imagination and he gets some fine work out of his cast. Colossal is a rewarding film experience that is as darkly funny as it is weird and surprising.

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SXSW 2017 Interview: Tyler McIntyre and Jack Quaid on ‘Tragedy Girls’ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-interview-tyler-mcintyre-jack-quaid-tragedy-girls/ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-interview-tyler-mcintyre-jack-quaid-tragedy-girls/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:21:25 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40172 The SXSW Film Festival has always been a welcome place for offbeat, outside-the-box filmmaking, and this year’s event was no exception, with the Midnighters category once again playing host to several promising premieres. Among those selections was Tragedy Girls, a horror-comedy hybrid about a pair of teen girls whose obsession with social media celebrity culture [...]

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The SXSW Film Festival has always been a welcome place for offbeat, outside-the-box filmmaking, and this year’s event was no exception, with the Midnighters category once again playing host to several promising premieres. Among those selections was Tragedy Girls, a horror-comedy hybrid about a pair of teen girls whose obsession with social media celebrity culture manifests in some dangerous ways.

We sat down with writer/director Tyler MacIntyre and star Jack Quaid for a brief chat at SXSW, just a few hours before the world premiere screening of Tragedy Girls, to discuss the timeliness of the film’s themes and the exciting changes to the genre film landscape.


How are you feeling about the world premiere tonight?

Tyler MacIntyre: I’m just excited to see it in front of an audience, because I’ve been working in a vacuum. I mean, we tested it and whatnot, but the crowds here are always so energetic, and a movie always plays better with people who are excited to see it.

Jack Quaid: I saw the movie for the first time the other night, and the first thing I said to myself was “oh, this is perfect for a midnight screening in Austin, Texas.”

Tyler MacIntyre: Yeah, there’s such a culture built up here, with the Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest and SXSW, and that kind of it do-it-yourself genre filmmaking has a lot of pride here. There’s a lot of history here, and a lot of great titles have come out of here, so we were really excited that we were invited to premiere here.

Jack Quaid: He called me and told me over the phone, and I screamed. I was literally in the car on the freeway, screaming. And I was just over the moon, because this is the best possible place for this kind of movie to have its world premiere.

There’s a certain sort of buzz and energy here that some other festivals don’t seem to have. 

Jack Quaid: Yeah, there’s definitely a fun factor here that’s really contagious.

Tyler MacIntyre: I used to live in Toronto, and I love TIFF and I think they do a great job with their midnight program, but over here there’s just this kind of fun-loving vibe, and our movie fits that a little better. And the mood here is very flexible: some people are here for film, some are here for music and interactive, and you’ve got a lot of different artists coming together, and I really appreciate that it’s not a stuffy “film festival.”

Jack Quaid: I’m not wearing a tie right now, and I feel great.

The subject matter of this film, the obsession with social media and becoming an online celebrity – obviously, that’s something very relevant in our culture right now. What elements of that kind of obsession did you want to ensure you captured?

Tyler MacIntyre: Well, I wanted it to be an accurate portrayal of social media, but I also like the idea of equating this kind of narcissistic social media culture, with actual sociopathic narcissism, and playing with that in the conventions of a more traditional horror movie, using tropes and manipulating them to see if we can create a satire that has some resonance. Twitter itself is kind of like a crazy, violent place to interact with people…

Jack Quaid: It’s very volatile.

Tyler MacIntrye: Some of the nicest people I know are comedians who have Twitter accounts, and become vicious people at the drop of a hat. And it seems even much more topical now than it did when we were writing it, because the world has kind of shifted to rely on that even more. But I thought it would be interesting to tell a story that pointed very directly at how the way we interact with social media can disassociate us from actual, real-world violence.

As you said, this feels even more topical now, because we have a Commander in Chief who uses Twitter as his primary source of communication. And that’s really bizarre to think about.

Tyler MacIntyre: Totally! There’s actually a line in our movie where someone says “real journalism is based on facts, not hashtags.” And now I’m like, “well, that used to be true.”

Tyler McIntyre and Jack Quaid at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival (Photo be Alyssa Hankins)

Jack, what was it about this script that made you want to be a part of the project?

Jack Quaid: Actually, at first it was just Tyler. I’ve worked with Tyler for a long time – I have a sketch comedy group, and he’s directed several of our sketches. I’ve always loved working with the guy, so when he called me and said he was working on this thing called Tragedy Girls, that was the key. And then I read the script, and that was the other thing, because it was incredible.

It’s good to be part of a movie that’s very different from other horror movies or comedies that are out there, and I really wanted to be part of something that was different, that wasn’t the same thing we’ve seen again and again. I wanted to part of something that was enjoyable and fun to watch, and I could tell all of that was there from the script.

That’s something so great about what’s happening with horror films now, because you have things like The Final Girls that can take some of those tropes and really play with them.

Jack Quaid: That’s why I love Cabin in the Woods, or even Get Out – it really played with a lot of those tropes.

Tyler MacIntyre: Get Out is absolutely amazing.

Jack Quaid: It’s brilliant!

Tyler MacIntyre: Yeah, knowing all of those tropes is something this movie really relies on, because I like the idea of an intelligent audience. No one is picking up this movie and its the first movie they’re ever watching – everyone is coming in with a set of expectations.

Jack Quaid: Also, this should be no one’s first movie.

Tyler MacIntyre: Yeah, as a general rule, that’s true. But everyone grows up with movies and gets immersed in them, so then you’re set up with these very normal narratives, and that gives you a whole new frontier. Try to set people up with those expectations and make them comfortable, get them to commit to the story, and then take them somewhere they’ve never been before.

And I think genre film is a great place to do that, because as long as you check certain boxes, you always have a reliable audience, so you can experiment. There’s always been intelligent horror, but it’s been hard to find, and now you have places like Blumhouse that are proving those types of films can be commercial, too. So I think it’s a really exciting time for genre.


Tragedy Girls premiered in the Midnighters category at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. 

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SXSW 2017 Interview: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Talks ‘Small Crimes’ with Macon Blair and E.L. Katz http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-interview-nikolaj-costerwaldau-talks-small-crimes-macon-blair-el-katz/ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-interview-nikolaj-costerwaldau-talks-small-crimes-macon-blair-el-katz/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:14:23 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40128 Premiering at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival en route to a Netflix debut later this year, Small Crimes finds Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Joe Denton, a former police officer released from prison after serving a six-year sentence for attempted murder. Joe wants nothing more than to reconnect with his family, but a raging substance abuse problem [...]

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Premiering at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival en route to a Netflix debut later this year, Small Crimes finds Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Joe Denton, a former police officer released from prison after serving a six-year sentence for attempted murder. Joe wants nothing more than to reconnect with his family, but a raging substance abuse problem and the lingering presence of a corrupt colleague are just a few of the obstacles standing in his way.

Based on the David Zeltserman novel of the same name, Small Crimes was adapted for the screen by Macon Blair and E.L. Katz, the latter of whom also directed the film. During the opening weekend of SXSW, I caught up with the duo and their star for a brief chat about exploring the underlying comedy in Zeltersman’s work.


Nikolaj, most people know you best as Jamie Lannister, this very charming and dashing personality, but in this film you’re playing this character that’s at the opposite end of the spectrum. He certainly thinks of himself as very charming and dashing, but as the film plays out we see that he lacks those qualities. 

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Well you know, one of the first scenes I really like is where he goes to the bar, and suddenly this young, beautiful girl appears and seems to be hitting on him. And what I liked about it is he does not see that as surprising at all, he just accepts that of course, this 20-year-old girl is dying to have sex with him, even though he could be her father, more or less. It’s not weird at all, and that’s the kind of guy that he is, he doesn’t see anything wrong with himself.

Was that a key consideration in taking the role? The opportunity to play a character that’s so different than your most well-known role?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: No, not at all. I liked the script because he was just a human being, and I could actually relate to him. Of course, he’s very extreme in the gap between how he wants to be perceived, and how he actually is perceived, but I think a lot of us have those things in our lives. There’s a gap between how I would love to live my life, and how I actually do, like my relationship with my wife. I would love to always be responsible and nice and caring and loving and not selfish, but it doesn’t always pan out that way. So I thought it was very funny, and something I could relate to.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Macon Blair and E.L. Katz at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival (Photo by Alyssa Hankins)

Evan, this film is based on a very acclaimed crime novel. What was it about that particular story that you and Macon wanted to bring to the screen? What attracted you to that material?

E.L. Katz: Well first of all, it was very cynical. I like that it has that familiar setup of a man fresh out of prison and trying to do good, but then it goes in such a dark direction, and I had never seen something go wrong that quickly for one of these kinds of characters. There’s just something about it, where Joe is like a character that has watched all the redemption movies, but doesn’t have any concept of what redemption really is, beyond just the Hollywood version.

Even the tropes in this, too – like, you could watch some of these movies where the guy gets out of prison and he’s got this cool music playing for him already, he’s being greeted by like American roots rock, and he sleeps with the first girl he meets at the bar and he meets someone like Molly Parker’s character who’s like “I forgive you.” This just seemed like it subverted all of that stuff, and there was also room for us to make it a bit more satirical. The book had a bit more of a serious tone, and I think we saw room to inject some comedy.

I think Macon comes from a place where he’s always telling me “listen, I know this is funny, but let’s really aim for something that’s like serious or scary, and it will still be funny.” We talked a lot about tone, and it was such a tonal experiment getting it from book to page to screen. I think that’s something that’s always a fun challenge, and that’s the stuff I’m most attracted to.

Macon Blair: Evan came to me with the project already underway. It was exactly what he said, just seeing the latent dark comedy in that book. It’s so hilariously grim and ugly at times, and the guy that’s doing all these things is then having these arguments with his parents where he’s giving the whole “you never understand me” speech from a John Hughes movie.

I just loved that juxtaposition of the brutal tough guy genre film with this adolescent rebellion story, only with these horrible consequences attached to them. It’s not about getting to the prom, it’s about “how do I murder the D.A.?” It seemed like a fun project – honestly, if Evan had asked to work with him on anything I probably would have said yes. It just so happened that this particular one was right up my alley.

Was Netflix involved from the very beginning? Or did they acquire the film later?

E.L. Katz: They acquired it based on a sales trailer, when we were still editing the movie. I’m working on the film in the editing room, and the producers are like “Netflix wants to buy it.” So immediately I was like “well, do they need to watch like a rough assembly?” And the answer was “no, they’re good,” and I’m like “um… okay.”

Macon Blair: [laughs]

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: [laughs]

E.L. Katz: So we finished the movie, and then eventually screened them the film they had purchased. And they didn’t really give any notes, aside from “put Netflix at the beginning.” And that was really interesting, because I’ve worked on stuff where it feels like everyone wants to put in as much input as possible, at every stage of the process. This was pretty painless – especially with a dark movie like this. Luckily, our financiers had produced other really cynical dark stuff, like Nightcrawler, so nobody really wanted to fuck it up.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Macon Blair and E.L. Katz at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival (Photo by Alyssa Hankins)

When you’re dealing with a character like Joe, who doesn’t really have a concept of what redemption actually means, and who doesn’t necessarily deserve to be redeemed in light of all the bad choices he’s made – how do you make that character sympathetic, so audiences can still connect to that person?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: I just try to understand the guy. If there’s a concern that the audience may like the guy, or may not like the guy, that’s their job. [points to E.L. Katz and Macon Blair]

I think when you watch a movie, you don’t necessarily judge in the moment, like “oh, he’s a bad guy, I don’t like him so I shouldn’t be rooting for him.” You’re still rooting for him, even though you know that it’s so fucked up. But it’s also entertaining. And it starts out with this very, very sincere father who wants to reconnect with his children, and we can all sympathize with that. Of course, that’s important for everyone, the kids should know their father.

And we don’t know anything about what he was before, so we’ve kind of already been tricked into rooting for him. He needs to do this, and even though he’s going to do something horrible, it means he can get back to his kids, so it’s okay. So in that way, it’s been set up. And I think it’s just a very entertaining story, and you kind of want to find out how this is going to end. And I kind of like to watch him fall flat on his face and get beaten up, because he’s a dick, but he doesn’t even know that he’s such a dick. It’s unbelievable, he’s so full of himself, and it’s funny.

But it’s also that thing about “when is it funny”? If you try too hard, it just takes that away. All the scenes with the parents, I think there are a lot of very funny moments in there, but we didn’t seek them out. They’re funny because of the situation, because you have a grown man acting like a fucking teenager, and he’s being very serious about it. And his parents are also treating him like a child – they want to believe that he’s a grown man, but they’re still treating him like a kid because they know him, and they know he can’t be trusted.

E.L. Katz: There’s something about Joe, where he’s also the audience in some way, because how he reacts to the world is very human and very funny and expressive. And I think the audience can go along for the ride with him for a little bit. You don’t necessarily have to agree with anything that he’s doing. I think people always try to make characters sympathetic, but I think if we took this movie and tried to make him sympathetic with music and the way we were shooting, that audiences would get very mad at him. So I don’t know if it’s sympathetic, but he’s definitely very watchable.


Small Crimes will premiere April 28th, exclusively on Netflix.

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The 2017 SXSW Film Festival is currently in full swing, and among the features making their world premiere in Austin, Texas this year is action thriller The Archer. Directed by Valerie Weiss, the film follows champion archery competitor Lauren (Bailey Noble) who escapes from a juvenile detention center run by a bow-hunting warden (Bill Sage) and his sadistic son (Michael Grant Terry).

I had the chance to sit down with Weiss and her cast during the festival’s opening weekend, where we discussed the challenges of creating a female-centric action film without venturing into exploitative, B-movie territory, and the relevance of The Archer‘s political and social themes.


The Archer is a pretty big shift in tone and subject matter from your last film, The Light Beneath Their Feet. What was it about this story that made you want to try something so different?

Valerie Weiss: You know, I read the script and the action was just so exciting, and the fact that it was a female character, and the archery – it’s just such a sexy sport, because it’s so primal. It’s basically just like an extension of your body, it’s like your inside coming out. I thought that, visually, that was just a really interesting space to explore in an action film.

So I was really attracted to that, and then what I wanted to do with it was to be able to bring what I did with The Light Beneath Their Feet, which is to get these very real, raw performances. I wanted to make an action movie that women would be really excited to watch, because they could really empathize and get in the heads of these action heroes.

A lot of times when people hear “female-led action film,” they conjure images of girls in bikinis carrying shotguns, but that’s now what this movies does. Everything about this feels real, it feels authentic, it feels genuine. Was that something you were consciously trying to stay away from?

Valerie Weiss at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival (Photo by Alyssa Hankins)

Valerie Weiss: Absolutely. First of all, it doesn’t interest me to make that kind of movie, and that was sort of the fear and the danger of having a project like this turn out that way, which I didn’t want to do. So all of the choices, even what [Lauren] is wearing when they escape from the cabin – she looks really tough, she’s got that tank top on and it’s sexy, but it’s totally justified by the story. So every choice I made was always based on “what would this really look like” and “what would really happen in this situation?”

Bailey Noble: Yeah, absolutely. For me, the work that I put out there, I want it to be real and I want people to relate to it, I want it to mean something and I want it to have a bigger purpose. And I felt that immediately when I read the script.

Michael Grant Terry: Yeah, and also with Valerie, immediately it felt very real. I think my character and Bill’s character can just be plain old evil on the page, and I think being able to bring light to them as actual human beings and some of the struggles they have was really wonderful.

Bill Sage: Yeah, we were lucky to have Val. She was interested in the texture of why these men were like this.

Bailey Noble: And that’s what I love so much about your character, Michael. You do such horrible things, but I can’t help but feel sorry for you, in a way, because it’s the way you were raised. It’s just like you understand why he’s… off.

Without giving too much away, there’s a moment in the film where we get some insight into the relationship between Bob and his son, and why both of these attitudes toward women. Up until that point, these guys are like you said – they’re just evil – but when that scene occurs, it forces you to re-examine everything. What was it like for the two of you to get into that kind of headspace?

Michael Grant Terry: That was my first day on set, actually, which I think is great, because it throws you right into it immediately. But we had also been doing table work with Val beforehand, so I think that was valuable – otherwise, if you’re just walking on set after reading the script for two days, it wouldn’t have been possible.

Bill Sage: And [Michael and I] spoke on the phone. Before we had even met, we came up with our backstory and what we thought that was, and created that relationship.

Michael Grant Terry: Without giving stuff away, Bill came up with a fantastic idea during that scene that wasn’t actually in the script, that really changed the dynamic of it. It just takes it to another level, and you understand why these guys are like this.

Bill Sage: And that’s Val. She’s wanting us to bring stuff to the table, and you have to have a director that’s going to allow for moments like that to happen.

One thing that’s so interesting about Lauren is her transformation. When she gets backed into a corner, something overtakes her and she becomes this sort of heightened version of herself, and I think that’s a great message to put out for other young women to see. Was that something you were always conscious of, something you wanted to convey in your performance?

Bailey Noble: Absolutely. We talked about the different things that make her go crazy, and make her want to snap. Why does she suppress those things? At the beginning of the film, she’s a lesbian, but she’s not out, and that’s constantly eating her up on the inside. I think so many kids deal with that kind of thing all the time, and I think that’s something that was so cool about playing this character. She’s so strong and athletic and determined, and I would hope that any girl would watch this and say “I can be badass like that, I can take charge of my life and speak up for myself.”

The subject of violence against inmates is something that has been explored in numerous films and TV shows, but it’s rarely explored from the female perspective. And when it is, there’s a tendency for those types of things to feel a bit exploi-

Valerie Weiss: Exploitative. [laughs] That was kind of my mantra the whole time, because things could’ve gone that way in someone else’s hands, and I never wanted to make that movie. I don’t think it does a service to anyone, women or men, to keep perpetuating those kind of images. So things in the script that were there, I took out or changed and substituted something else.

Were there any concerns about the exploration of female sexuality affecting how audiences perceive the film itself?

Valerie Weiss: It was definitely a strong consideration, because on the page those scenes could be very different in the hands of another director. This is a little spoiler, but there’s a shower scene in the movie, and we had an amazing cinematographer named Adam Santelli, and he kept saying “does it have to be in the shower?” He was worried about it being exploitative, that he was trying to come up with different ideas to have it feel less sexy.

And it was good, actually, to have that challenge – having to discuss it and analyze it and figure it out, and ultimately come up with the way we shot it. Which I’m so proud of, because it’s so much about their faces and all about their feelings. I think it challenged us to be really creative and inventive, and explore that relationship in a way that we don’t see very often.

Bailey Noble: I love those moments where everything is sort of stripped away, because it’s real. For my character, she’s held everything inside for so long, and I think she finds power in speaking up and owning who she is, and I think it makes those moments more intimate, and less sexual.

Bill Sage, Bailey Noble and Michael Grant Terry at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival (Photo by Alyssa Hankins)

I don’t think it’s a big secret that our current sociopolitical climate is a rough place for themes of female sexuality and female empowerment. Do you think the way audiences respond to the film will be affected by some of those outside factors?

Bill Sage: There’s an age-old problem in this country, where you can convince another person that the reason they don’t have what they think they should have, in terms of the American dream, is because of this black person, or this brown person, or this woman. And we’re dealing with a situation now where that culture is now in charge, and it’s convinced a critical mass of the population that shows up to vote that the reason they don’t have those things is because of someone else. And this movie touches on some of those themes.

Valerie Weiss: I feel like, especially in a time where everyone is confused about what to believe from news sources, which is not something we’ve ever really had to worry about, I feel like storytelling is more important than ever. Good storytelling speaks to you on a visceral, emotional level, that somehow gets more to the truth of what our hearts need to be woken up about. So whether it rubs people the wrong way, or validates what they already believe, I think it’s a film that could be a really important wake-up call for a lot of people.

It’s interesting, because when we were making the film, the political overtones were definitely not lost on us, but we were also sure we were going to have a female president. And now that the political situation played out the way it did, this film no longer feels like a cautionary tale, it’s like a three-alarm fire. Let’s wake up, let’s understand how much oppression there is with the private prison system, and attitudes toward women that are incredibly destructive and dangerous. But I think it’s also an inspiring movie that shows the strength of characters like Lauren, and wakes up courage in people who see it.

Bill Sage: I think our film is more valuable now.

Bailey Noble: I absolutely agree. I think it’s important now, more than ever, to speak up and to fight for human rights. These are basic human rights.

Michael Grant Terry: And with the role that private prisons are playing with immigration, and the amount of money they’re making by exploiting human rights, this film is incredibly important. I’m actually glad that it’s coming out at this point, because it’s a subject that needs to be raised.


The Archer will screen Friday, March 16th at the SXSW Film Festival. 

 

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Five Things We Learned From the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Press Conference http://nerdrepository.com/beauty-beast-press-conference/ http://nerdrepository.com/beauty-beast-press-conference/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:37:19 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40099 Continuing their recent trend of adapting classic animated films into live-action films, Disney is set to release one of their most-anticipated films of 2017 this week when Beauty and the Beast dances its way into theaters. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, this new take on the tale as old as time includes some pitch-perfect [...]

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Continuing their recent trend of adapting classic animated films into live-action films, Disney is set to release one of their most-anticipated films of 2017 this week when Beauty and the Beast dances its way into theaters. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, this new take on the tale as old as time includes some pitch-perfect performances from Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, and more.

Earlier this month, Disney invited us to attend the official Beauty and the Beast press conference in Los Angeles, and here are some of the most exciting revelations to come from the star-studded event.


For Bill Condon and Alan Menken, one of their biggest goals with remaking Beauty and the Beast was to expand on the French setting and backstories of both Belle and The Beast this time around.

Bill Condon: Get over the terror first, you know, but then you just start with that basic idea. You’re going to take it into a new medium, which is live action. They’re going to be actors. Emma’s going to be playing a character on real locations who has to fall in love with The Beast. So all the behavior which is – let’s face it, an animated film is sort of a little more exaggerated, has to come into reality, and once you start to investigate that then you realize, wow, there are questions maybe you never asked before that you want to know about. How did Belle and Maurice wind up in this village where they’re outsiders, you know? And that leads to new songs and suddenly you’re creating something new.

Alan Menken: When Bill came aboard we had meetings about what would we add, and one of the things we talked about, the music box moment and Maurice and getting into the backstory of how Maurice and Belle came to the town and backstory for the Beast, how he became such a cold and callous young man, and also trying to root ourselves much more in the time and place, 18th Century France, and that really helped immensely.

Emma Watson was intensely aware of how beloved Belle is, and wanted to make sure she kept the character’s strength consistent in the new film.

Emma Watson: It’s really remarkable to play someone that I’m almost sure had an influence on the woman that I have become. I think the first time I saw Paige O’Hara sing “Belle,” you know, it’s kind of the “I want” song of all “I want” songs. And I just immediately resonated with her. I mean, I was so young I didn’t even know what I was tapping into but there was something about that spirit, there was something about that energy that I just knew she was my champion. And I think when I knew I was taking on this role, I wanted to make sure that I was championing that same spirit, those same values, that same young woman that made me a part of who I am today.

And so every time we would address a new scene that Bill or Steve or Evan had put together, I just always had the original DNA of that woman in mind, and I had my fists up, you know, I was ready to fight because she was so crucial for me. And you know, it was just taking what was already there and just expanding it, and I love that in our version, Belle is not only kind of odd and doesn’t fit in. In our film she’s actually an activist within her own community. She’s teaching other young girls who are part of the village to read, and moments like that where you could see her expanding beyond just her own little world and trying to kind of grow it, I loved that, and that was amazing to get to do.

As it turns out, playing The Beast wound up being a primarily physical task for Dan Stevens as well, who found his way into the character through his movements and voice.

Dan Stevens: Well, it was a very physical engagement, I think just to support that muscle suit on stilts was a challenge that I’d never really encountered before. I’ve definitely been taking a more physical approach to my roles in the last few years and just training myself in different ways. I think with the backstory we decided that the prince before he was the Beast was a dancer, that he loved to dance, and so I trained myself like a dancer and learned three quite different dances for this movie. And getting to know Emma, first and foremost on the dance floor, I think it’s a great way to get to know your costar, and I’m going to try and do with every movie I do now, whether there’s a waltz in the movie or not.

But no, I mean the trust that Emma had to place in me that I wouldn’t break her toes… that’s sort of the essence of a waltz being two people in this whirlwind, and learning about choreography really, the storytelling through dance. Not just getting up and dancing but actually, really telling a very crucial part of the story in that big turning point. So yes, lots of physicality.

Belle and The Beast aren’t the only iconic characters from the animated film either, and for Luke Evans, he wanted to make sure that Gaston had a real arc in the remake. He wanted to make sure that audiences actually found themselves liking the villain at the beginning of the film.

Luke Evans: Well, I just think a villain shouldn’t start out as the bad guy. A villain should end up being the bad guy, and I think with Gaston, outwardly, you know, to a lot of people in that village, he is the hero. He’s a bit of a stud. He’s got the hair, he’s got the looks, he’s always impeccably dressed, not a bad singing voice. He’s got a great pal who makes everybody, you know, support him and sing about him. And I wanted the audience to, in a way, I just thought, “let’s make them like him a little bit first,” so that when the cracks start to appear, which they do very subtly, even from the door slam, you know, there’s something inside of him that he’s like, “I’m not used to this, this isn’t how it goes, this is not what she’s supposed to be doing.”

And although he keeps believing that Belle will change her mind, that’s where the cracks appear in my thought process and then slowly, you know, the jealousy takes over, and who he becomes, especially Gaston as opposed to other Disney villains, he has no book of spells, he has no magic powers. He’s a human being, and he uses his status within that village to rouse a crowd and he does it all from just being himself, which is quite terrifying in a way. So I played on that, I played on the humanity of the character as much as he is larger than life. There was a lot to pull on, and obviously he was a war hero of sorts, we decided, didn’t we, Bill, from the past? That’s why his murals are all over the pub that he drinks in. And there is a slight soldier, this animalistic soldier, in him when he finally fights the Beast on the rooftops. You see this man out for blood, and it’s a scary moment to see the arc of somebody who was the loveable buffoon of the village to become the Beast almost, the monster.

Both Bill Condon and Alan Menken spent a lot of time talking about when and how they were going to add in new music to this version of the story, and it turned out the expanded backstories and the live-action format of the film were the biggest keys to unlocking the new songs.

Bill Condon: Let’s take one example, instead of talking about all of them. The song “Evermore,” the song for the Beast, you know? So they often say in musicals that people sing when it’s no longer enough to speak, you know, that their emotions are running so high. I think it’s one of the dramatic high points in all of literature, you know, the fact that the Beast at this moment, that he lets Belle go, becomes worthy of love, you know? And discovers what love is, but at the same time sacrifices his future, you know? And so we talked about the fact that we needed a song, and of course there had been a song in the stage adaptation.

Alan Menken: In the Broadway show there was a song called “If I Can’t Love Her.” But you know, each iteration of Beauty and the Beast is a different medium in a way. There’s an animated musical, there’s a stage musical, and there’s this – and they all have sort of different shapes. And the stage musical is definitely a two-act structure, so we wrote this song for the Beast, because at that act break is the moment where the Beast out of anger has driven Belle away and it was important – we needed at that moment for the Beast to sort of howl for redemption or just say I’ve given up.

But in the structure of a live-action film, which is more of a three act structure, Bill felt – and I agree with him – that the more satisfying moment is the moment when the Beast lets Belle go because she’s no longer his prisoner, and he loves her, and the spell will not be broken now, but at least he knows what love is. First of all, you have the initial tentpole moments from the animated movie and those are going to stay, and then what we do is, as you put them in place, you know, you look at it as like an architecture. Where do we need the emotional support?

Sometimes the songs will respond to a moment. Sometimes you’ll go, “I feel like we need a song in this spot,” and we will massage the story so a song could fit there. I mean, I could spend five hours talking about this right now, but essentially a lot of thought and a lot of collaboration goes into what song is going to come, where’s it going to go, what does it need to accomplish and how will it interact with the song that preceded it and the song that came after it? What will be the overall effect of it? What character is underrepresented in songs? You know, and there’s so many factors.

But for everyone involved, remaking Beauty and the Beast was always about finding a new way to honor the original film, and bringing the story to life for a whole new generation. That fact came to Josh Gad specifically, when he first sang “Gaston” with his kids.

Josh Gad: I remember first getting the call, and I immediately flashed back to being a kid. I was 10 years old, it was 1991, and I saw the movie in a small theater in south Florida, and I remember that the response was something I had never seen before, which was audiences applauding after these animated characters were singing these songs. It was very unusual. Prior to that, like The Great Mouse Detective didn’t have much applause when I saw it, and The Black Cauldron certainly did not. So what Ashman and Menken brought to the Disney library was hearkening back to a time of the Sherman Brothers, of you know, the early days of Disney, and that was for us, that was so a part of our childhood. Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid and Aladdin. I cannot tell you how important that was. So I got nauseous, I was like, ‘how am I going to bring a song like Gaston to life?”

And I went into my office and I started singing it, and I literally started choking up, because you cut to like yourself as a kid, you think back to yourself as a kid, you’re like, “oh my god, I’m doing this, like I’m doing this for real, and I’m going to be the version that a lot of kids are going to see.” And that was such a thrill. And my kids walked into the office and were so tickled that Daddy was singing this song that they know so well, and I thought to myself, “This is going to work, this is going to work, we’re going to work at it but we’re going to make it our own.” And it was that first day that we did the table read that I remember watching Luke perform the choreography for “Gaston” – took me a little longer to get it – and Emma Thompson performing “Beauty and the Beast,” and all of these pieces coming together before our eyes, and I don’t think there was a single one of us who didn’t have goosebumps, like that is like the stuff that dreams are made of.


Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 17th.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer: If No One Else Will Defend the World, Then She Must http://nerdrepository.com/wonder-woman-trailer-defend-world/ http://nerdrepository.com/wonder-woman-trailer-defend-world/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:25:58 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40095 Warner Bros. may continue to encounter challenges with its slate of upcoming DC Comics films, including hiring a new director for The Batman and starting over with a page-one rewrite of The Flash, but thankfully this summer’s Wonder Woman still looks solid, as evidence by the latest trailer, which premiere earlier this weekend during the [...]

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Warner Bros. may continue to encounter challenges with its slate of upcoming DC Comics films, including hiring a new director for The Batman and starting over with a page-one rewrite of The Flash, but thankfully this summer’s Wonder Woman still looks solid, as evidence by the latest trailer, which premiere earlier this weekend during the Kids Choice Awards.

Check out the latest Wonder Woman trailer below.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, and with a supporting cast that includes Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, and Danny Huston, Wonder Woman will hit theaters on June 2.

“Wonder Woman” hits movie theaters around the world this summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.”

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SXSW 2017 Movie Review: ‘Baby Driver’ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-baby-driver/ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-baby-driver/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:08:35 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40087 Premiering at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival ahead of its August release date, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver nearly blew the roof off the Paramount Theater last night as the rowdy Austin, Texas audience reveled in the prolific director’s latest masterpiece. Part intricate heist film and part star-crossed romance, it’s the action-movie version of La La [...]

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Premiering at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival ahead of its August release date, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver nearly blew the roof off the Paramount Theater last night as the rowdy Austin, Texas audience reveled in the prolific director’s latest masterpiece. Part intricate heist film and part star-crossed romance, it’s the action-movie version of La La Land, a feel-good musical where the singing and dancing has been swapped out for car chases and shootouts, all set to the pulsing beat of an eclectic soundtrack.

Our film opens with what could best be described as an extended music video for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s ‘Bellbottoms’ – this is the tune blasting through the earbuds that Baby (Ansel Elgort) is rarely seen without, as he waits outside a bank while his three cohorts (Jon Hamm, Eiza González and Jon Bernthal) relieve its coffers of their cash. When they come barreling out the door and into his shiny red Subaru, that’s Baby’s cue to crank up the volume, shifting both the car and the film into high gear with a dizzying array of jaw-dropping stunt driving.

As we eventually learn, a childhood accident left Baby with a nasty case of tinnitus, and his near-constant consumption of music is something of a coping mechanism, allowing the constant ringing to be drowned out by the likes of everything from The Damned to Queen to Lionel Ritcie. The music also helps him remain calm in tense situations, such as fleeing down the highway with an army of police cars in hot pursuit. For some drivers, music may serve as a distraction, but it has the opposite effect on Baby, whose reputation as the most capable getaway driver in the business is well-earned, and frequently showcased over the film’s 115-minute running time.

Despite his flirtations with the criminal underworld, Baby isn’t cut from the same cloth as his comrades. His duties as an expert wheelman are merely a means to an end as he works off off a debt to a cynical robbery mastermind Doc (Kevin Spacey), who thinks of the kid as his “good luck charm.” Doc never pulls a job with the same crew twice, but even more importantly, he never pulls a job without Baby behind the wheel – and even though Baby’s cut of the merchandise always winds up in Doc’s pocket, he still gets to keep a little bit of cash, which he socks away under the floorboards of the apartment he shares with his deaf foster dad (CJ Jones).

When Baby stops for a cup of coffee at a local diner and watches pretty young waitress Debora (Lily James) sashay past the counter singing Carla Thomas’ “B-A-B-Y,” it’s love at first sight, and soon the pair are plotting a cross-country escape, a plan to head west and never look in the rearview mirror. But before they can hit the road, Baby needs to complete one final job to square up his debt, which finds him paired up with Bats (Jamie Foxx), a violent loose cannon unimpressed with the kid’s flawless resume and unhindered by Doc’s strict code of ethics.

To say the two aspects of Baby’s world are on a collision course would be an understatement, but Wright continues to prove himself an expert at subverting audience expectations and nimbly side-stepping cliches and conventions. What could have been just another dose of “car porn” in the hands of a lesser director is elevated to something else entirely by Wright’s signature sense of style, and it’s hard to imagine a film quite like this existing with someone else behind the camera.

With gunshots and gearshifts perfectly synced to drumbeats and cymbal crashes, there’s never been a film – or a filmmaker – that uses needle drops more creatively and auspiciously than this. The music of Baby Driver is integral to the onscreen action, and one cannot exist without the other – it’s a symbiotic relationship that Wright explores to increasingly satisfying results. If not for the soothing sounds of Martha Reeves’ “Nowhere to Run,” Baby wouldn’t be able to so easily outwit and outmaneuver the various law enforcement officials on his trail.

Sleek, sexy and stylish, Baby Driver is Wright’s most accomplished work to date, featuring a toe-tapping soundtrack, a host of memorably colorful characters, and some of the best car chases this side of the Fast and Furious franchise. It’s also a breakout role for Elgort, so charming and so charismatic that we can easily see why Debora is so smitten with him, because the feeling is mutual – and that goes double for the film itself.

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SXSW 2017 Movie Review: ‘Small Crimes’ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-small-crimes/ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-small-crimes/#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 04:05:44 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40061 It’s been six years since former police detective Joe Denton (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was sent to prison for attempted murder, the culmination of a downward spiral brought on by alcoholism, drug addiction and ties to a local crime boss. It’s a conspicuously short sentence for such a grievous crime, and Joe is headed home, where he [...]

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It’s been six years since former police detective Joe Denton (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was sent to prison for attempted murder, the culmination of a downward spiral brought on by alcoholism, drug addiction and ties to a local crime boss. It’s a conspicuously short sentence for such a grievous crime, and Joe is headed home, where he discovers the locals aren’t shy about letting him know that he’s no longer welcome in their idyllic small town.

Joe’s number one priority is getting back on his feet and reconnecting with his two young daughters, but the universe has other plans: it seems his terminally ill former employer (Shawn Lawrence) wants to get right with the man upstairs, which could mean implicating Joe and his fellow corrupt cops in a series of illegal acts. Joe’s ex-partner (Gary Cole) gives him a choice: either get rid of the old man, or silence the district attorney (Michael Kinney) building the case – who happens to be the same person Joe was convicted of trying to kill, and who still harbors a nasty grudge over the disfigured face Joe left him with.

Based on the acclaimed 2008 novel by David Zeltserman, Small Crimes is a bleak tale of one man’s hopeless attempt to escape his criminal past and reinvent himself as a decent human being, a redemption story for a character that doesn’t really deserve to be redeemed. Nearly every decision Joe makes is borne out of a selfish desire to serve his own best interests – at one point, his father (Robert Forster in a brief but pivotal role) diagnoses him with narcissistic personality disorder – and he lacks anything that even remotely resembles humility, which presents the audience with the challenge of trying to invest in a wholly unlikable character with whom we feel no empathy.

Directed by E.L. Katz from a screenplay he co-wrote with Macon Blair (who shows up as a slightly unstable Army Reserve soldier), Small Crimes will likely be too nihilistic for most moviegoers, but the unique makeup of the SXSW audience could generate some positive buzz before the film makes its way to Netflix this summer. If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to see Coster-Waldau stripped of the swagger and charm that has defined his most famous role to date, and prove that his talents extend well beyond the confines of Westeros.

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SXSW 2017 Movie Review: ‘The Archer’ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-the-archer/ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-the-archer/#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:15:00 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40021 When champion archery competitor Lauren Pierce (Bailey Noble) leads her team to victory at the end of the season, she and best friend Emily (Victoria Grace Cox) retire to a hotel room to celebrate, but the festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Emily’s abusive boyfriend. Lauren heroically comes to her friend’s defense as the [...]

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When champion archery competitor Lauren Pierce (Bailey Noble) leads her team to victory at the end of the season, she and best friend Emily (Victoria Grace Cox) retire to a hotel room to celebrate, but the festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Emily’s abusive boyfriend. Lauren heroically comes to her friend’s defense as the altercation turns physical, but her claim of self-defense falls on deaf ears when she’s charged with aggravated assault and sentenced to a remote juvenile detention center nestled deep in the wilderness.

The facility may be called Paradise Trails, but under the control of former Olympic archer Bob Patrice (Bill Sage), it’s far removed from the idyllic setting conjured by its name. The young ladies under his care are frequently put through brutal physical punishments for their transgressions – including being forced to run laps while dragging a cinder block chained around their waists – and are subject to the leering gaze and perverse whims of the warden’s son (Michael Grant Terry). Contact with the outside world is forbidden, and when Lauren discovers her sentence has been extended thanks to a minor infraction, she resolves to take matters into her own hands.

Befriending a fellow inmate named Rebecca (Jeanine Mason) with a history of escape attempts, Lauren devises a plan to give them a shot at freedom, but her scheme takes an unexpected turn when she stumbles onto evidence of widespread corruption keeping Bob’s pockets lined with cash. As she and Rebecca traverse the forests that lie between Paradise Trails and civilization, Bob and his trusty hunting bow are hot on their trail, setting up an inevitable showdown between two expert marksmen.

Directed by Valerie Weiss, The Archer is an engaging exercise in suspense whose script sometimes seems at odds with the story it’s telling. For example, during her court hearing, we learn that Lauren is a straight-A student that’s never been in trouble – yet the short-tempered and defiant attitude on display whenever she encounters an authority figure doesn’t seem congruent with that backstory. There’s also no explanation given for her ability to consistently outwit and outmaneuver an accomplished hunter and survivalist while wandering through unfamiliar territory, and at times her resourcefulness strains the limits of credulity.

Those minor complaints aside, The Archer still remains a tightly wound pursuit-based thriller, thanks in no small part to Noble’s magnetic and charismatic performance. It’s a physically demanding role that will likely garner its share of comparisons to Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games series – a teenage female with uncanny archery skills wages war on government corruption – but this is a more intimate story, told on a much smaller scale, and Lauren is arguably a better heroine and role model than Katniss Everdeen.

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SXSW 2017 Movie Review: ‘The Transfiguration’ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-transfiguration/ http://nerdrepository.com/sxsw-2017-movie-review-transfiguration/#respond Sat, 11 Mar 2017 04:30:22 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40041 Set against the backdrop of a crime-ridden New York City neighborhood, Michael O’ Shea’s debut feature follows 14-year-old Milo (Eric Ruffin), an introverted teen with a vampire obsession. He reads nothing but vampire novels, his bookcase is lined with bootleg VHS tapes copies of everything from Blade to The Lost Boys, and he periodically murders people [...]

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Set against the backdrop of a crime-ridden New York City neighborhood, Michael O’ Shea’s debut feature follows 14-year-old Milo (Eric Ruffin), an introverted teen with a vampire obsession. He reads nothing but vampire novels, his bookcase is lined with bootleg VHS tapes copies of everything from Blade to The Lost Boys, and he periodically murders people in order to quench a growing thirst for blood – in fact, this is how we’re first introduced, as he drinks from the slashed throat of his latest victim.

Milo is frequently bullied by the gang members and drug dealers which hang around outside his building – they’re blissfully unaware of his nighttime activities – but despite being something of an outcast, an encounter with a pretty neighborhood newcomer named Sophie (Chloe Levine) blossoms into an unlikely friendship. She takes a liking to Milo and his peculiarities, allowing him to prattle on about the lack of “realism” in the Twilight series or his theory that a vampire couldn’t commit suicide, and their relationship gradually evolves into something of a more intimate nature. There’s a certain sweetness to their connection, even as we recognize a growing danger to Sophie’s well-being as more and more time passes since Milo’s last feeding.

Parallels can be drawn between O’Shea’s film and the 2008 Swedish masterpiece Let the Right One In, which also dealt with the complexities of burgeoning young romance where one participant happened to drink blood, but The Transfiguration is a different sort of vampire tale, a coming-of-age drama about loss and grief and accepting that which we cannot change, while also striving to change those things we must. It’s melancholy tone may not be for everyone, but genre fans hoping for an original approach to the subject will be pleased with O’Shea’s vision.

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Blu-ray Giveaway: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ with Exclusive Mondo Artwork http://nerdrepository.com/blu-ray-giveaway-ghost-shell-exclusive-mondo-artwork/ http://nerdrepository.com/blu-ray-giveaway-ghost-shell-exclusive-mondo-artwork/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:41:11 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40068 Ghost in the Shell is set to get its live-action debut starring Scarlett Johansson in just a few short weeks. But first, your friends at the Nerd Repository want to turn you on to the brilliant original anime by giving away three Blu-rays of the brand new Ghost in the Shell re-release featuring gorgeous limited [...]

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Ghost in the Shell is set to get its live-action debut starring Scarlett Johansson in just a few short weeks. But first, your friends at the Nerd Repository want to turn you on to the brilliant original anime by giving away three Blu-rays of the brand new Ghost in the Shell re-release featuring gorgeous limited steelbook packaging with exclusive Mondo artwork.

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Whether you are a long time fan of Ghost in the Shell or coming to it for the first time, this is a great chance to add an excellent version of the film to your Blu-ray collection. Here’s the official description of the anime classic:

A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.  Ghost in the Shell took the world by storm in the mid-90’s, exhibiting a new dimension of anime with unprecedented, mesmerizing cinematic expression. Seamlessly merging traditional animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, this stunning sci-fi spectacle challenged the boundaries of mainstream animation with detailed artistic expression and a uniquely intelligent story line. Veteran director Mamoru Oshii skillfully creates the ultimate anime experience in this futuristic masterpiece based on the groundbreaking comic book by Masamune Shirow.

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Movie Review: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-kong-skull-island/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-kong-skull-island/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:34:12 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40064 It’s been four years since Jordan Vogt-Roberts wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival with The Kings of Summer, and despite the critical acclaim showered upon his debut effort, you wouldn’t think the director of an intimate and poignant coming-of-age tale would be the most obvious choice to revive one of cinema’s most recognizable icons. [...]

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It’s been four years since Jordan Vogt-Roberts wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival with The Kings of Summer, and despite the critical acclaim showered upon his debut effort, you wouldn’t think the director of an intimate and poignant coming-of-age tale would be the most obvious choice to revive one of cinema’s most recognizable icons. But with a keen eye for arresting visuals and an uncanny penchant for pitch-perfect music selection, Vogt-Roberts turns out to be one of Kong: Skull Island‘s biggest assets.

Of course, the film’s biggest asset is the titular primate, reimagined as a towering creature that dwarfs any previous incarnation, able to crush a military helicopter in the palm of a single massive hand. Those helicopters belong to an elite team of pilots led by Colonel Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), a disillusioned Vietnam War veteran looking for another fight to pick – and when he and his men are knocked out of the sky by a beast of mythical proportions while transporting a team of scientists to an uncharted island in the South Pacific, Packard has a new enemy clearly in his sights.

Elsewhere, former British Special Forces agent James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and anti-war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) encounter the island’s indigenous people, all painted faces and stoic expressions, in an isolated village that also plays host to Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), a WWII fighter pilot who crash-landed on the island some thirty years prior, and whose mind isn’t quite what it used to be. Marlow has spent the past few years salvaging components from other wrecks and crafting a makeshift boat, which Conrad and his crew will need if they’re going to have any shot of reaching the rendezvous point before the extraction team arrives in three days.

While this trio is focused solely on staying alive long enough to get off the island, Packard has another plan – track down the monstrous ape that killed his men, and extract a measure of revenge. Much like Captain Ahab in his quest to conquer the white whale, Packard’s obsession is all-consuming, leaving him with no qualms about putting the lives of his men at risk for his personal vendetta. Jackson’s work here paints a compelling portrait of a man in the grip of madness, offering a surprising amount of depth for a film about that, at its core, is about the awe-inspiring presence of giant monsters.

Unlike the Godzilla reboot, which doled out the excitement in smaller doses and kept its subject hidden from view for a large segment of the running time, Kong: Skull Island takes the opposite approach. Audiences will catch their first glimpse of the big guy during the film’s opening scene, with his full might and majesty on display about 20 minutes later when Packard’s team arrives on the island. This full introduction, played out from multiple POVs as Kong decimates an entire squadron of attack choppers and asserts his position as king of the island, is merely the opening salvo: Vogt-Roberts has plenty more tricks up his sleeve, and each subsequent encounter with Kong (or another equally terrifying creature) is even more impressive than the last.

Audiences who didn’t care for the more reserved and meditative approach to 2014’s Godzilla will find plenty of things to love about the world that Vogt-Roberts has created here, a world that belongs not to men, but to beasts. As the next piece of an interconnected cinematic universe that will eventually finds its title character crossing paths with a certain gargantuan reptile, Kong: Skull Island is a tremendously entertaining foundation on which to build – and if the post-credits scene is any indication of things to come, we’ve only just scratched the surface, and the future smells even better than the napalm dropped from Packard’s helicopters.

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Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Screening Passes – Las Vegas http://nerdrepository.com/disneys-beauty-beast-screening-passes-las-vegas/ http://nerdrepository.com/disneys-beauty-beast-screening-passes-las-vegas/#respond Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:16:34 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40057 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, staring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad and Luke Evans. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, staring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad and Luke Evans. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

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Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – Free Advance Screening – Tempe, AZ http://nerdrepository.com/disneys-beauty-beast-free-advance-screening-tempe-az/ http://nerdrepository.com/disneys-beauty-beast-free-advance-screening-tempe-az/#respond Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:12:25 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40052 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, staring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad and Luke Evans. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening [...]

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The screening will take place on Tuesday, March 14th at the Harkins Arizona Mills. See below for your chance to win!

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

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2017 SXSW Film Festival Preview http://nerdrepository.com/2017-sxsw-film-festival-preview/ http://nerdrepository.com/2017-sxsw-film-festival-preview/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:47:34 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40032 In just a few days, we’ll be headed to Austin, Texas for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival to cover opening weekend (and to indulge in some breakfast tacos, of course). This year’s lineup boasts another strong collection of offerings, including the latest from Terrence Malick, an early look at Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, and the [...]

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In just a few days, we’ll be headed to Austin, Texas for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival to cover opening weekend (and to indulge in some breakfast tacos, of course). This year’s lineup boasts another strong collection of offerings, including the latest from Terrence Malick, an early look at Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, and the world premiere of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.

As previous trips to Austin have taught us, there’s no way to see everything we want to see – but that won’t stop us from trying. So with that in mind, here are the films we’re hoping to catch at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

Song to Song
Directed by Terrence Malick

In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

Brent: I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Malick’s work, but the subject matter and the stellar cast have me intrigued. Hopefully this is better than Knight of Cups.

Colossal
Directed by Nacho Vigolando

An unapologetic party girl dreams of a fresh start only to  discover a mysterious and fantastical connection between  herself and a city-wrecking monster on the other side of the globe. 

Kyle: Your typical indie-film about a girl finding herself after a relationship falls apart is given the insanely weird twist of instilling Anne Hathaway’s character with the apparent ability to control a giant Godzilla-sized monster in South Korea – such a bizarre plot with this solid of a cast is something I have to see for myself.

American Gods
Directed by David Slade

Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods follows Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday in a hidden world where a battle is brewing between Old Gods and New.

Kyle: Neil Gaiman. That name is reason enough for me to want to see this much-hyped adaptation of one of his best works. I’ll attend for the Gaiman, but stay for Ian McShane and David Slade’s (Hannibal) almost always brilliant direction.

The Hero
Directed by Brett Haley

The Hero tells the story of movie star Lee Hayden whose career high as a Western film icon is now several decades in the past.

Kyle: It’s hard not to like Sam Elliot and this film looks to make audiences laugh (and maybe cry) in a role that the old school actor was born to play – and Parks and Rec showed us that Sam Elliot and Nick Offerman are gold together.

Small Town Crime
Directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms

Ex-cop Mike Kendall  finds the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer. While his uncouth, quirky detective style helps break the case, his dogged determination puts his family in danger.

Brent: I’m a massive fan of John Hawkes, and I’ll pretty much see anything he’s in. Throw in a great supporting cast that includes Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, and Clifton Collins Jr., and I’m all in for this.

Kyle: Everybody loves a good revenge flick and this one has some truly talented actors and actresses headlining it. Did I mention the DC TV Universe’s Caity Lotz has a supporting role? Yeah, count me in.

Win it All
Directed by Joe Swanberg

Small time Chicago gambler, Eddie Garrett, agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When he discovers cash in the bag, he hatches a plan to win big, against the advice of his gambling sponsor and his brother.

Kyle: Director Joe Swanberg has the indie-flick charm thing down, and the promise of a gambling caper that sees the underrated Jake Johnson sharing screen time with Keegan-Michael Key has me intrigued.

Madre
Directed by Aaron Burns

Diana, a pregnant woman who is taking care of her son with development problems, is at her breaking point when a caregiver from the Philippines steps into her life. Diana suspects that she’s using voodoo against her after the quick improvements of her son. 

Baby Driver
Directed by Edgar Wright

A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom.

Brent: I’m a huge fan of Edgar Wright and I’m always excited to see anything he’s attached to, and I love the idea of a crime caper from his uniquely original point of view. I’m expecting a lot of great things from this film, and the SXSW audience should only help elevate the experience.

Kyle: Edgar Wright is one of the most consistently interesting creative minds working in Hollywood, so wanting to see his newest film immediately is a given for me. But with this tremendous cast and Wright’s always brilliant soundtracks, it’s no wonder this film is such an anticipated debut.

The Archer
Directed by Valerie Weiss

Archer champion Lauren Pierce escapes a corrupt juvenile correctional facility with Rebecca, a fierce but alluring inmate, and together they must survive a desperate warden who is bowhunting his prey to make sure his secret stays buried.

Brent: I caught the last feature from Weiss at the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival, and she’s been on my radar ever since. It’s definitely an intriguing setup, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this one plays out.

Easy Living
Directed by Adam Keleman

Sherry Graham, a self-destructive makeup saleswoman, hopes a new man and business venture will provide her a fresh start. After her plans are foiled, she takes control of her life in a dramatic turn of events.

Infinity Baby
Directed by Bob Byington

A comedy about babies that don’t age.

Kyle: “Baby” and “Crime” titled films are all the rage this SXSW. The film’s premise sounds absolutely bonkers and I’m completely obsessed with seeing what this one is all about. It can’t sound more blissfully insane.

Small Crimes
Directed by Evan Katz

A delightfully suspenseful, blackly comic tale that follows a disgraced former cop, fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder, who returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind.

Kyle: I love a good dark comedy, and Macon Blair’s pen on any script definitely catches my interest. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is one of those actors I just can’t wait to see fully breakout, and maybe this role will finally be the one that gets the job done.

Mommy Dead and Dearest
Directed by Erin Lee Carr

Child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare.

Brent: I’m a sucker for true crime docs to begin with, and I vividly remember watching this tale unfold in the headlines back in 2015. Munchausen by proxy syndrome is a fascinating and terrifying disorder, and Carr’s film looks to be pulling no punches on this story.

The Transfiguration
Directed by Michael O’Shea

Michael O’Shea’s debut feature follows troubled teen Milo, who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality.

Brent: On the surface, this sounds like it could be offering a slightly different riff on Let the Right One In. Well-received at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, this should be just the sort of horror flick worth keeping an eye on.

Muppet Guys Talking
Directed by Frank Oz

Five of the original Muppet performers come together for the first time ever to share behind-the-scenes secrets of the Muppets. Includes rare performance footage, surprising stories, and insights into how Jim led his team to produce legendary work. 

Kyle: Part of me doesn’t want to pull back the curtain on some of my favorite childhood characters, but a documentary directed by Yoda himself, Frank Oz, about the early days of building the Henson Muppet empire sounds too irresistible to pass up.

The Disaster Artist
Directed by James Franco

This is a true story about the making of The Room – the cult classic described as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.”

Brent: This film has been in the works for what feels like an eternity, and the fact that it’s premiering at SXSW is definitely on of the highlights of this year’s festival. James Franco and his crew seem like the perfect group of people to bring this bizarre story to life, and I’m hoping this lives up to my lofty expectations.


The SXSW Film Festival takes place from March 10-18 in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit sxsw.com

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‘Raw’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/raw-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/raw-free-advance-screening/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 23:50:02 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40026 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Raw, the shocking debut feature from director Julia Ducournau. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take place on Wednesday, March [...]

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Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she’s a brilliant student starting out at veterinary school where she experiences a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her family principles and eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge.

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Movie Review: ‘Burning Sands’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-burning-sands/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-burning-sands/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 23:38:07 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40008 “It’s all about the brotherhood.” These words from Zurich (Trevor Jackson), delivered in a solemn voiceover, mark the beginning of Hell Week for he and his fellow pledgemates at fictional Frederick Douglass University. We meet this group in the middle of the woods, clad in black hoodies and sweatpants, preparing to undergo the first of many hazing rituals [...]

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“It’s all about the brotherhood.”

These words from Zurich (Trevor Jackson), delivered in a solemn voiceover, mark the beginning of Hell Week for he and his fellow pledgemates at fictional Frederick Douglass University. We meet this group in the middle of the woods, clad in black hoodies and sweatpants, preparing to undergo the first of many hazing rituals at the hands of their would-be “brothers,” the leaders of the Lambda Phi fraternity. One pledge doesn’t even make it past the opening scene, dismissed after intervening when Zurich is violently assaulted and left with a nagging injury eventually revealed to be a fractured rib.

The fact that anyone would be willing to subject themselves to such mental and physical abuse in the name of acceptance is troubling, but Burning Sands lacks a satisfactory exploration of the motives driving each of the pledges. There’s a vague mention of Zurich trying to prove something to his father, who didn’t make the cut when he pledged Lambda Phi, but Zurich’s relationship with his old man is never really developed beyond a scene or two where Zurich dodges his pop’s phone calls. The only other pledge we learn anything about is Square (DeRon Horton), an intelligent and bespectacled young man from a wealthy family with hopes that brotherhood will elevate his status, especially where females are concerned.

Speaking of females, there are only a handful that serve as anything more than window dressing. Zurich has a steady thing going with Rochon (Imani Hakim), but despite sneaking into her room to leave a birthday present on her bedside table, he’s still wiling to let himself be distracted by Angel (Seraya), an attractive fellow student from his African American Studies class, where Alfre Woodard plays the professor in a role that barely registers as a cameo. There’s also Toya (Nafessa Williams), an employee at the local fast food joint whose open approach to her own sexuality presents a challenge for Zurich, and repercussions that will come back to haunt him in the future.

Making his feature-length debut, director Gerard McMurray captures the horrors of underground hazing through a different sort of lens than last year’s similarly themed Goat. But where that film’s characters boldly challenged the status quo when things got out of hand, the young men in Burning Sands simply continue to endure the wanton cruelty doled out by the Lambda Phi brothers, which include Moonlight‘s Trevante Rhodes as the dean of pledges.

In another voiceover, Trevor recites a quote from the university’s namesake: “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to, and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.” McMurray is keen to showcase the callousness and brutality that reveal the truth behind this statement, but his film falls short of helping us understand why these events continue to occur.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Teaser: Not On My Watch http://nerdrepository.com/deadpool-2-teaser-watch/ http://nerdrepository.com/deadpool-2-teaser-watch/#respond Sat, 04 Mar 2017 19:11:48 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=40014 Fans who flocked to the theater this weekend to catch Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine in the critically acclaimed Logan were treated to a surprise: a special teaser trailer for Deadpool 2. Production on the film hasn’t officially begun, but the footage was directed by David Leitch, who will find himself behind the camera [...]

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Fans who flocked to the theater this weekend to catch Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine in the critically acclaimed Logan were treated to a surprise: a special teaser trailer for Deadpool 2. Production on the film hasn’t officially begun, but the footage was directed by David Leitch, who will find himself behind the camera when Deadpool 2 begins shooting later this year.

If you haven’t checked out Logan yet, don’t worry – earlier this morning, 20th Century Fox released an official version of the Deadpool 2 teaser, which is actually a bit longer than the theatrical version, and features some different music. You can check it out right here.

Based on this clip, it’s safe to assume that the sequel will be every bit as violent and profane as the original film – and considering that Deadpool grossed more than $783 million worldwide, there’s no reason to change up the formula.

Deadpool 2 has no official release date, but is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2018. Ryan Reynolds is set to reprise his role as the Merc With the Mouth (obviously), while Stranger Things star David Harbour is reportedly being considered for the role of Cable.

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Movie Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-beauty-beast/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-beauty-beast/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:00:58 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39998 After 2015’s warmly received Cinderella and the technical marvel of last year’s The Jungle Book, Walt Disney Pictures continues its trend of issuing live-action updates of the studio’s animated catalog with its riskiest endeavor yet, a reimagining of the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast, which became the first animated film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best [...]

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After 2015’s warmly received Cinderella and the technical marvel of last year’s The Jungle Book, Walt Disney Pictures continues its trend of issuing live-action updates of the studio’s animated catalog with its riskiest endeavor yet, a reimagining of the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast, which became the first animated film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

More than 25 years after its release, the original film still holds up remarkably well, and when word first broke that a new version was imminent, I felt myself inclined to agree with the sentiment that a live-action remake wasn’t something I needed to experience. But as wholly unnecessary as the idea may have seemed at the time, the result is new, and a bit alarming – who’d have ever thought that this could be? There’s something here that I simply didn’t see, and it’s magnificent.

The new screenplay by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) follows the same basic structure as the 1991 version – even recycling and repurposing certain pieces of dialogue – while adding some additional context to the relationship between Belle (Emma Watson) and her father (Kevin Kline) and revealing why her mother is no longer in the picture. Chbosky also cleverly addresses one of the most glaring plot holes from the original film’s script: why don’t the villagers recall the fact that a prince once lived nearby? You know, in that enormous castle in the middle of the forest? Why hasn’t anyone opened an inquiry into his sudden disappearance?

That prince is now a grotesque and hulking Beast (Dan Stevens), sequestered in the ruins of his palace with an army of servants that have been transformed into various household items, including a debonair candelabra named Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) and his oldest friend, Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), a grouchy and irritable mantel clock. The events through which Belle encounters the castle’s inhabitants will be familiar, but director Bill Condon adds a marvelous level of detail that gives each of these objects incredibly lifelike qualities while still retaining their non-human shapes – an effect that would be terrifying if they each weren’t so charming.

Completely lacking in the charm department is village hunk Gaston (Luke Evans), a swaggering manifestation of machismo and douchebaggery who spends his days (and nights) pounding beers at the local hunter’s lodge while scheming to make Belle his wife. Despite her outward displays of disgust whenever they interact, Gaston remains oblivious to Belle’s disinterest – nor does he seem to notice the wistful gazes thrown in his direction by his stalwart companion LeFou (Josh Gad), whose feelings for Gaston are clearly more than platonic.

In the original film, LeFou wanted to be in Gaston’s shoes, while Gad’s version seems more interested in gaining access to his best pal’s pants – but not in an overtly sexual way, mind you. This is still a family film, and there’s nothing offensive about the portrayal of their relationship, but I shudder to think of the inevitable conservative backlash that will surely arise after the film’s theatrical opening, when closed-minded parents and their children are confronted with the reality that gay people exist everywhere – even in fairy tales.

The original songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman are all revisited here, from the opening introduction of our heroine to Gaston and LeFou’s hilarious tavern anthem and of course, the spectacular performance of Be Our Guest, which is one of the most visually arresting sequences in a film that is consistently dazzling from start to finish. Menken also returns to compose several new pieces alongside lyricist Tim Rice, including a solo for the Beast and an ensemble for the servants titled Days in the Sun. The latter takes the place of Human Again, conspicuously absent after being cut from the original film, added to the Broadway production and then re-inserted into home video releases beginning in the early 2000s. In fact, none of the Broadway songs are featured in this version, an odd choice considering the enduring popularity of the stage show.

Watson is tremendous as the plucky protagonist, and Belle is given a bit more fortitude than her animated counterpart, continuing the studio’s recent trend of creating strong-willed, independent female characters (see Moana and Zootopia for other examples). Evans is delightfully wicked, unquestionably reveling in the opportunity to play such a dastardly villain, while Stevens conveys an impressive range of emotion through his motion-captured performance as the Beast. And if you’re worried about any of the performers being able to carry a tune, you can set those fears aside – they’re all fantastic.

Realistically, there’s no way that a live-action Beauty and the Beast could ever measure up to the original 1991 classic. Released during the early years of the “Disney Renaissance” period that also birthed Aladdin and The Lion King, it’s not only one of the studio’s most iconic features, but arguably one of the most revered animated films of all time, a beloved piece of Disney history whose legacy will almost surely outlive us all.

But Condon’s film is a worthy successor, an astonishingly beautiful adaptation that’s every bit as romantic and enchanting as its predecessor, capturing the magic of the original version while utilizing the wonders of modern filmmaking technology to expand the scope of the fairy tale about a girl from a poor provincial town who dreams of adventure in the great wide somewhere. It’s a tale as old as time, but Condon knows just how to tell it.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Trailer: Kill the Pirates http://nerdrepository.com/pirates-caribbean-dead-men-tales-trailer-kill-pirates/ http://nerdrepository.com/pirates-caribbean-dead-men-tales-trailer-kill-pirates/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:59:59 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39994 Walt Disney Pictures has released two different trailers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with barely a fleeting glimpse at Captain Jack Sparrow, but a marketing campaign that doesn’t feature your film’s protagonist can only get you so far. With that in mind, this action-packed trailer for the fifth installment of [...]

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Walt Disney Pictures has released two different trailers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with barely a fleeting glimpse at Captain Jack Sparrow, but a marketing campaign that doesn’t feature your film’s protagonist can only get you so far. With that in mind, this action-packed trailer for the fifth installment of the blockbuster Pirates franchise features plenty of Johnny Depp – for better or worse.

Check out the latest trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales below.

The most interesting thing gleaned from this footage is the revelation that it’s a revenge tale: Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) has a personal vendetta against Jack Sparrow that he intends to settle, and he appears to be enlisting Jack’s former ally (and enemy) Captain Babossa (Geoffrey Rush) to achieve that goal. The origin of Salazar’s relationship to Jack also offers an intriguing glimpse of the legendary pirate’s early years, and I’m curious to see how much time we spend with Jack’s younger self.

Directed by Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will hit theaters on May 26.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Trailer: So, We’re Saving the Galaxy Again? http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-trailer-saving-galaxy/ http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-trailer-saving-galaxy/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:08:40 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39984 Unlike most blockbuster tentpole releases, the marketing campaign for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has kept the plot of the film tightly under wraps. Every trailer and TV spot we’ve seen has been a collection of character moments and action beats, which means we might actually be in for a few surprises when the [...]

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Unlike most blockbuster tentpole releases, the marketing campaign for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has kept the plot of the film tightly under wraps. Every trailer and TV spot we’ve seen has been a collection of character moments and action beats, which means we might actually be in for a few surprises when the film opens later this year.

The latest trailer is no different, showcasing plenty of crazy visuals and over-the-top action without any spoilers – except for the first look at Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet. Check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer below.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillen reprise their roles from the original film, and they’ll be joined by newcomers Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close and Elizabeth Debicki, along with the aforementioned Russell.

In addition to the trailer, Marvel also dropped a brand new poster for the film, which I’ll probably need to add to my collection immediately.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit theaters on May 5.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Trailer: The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell http://nerdrepository.com/alien-covenant-trailer-path-paradise-begins-hell/ http://nerdrepository.com/alien-covenant-trailer-path-paradise-begins-hell/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:19:50 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39981 Over the holidays, we got our first official look at Alien: Covenant, director Ridley Scott’s sequel to Prometheus that hopes to do a better job bridging the gap between this new series of films and Scott’s original sci-fi classic. The first footage was definitely promising, and now 20th Century Fox has released another trailer to [...]

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Over the holidays, we got our first official look at Alien: Covenant, director Ridley Scott’s sequel to Prometheus that hopes to do a better job bridging the gap between this new series of films and Scott’s original sci-fi classic. The first footage was definitely promising, and now 20th Century Fox has released another trailer to whet our appetites.

Check out the new Alien: Covenant trailer below.

There’s no denying that Prometheus was a gorgeous film, but it never quite lived up to the expectations of horror fans. Based on what we’ve seen from Alien: Covenant so far, audiences can look forward to a great-looking film that also scares the bejesus out of them.

With a stellar cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, and James Franco, Alien: Covenant will hit theaters on May 19.

The path to paradise begins in hell. Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

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Movie Review: ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-dont-feel-home-world-anymore/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-dont-feel-home-world-anymore/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:28:39 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39979 After starring in Jeremy Saulnier’s gripping indie drama Blue Ruin and playing a pivotal role in last year’s punk-infused thriller Green Room, Macon Blair moves behind the camera for his directorial debut, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The film, which Blair also wrote, was warmly received by critics and audiences alike [...]

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After starring in Jeremy Saulnier’s gripping indie drama Blue Ruin and playing a pivotal role in last year’s punk-infused thriller Green Room, Macon Blair moves behind the camera for his directorial debut, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The film, which Blair also wrote, was warmly received by critics and audiences alike at the Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Grand Jury Prize en route to its Netflix premiere.

Quiet and a bit on the nerdy side, Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) spends most of her time wondering why everyone is such an asshole – a sentiment that audiences will no doubt easily relate to. When she comes home after a long day to find her home ransacked by burglars, it’s little more than a confirmation of her existing worldview: everyone sucks. The police are less than helpful, with a detective placing blame for the crime squarely at Ruth’s feet, and refusing to investigate when she uses a tracking app to locate her stolen laptop at a nearby residence.

Frustrated well past the point of rational thought, Ruth enlists the help of her ponytail-sporting, martial arts enthusiast neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood) to confront the criminals. When he shows up at this house of ill repute sporting a leather jacket, aviator shades and an impressive set of ninja weaponry, we know we’re in for a treat, and Wood doesn’t disappoint, doling out stainless steel throwing stars and sagelike nuggets of wisdom in equal measure. It’s all completely bananas, and Wood is an absolute delight to watch here.

But this is still Lynskey’s show, and it’s fascinating to watch her fall down the rabbit hole of the criminal underworld in search of her stolen goods, getting progressively more pissed off with every moment. Her performance is reminiscent of Michael Douglas in Falling Down, with the shirt and tie replaced by a hoodie and a pair of jeans, and there’s a certain amount of joy in the borderline vigilantism in which she engages. We’ve all wanted to lash out at some rich douchebag by destroying a pretentious piece of lawn art, and it’s oddly fulfilling to see that scenario play out on the screen.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a solid debut from Blair, who is mostly successful in balancing the film’s tricky tone – at least until the inevitable confrontation between Ruth and the mastermind behind the break-in escalates into brutal violence that leaves behind all vestiges of humor. There are shades of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers here, but without the same panache.

Blair also does a great job handling the relationship between Ruth and Tony, never taking the easy route by allowing it to blossom into a full-blown romance. Instead, things are kept strictly platonic, which seems far more believable for these characters, and Blair’s true talents shine through in the authenticity of their connection. At its core, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is about these two outcasts who refuse to play by society’s rules, and the kinship they find in each other – and to that end, Blair’s first effort is a winner.

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2017 Oscar Winners http://nerdrepository.com/2017-oscar-winners/ http://nerdrepository.com/2017-oscar-winners/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:32:25 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39975 The 89th Annual Academy Awards were presented last night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show, which saw La La Land‘s record-tying 14 nominations result in 6 wins, including a Best Actress award for Emma Stone and Best Director for Damien Chazelle. The ceremony also played host to one of [...]

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The 89th Annual Academy Awards were presented last night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show, which saw La La Land‘s record-tying 14 nominations result in 6 wins, including a Best Actress award for Emma Stone and Best Director for Damien Chazelle.

The ceremony also played host to one of the most bizarre and surreal Best Picture announcements of all time, as Moonlight took home the statue after La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner, thanks to presenter Warren Beatty receiving the incorrect envelope. Here’s the wild sequence of events, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Twitter feed.

See below for the full list of winners.

Best Picture

Moonlight
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Best Actress

Emma Stone – La La Land
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best Original Screenplay

Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
20th Century Women – Mike Mills

Best Adapted Screenplay

Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Arrival
– Eric Heisserer
Fences – August Wilson
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Lion – Luke Davies

Best Animated Feature Film

Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Best Foreign Language Film

The Salesman – Iran
Land of Mine
– Denmark
A Man Called Ove – Sweden
Tanna – Australia
Toni Erdmann – Germany

Best Documentary Feature

O.J. Made in America
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
13th

Best Cinematography

La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Arrival – Bradford Young
Lion – Greig Fraser
Moonlight – James Laxton
Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Best Original Score

La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Jackie – Mica Levi
Lion – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Passengers – Thomas Newman

Best Original Song

“City of Stars” – La La Land
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Trolls
“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Production Design

La La Land
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
Passengers

Best Costume Design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Allied
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Suicide Squad
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond

Best Film Editing

Hacksaw Ridge
Arrival
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Visual Effects

The Jungle Book
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Sound Editing

Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing

Hacksaw Ridge
Arrival
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Live-Action Short Film

Sing
Ennemis intérieurs
(Enemies Within)
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Timecode

Best Animated Short Film

Piper
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl

Best Documentary – Short Subject

The White Helmets
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland

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Movie Review: ‘Get Out’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-get-out/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-get-out/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:40:43 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39967 After a five-month romance, Rose (Allison Williams) invites Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) for a weekend getaway to meet her parents, an already nerve-wracking proposition for most boyfriends made even more precarious by the fact that Rose hasn’t bothered to tell her parents that she’s dating a black man. Chris obviously has some experience in this department, [...]

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After a five-month romance, Rose (Allison Williams) invites Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) for a weekend getaway to meet her parents, an already nerve-wracking proposition for most boyfriends made even more precarious by the fact that Rose hasn’t bothered to tell her parents that she’s dating a black man. Chris obviously has some experience in this department, but Rose downplays his concern by pointing out that her father “would have voted for Obama a third time, if he could have.”

That statement, repeated almost verbatim by neurosurgeon pop Dean (Bradley Whitford) in a later scene, is no doubt meant to be reassuring, but it’s just one of the many utterances by oblivious, affluent white people trying to showcase how racist they aren’t. In another cringe-worthy moment, a former golf pro points out that he knew Tiger Woods personally, while Dean boasts about his own father, who lost a race to Jesse Owens before the 1936 Olympics, where his victory was seen as a repudiation of Adolf Hitler’s politics. It’s like a neverending game of hyper-liberal one-upmanship, where everyone is trying to impress Chris with their open-mindedness.

Through all these casual indignities, Chris maintains a “grin and bear it” attitude – it’s just for a weekend, and it’s certainly not his first encounter with white ignorance. But he’s less prepared for the family’s hired help, groundskeeper Walter (Marcus Henderson) and housekeeper Georgina (Betty Gabriel), seemingly the only black faces in the community, both of whom are overly cordial in a Stepford Wives kind of way. The unease Chris feels about being an outsider eventually gives way to a feeling more akin to paranoia, and he’s convinced something sinister is afoot, especially when Rose’s mother (Catherine Keener) insists on trying to hypnotize him.

When the threat lurking in the shadows is finally revealed, it’s admittedly horrifying, but not in the way audiences might expect from a Blumhouse production. That’s not to say that Get Out isn’t a horror film, because it certainly is, but in his feature-length debut, director Jordan Peele (who also wrote the screenplay) is more interested in exposing the superficial, rather than the supernatural. An undertone of racial tension permeates the entire film, and Peele revels in the opportunity to lay bare the foolishness and hypocrisy of rich white liberals, offering some timely political and social commentary amid the gore and jump-scares.

Get Out isn’t devoid of faults – the climax is a bit lackluster, and there’s a conspiracy-obsessed TSA agent who feels like a cartoon character – but for the most part, Peele’s foray into the genre is a knockout. The laughs may come more frequently than the scares, but the latter are no less impactful, and Peele’s film emerges as a bold and original reshaping of age-old tropes and clichés that feels incredibly fresh and original.

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Han Solo Spinoff Film Begins Production http://nerdrepository.com/han-solo-spinoff-film-begins-production/ http://nerdrepository.com/han-solo-spinoff-film-begins-production/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:51:01 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39964 Fans are still eagerly awaiting the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but another tale from a galaxy far, far away is just beginning, with Disney announcing the start of production on the untitled spinoff film featuring Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich will portray the intergalactic smuggler during his formative years, as he crosses [...]

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Fans are still eagerly awaiting the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but another tale from a galaxy far, far away is just beginning, with Disney announcing the start of production on the untitled spinoff film featuring Han Solo.

Alden Ehrenreich will portray the intergalactic smuggler during his formative years, as he crosses paths with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and Chewbacca. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) are behind the camera.

See below for the full press release.

HAN SOLO – SMUGGLER. SCOUNDREL. HERO.
A NEW STAR WARS STORY BEGINS

The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London.

The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.”

Written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, it will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.

Crewing the ship will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Academy Award nominee for his work on “Arrival,” Bradford Young (Director of Photography), Chris Dickens (Editor), Dominic Tuohy (SFX Supervisor), Rob Bredow (VFX Supervisor) and Brad Allan (Action Designer).

They will be joining returning Star Wars veteran crew members Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Neil Lamont (Production Designer), Dave Crossman and Glyn Dillon (Co-Costume Designers), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Lisa Tomblin (Hair), Amanda Knight (Make-Up) and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is slated for release on May 25, 2018.

Punch it.

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Movie Review: ‘Logan’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-logan/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-logan/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:10:04 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39954 He’s the best at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice. This paraphrase of the iconic Wolverine slogan applies not only to the character himself, but much of the critical reception levied against many of Hugh Jackman’s appearance in nearly twenty years of playing the role. A ride filled with many highs (X-Men and X2: [...]

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He’s the best at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice. This paraphrase of the iconic Wolverine slogan applies not only to the character himself, but much of the critical reception levied against many of Hugh Jackman’s appearance in nearly twenty years of playing the role. A ride filled with many highs (X-Men and X2: X-Men United) and many lows (the messy X-Men Origins Wolverine), but one thing has remained constant throughout the X-franchises of the years: Hugh Jackman was always great as Wolverine. Now with the multi-talented Aussie actor ready to hang up the claws (reportedly), Jackman gets to go out on his own terms with Loganand those terms are emotional, brutal, and nearly perfection.

Major plot revelations are omitted, but beware mild spoilers below

For those not inside comic book circles, Logan is loosely based on the Old Man Logan stories from the Marvel comics about an older, aging Wolverine whose regeneration powers are waning, resulting in most likely only a few good years for him left. This film adaptation sees Logan in a nearly mutant-less future, living under the radar as a limo driver in El Paso while commuting across the border to Mexico to secretly care for a mentally ill, elderly Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) with the help of the frustrated albino mutant Caliban (in an excellent dramatic turn for Stephen Merchant). But as fate would have it, a little girl comes into their protection and Wolverine and Professor X venture out on the road for one last quest.

Dafne Keen co-stars as that little girl, Laura (better known to comic book fans as X-23), a very special mutant with personal ties to our heroes. If you aren’t familiar with X-23’s comic background, I suggest you just let the story in Logan play out first, but if you must know, a quick Google search will fill you in on how nicely she fits into this particularly story. Keen is a wonderful young actress and she kicks so much ass in the role it made my nerd self giddy. Seeing her in action alongside Wolverine is an absolute joy, and their chemistry is off the charts. Logan wouldn’t have near the emotional weight and gut wrenching punches (both psychological and physical) without her character or her individual performance.

The entire cast is unbelievably good from top to bottom, but Jackman and Stewart are bringing their best work to their respective roles. The material they’re given is layered and complex and both actors rise to the challenge in tremendous fashion, truly showing their passion for this somewhat unusual installment of the franchise that they helped launch. Nearly every facet of Logan feels like an indie film, and has more in common tonally with Hell or High Water than any of the last decade of X-Men films.

As much heart as this film has (and it has tons), it also has some unflinching brutality the likes of which you haven’t seen yet from this character on film. Logan showcases Wolverine in his purest comic book form during a number of stellar action sequences that will have longtime fans cheering at the creative and incredibly bloody (and very R-rated) ways he dispatches his enemies. You haven’t seen a live-action Wolverine “Berserker Rage” until you see Logan. Period.

if there’s any area of the movie to gather any nitpicks from me, it’s the somewhat stock X-Men villains Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and Dr. Rice (Richard E. Grant), but even both those actors turn in fairly charismatic performance with little screen time. There’s even a few elements on the villain’s side of things that are quite surprising and cool, but I’ll avoid here for the sake of preserving the experience for the audience.

Hollywood is now at a very interesting juncture for major superhero property franchise films. Many of the big stories and characters have successfully had their due on the big screen, but the interest for this genre hasn’t deteriorated, much to the surprise (and chagrin) of many critics. If Logan is both the critical and financial success I expect it to be, this could open the door for studios to finally dig deeper into the vault of fantastic source material and make smaller character-driven films with their properties – the kind that have been told in comics and graphic novels for decades. Logan proves you don’t need an alien invasion, a giant monster, or a big light pillar in the sky to provide a superhero film that entertains and endears its characters to the audiences. Personal stakes always connect better than CGI.

Logan isn’t your typical comic book movie and that’s a great thing, and huge kudos go to Fox for letting director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman make the film they wanted. While it’s too emotionally heavy to be a personal comfort movie for me, it is no doubt a great film that transcends its genre. Grown men will shed tears during this film – maybe more than once – and Hugh Jackman can end his inexplicably impressive run as Wolverine on the highest of notes.

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Interview: ‘Fist Fight’ Star Charlie Day and Director Richie Keen http://nerdrepository.com/interview-fist-fight-star-charlie-day-director-richie-keen/ http://nerdrepository.com/interview-fist-fight-star-charlie-day-director-richie-keen/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:48:41 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39930 Charlie Day is going to have a Fist Fight this weekend with Ice Cube, thanks to director Richie Keen. The It’s Always Sunny star and his director recently made their way to Arizona in promotion of the upcoming schoolyard brawl comedy, and the Nerd Repository joined a select group of journalists to get the low [...]

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Charlie Day is going to have a Fist Fight this weekend with Ice Cube, thanks to director Richie Keen. The It’s Always Sunny star and his director recently made their way to Arizona in promotion of the upcoming schoolyard brawl comedy, and the Nerd Repository joined a select group of journalists to get the low down on how they brought their fists of fury to the screen.

You can check out the highlights below:


On being in Arizona:

Richie Keen: I love Arizona. I’ve been to Arizona, many times and Phoenix many times. I have friends who live here, and there is something very, very peaceful to the desert life. I grew up in Chicago, it’s much different. I always love coming here, I just find it really peaceful.

Charlie Day: Yes, same here. I grew up in Rhode Island and there is something about when I come to these desert places. Well, now I’m stuck in Los Angles. There’s something about the desert that I like so much and it’s like a well-kept secret too. Right? You think, well what’s out there in Phoenix? And when you get here… of course no one ever leaves. You’re living in paradise.

Richie Keen: It’s like a much nicer LA.

Charlie Day: That’s right! It’s LA without the cars!

Richie Keen: And not everyone looking over their shoulders.

On if any the cast made them break character or threw them off while filming:

Charlie Day: Well, the kids threw me off. And I think you mean threw me off my game as an actor? After getting thrown into a school bus 15 times by Ice Cube, I started to get a little off. I was wondering if anyone knew if we were still filming or if he was trying to smash me to pieces.

Richie Keen: I was impressed, because I was thrown by Tracey Morgan and Charlie wasn’t. To me, he’s so bizarre and interesting and nothing is done the same way again, that I couldn’t believe that Charlie would just roll with him and stay in character and stay in the story. I was just cracking up, thinking thank god I had a camera on him for half the time.

Charlie Day: Yeah, for some reason I speak Tracey Morgan. I like the absurd non sequitur.

On filming a scene in a tight school hallway with a live horse:

Charlie Day: I was just happy we weren’t trampled to death, because I was worried that would happen.

Richie Keen: I had never worked in a confined space with an animal that size, aside from Charlie being the star and my friend: A) How he would be safe in that scene? and B) How he would be safe in the other scene when the horse is going down the hall? I can’t give you all the movie secrets, but I can tell you that if you have the right animal people around you that know the animal and know what they need, and I am always asking what I can give them, what do they need? Do you need time? I never want to rush them.

Charlie Day: I made sure never to have an apple in my pocket. That’s how they find you.

On what lessons Ice Cube’s character learns in the movie since Charlie Day’s character learns a lot:

Charlie Day: That’s a great question. I think [his character]learns that possibly his methods are a little too extreme. That this man who is known for being so soft and kind and easy with the students wasn’t just a fool for having that point of view, but he has a point of view and is was willing to go down swinging for that point of view, and both he and [Ice Cube’s character] have to find middle ground. It’s a good metaphor for everyone in life. No matter what your point of view is, you can’t be so bullish not to listen to them. So they are forced to understand one another.

Richie Keen: Yeah, piggybacking off that I think it was so important to us that both teachers cared and they just happened to have their philosophies. And Ice Cube loves the Civil War. He cares. He’s old school. He says “I don’t need to be liked, I’m here to educate,” where [Charlie’s character] wants to be your buddy, and there’s different philosophies in teaching now. I don’t know what the right answer is. I think it’s probably specific to each school, each class and even each student. I think that [Ice Cube’s character] probably learned that he could ease up a little bit, that without ruining the ending, he does actually tell Charlie’s character to calm down at one point.

Charlie Day: Maybe that is where he learns his lesson?

Richie Keen: And he sees someone else doing it and realizes that’s a little out of control.

Charlie Day: That there is such a thing as too far.

Richie Keen: If you scrub away all the laughs, and all the F-bombs and all that, there is some good social commentary here.

On bringing social commentary to the film:

Charlie Day: I’m sure there was something in the original draft, but it was something really important to both Richie and myself that the movie was anchored, which is essential to any comedy, especially if you wanna be edgy or occasionally outrageous. If it’s not anchored on some positive message then it really just feels like shock value for the sake of shock value. And we’ve been doing that for 12 and a half years on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I think we would have been a one season show if each episode or the majority of our episodes weren’t rooted in some message, and I hesitate to say what they are, but to make people watch them and make them think just a little bit. It was important to us.

Richie Keen: We think that first of all, we don’t have the answers. We all can agree no matter what you think about politics or anything, that we need to look at the education system. It’s not working the way it once did and I wanted the film to feel like a prison riot movie. I felt like it was the prison guards versus the inmates and you’ll never see two students go at each other. That was deliberate.

The way I shot it, I wanted it to open in a prison yard, a court-yard. I didn’t open with the school, or the flag, or the football field. Even in the way I tried to light it. The cinematography, I hired the guy that did Cop Land and To Die For, My Own Private Idaho. He’s done commercial movies, but I wanted it to have that feel. The school I picked was rusty, crumbling. It was important to all of us. We’re not a hard message film. We wanted to be the most outrageous comedy of the year.

Charlie Day: It’s very pro-teacher too and really shines a good light on the difficult situation teachers are in these days. Both in their lack of ability to discipline kids, and their lack of resources sometimes. I think Cube’s character really would have been one-dimensional if we didn’t give him this great philosophy of why he wanted to have this fight, beyond the original identifier.

On whether there was any rituals to get the energy up in right before filming:

Charlie Day: It depends what scene I’m in. Certainly in the beginning of the movie when it’s just me talking to my students, I don’t wanna do too much before. I do a little jumping around sometimes, and pumping my fist. It’s something an actor friend told me he saw Tom Cruise do, and as a joke we started doing it on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and now I just love to do it. It gets the blood flowing. Sometimes, I learned this from Danny [Devito], I’ll just say a few lines in character either to someone else in the scene or just no one, and then roll the camera. There’s little tricks you can try.

Richie Keen: I will tell you, I don’t think you mind me saying this [Charlie], in the scene where Charlie finally tells off the administration, he did it one time perfect. I shot it a second time just in case the camera messed up. I was sure I was going to be there for hours in this passionate scene, this monologue. By the time we got to that point in the shoot he was so ready for it.

On giving the fight justification:

Richie Keen: Just in terms of the tension, that is something that we added. It was important for the fight to have meaning, it had to be a cathartic experience for everyone so we added these crazy senior pranks that the principal was going through because I just kept thinking when I cast Dean Norris – seeing Charlie between an angry Dean Norris, Hank from Breaking Bad on one side and Ice Cube on the other I really felt like that is a no-win situation. What do you do? And to watch him try to finesse that and just, “Yes, he did it but he had a reason!” I’m glad you picked up on that because we wanted all the teachers, Tracy Morgan get pranked, everyone by the time we got to the fight…

Charlie Day: Yeah and there were great pranks in the script, the original draft, but we definitely wanted to make this such a terrible day for Andy Campbell that by the time he finally says, “I’m going to go down swinging no matter how hard you hit me,” that you can kind of justify that he gets to that place.

On whether current political events should be addressed in their comedy:

Charlie Day: It’s really interesting. I think certainly Sunny has thrived in that era and we’ve been around a long time, so when we first started the show Bush was in his first term, maybe second. But that was an interesting time. The reasons we were in Iraq and then of course, it’s not to say the Obama years weren’t interesting times.

And now of course it’s very volatile, and of course out of volatility comes hostility and then great comedy. I think it’s our job to just point out our flaws no matter what side of the political line you’re on. Both sides deserve a good comedic lashing and I don’t think anything is going to change in the place of comedy, and if the world gets to such a tame place that it doesn’t allow satire anymore, I don’t know, maybe it won’t be a good thing?

It is definitely getting harder for people to take a joke.

Richie Keen: As we’ve talked about, and I’m watching [It’s Always Sunny] as a fan again now because I was working on the movie. I was their first fan to become a director. Their show inspired me to try directing. They made their own pilot, I was an acting teacher and a stand-up comedian and an actor. I saw It’s Always Sunny, these guys were my age, they made their own thing, so I went out and made my own thing which wasn’t as good, but full circle they end up hiring me.

The thing about what you just said, not to worry, is they don’t shy away from anything. 90 percent of the people who see the show completely get it and love that they are taking it on. I mean this season premiere the cast turns black and they examine that whole issue in a way only these guys could. They didn’t shy away from it and it’s probably one of your most well received seasons. Right?

Charlie Day: Right. And I think that if 90% of people are getting that episode, they realize that if it’s making fun of anyone, it’s making fun of racists, but 10% of the people may not pick up on that. And that is always a risk you run with anything that is politically touchy. I think humor is necessary at times like this. I think the best thing to happen is for Fist Fight to come out and people can just go laugh and relax a little bit. And they can watch somebody punch someone if they’re feeling enraged at somebody.

I think shows like our show, I’m biased, and Fist Fight – movies that have something behind the humor are the movies that will survive. You’re right, it’s tougher to make senseless jokes, and it should be tougher to make senseless jokes. But if there is a good intelligent reason behind the joke telling, it should hang in there.

On the concept trailer Richie cut to pitch the film:

Charlie Day: You do want to see it, he did such a good job with it!

Richie Keen: So I have a friend who is a trailer editor, that’s what he does. I had no chance at this movie, no matter how much Charlie may love me. So first I had to convince him, since he had a real movie career to attend to, and he doesn’t need to do me any favors. And then I had to convince the studio. So I had made that sequence [in Fist Fight]where we do the mythology of Ice Cube. I had made Photoshop images of Ice Cube’s face from different eras, I had done storyboard sequences of a fight. I just kept thinking, “You’re not going to convince them of this movie.”

So I called my friend and asked what he gets paid a week. Told him I would give him a thousand over that if he did not work this next week. And we sat there. I’m a “from the John Hughes era” kid. I grew up watching Ferris Bueller and I grew up on his movies. So I took some of that old look the high schools had. There is nothing shiny or smooth, they look real. Like Fast Times, it’s like a real high school. I took movies like that and shots of Charlie and Ice Cube. I did shots over Charlie’s shoulder to Ice Cube to make it look like they were together.

It’s one of the things I worked on that I’m proudest because I think it actually convinced the studio to make the movie. The one thing they kept saying to me as I met higher and higher up the chain was: “You know what?These two guys together are pretty funny.” Like I proved it to them. Like they thought so or they wouldn’t have wanted to put them in the movie together. But when they could see it, forget me! They got really excited. They made that movie really quickly. It was a very fast process from when Charlie signed on, to me, to Ice Cube, to rewriting, and making the movie, which was a very abbreviated process.

Charlie Day: The trailer proved two things to me: One, it proves that aesthetically that you got this movie and you were going to make it an even better movie. But two, it proved to me that you were going to outwork everyone. And in terms of making a movie about a fist fight, if it were a boxing match you were the fighter that’s been in minor league fights who’s ready for a chance to take on the champ, who’s a lazy guy that’s gotten like 10 big hits, but now is just getting fat not going to the gym, and now you’re ready to get in the ring. So for me, I’d rather have the hungriest most passionate person when it comes to making anything artistic over someone just looking for a paycheck.

Richie Keen: And I appreciate that. I will never release the trailer. [groans from journalists]

Charlie Day: Ah, you should, you should. I might do it.

Richie Keen: The [real]movie trailer was way better.

On how the trailer inspired the flashback involving Ice Cube in the film:

Richie Keen: The reason the flashback happened was, without getting into the nitty-gritty, when I got the movie they did a budget on the movie and it was significantly higher than they wanted to spend. There was a big sequence in the movie that had to be cut. A big, historical sweeping thing. Strickland [Ice Cube] was a passionate Civil War guy. It broke my heart to have to cut it. But this was an interesting lesson to me that came up a couple of times while filming the movie when I couldn’t afford something.

What’s kind of great about this character is he’s kind of nuts and you don’t know why and I wanted there to be a mythology about him. When I sat down to write the sequence, I was still writing with the original writers, they wrote more sweeping sequences. The Iraq War, there was a helicopter coming in, and I said, “No, but we could do a bunker.” So I made each thing small. The sequence was really a fast cheap way to get out of the world of the high school.

I’ll just tell you really quickly another thing that came up that was great, the lesson again about money, the script in the big talent show sequence was written to have a Kanye West song, “Power.” Which I think is the coolest song, I was so excited about it and then we found out shortly before filming we couldn’t afford it. I thought, “Oh my god! How do you replace this Kanye song?” and my music supervisor must have sent me a hundred songs. I got my headphones on late one night and hear this song [Big Sean’s “I Don’t Fuck With You”], I’m not that hip I don’t know all the best stuff, and I sent and it to Charlie and said, “Charlie, this will change the movie.” And he was like, “We have to do this song!”

Charlie Day: For me it gave this idea, originally we kept getting notes on that sequence that is was an About a Boy moment and then suddenly it felt like what if it was going to be an About a Boy moment but then we make it a big…

Richie Keen: We don’t do earnest very well.

Charlie Day: Also it gave the idea of what if my daughter is getting bullied and this is payback? In the original script she was just a fan of rap music. Sometimes those limitations lead you to an idea that makes it a better movie.


Fist Fight hits theaters nationwide on Friday, February 17.

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Movie Review: ‘A Cure for Wellness’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-cure-wellness/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-cure-wellness/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:50:02 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39927 After a Wall Street executive drops dead from a heart attack while working through the night, Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is eager to step into his deceased colleague’s shoes, but a bit of ethical chicanery finds him on the chopping block unless he can accomplish a seemingly innocuous task: fly to Switzerland and convince Pembroke (Harry [...]

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After a Wall Street executive drops dead from a heart attack while working through the night, Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is eager to step into his deceased colleague’s shoes, but a bit of ethical chicanery finds him on the chopping block unless he can accomplish a seemingly innocuous task: fly to Switzerland and convince Pembroke (Harry Groener), the firm’s CEO, to return home from an exclusive spa nestled high in the Swiss Alps.

Arriving at the retreat with the full intention of returning home the same evening, Lockhart is stymied by a staff of particularly aloof orderlies and the facility’s head physician, Dr. Heinrich Volmer (Jason Isaacs), who refuses to allow Lockhart to visit his boss until the day’s “treatments” have concluded. A trip back down the mountain to a nearby village culminates in a brutal car accident, and Lockhart awakens to a broken leg and a room of his own – it seems he’s unwittingly become a patient.

To say that something is amiss would be quite the understatement, and director Gore Verbinski is well-versed at creating an atmosphere of unease that gives way to paranoia and dread. As Lockhart gives himself over to Volmer’s unorthodox therapeutic methods, he often finds himself unable to distinguish dreams from reality: is the sensory deprivation tank he submerges himself in actually filled with eels, or is this merely the byproduct of a lifetime of stress manifesting itself in hallucinations? What’s the story with Hannah (Mia Goth), the childlike young patient who has spent nearly her entire life behind the facility’s walls, and of whom Volmer is unusually protective? And what the hell is really going on with the water?

Regrettably, none of these questions – or the others A Cure for Wellness presents – are answered with anything that resembles satisfaction, as Verbinski (with the help of cinematographer Bojan Bazelli) is presumably so focused on creating a stunningly gorgeous film that he forgot to render a cohesive narrative. The excruciating final thirty minutes seems to have been culled from a completely different screenplay that conveniently ignores the established reality of the film, and the “twist” that reveals itself is a surprise only to Lockhart, as the rest of us have long since figured out the “mystery.”

Stripped down to the bare essentials, A Cure for Wellness could have been a tremendously gripping 90-minute exploration of obsession and madness, featuring admirable work from DeHaan and Isaacs. But with a running time of nearly two and a half hours and a finale that elicited a response of “are you fucking kidding me?” from more than a handful of theater patrons, it’s an absolute slog that requires its leads to trade in their own credibility to legitimize a truly absurd premise. But hey, at least it provides some great eye candy – it would have been a shame if the film had been as unpleasant to look at as it was to experience.

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‘Get Out’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/get-out-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/get-out-free-advance-screening/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:22:28 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39920 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele and produced by Jason Blum. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take [...]

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In Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, Get Out is written and directed by Peele (Key and Peele) and produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick (Donnie Darko, The Box), Edward H. Hamm Jr. (Bad Words) and Peele. The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Stephen Root (No Country for Old Men), Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon) and Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).

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Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-the-lego-batman-movie/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-the-lego-batman-movie/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:06:44 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39907 After the surprising critical and financial success of The LEGO Movie, at first glance its spin-off The LEGO Batman movie might seem like somewhat of a cash grab. Sure, the Will Arnett-voiced Caped Crusader was a breakout character in that film, but was a spin-off necessary before audiences even get a straight-forward LEGO Movie sequel? The [...]

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After the surprising critical and financial success of The LEGO Movie, at first glance its spin-off The LEGO Batman movie might seem like somewhat of a cash grab. Sure, the Will Arnett-voiced Caped Crusader was a breakout character in that film, but was a spin-off necessary before audiences even get a straight-forward LEGO Movie sequel? The answer is definitively: Yes!

The LEGO Batman Movie is so much better than expected as not only a gushing love letter to the long history of Batman, but will be extremely tough to beat for the most enjoyable family film of 2017. The film opens with an insanely busy and equally incredible action sequence featuring just about every Batman villain you can remember – and quite a few you probably didn’t even know existed. Everything is animated in the same blocky style as The LEGO Movie, but somehow this film looks even more beautiful.

The opening finishes up with a hilarious musical number and the stage is set for an enormously fun film that works on almost every level. From there, we’re introduced to Michael Cera’s Robin (the Dick Grayson version) who is much nerdier and awkward than fans have seen before. His character was the most concerning based on the early marketing and trailers, but Robin is a key part in what gives The LEGO Batman Movie the much-needed heart that makes it worthy of the LEGO film franchise name.


Rosario Dawson also brings her considerable voice acting skills (she voices Wonder Woman in the DC Animated Universe continuity) to an older Barbara Gordon that is tasked with replacing her father as Commissioner. Arnett and Dawson have good chemistry as the characters butt heads on how to handle the Joker’s (Zach Galifinakis) mysterious threat. But since this Barbara is older, Batman also has a bit of a crush on her, which makes for some humorous out of character moments for Bats.

The LEGO Batman Movie has such a deep and talented voice cast that for sake of this review I can’t go through all of them, but a few standouts include the inspired choice of Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s loyal butler and father figure. They can cast him as a live-action Alfred any day, although the odd choice to have Eddie Izzard play Lord Voldemort (spoiler!) and not have Fiennes reprise the role is a bit baffling. One of my other personal favorites is Billy Dee Williams finally getting to play Two-Face, decades after playing Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989, although Two-Face didn’t have enough lines in this film for my tastes.

The film is also wonderfully deep in its character roster that sees numerous DC characters return from The LEGO Movie, including the always funny dynamic of Channing Tatum as Superman and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern. Not only that, but key elements of the story go further into the DC Lego universe and open the door for numerous terrific cameos from characters from multiple other non-DC franchises. Sadly, no Emmett, Wildstyle or any other real connection to The LEGO Movie is made during The LEGO Batman Movie.

There’s not much to take issue with in this film, and while it might not reach the greatness of The LEGO Movie, it’s not far off and any fan of Batman will sit in wide-eyed wonder with a big smile on their face from start to finish of The LEGO Batman Movie.

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Movie Review: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-john-wick-chapter-2/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-john-wick-chapter-2/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:44:51 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39901 Three years ago, Keanu Reeves burst back onto the action scene with John Wick, an intelligent and original action thriller about a hitman on a quest to avenge the murder of his dog that defied expectation to become a box office hit. Opening shortly after the events of its predecessor, John Wick: Chapter 2 immediately sets [...]

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Three years ago, Keanu Reeves burst back onto the action scene with John Wick, an intelligent and original action thriller about a hitman on a quest to avenge the murder of his dog that defied expectation to become a box office hit. Opening shortly after the events of its predecessor, John Wick: Chapter 2 immediately sets the stage for an even bigger dose of the intricately choreographed action sequences that catapulted the original film to a worldwide gross of more than four times its budget.

Hot on the trail of the thugs who stole his 1969 Mustang, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) tracks the vehicle to a taxi warehouse owned by the Russian mafia, then immediately destroys the pristine automobile by using it as a weapon to take down a small army of enforcers. To call this sequence a car chase would be something of a misnomer, as it bears more resemblance to a demolition derby than anything else, with vehicles (and bodies) smashing into other vehicles (and bodies) and sending them flying.

By the time John returns home the next day, the Mustang is little more than a pile of scrap metal, but the once-retired hitman seems oddly satisfied with the results. Returning his weapons, passports and emergency cash to the hollow space beneath his basement floor, John once again settles in for some peace and quiet – until trouble arrives in the form of Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), a ghost from John’s past to whom a debt is owed. Santino wants his old pal to carry out a particular dangerous assassination, and his method of persuasion turns out to be… effective.

John’s new assignment finds him reluctantly bound for Rome, where he check’s into the Italian counterpart of The Continental, the assassins-only hotel from the original film where all manner of contract killing business is conducted. Armed with a new suit and a small arsenal, John enters the catacombs below some of Rome’s most iconic landmarks to carry out his mission, but success paints a target on his back as Santino sends his mute bodyguard (Ruby Rose) to tie up loose ends, leading to a wildly entertaining gun battle that works its way from the pulsing strobes of a rock concert to the shadowy tunnels beneath the city.

And that’s just the first hour. Before the film comes to a close, John will also find himself squaring off against Cassian (Common), an equally skilled executioner with a personal vendetta, and a seemingly endless army of international hitmen (and women) who come out of the woodwork when Santino places a $7 million bounty on John’s head. The gunplay is even more exciting and varied this time around, with a healthy portion of hand-to-hand combat (influenced by action flicks like The Raid) thrown in for good measure, and director Chad Stahelski – one half of the duo behind the previous film – sets the balletic violence against gorgeous neon-drenched backdrops and smartly crafted setpieces, such as a hall-of-mirrors art exhibit called “Reflections of the Soul.”

Obviously relishing his return to the title role, Reeves steps back into Wick’s shoes with plenty of enthusiasm and gusto, and the months of weapons and martial arts training he endured pay off in a big way. Unlike many modern action directors, Stahelski is a big fan of long, unbroken takes during his fight sequences, and he clearly wants the audience to notice that it’s almost always Reeves in the mix – rapidly changing mags, switching weapons, and dispatching the film’s nameless henchmen with a level of marksmanship rarely seen outside of videogames.

Amid the carnage, John Wick: Chapter 2 finds time to expand on the underworld organization to which John and his fellow assassins belong. One of the film’s high points is John’s meeting with a sommelier (Peter Serafinowicz) who pairs knives and firearms instead of wines and entrees, and The Continental’s mysterious and enigmatic Winston (Ian McShane) turns up at key moments to provide context on the assassin hierarchy – not to mention laying the foundation for the inevitable third installment, which promises a significant change to the formula that should introduce a host of new possibilities.

John Wick: Chapter 2 can’t quite match the frenetic pace of the original film, thanks partly to its 2-hour running time, and Reeves is still a bit wooden in his delivery, but everything else is firing on all cylinders. Fans looking forward to an even bigger helping of eye-popping, jaw-dropping action certainly won’t come away disappointed – except perhaps by the somewhat lackluster final showdown – and Stahelski and Reeves prove that not only can lightning be bottled more than once, they make it look effortless.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Justice League Dark’ http://nerdrepository.com/bluray-review-justice-league-dark/ http://nerdrepository.com/bluray-review-justice-league-dark/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:46:23 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39889 Who you gonna call when dark magical forces beyond even Batman’s understanding threaten to take over the DC Universe? No, not the Ghostbusters, but the off-shoot superhero team of Justice League Dark featured in the newest animated film within the DC Animated Universe continuity. After an opening sequence of seriously disturbing multiple death’s involving the [...]

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Who you gonna call when dark magical forces beyond even Batman’s understanding threaten to take over the DC Universe? No, not the Ghostbusters, but the off-shoot superhero team of Justice League Dark featured in the newest animated film within the DC Animated Universe continuity.

After an opening sequence of seriously disturbing multiple death’s involving the supernatural, a message tells Batman to look for the notorious dabbler into the mystical arts, John Constantine, played by Matt Ryan reprising his role from the live-action NBC series and appearances in the CW-verse. Batman then seeks out Zatanna (Camilla Luddington) to aid in contacting Constantine and the trio unite and slowly gather a team of heroes, including Deadman (Nicholas Turturro), Etrigan the Demon (Ray Chase) and Swamp Thing (Roger Cross), all created through various forms of dark magic, to combat the unraveling mystery threat.


Justice League Dark was a very pleasant surprise and one of the best overall films recently put out in the DCAU by Warner Bros Animation. Fans of the cancelled Constantine series get a fantastic reprisal from Matt Ryan and the added bonus of the great Jeremy Davies (LOST, Justified) reprising his role from NBC show as well. It’s a great day and age to be a comic fan, when even cancellation won’t keep a good character portrayal from existing elsewhere.

On top of these extremely satisfying character continuations, you also have a very well plotted out film. Not only do you have regular Justice League members and their respective voice actor reprisals including Batman (Jason O’Mara), Superman (Jerry O’Connell) and Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson), Justice League Dark also introduces Green Lantern John Stewart (Roger Cross) along with the entire roster of the JLD in surprisingly smooth fashion throughout the course of the story – all without feeling overloaded or shoe-horned in to have more recognizable heroes in the film.

DCAU vet Jay Oliva also delivers some inspired fight sequences taking full of advantage of the use of superpowers alongside magic. Fans of the recent Marvel hit Doctor Strange will get a similar fix of martial arts Magic-Fu that’s a visually incredible feast and enormously fun to watch. There’s also quite a bit more humor than normal due to some snappy dialogue from Constantine and a few other quite hilarious interactions.

Justice League Dark also has going for it that it’s not really based on any particularly beloved storyline from the comics. That being so allowed for a story that actually had me guessing at a few points and legitimately surprised at others. Hopefully Warner Bros decides to do more stories with the JLD because this one was highly enjoyable – not to mention I’d love to see characters like Doctor Fate or The Spectre added to the team’s roster.

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‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’ Official Trailer: What the Hell Does that Mean? http://nerdrepository.com/marvels-iron-fist-official-trailer/ http://nerdrepository.com/marvels-iron-fist-official-trailer/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:11:17 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39884 Marvel’s Iron Fist, the final Defender before the big team-up, is just over a month away from his debut series on Netflix. The marketing machine is about to kick into high gear leading up to our introduction to the martial arts badass with the magic atomic fist, and Marvel and Netflix have released the first [...]

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Marvel’s Iron Fist, the final Defender before the big team-up, is just over a month away from his debut series on Netflix. The marketing machine is about to kick into high gear leading up to our introduction to the martial arts badass with the magic atomic fist, and Marvel and Netflix have released the first official full length trailer for the series.

You can check out Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, get all explode-y with his punches below:

Billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist. This Netflix original series follows the successful release of Marvel’s Daredevil (Season 1 & 2), Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage, and future release Marvel’s The Defenders to premiere only on Netflix. The action-drama will premiere with thirteen (13) one-hour episodes globally on Netflix on March 17, 2017.

Finn Jones plays the final Defender and The Iron Fist, Danny Rand, and is joined by Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing), David Wenham (Harold Meachum), Jessica Stroup (Joy Meachum), Tom Pelphrey (Ward Meachum), Carrie-Ann Moss (Jeri Hogarth) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple). Marvel’s Iron Fist is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Scott Buck (Dexter, Six Feet Under) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

Marvel’s Iron Fist will premiere with 13 one-hour episodes on March 17, 2017, exclusively on Netflix.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Pinocchio’ Signature Collection http://nerdrepository.com/bluray-review-pinocchio-signature-collection/ http://nerdrepository.com/bluray-review-pinocchio-signature-collection/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:14:18 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39876 The Signature Collection of Disney releases began with the studio’s first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so it only makes sense to reach back into the vault and dust off another classic with that film’s successor, Pinocchio. The heartwarming tale of the marionette who dreams of being a real boy and takes [...]

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The Signature Collection of Disney releases began with the studio’s first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so it only makes sense to reach back into the vault and dust off another classic with that film’s successor, Pinocchio. The heartwarming tale of the marionette who dreams of being a real boy and takes advice from a talking cricket is back on Blu-Ray and for the first time ever, Digital HD.

Thanks to a painstaking frame-by-frame remastering process, Pinocchio has never looked better. The colors are vibrant, the character animation is incredibly fluid, and the effects – particularly water and smoke – look absolutely stunning. Many film historians consider Pinocchio to be one of Walt Disney’s most impressive technical achievements, and this gorgeous restoration makes it difficult to argue with that opinion. The audio has also been cleaned up considerably, but don’t expect miracles in this department, as the quality of the original recordings wasn’t exactly pristine.

The Signature Collection release also includes a solid collection of bonus features, including the stellar audio commentary from Disney Legend Eric Goldberg, film critic Leonard Maltin, and film historian J.B. Kaufman that graced the previous 2009 release. In fact, most of the supplements from that release are available here, along with new features that include The Pinocchio Project: When You Wish Upon a Star, an updated version of the film’s iconic song from JR Aquino, Tanner Patrick, and Alex G; In Walt’s Words – Pinocchio, a series of audio interviews and archival footage; and a classic short featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Pinocchio: The Signature Collection is an excellent addition to any Disney fan’s library, but if you already own the 3-disc release from 2009, there’s not much incentive to double-dip. The audio and video transfers are identical to the previous version, and the new supplements don’t really add much value to the already extensive offerings presented in the 70th Anniversary edition. But if Pinocchio hasn’t yet earned a spot on your shelf, then you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value.

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‘Stranger Things 2’ Super Bowl Spot: The World is Turning Upside Down http://nerdrepository.com/stranger-2-super-bowl-spot-world-turning-upside/ http://nerdrepository.com/stranger-2-super-bowl-spot-world-turning-upside/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:19:29 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39873 After becoming a bona fide sensation last year, Netflix quickly greenlit a second season of its 80s throwback sci-fi series, Stranger Things. And while we won’t be revisiting the sleepy town of Hawkins, Indiana until later this year, it’s never too early to start getting excited, and the streaming network unveiled the first look to one [...]

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After becoming a bona fide sensation last year, Netflix quickly greenlit a second season of its 80s throwback sci-fi series, Stranger Things. And while we won’t be revisiting the sleepy town of Hawkins, Indiana until later this year, it’s never too early to start getting excited, and the streaming network unveiled the first look to one of the year’s biggest television audiences last night.

Check out the Stranger Things 2 Super Bowl spot below.

Speaking to Vanity Fair last month, executive producer Shawn Levy promised more of what we loved from the first season, but on a bigger scale:

“Season 2 is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes. The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown. That’s all I’m going to say! But, I will say Season 2 has a bigger cast and is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season. It’s character-based and still about our core group of characters.”

And that core group of characters will all return, including Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour).

Stranger Things 2 will premiere in October, exclusively on Netflix.

A year after Will’s return, everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Super Bowl Spot: The Dead Rule the Sea http://nerdrepository.com/pirates-caribbean-dead-men-tales-super-bowl-spot-dead-rule-sea/ http://nerdrepository.com/pirates-caribbean-dead-men-tales-super-bowl-spot-dead-rule-sea/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 02:59:29 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39870 It’s been nearly 14 years since Johnny Depp first appeared onscreen as Captain Jack Sparrow, and six years since the eccentric pirate’s last adventure. But in just a few more months, Disney will try to resurrect the franchise with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which finds Sparrow on the run from [...]

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It’s been nearly 14 years since Johnny Depp first appeared onscreen as Captain Jack Sparrow, and six years since the eccentric pirate’s last adventure. But in just a few more months, Disney will try to resurrect the franchise with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which finds Sparrow on the run from the ghostly Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem).

Sparrow was conspicuously absent from the film’s first trailer, but he does make an appearance in the Super Bowl spot – as does his part-time rival, part-time ally Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). See for yourself.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will open on May 26.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′ Super Bowl Spot: He Didn’t Say Frickin’ http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-super-bowl-spot-frickin/ http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-super-bowl-spot-frickin/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 02:45:59 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39866 Marvel hasn’t exactly been shy about their promotion of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – after all, we’ve already seen a teaser and a full-length trailer – but most of the footage revealed up to this point has focused on the relationships between the characters, rather than the action. That all changed earlier this [...]

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Marvel hasn’t exactly been shy about their promotion of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – after all, we’ve already seen a teaser and a full-length trailer – but most of the footage revealed up to this point has focused on the relationships between the characters, rather than the action.

That all changed earlier this evening with the sequel’s crazy Super Bowl Spot, which introduces the key players and offers a glimpse at some of the film’s major setpieces. Check it out below.

Everything about this looks fantastic, and with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillen all reprising their roles from the original film – not to mention being joined by newcomers Kurt Russell, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close and Elizabeth Debicki – this is easily one of my most anticipated films of the year.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit theaters on May 5.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

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‘Life’ Super Bowl Spot: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds Go Interstellar http://nerdrepository.com/life-super-bowl-spot-jake-gyllenhaal-ryan-reynolds-interstellar/ http://nerdrepository.com/life-super-bowl-spot-jake-gyllenhaal-ryan-reynolds-interstellar/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 02:34:44 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39863 Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are best known as the scribes behind action comedies like Zombieland and last year’s colossal hit Deadpool, but lest audiences begin to think they’re a couple of one-trick ponies, the pair’s next project couldn’t be any more dissimilar to their previous work.  Life stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds as two cremembers [...]

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Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are best known as the scribes behind action comedies like Zombieland and last year’s colossal hit Deadpool, but lest audiences begin to think they’re a couple of one-trick ponies, the pair’s next project couldn’t be any more dissimilar to their previous work. 

Life stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds as two cremembers on the International Space Station, who discover the first evidence of life outside Earth. Unfortunately, things don’t go well, and you can get a glipmse of the trouble they’re in with the film’s Super Bowl spot.

But as intriguing as this brief spot may be, it doesn’t hold a candle to the new full-length trailer, which promises an intense and terrifying sci-fi excursion. Check it out.

Life hits theaters on March 24.

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

 

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First Official Photo from ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 http://nerdrepository.com/first-official-photo-stranger-things-season-2/ http://nerdrepository.com/first-official-photo-stranger-things-season-2/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:28:59 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39857 While all of us rabid Stranger Things fans anxiously await Season 2 later this year when it releases on Netflix, thankfully we won’t have to wait too long to get our first taste. Entertainment Weekly has scored the first official photo from Season 2, along with the news that the first official teaser will debut [...]

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While all of us rabid Stranger Things fans anxiously await Season 2 later this year when it releases on Netflix, thankfully we won’t have to wait too long to get our first taste. Entertainment Weekly has scored the first official photo from Season 2, along with the news that the first official teaser will debut this Sunday during the Super Bowl.

The first photo is all kinds of the 80’s retro awesome that fans loved about Stranger Things with the boys all dressed up as Ghostbusters at school, seemingly on Halloween. Take a look:

Stranger Things Season 2

As you can see, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) are back on the case and ready to bust some ghosts…or Demogorgons? Season 2 is set in 1984, one year after the events of the first season and little else is known about what is going on with Eleven, the Sheriff and the rest of the town favorites since the filming has been shrouded in secrecy.

Executive producer Shawn Levy did give EW this small tidbit though:

“The Demogorgon was destroyed but evil wasn’t.”

No official release date has been announced for Stranger Things Season 2, but it will most likely be in the late summer of fall.

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TV Review: ’24: Legacy’ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-24-legacy/ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-24-legacy/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:28:15 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39843 24: Legacy is Fox’s attempt to revive the legendary action series, but this time out Jack Bauer is getting the day off. The revival focuses on ex-Army Ranger Eric Carter, played by Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), as dangerous figures from his military past follow him home, thrusting him on the run and seeking the [...]

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24: Legacy is Fox’s attempt to revive the legendary action series, but this time out Jack Bauer is getting the day off. The revival focuses on ex-Army Ranger Eric Carter, played by Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), as dangerous figures from his military past follow him home, thrusting him on the run and seeking the help of the government’s now revived CTU (Counter Terrorism Unit) to save his life and stop a related massive terrorist threat to the United States.

This new update will consist of twelve episodes that occur in real time, with the pilot episode (aka the first hour) airing directly after the Super Bowl (‘Merica!) and episode 1:00PM to 2:00PM airing the following night. Fans can expect most of the ingredients that made the original series unique, including multi-panel shots, twists, multiple plotlines – which all feels seamless since 24: Legacy brings back most of the original creative team.

But the first few episodes of 24: Legacy are just missing that little bit extra that would tip the scales toward a more gripping show. Corey Hawkins is a fine actor and quite good in the role of Eric Carter, but Kiefer Sutherland was lightning in a bottle as Jack Bauer and a huge reason why that version was such a success. Things aren’t helped by the fact that 24: Legacy still has the original’s trademark horrible B and C plots that are the usual mix of tedious and downright laughable.


But if there are issues with the show, it isn’t the fault of a fine cast of supporting actors. Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) stars as Rebecca Ingram, the former head of CTU, and wife of presidential hopeful Senator John Donovan (played by the always endearing Jimmy Smits, once again playing a moral and likable politician). Ingram has a history with Carter and is sucked into the growing threat while visiting her old CTU office and Otto is excellent as she desperately tries to save the day.

Charlie Hofheimer plays Carter’s ex-partner and former Army Ranger Ben Grimes who is suffering from some serious PTSD. He has connections to the terrorists looking for Carter and has something both sides want – so naturally, now he’s on the run as well and it’s imperative that Carter finds him. The Flash‘s Teddy Sears, aka fake Jay Garrick, stars as the current head of CTU and previous underling of Ingram. Sears has really got the ambiguous hero or villain thing down and it’s fun to watch him spar with Ingram in the early episodes.

Unfortunately from there the cast talent begins to deteriorate in the lesser storylines needed to pad out the episodes, that include an attractive foreign high school girl whom a classmate suspects of terrorist ties, Carter’s wife hiding out with his gangster brother, and a CTU Ed Helms lookalike techie who has interoffice relationship issues.

Much like the original Sutherland-starring 24, this new series has the benefit of releasing during a very volatile and dangerous time in politics surrounding America’s future and relations with foreign nations. Unfortunately the show doesn’t start out firing on all cylinders and has some work to do before it becomes the water cooler series of old.

To 24: Legacy‘s favor, it does move along at a nice pace and there are some pretty tense and exciting action sequences that make up for the slow parts, but aside from the nostalgia of hearing those seconds ticking away, the early episodes seem to be just treading water in the wake of the original 24 – but only time and the remaining episodes will tell if the show can become a success on its own merits.

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‘Fist Fight’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/fist-fight-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/fist-fight-free-advance-screening/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:02:56 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39830 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The LEGO Batman Movie, starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take place [...]

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Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way. On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.

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Marvel Gear + Goods January 2016 Unboxing – ‘Super Science’ http://nerdrepository.com/marvel-gear-goods-january-2016-unboxing-super-science/ http://nerdrepository.com/marvel-gear-goods-january-2016-unboxing-super-science/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:49:23 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39832 Science can be fun…especially when it’s Super Science the theme for January’s Loot Crate presents Marvel Gear + Goods! This box includes exclusive Super Science goods for your kitchen from all corners of the Marvel universe including Black Panther, M.O.D.O.K., Ant-Man and more! Update your puny human kitchen and watch our unboxing video via our [...]

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Science can be fun…especially when it’s Super Science the theme for January’s Loot Crate presents Marvel Gear + Goods! This box includes exclusive Super Science goods for your kitchen from all corners of the Marvel universe including Black Panther, M.O.D.O.K., Ant-Man and more!

Update your puny human kitchen and watch our unboxing video via our YouTube page below:

Remember, if you want to get in on the action with a $5 discount courtesy of The Nerd Repository, you can always head over to Loot Crate‘s website and join up to get your very own monthly crate, full of exclusive collectibles you won’t find anywhere else.

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2017 SXSW Film Festival Announces Features Lineup http://nerdrepository.com/2017-sxsw-film-festival-announces-features-lineup/ http://nerdrepository.com/2017-sxsw-film-festival-announces-features-lineup/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:03:30 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39817 Now that Sundance is over, we’re once again marking our calendar and booking our flights to Austin, Texas for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. After learning that Terence Malick’s latest offering would open this year’s event, the full list of features was announced yesterday afternoon. There’s a lot of great stuff here, including Edgar Wright’s Baby [...]

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Now that Sundance is over, we’re once again marking our calendar and booking our flights to Austin, Texas for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. After learning that Terence Malick’s latest offering would open this year’s event, the full list of features was announced yesterday afternoon.

There’s a lot of great stuff here, including Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, but one thing to keep in mind is that we still have another reveal coming that should include the Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Short Films and Special Events.

For now, see below for the SXSW 2017 Features lineup, and make sure to check out the official SXSW website for more information on all of these selections.

‘Like Me’

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,407 narrative feature submissions in 2017.

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Headley
Two would-be thieves forge a surprising relationship with with an unexpected housesitter when they accidentally trap themselves in a house they just broke into. Cast: Matt Jones, Eleanore Pienta, Will Rogers, Jonny Mars, Sam Eidson, Jennymarie Jemison (World Premiere)

A Critically Endangered Species (Poland, United States)
Directors/Screenwriters: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
An internationally respected poet announces she is going to kill herself and needs an heir and executor. Young writers drive up the mountain to compete for the position and are challenged intellectually, emotionally, and erotically. Cast: Lena Olin, Rosanna Arquette, Jordan Gavaris, Alexander Koch, Nathan Keyes, Chris Voss (World Premiere)

Dara Ju
Director/Screenwriter: Anthony Onah
A young Nigerian-American financier struggles with love, family, and a prescription drug dependency as his ambitions steer him down a criminal path. Cast: Aml Ameen, Lucy Griffiths, Michael Hyatt, Peter Vack, Hope Olaidé Wilson, Souléymane Sy Savané, Craig muMs Grant, Bill Sage (World Premiere)

Fits and Starts
Director/Screenwriter: Laura Terruso
A struggling writer can’t seem to escape his wife’s literary success. When a road trip to a publisher’s salon takes an unexpected turn, he has to face his own creative shortcomings and find a way to regain control of his life and work. Cast: Wyatt Cenac, Greta Lee, Maria Dizzia, Alex Karpovsky, Ben Sinclair, Onur Turkel, John Rothman, Louis Cancelmi, Larry Murphy, Sam Seder (World Premiere)

La Barracuda
Directors: Julia Halperin, Jason Cortlund, Screenwriter: Jason Cortlund
A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family music legacy—one way or another. Cast: Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams, Luis Bordonada, Larry Jack Dotson, Butch Hancock, Bob Livingston, The Mastersons (World Premiere)

The Light of the Moon
Director/Screenwriter: Jessica M. Thompson
After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life. Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora, Catherine Curtin, Olga Merediz, Cindy Cheung, Susan Hayward, Craig Walker, Cara Loften, Michael Cuomo (World Premiere)

Like Me
Director/Screenwriter: Rob Mockler
A reckless loner, desperate for human connection, sets out on a crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. Her reality quickly splinters into a surreal nightmare as her exploits spiral out of control. Cast: Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden, Jeremy Gardner, Stuart Rudin, Nicolette Pierini (World Premiere)

MFA
Director: Natalia Leite, Screenwriter: Leah Mckendrick
The accidental death of her rapist sets an art student on a course for justice, fueling the inspiration for her thesis exhibition. Cast: Francesca Eastwood, Clifton Collins Jr, Peter Vack, Leah Mckendrick, Marlon Young, David Sullivan, Michael Welch (World Premiere)

Most Beautiful Island (Spain, United States)
Director/Screenwriter: Ana Asensio
An undocumented young woman struggling to begin a new life in New York City is offered an opportunity she can’t pass up. But as day turns to night she discovers she’s been lured to the center of a dangerous game. Cast: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little, Nicholas Tucci, Larry Fessenden, Caprice Benedetti (World Premiere)

The Strange Ones
Directors: Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff, Screenwriter: Christopher Radcliff
Mysterious events surround the travels of two brothers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to dark and complex truths. Cast: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus, Gene Jones (World Premiere)

‘The Blood is At the Doorstep’

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Ten world premieres: ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices. Selected from 973 feature documentary submissions in 2017.

Bill Frisell, A Portrait (Australia)
Director/Screenwriter: Emma Franz
An intimate, behind-the-music portrait of one of the most unassuming yet influential creative artists of our time, guitarist Bill Frisell. Frisell said of the film, “It’s like the inside of my brain!” (World Premiere)

The Blood is at the Doorstep
Director: Erik Ljung
After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform as the investigation unfolds. (World Premiere)

Dealt
Director: Luke Korem, Screenwriters:  Bradley Jackson, Luke Korem
Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind.  This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic’s greatest hidden treasures. (World Premiere)

I Am Another You
Director/Screenwriter: Nanfu Wang
Through the eyes of a young drifter who rejects society’s rules and intentionally chooses to live on the streets, Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang explores the meaning of personal freedom – and its limits. (World Premiere)

Let There Be Light (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Mila Aung-Thwin
Let There Be Light follows the story of dedicated scientists working to build a small sun on Earth, which would unleash perpetual, cheap, clean energy for mankind. After decades of failed attempts, a massive push is now underway to crack the holy grail of energy. (World Premiere)

Maineland (China, United States)
Director: Miao Wang
Chinese teenagers from the wealthy elite, with big American dreams, settle into a boarding school in small-town Maine. As their fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, their relationship to home takes on a poignant new aspect. (World Premiere)

Mommy Dead and Dearest
Director: Erin Lee Carr
Child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare. (World Premiere)

Served Like A Girl
Director: Lysa Heslov
Five women veterans who have endured unimaginable trauma in service create a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering a competition that unexpectedly catalyzes moving events in their own lives. (World Premiere)

The Secret Life of Lance Letscher
Director: Sandra Adair
Witness the collision of memory, color, and chaos in this unprecedented journey through the visionary mind of collage artist Lance Letscher. (World Premiere)

The Work
Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation. (World Premiere)

‘Baby Driver’

HEADLINERS

Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema.

Baby Driver
Director/Screenwriter: Edgar Wright
A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx (World Premiere)

Free Fire (UK)
Director: Ben Wheatley, Screenwriters: Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump
Bold, breathless and wickedly fun, Free Fire is an electrifying action comedy about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor. Cast: Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor (U.S. Premiere)

On The Road (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Michael Winterbottom
Michael Winterbottom follows acclaimed British rock band and Grammy nominees Wolf Alice on their tour, recording their gigs as well as the romance and routine of their daily life backstage. (North American Premiere)

Song to Song
Director: Terrence Malick
In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. Cast: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett (World Premiere)

‘Small Crimes’

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

The Archer
Director: Valerie Weiss, Screenwriter: Casey Schroen
Archer champion Lauren Pierce escapes a corrupt juvenile correctional facility with Rebecca, a fierce but alluring inmate and together they must survive a desperate warden who is bow-hunting his prey to make sure his secret stays buried. Cast: Bailey Noble, Bill Sage, Jeanine Mason, Michael Grant Terry, Kurt Fuller, Dendrie Taylor, Grace Victoria Cox, Andrew Caldwell (World Premiere)

The Ballad of Lefty Brown
Director/Screenwriter: Jared Moshé
Aging sidekick Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) has ridden with Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) his entire life. But when a rustler kills Eddie, Lefty is forced from his partner’s shadow and must confront the ugly realities of frontier justice. Cast: Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, Tommy Flanagan, Peter Fonda, Joe Anderson, Diego Josef, Michael Speers, Lewis Pullman, Joseph Anderson (World Premiere)

Daphne (UK)
Director: Peter Mackie Burns, Screenwriter: Nico Mensinga
Daphne is London. Daphne is the crowd of faceless strangers we brush past everyday. Daphne is being young and always searching for more. Daphne is life, an unpredictable mixture of comedy and tragedy. Cast: Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Nathaniel Martello-White (World Premiere)

Easy Living
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Keleman
Sherry Graham, a self-destructive makeup saleswoman, hopes a new man and business venture will provide her a fresh start. After her plans are foiled, she takes control of her life in a dramatic turn of events. Cast: Caroline Dhavernas, McCaleb Burnett, Elizabeth Marvel, Charlie Hofheimer, Jen Richards, Daniel Eric Gold, C.J. Wilson, Taylor Richardson, Mary Catherine Garrison (World Premiere)

Gemini
Director/Screenwriter: Aaron Katz
A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity. Cast: Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Greta Lee, Michelle Forbes, Nelson Franklin, Reeve Carney, Ricki Lake, Jessica Parker Kennedy, James Ransone (World Premiere)

Going to Brazil (France)
Director: Patrick Mille, Screenwriters: Julien Lambroschini, Sabrina Amara, Patrick Mille
Four childhood friends are reunited at a wedding in Rio. But when they accidentally kill a young man during a party that gets out of hand, they are forced to flee the city in a crazy adventure. Cast: Alison Wheeler, Vanessa Guide, Margot Bancilhon, Philippine Stindel, Patrick Mille (International Premiere)

Hot Summer Nights
Director: Elijah Bynum
Hot Summer Nights is a dark coming-of-age story set in Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the sweltering heat of summer 1991. Cast: Timothee Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Maia Mitchell, William Fichtner, Thomas Jane, Emory Cohen (World Premiere)

Hounds of Love (Australia)
Director/Screenwriter: Ben Young
In the mid 1980’s seventeen-year-old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. Cast: Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damian de Montemas, Harrison Gilbertson, Fletcher Humphrys (North American Premiere)

Lane 1974
Director: SJ Chiro, Screenwriters:  SJ Chiro, Clane Hayward
At 13 years old and the eldest of three kids, Lane struggles to keep her family together as her iconoclast mother moves without warning through the communes and dusty back woods of Northern California. Cast: Sophia Mitri Schloss, Katherine Moennig, Sara Coats, Linas Phillips, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sarah-Eve Gazitt, Annette Toutonghi, Harry Curtis, Ronin West, Shayla Timbermoon (World Premiere)

Madre (Chile)
Director/Screenwriter: Aaron Burns
A pregnant woman, who is taking care of her son with development problems, is at her breaking point when a caregiver from the Philippines steps into her life. Diana suspects that she’s using voodoo against her after the quick improvements of her son. Cast: Daniela Ramirez, Cristobal Tapia Montt, Aida Jabolin, Matias Bassi, Ignacia Allamand, Nicolás Durán (North American Premiere)

Most Hated Woman In America
Director: Tommy O’Haver, Screenwriters: Tommy O’Haver, Irene Turner
Darkly funny, true story of the rise and untimely demise of Madeline Murray O’Hair—crank, swindler, iconoclast, and America’s most outspoken atheist. Cast: Melissa Leo, Adam Scott, Juno Temple, Vincent Kartheiser, Josh Lucas, Peter Fonda (World Premiere)

Mr. Roosevelt
Director/Screenwriter: Noël Wells
After a death in her family, struggling LA-based comedian Emily Martin returns to Austin. There she finds herself in the awkward position of staying with her ex and his new girlfriend until the funeral, while trying to close old doors from her past. Cast: Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower, Daniella Pineda, Andre Hyland, Doug Benson, Armen Weitzman, Sergio Cilli (World Premiere)

Small Crimes
Director: Evan Katz, Screenwriters: Evan Katz, Macon Blair
Small Crimes is a delightfully suspenseful, blackly comic tale that follows a disgraced former cop, fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder, who returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind. Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Gary Cole, Molly Parker, Macon Blair, Pat Healy (World Premiere)

Small Town Crime
Directors/Screenwriters: Ian Nelms, Eshom Nelms
Ex-cop, Mike Kendall, finds the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer.  While his uncouth, quirky detective style helps break the case, his dogged determination puts his family in danger. Cast: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Daniel Sunjata, Caity Lotz, Jeremy Ratchford (World Premiere)

This Is Your Death
Director: Giancarlo Esposito, Screenwriters: Kenny Yakkel, Noah Pink
This Is Your Death is an unsettling look at reality T.V. where a disturbing hit game show has its contestants ending their lives for the public’s enjoyment. It captures the sad truths about the world’s desire to be famous. Cast: Josh Duhamel, Famke Janssen, Giancarlo Esposito, Sarah Wayne Callies, Caitlin Fitzgerald, James Franco (World Premiere)

Us and Them (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Joe Martin
Working class Danny aims to kick start a revolution by turning the tables on the establishment with a deadly game of chance. Cast: Jack Roth, Tim Bentinck, Andrew Tiernan, Daniel Kendrick, Sophie Colquhoun, Paul Westwood, Carolyn Backhouse, Louis Dempsey (World Premiere)

Win It All
Director: Joe Swanberg, Screenwriters: Joe Swanberg, Jake Johnson
Small time Chicago gambler, Eddie Garrett, agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When he discovers cash in the bag, he hatches a plan to win big, against the advice of his gambling sponsor and his brother. Cast: Jake Johnson, Aislinn Derbez, Joe Lo Truglio, Keegan-Michael Key (World Premiere)

‘Bill Nye: Science Guy’

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

Barbecue (Australia)
Director: Matthew Salleh
Barbecue is about more than grilling a piece of meat. It’s a ritual performed religiously across the world. For some it’s a path to salvation. It is the pride of nations. And the stories told around the fires become a way to bring the world together. (World Premiere)

Bill Nye: Science Guy
Directors/Screenwriters: David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg
A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in a world hostile to evidence and reason. (World Premiere)

Disgraced
Director: Pat Kondelis
The untold story of the summer of 2003 at Baylor University that exposes the attempted cover-up, and the corruption that became the most bizarre scandal in college sports history. (World Premiere)

Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web (New Zealand)
Director: Annie Goldson
Discover the story of the most wanted man online. (North American Premiere)

Meth Storm: Arkansas USA
Directors: Craig Renaud, Brent Renaud
With unparalleled access on both sides of the law, METH STORM: Arkansas USA is a thrilling non-fiction cops and robbers drama told from inside the American drug war. (World Premiere)

Muppet Guys Talking – Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched
Director: Frank Oz
Five of the original Muppet performers come together for the first time ever to share behind-the-scenes secrets of the Muppets. Includes rare performance footage, surprising stories and insights into how Jim led his team to produce legendary work. (World Premiere)

Pornocracy (France)
Director: Ovidie
Never before have we watched as much porn as today yet the traditional porn industry is dying. The arrival of web sites showing amateur clips has transformed the way porn is made and consumed. Behind this transformation lies one opaque multinational. (World Premiere)

Spettacolo
Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen, Screenwriter: Chris Shellen
Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play. (World Premiere)

Stranger Fruit
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Pollock
What happened on August 9th, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri? On that hot summer day, Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Stranger Fruit is the unraveling of what took place that day, told through the eyes of Mike Brown’s family. (World Premiere)

Todrick Hall Documentary
Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright
After building an empire on YouTube, Todrick Hall leaps beyond his comfort zone and deep within his own backstory to create his most dazzling and vital work yet, but with only a few weeks and a few coins, will he crush it or will it crush him? (World Premiere)

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives. (World Premiere)

Walk With Me (UK)
Directors: Max Pugh, Marc J. Francis
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk With Me is a cinematic journey into the world of a monastic community who practice the art of mindfulness with Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. (World Premiere)

‘Lucky’

VISIONS

Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.

Assholes
Director/Screenwriter: Peter Vack
Adah and Aaron are recovering addicts who are struggling to stay sober. After meeting in their psychoanalyst’s waiting room, they fall in love, relapse on poppers, and become the biggest assholes in New York City. Cast: Betsey Brown, Jack Dunphy, Peter Vack, Patrick LaBella, Jane Brown, Ron Brown, Eileen Dietz (World Premiere)

Becoming Bond
Director/Screenwriter: Josh Greenbaum
The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond despite having never acted a day in his life. (World Premiere)

California Dreams
Director: Mike Ott
A look at how the American Dream and Hollywood affect those they touch. Cast: Cory Zacharia, Patrick Llaguno, Neil Harley, Kevin Gilger aka K-Nine Dog the Impersonator, Carolan J. Pinto, Mark Borchardt (North American Premiere)

DRIB (Norway)
Director/Screenwriter: Kristoffer Borgli
The inside story of how Amir (29) scammed his way to viral fame, fooled an advertising agency, and almost became the international face of a well-known energy drink – before everything went wrong. Cast: Amir Asgharnejad, Brett Gelman, Adam Pearson, Annie Hamilton, Alexandra Marzella, Hugo Armstrong, Joe Hartzler, Andrew Lauer (World Premiere)

Flesh and Blood
Director/Screenwriter: Mark Webber
Mark Webber boldly explores family dynamics using his real family as the cast and real-life situations for the story. Combining reality with fiction he exposes a disturbing truth: his family tree is full of broken branches that may never be repaired. Cast: Mark Webber, Cheri Honkala, Guillermo Santos, Madeline Brewer (World Premiere)

Infinity Baby
Director: Bob Byington, Screenwriter: Onur Tukel
A comedy about babies that don’t age. Cast: Kieran Culkin, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Nick Offerman, Martin Starr, Kevin Corrigan, Megan Mullaly, Noel Wells, Stephen Root (World Premiere)

Inheritance
Directors/Screenwriters: Laura E. Davis, Jessica Kaye
A woman learns her estranged father has died and returns with her brother and new lover to her childhood home of Belize, where she must face her past while fighting for intimacy in the present. Cast: Jessica Kaye, Daniel Ahearn, Mark Webber, Shamira Gill-Card, Myrna Manzanares, Louis Oberlander (World Premiere)

Lucky
Director: John Carroll Lynch, Screenwriters: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja
Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist (Harry Dean Stanton), having outlived and out smoked his contemporaries, as he comes to terms with his own mortality, and searches for ever elusive enlightenment. Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, James Darren (World Premiere)

Paa Joe & The Lion (Ghana, United Kingdom)
Director: Benjamin Wigley
A true story about the art of love and death.  A thought provoking and cinematic documentary film rooted in the universal themes of love, death and legacy set against one of the most beautiful art-forms in the world – Ghana’s very own fantasy coffin. (North American Premiere)

Rat Film
Director/Screenwriter: Theo Anthony
Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. “Rat Film” is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them. (U.S. Premiere)

The Relationtrip
Directors: Renée Felice Smith, C.A. Gabriel, Screenwriters: C.A. Gabriel, Renée Felice Smith, Dana Scanlon
After bonding over their mutual disinterest in relationships, self-proclaimed loners, Beck and Liam, decide to go away together on a ‘friend’ trip where things get weird. Really, really weird. Cast: Renée Felice Smith, Matt Bush, Eric Christian Olsen, Linda Hunt, Nelson Franklin, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Sally Struthers, Georgia Mischak, Owain Rhys Davies (World Premiere)

Signature Move
Director: Jennifer Reeder, Screenwriters: Fawzia Mirza, Lisa Donato
A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes by taking up Lucha-style wrestling. Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan (World Premiere)

Sylvio
Directors: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley, Screenwriters: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley, Meghan Doherty
A small town gorilla joins a local TV program and a series of on-air mishaps threaten to shatter his identity, sending him on an adventure of self-discovery where reality and fantasy start to blend. Cast: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley, Tallie Medel, Meghan Doherty (World Premiere)

‘American Gods’

EPISODIC

Featuring innovative new work aimed squarely at the small screen, Episodic tunes in to the explosion of exciting material on non-theatrical platforms, including serialized TV, webisodes and beyond. (New for 2017: Open to all badgeholders)

American Gods
Director: David Slade, Screenwriters:  Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) in a hidden world where a battle is brewing between Old Gods and New. Cast: Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Jonathan Tucker, Mousa Kraish, Betty Gilpin, Gillian Anderson (World Premiere)

Dear White People
Director/Screenwriter: Justin Simien
Based on the critically-acclaimed 2014 film by the same name, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity, as told from a biting millennial point of view. Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori

I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY
Director/Screenwriter: Rachael Holder
Two inseparable and idiosyncratic best friends face the evolution of their friendship when one of them gets engaged. Cast: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tanisha Long, Alexis Denisof, Christopher Nicholas Smith (World Premiere)

I’m Dying up here
Director: Jonathan Levine, Screenwriter: Dave Flebotte
Set in L.A.’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, this new series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh. Executive produced by Jim Carrey. Cast: Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, Andrew Santino, Stephen Guarino, Erik Griffin, RJ Cyler, Al Madrigal, Dylan Baker (World Premiere)

Nobodies
Showrunner, Director: Michael McDonald, Pilot Director: Ben Falcone, Screenwriters: Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras
The series is inspired by the real lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras, who watched as their friends from The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars, while they were waiting for their one big break. Cast: Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras (World Premiere)

The Son
Director: Tom Harper
Based on the New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, The Son is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jacob Lofland, Henry Garrett, Paola Nunez, Carlos Bardem, Zahn McClarnon, Jess Weixler, David Wilson Barnes, Sydney Lucas (World Premiere)

‘G-Funk’

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Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary. (Open to Music badgeholders)

As I Walk Through The Valley
Directors: Ronnie Garza, Charlie Vela
As I Walk Through The Valley is a journey into the underground music scene of Texas’ southernmost border-region. Follow four generations of Valley musicians as they struggle to find a voice of their own in the land of charro beans and Tejano legends.   (World Premiere)

G-Funk
Director/Screenwriter: Karam Gill
G-Funk is the untold story of three childhood friends from East Long Beach who helped commercialize hip hop by developing a sophisticated and melodic new approach – merging Gangsta Rap with elements of Motown, Funk, and R&B. (World Premiere)

Give Me Future (aka Incoming Transmission) (United States, Cuba)
Director: Austin Peters
Cuba as you have never seen it before.

A Life in Waves
Director: Brett Whitcomb, Screenwriter:  Bradford Thomason
A Life in Waves explores the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani. (World Premiere)

Long Strange Trip
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Emerging from the Bay Area’s vibrant 1960s counterculture, the Grateful Dead were a motley crew whose unique sound sprang from an eclectic blend of influences: bluegrass, folk ballads, R&B, free-form jazz, classical, and jug band.

May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
Directors: Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio
An intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band the Avett Brothers, as they create their hit album “True Sadness.” (World Premiere)

Patti Cake$
Director: Geremy Jasper
Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory. Cast: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty

Residente (Armenia, Burkina Faso, China, Georgia, Mongolia, Niger, Russian Federation, USA)
Director: René Pérez Joglar
After taking a DNA test, Latin America’s most decorated artist – Rene Perez (AKA Residente), embarks on a global adventure, to trace the footsteps of his ancestors and record his latest album. (World Premiere)

Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live… and More
Director: Benno Nelson
A celebration of the musical legacy of Memphis’ best-known secret – Big Star – performed by a collective featuring members of Big Star, the dB’s, Let’s Active, the Posies, R.E.M., Semisonic, Wilco and Yo La Tengo with the Kronos Quartet and more. (World Premiere)

‘Win By Fall’

GLOBAL

A diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more.

Bad Lucky Goat (Colombia)
Director/Screenwriter: Samir Oliveros
After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father’s pick-up truck, two incompatible siblings in their teenage years, embark on a journey of reconciliation. Cast: Honlenny Huffington, Kiara Howard, Elkin Robinson, Michel Robinson, Ambrosio Huffington, Jean Bush (World Premiere)

The Challenge (France, Italy)
Director/Screenwriter: Yuri Ancarani
In The Challenge, the director crosses the Persian Gulf to accompany a falconer to an important competition. Among SUVs, Lamborghini, private jets and Mad Max-like dune bashing contests, the film tells the story of an intense weekend in the desert. (North American Premiere)

The Cloud Forest (Mexico)
Director/Screenwriter: Mónica Álvarez Franco
A small community in Veracruz is the guardian of one of the ecosystems facing the most risk: the cloud forest. By redesigning their needs, education and relationship with other people and with nature, they search for a simpler and sustainable life. (World Premiere)

Divine Divas (Brazil)
Director: Leandra Leal, Screenwriters: Carol Benjamin, Leandra Leal, Lucas Paraizo, Natara Ney
Eight iconic performers of the first generation of Brazilian transvestite artists go on stage to celebrate their 50th career jubilee. The film depicts the human, personal dimension behind these icons, deconstructing gender stereotypes. (North American Premiere)

Inflame (Turkey)
Director/Screenwriter: Ceylan Ozgun Ozcelik
Her nightmare is reality, and the reality is a nightmare. Cast: Algi Eke, Ozgur Cevik, Kadir Cermik, Asiye Dincsoy, Selen Ucer, Ipek Turktan Kaynak (North American Premiere)

Satan Said Dance (Poland)
Director/Screenwriter: Kasia Roslaniec
Satan Said Dance is an Instagram film in times of the selfie. A kaleidoscope of moments from life of Karolina – a scandalous writer obsessed with parties, drugs, sexuality and complex relationships, on her way to self-destruction. Cast: Magdalena Berus, Lukasz Simlat, Tygo Gernandt, Hanna Koczewska, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Danuta Stenka (North American Premiere)

Tormentero (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico)
Director: Rubén Imaz, Screenwriters: Fernando del Razo, Rubén Imaz
Romero Kantún is a retired fisherman, who lives mired in nostalgia, but feels that it is time to reclaim what he lost decades ago, when he discovered the great oilfield that ended fishing on his island and won him the fishermen’s rejection. Cast: José Carlos Ruiz, Gabino Rodríguez, Mónica Jiménez, Waldo Facco (U.S. Premiere)

Win By Fall (Germany)
Director: Anna Koch, Screenwriters: Anna Koch, Julia Lemke
At the age of 12, Janny, Lisa, Debby and Michelle leave their home for a sports school in the East German province to become wrestlers. A documentary about coming-of-age between boarding school corridors, wrestling gyms and boy band posters. (North American Premiere)

‘The Big Sick’

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

78/52
Director/Screenwriter: Alexandre O. Philippe
A feature-length documentary about the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, 78/52 takes an unprecedented look at the ‘man behind the curtain’ and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

The Big Sick
Director: Michael Showalter, Screenwriters: Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. Cast: Kumail Nanjani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupani Euler, Zienobia Sfiroff, Adeel Akfitar, Bo Burnhani, Mary Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler

Chasing Coral
Director: Jeff Orlowski, Screenwriters: Davis Coombe, Vickie Curtis, Jeff Orlowski
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Colossal
Director/Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo
An unapologetic party girl (Anne Hathaway) dreams of a fresh start only to discover a mysterious and fantastical connection between herself and a city-wrecking monster on the other side of the globe. Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson

GORAN (Croatia)
Director: Nevio Marasović, Screenwriter: Gjermund Gisvold
Some good news lead to chaos. Cast: Franjo Dijak, Nataša Janjić, Janko Popović Volarić, Goran Bogdan, Milan Štrljić (U.S. Premiere)

The Hero
Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch
The Hero tells the story of movie star Lee Hayden whose career high as Western film icon is now several decades in the past. Cast: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Katharine Ross

Lemon
Director: Janicza Bravo, Screenwriters: Janicza Bravo, Brett Gelman
A man watches his life unravel after he is left by his blind girlfriend. Cast: Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Nia Long, Shiri Appleby, Rhea Perlman, Fred Melamed, Gillian Jacobs, Martin Starr, David Paymer

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press
Director/Screenwriter: Brian Knappenberger
The trial between wrestler Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, but ended up as a case study in how big money can silence media through legal means. An examination of the free press in an age of inequality.

Prevenge (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Alice Lowe
Alice Lowe (Sightseers) is a triple threat as the writer, director and star of this pitch-black comedy about a pregnant woman whose unborn child spurs her on to murder. Cast: Alice Lowe, Dan Renton Skinner, Jo Hartley, Tom Davis, Leila Hoffman, Kate Dickie, Kayvan Novak, Mike Wozniak, Tom Meeten, Gemma Whelan

The Transfiguration
Director/Screenwriter: Michael O’Shea
This atmospheric New York tale about love, loss, and vampires follows Milo, a 14-year-old boy with a dark secret. The surprise of the Cannes Film Festival 2016. Cast: Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Aaron Moten, Carter Redwood, Danny Flaherty, Larry Fessenden, Lloyd Kaufman (North American Premiere)

Unrest
Director: Jennifer Brea
When Harvard PhD student Jennifer is struck down at 28 by a fever that leaves her bedridden, doctors tell her it’s “all in her head.” Determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and a hidden world of millions confined to their homes.

Walking Out
Directors/Screenwriters: Andrew Smith, Alex Smith
Based on the masterpiece, American short story, Walking Out, follows David (Josh Wiggins), a typical teenage urbanite as he travels to rural Montana to go hunting with his estranged, ‘off the grid’ father, Cal (Matt Bomer). Cast: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone, Ken White, Scott McMillion

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TV Review: ‘Powerless’ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-powerless/ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-powerless/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:59:01 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39796 NBC’s Powerless is the first of its kind in this new pop culture world of superhero mania – the series is a half-hour comedy from Warner Bros TV set in the DC Comics universe about a team inside Wayne Enterprises (yes, THAT Wayne Enterprises) that specializes in developing technology to protect the common person from [...]

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NBC’s Powerless is the first of its kind in this new pop culture world of superhero mania – the series is a half-hour comedy from Warner Bros TV set in the DC Comics universe about a team inside Wayne Enterprises (yes, THAT Wayne Enterprises) that specializes in developing technology to protect the common person from becoming victims during escalating superhero battles across major cities.

The series stars Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers) as Emily Locke, a small town girl both cheery and optimistic that is hired to become Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises. When she arrives in Charm City to start her job, she finds herself working for Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk), the aimless cousin of Bruce Wayne (aka Batman, shh!) that uses the family name recognition and wealth to drift within the company in hopes of getting to eventually work in the main Gotham City office.

When Emilly arrives in the office she finds out her team is an eccentric group that has become apathetic to their cause of helping people after having been beaten down in the office with bad management and corporate B.S. Community‘s Danny Pudi stars as Teddy, the pseudo voice of the team before Emily arrives, along with Ron Funches as Ron the excitable and enthusiastic IT guy of the group, and Jenni Pierson as Wendy, a talented inventor who has zero f*cks to give about her new boss Emily.

Powerless is a lot of fun for any fan of the DC Universe of characters, running with its unique comedic take on the life in that world, with inside DC references aplenty for the casual fan and as some laugh-out-loud moments for the hardcore ones. Although the show doesn’t totally rely on anyone being a comic book geek to enjoy, it certainly helps with the smorgasbord of inside gags and Easter eggs. One early scene involving a certain classic DC Silver Age super villain outside Emily’s apartment window almost made me spit out my drink, and even the opening credits are a gorgeous thing of DC Comics beauty.

When taken as a more straightforward comedy, the pilot doesn’t quite have enough of the Joker toxin-style really big laughs (there are some!), but does provide its share of solid chuckles throughout. Hudgens is charming and enthusiastic as Locke and Tudyk’s comedic timing is still the best in the biz and their rivalry is what really makes Powerless work. It’s extremely fun to see the two characters continually one-up each other to accomplish their drastically different goals and having Tudyk on the show vastly elevates the material.

Emily’s supporting team is also full of talented actors and actresses, but the pilot feels like it hasn’t quite figured out how to use all of them just yet. Hopefully with a few more episodes, the supporting cast can get fleshed out and provide some bigger comedic moments and let the talent shine in their roles.

One writer’s note that I should mention is that this version of the Powerless Pilot is NOT the version that was shown to audiences and critics last year at Comic-Con. The newer version is a complete rehauling of about 98% of the episode with a distinct tonal shift. The original had a more grounded office comedy vibe, still set in the DC Universe, but with more real life versions of its main characters and a couple that didn’t even make it into this update that will air on NBC. Perhaps those characters will show up down the road? This is a DC show, so perhaps they can have a “Crisis” event and bring the old and new versions of the characters together? Just a DC nerd dreaming over here.

But this version of Powerless is a more heightened comedic version of the show, going with more high energy characters and laughs with situations that are more slapstick than the subtle office humor of the old version. They also injected more DC references into it, including changing Alan Tudyk’s character to Van Wayne (an actual real Batman character created by Bill Finger) and dropping the RetCon insurance agency setting for Wayne Securities.

If you must ask, I do prefer the original pilot slightly more, but I do understand why NBC made the decision and I think the new version is more accessible to a broader audience. My hope is that the shakiness that is present within this alternate pilot is just an issue of having to cram a brand new script into a finished episode to fix the problems they saw with the old version and can now, with subsequent episodes, settle into a much more confident show.

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Teri Hatcher To Join ‘Supergirl’ in Reccuring Mystery Villain Role http://nerdrepository.com/teri-hatcher-join-supergirl-reccuring-mystery-villain-role/ http://nerdrepository.com/teri-hatcher-join-supergirl-reccuring-mystery-villain-role/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:42:00 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39804 Teri Hatcher, former Lois Lane from the beloved 90’s series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, has joined the cast of The CW’s Supergirl for Season 2. The actress will have a multi-episode arc this season as a Big Bad for the back half of the show’s second season. The date of the [...]

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Teri Hatcher, former Lois Lane from the beloved 90’s series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, has joined the cast of The CW’s Supergirl for Season 2. The actress will have a multi-episode arc this season as a Big Bad for the back half of the show’s second season. The date of the episode of her first appearance has yet to be announced.

The head geek DC TV Universe guru Andrew Kreisberg weighed in on the casting:

“No offense to any of the wonderful actresses who have also played the part, but Teri Hatcher is my all time favorite Lois Lane. To have her come back to the SuperWorld in a completely different part is an unbelievable gift to me, Greg [Berlanti], and the fans.”

Hatcher will join a Supergirl cast that already contains her Desperate Housewives co-star Mehcad Brooks who portrays Jimmy Olsen on the DC show, but former Superman from Lois and Clark, Dean Cain, has also appeared numerous times as Fred Danvers, Kara/Supergirl’s adoptive father. No announcement on whether the two actors will be reunited in an episode, but that would pretty darn cool, wouldn’t it?

I have no clue who I would like Hatcher to play on the show, especially since we already have the female Luthors accounted for and Lynda Carter is playing the President of the US. The Krypton military storyline  already ran it’s course in Season 1, but perhaps she could play Kryptonian badasses Ursa or Faora? She could easily play an older military version of either character. Or maybe even the matriarch of the Lane family, since we’ve already met Lucy, General Lane and heard name drops of Lois. What do you think?

Source: Variety

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Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat Departing ‘Doctor Who’ http://nerdrepository.com/peter-capaldi-steven-moffat-departing-doctor/ http://nerdrepository.com/peter-capaldi-steven-moffat-departing-doctor/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:37:14 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39792 After three seasons as The Doctor, actor Peter Capaldi will be stepping down from his role Doctor Who. Not only is Capaldi departing after the upcoming the season which premieres Saturday, April 15 on BBC America, but long time showrunner Steven Moffat will also be stepping down from his position after this next run of [...]

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After three seasons as The Doctor, actor Peter Capaldi will be stepping down from his role Doctor Who. Not only is Capaldi departing after the upcoming the season which premieres Saturday, April 15 on BBC America, but long time showrunner Steven Moffat will also be stepping down from his position after this next run of episodes.

Capaldi made the announcement about his departure last night on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show and the had the following to say:

“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

Moffat also commented on his own decision to leave Doctor Who:

“For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”

While I can’t say this is a huge shock, rumors have been circulating about both leaving the show for a while now, it certainly is a sad day and signal a drastic shift in the show for 2018 and beyond. While Capaldi was initially met with resistance in the role due to the younger American audiences that had jumped on board with the younger more attractive Doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith, Capaldi has carved out his own place in Doctor Who history with some stellar episodes and performances.

No word yet on who or when we’ll find out the identity of the actor/actress that will take on the role of The Doctor after Capaldi, but for those wondering when exactly the regeneration will happen on the show, the press release states:

“Capaldi will return in the next season for 12 episodes in April, followed by the Christmas Special when the regeneration will take place.”

Moffat isn’t quite down with the Doctor Who universe yet  as he will executive produce the new spin-off series Class and you can find the official description below:

The new eight-part series will follow four Coal Hill School students who have hidden secrets and desires, navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence. Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow. The program stars Greg Austin as Charlie; Fady Elsayed as Ram; Sophie Hopkins as April; Vivian Oparah as Tanya and Katherine Kelly as Miss Quill.

Class is a BBC Studios Wales production, co-produced with BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide.

Doctor Who returns Saturday, April 15 at 9/8c followed by Spin-Off Series Class at 10/9c on BBC America.

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Ben Affleck Steps Down from ‘The Batman’ Director’s Chair http://nerdrepository.com/ben-affleck-steps-the-batman-directors-chair/ http://nerdrepository.com/ben-affleck-steps-the-batman-directors-chair/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:44:03 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39790 The Warner Bros. series of films based on its DC Comics characters took another blow yesterday, with Ben Affleck confirming that he will no longer be directing the upcoming Batman spinoff film, tentatively titled The Batman. Affleck will remain onboard in a producing capacity, and will continue to star as the superhero. Variety broke the [...]

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The Warner Bros. series of films based on its DC Comics characters took another blow yesterday, with Ben Affleck confirming that he will no longer be directing the upcoming Batman spinoff film, tentatively titled The Batman. Affleck will remain onboard in a producing capacity, and will continue to star as the superhero.

Variety broke the news last night with a statement from Affleck:

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

The news comes swiftly on the heels of reports that The Flash will get a page-one rewrite, and persistent rumors that this year’s Wonder Woman falls short of the quality that Warner Bros. had hoped for. The DCEU has done well from a box office standpoint, but the films have been met with increasingly negative critical reviews for their messy scripts and perceived lack of “fun,” which the studio has promised to correct with the upcoming Justice League film.

No official word yet on who will replace Affleck in the director’s chair, but Variety says a shortlist has already been established, with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves among the contenders.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer: Maybe She’s the One to Break the Spell http://nerdrepository.com/beauty-beast-trailer-break-spell/ http://nerdrepository.com/beauty-beast-trailer-break-spell/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:21:00 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39787 In just a few more weeks, Bill Condon’s live-action remake of a beloved Disney classic will be making its way to the big screen when Beauty and the Beast finally hits theaters. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star as the titular pair of unlikely romantic partners, and while the film will most likely hew closely [...]

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In just a few more weeks, Bill Condon’s live-action remake of a beloved Disney classic will be making its way to the big screen when Beauty and the Beast finally hits theaters. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star as the titular pair of unlikely romantic partners, and while the film will most likely hew closely to the source material, the incredibly detailed and intricate production design should offer longtime fans plenty of reason to revisit this tale.

You can check out the final trailer for Beauty and the Beast right here.

The original animated film holds a special significance for me – it’s the first Disney film I recall seeing in a theater, and is also one of my wife’s all-time favorite movies. Based on what we’ve seen so far, Condon and his team have done a remarkable job of updating the visual style for today’s audiences, and every role seems to be perfectly cast.

Also starring Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen, Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters everywhere on March 17.

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/the-lego-batman-movie-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/the-lego-batman-movie-free-advance-screening/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:16:30 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39783 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The LEGO Batman Movie, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Zach Galifianakis. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The LEGO Batman Movie, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Zach Galifianakis. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) – stars in his own big-screen adventure.  But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis)hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/john-wick-chapter-2-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/john-wick-chapter-2-free-advance-screening/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:11:05 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39780 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of John Wick: Chapter 2, the sequel to the 2014 smash hit starring Keanu Reeves. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will [...]

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In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick [Keanu Reeves] is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild.  Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

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TV Review: ‘Riverdale’ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-riverdale/ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-riverdale/#respond Wed, 25 Jan 2017 02:11:26 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39764 Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the gang that you remember from the classic pulp comics are back in a new revamped series titled Riverdale on The CW from Warner Bros. Television. But when I say the characters are “back,” I mean that in the loosest of terms, as this new series tells the [...]

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Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the gang that you remember from the classic pulp comics are back in a new revamped series titled Riverdale on The CW from Warner Bros. Television. But when I say the characters are “back,” I mean that in the loosest of terms, as this new series tells the lives of Riverdale High and its families through the dark noir filter of a murder mystery inside a small town full of secrets and hidden pasts.

Riverdale takes this drastically bold approach to modernize these characters and stories that were very much a product of their time, but barely resemble the youth of today. After viewing the first four episodes, Riverdale succeeds more than it fails with its sardonic twist on the Archie catalog of characters in a show that falls somewhere between Vampire Diaries and Veronica Mars, with its mix of CW high school schlock and contrasting gritty, dark undertones.

The series kicks off with the oddly creepy red-headed twins (with no relation to Archie) Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines) dreamily going for a canoe ride in the beautiful forests of Riverdale, but only Cheryl returns – frantic and without her brother. James is then assumed dead as the new school year begins and everyone is affected by the beloved golden boy’s absence, causing tensions and rifts among the town.

Archie Andrews is still the quintessential American teen, but that stigma has changed greatly since the character was first conceived. K.J. Apa stars as the iconic red-headed romantic bringing his chiseled good looks and physique to this doofy version of the character. Archie is a solid athlete on the football team at Riverdale High, but after the summer’s tragic events, he goes all Varsity Blues’ Van der Beek by telling his dad Fred (a very affable, bearded Luke Perry): “I don’t want yer liiife” and instead decides to pursue a career in moody acoustic teen music.

But this updated, internet-age Archie usually has his heart in the right place, even though he’s consistently quite… shall we say… slow? Apa will certainly fill the eye-candy quota necessary for a CW show, but Archie is a frustratingly dim character that quite often gets overshadowed by the show’s other leads, the legendary love interests: Betty and Veronica.

Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is the cute, intelligent blonde next door and lifelong friend of Archie that is inexplicably stuck in his friend zone, while Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is the new girl in town seeking refuge from New York after her family is disgraced in a business scandal. Not only do both actresses turn in solid performances, but the characters are written surprisingly complex and tend to surprise at every corner. Their growing friendship and complicated connections to Archie are one of the most endearing and sincere aspects of a very weird and sometimes goofy show.

The supporting cast is also filled with very interesting and colorful characters all with unfolding connections to Jason’s disappearance. Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones doesn’t factor very heavily into the first two episodes, but is an integral part of the story as the pseudo-detective in this outcast version of Jughead that thankfully still sports the character’s trademark crown hat, but in hipster beanie form. A high point of the early episodes is to watch the main quartet of Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica slowly come together as friends for the first time.

Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom is also fun as the scenery chewing “mean girl” character that seems to know more about what happened to Jason than she originally let on. Unfortunately not all of her moments are the greatest and aside from some terrific genre skewering one-liners, she falls into the category of misses more than hits. There’s also the eye-rolling choice of a sexy younger Mrs. Grundy whom is in the middle of an inappropriate dalliance with the underage Archie, and Josie and the Pussycats are also grating as they act like superstar divas, even though they’re just a small town band.

Riverdale is such a strange and ballsy experiment that I’m curious to see how the show connects with audiences. The content is so extremely far removed from the original source material that it might turn off die-hard fans, and it falls a bit too often into soapy teen high school romance for those looking for a neat, noir murder mystery. But after four episodes, I’m oddly invested in this world of macabre color palettes and twisting mysteries that comes with an unfortunate heaping helping of teenage angst.


Riverdale premieres Thursday, January 26 at 9pm ET on The CW.

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2017 Oscar Nominations: ‘La La Land’ Leads with 14 Nods http://nerdrepository.com/2017-oscar-nominations-la-la-land-leads-14-nods/ http://nerdrepository.com/2017-oscar-nominations-la-la-land-leads-14-nods/#respond Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:53:06 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39761 The 89th Annual Academy Awards are coming soon, and this year’s nominees were announced in a live ceremony by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, along with several past nominees and winners. Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land emerged with 14 nominations, tying Ben-Hur and Titanic for the most nominations by a single film. Moonlight also [...]

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The 89th Annual Academy Awards are coming soon, and this year’s nominees were announced in a live ceremony by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, along with several past nominees and winners. Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land emerged with 14 nominations, tying Ben-Hur and Titanic for the most nominations by a single film.

Moonlight also fared well with 8 nominations, while Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller Arrival surprised pundits with 8 nominations of its own (but tragically, a Best Actress nod for Amy Adams wasn’t among them). And although Aaron Taylor-Johnson took home a Golden Globe for Nocturnal Animals, his costar Michael Shannon who will be competing for the Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars.

The 89th Annual Academy Awards will air Sunday, February 28th in a live telecast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. You can see the full list of nominations below.

Best Picture

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Original Screenplay

Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, The Lobster
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay

Eric Heisserer, Arrival
August Wilson, Fences
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures
Luke Davies, Lion
Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McRaney, Moonlight

Best Film Editing 

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Cinematography 

Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Best Production Design

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caeasar!
La La Land
Passengers

Best Costume Design

Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Floster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Make-up and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Best Original Score

Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Original Song

“Audition,” La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Sound Editing

Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

Best Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

Best Documentary Short

Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best Live-Action Short

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

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Sundance 2017 Movie Review: ‘Mudbound’ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-mudbound/ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-mudbound/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:13:57 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39743 Based on the Hillary Jordan novel of the same name, Mudbound tells the story of a black family in the Deep South of the 1940s whose lives are entwined with those of the white family on whose farmland they work. In her third film, director Dee Rees weaves a rich tapestry that explores race relations through a myriad [...]

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Based on the Hillary Jordan novel of the same name, Mudbound tells the story of a black family in the Deep South of the 1940s whose lives are entwined with those of the white family on whose farmland they work. In her third film, director Dee Rees weaves a rich tapestry that explores race relations through a myriad of perspectives, using no less than six different narrators over the course of Mudbound‘s 130-minute running time. It’s a framing device lifted directly from Jordan’s novel, and Rees uses it to great effect, allowing each of these individual stories to paint a vivid portrait of the differences – and the similarities – between both families.

A stoic, soft-spoken preacher who dreams of owning his own parcel of land, Hap Jackson (Rob Morgan) works his fingers to the bone from sunup to sundown with the help of his wife, Florence (Mary J. Blige) and their children. The crops they tend belong to Henry McAllen (Jason Clarke), a businessman who recently uprooted his Memphis family – including wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) and contemptuous, bigoted “Pappy” (Jonathan Banks) – to a perpetually muddy 200 acres in rural Mississippi.

Henry doesn’t quite share his father’s hostility for the Morgans and their ilk, but he still treats Hap as a subordinate rather than an equal. Laura, on the other hand, is a much gentler soul, frequently admonishing her husband for his crisp interactions with the Morgans – albeit to little effect – and extending small acts of kindness, such as offering Florence a job as her housekeeper, or paying for a physician to treat Hap’s broken leg when he suffers a nasty fall. Henry may view the Morgans as little more than a business investment, but Laura treats them like actual human beings.

When World War II erupts, Hap’s oldest son Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) ships out to join an all-black tank battalion, while Henry’s younger brother Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) becomes an Air Force pilot. Both men return home around the same time, but their experiences couldn’t be more different – while Jamie is called a hero, Ronsel still rides in the back of the bus behind the “Colored” sign, and is forced to leave a local grocery store by the rear entrance after a nasty altercation with Pappy. Ronsel may have been respected by white soldiers on the battlefield, but that respect didn’t follow him back to Mississippi – in fact, the only white person who doesn’t look down on him with disdain is Jamie. As both men struggle to adjust to life after the war, they form an uneasy friendship that blossoms into true brotherhood, which threatens to put both of them on the wrong side of the locals.

Much like his Straight Outta Compton costar, who turned heads in another Sundance hit, Jason Mitchell proves that his performance in the well-received music biopic was just the tip of the iceberg. Tortured by the horrors of war, defiant in the face of bigotry and grateful for his newfound friendship, Mitchell’s portrayal of Ronsel is nothing short of agonizing as he learns the savagery he experienced on the battlefield is no match for the kind that awaits him back home. Equally superb is Hedlund, turning in the best work of his career as he imbues Jamie with a profound sadness that gradually begins to consume him, one bottle at a time. Special mention goes to a nearly unrecognizable Mary J. Blige in a brilliantly understated role as Hap’s compassionate wife, far more taxing than her previous efforts.

In less capable hands, the constantly shifting points of view through which Mudbound unfolds could easily have left the narrative feeling disjointed, but Rees deftly balances each character’s tale with cleverly timed juxtapositions, such as cutting back and forth between Hap’s tumble from a ladder and Ronsel’s hasty escape from a tank as his squadron comes under fire. Whether it’s the narrowed eyes directed at Jamie and Ronsel as they shake hands in the street, or the the smile that dances at the corners of Laura’s mouth whenever she sees Henry’s younger brother, nothing here feels wasted or extraneous. Everything we see is crucial to the story Rees tells, and every scene, every word, every glance is significant.

With only two prior films under her belt, Rees proves herself a master storyteller, fully adept at exploring the complexity of the human condition and the experiences that make us who we are. Breathtaking in both its beauty and its cruelty, Mudbound emerges from the rain-and-blood soaked soil of the Jim Crow South as nothing short of an American epic.

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Official Title of ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Revealed http://nerdrepository.com/official-title-star-wars-episode-viii-revealed/ http://nerdrepository.com/official-title-star-wars-episode-viii-revealed/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:32:09 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39745 At long last, this year’s enormously anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII, the follow-up to The Force Awakens, has been given an official title straight from Disney. Written and directed by Looper‘s Rian Johnson, the next Skywalker saga film will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. StarWars.com broke the reveal and was nice enough to [...]

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At long last, this year’s enormously anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII, the follow-up to The Force Awakens, has been given an official title straight from Disney. Written and directed by Looper‘s Rian Johnson, the next Skywalker saga film will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

StarWars.com broke the reveal and was nice enough to provide the title card in poster treatment form, which you can check out below:

Other than the title reveal, the press release didn’t really have much else to say about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but here’s the full thing if you’re curious:

The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed
Announcing the name of the next film in the Skywalker saga.

We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time.

Much like the title The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi isn’t exactly electric with energy, but it’s a very solid title that still holds true to the terms and ideas beloved in the mythology – even if it does sound slightly more like a novel than a film. Most can assume that the title is referring to Luke Skywalker’s glorious return to the forefront in this film, but part of me wonders if there’s more to it than just that simple statement regarding the last living Jedi.

Interesting that the Star Wars lettering is red, a color normally associated with the dark side and Star Wars films that are darker in tone. Personally, I’m just glad that we finally know what to call one of the biggest films of 2017, since we’re only 11 months away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s official release.

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Sundance 2017 Movie Review: ‘The Little Hours’ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-little-hours/ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-little-hours/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:55:21 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39740 Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours marks the writer-director’s third trip to the Sundance Film Festival, and this 14th-century comedy based – just barely – on Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, might be his biggest crowd-pleaser yet. Taking place mostly in a convent nestled in the Italian countryside, the film immediately establishes itself as an atypical period piece when [...]

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Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours marks the writer-director’s third trip to the Sundance Film Festival, and this 14th-century comedy based – just barely – on Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, might be his biggest crowd-pleaser yet. Taking place mostly in a convent nestled in the Italian countryside, the film immediately establishes itself as an atypical period piece when a gardener bids good morning to Sister Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza) and Sister Genevra (Kate Micucci), who immediately fly into a rage and roar “don’t fucking talk to us!”

Indeed, these sisters aren’t the pious servants of Christ you might expect: Fernanda is prone to fits of violence and vulgarity, Genevra is an envious busybody seeking to be rewarded for tattling on her companions, and Alessandra (Alison Brie) is resentful of her father’s inability to scrape together enough coin for a suitable dowry that will see her married and rescued from cloistered life. Father Tomasso (John C. Reilly) does what he can to keep these unruly ladies in line, but his fondness for sacramental wine leaves him ill-equipped to combat their troublemaking.

Opportunity knocks in the form of Massetto (Dave Franco), a manservant fleeing the house of his lord (Nick Offerman) after being caught in a tryst with the lady of the house (Lauren Weedman). Tomasso offers the lad refuge under the condition that he assume the gardener’s duties and present himself as a deaf mute in order to prevent raising the ire of the sisters and thus submitting himself to the same expletive-laden abuse his predecessor suffered. But curiosity, sexual repression and the arrival of a handsome young man are a recipe for disaster, and Massetto finds himself trying – just barely – to fend off advances from all three sisters, with hilarious consequences.

Most of the laughs in The Little Hours are derived from watching women of the faith curse continuously and engage in the bawdiest of behavior, and the schtick admittedly begins to wear thin after awhile. But the third act, featuring love potions and witchcraft and lascivious late-night encounters, is so unabashedly insane that it boggles the mind as the film hurtles from one uproarious moment to the next. It’s pure batshit insanity, with a particularly bonkers turn from Micucci, as Genevra wrestles with the psychedelic effects of a home-brewed tonic.

There are a few loose ends, such as the forbidden romance between Tomasso and the Reverend Mother (Molly Shannon) which feels shoehorned in for no good reason, and the appearance of Fred Armisen as a stern bishop whose only chuckle comes courtesy of his costume. But these shortcomings aside, The Little Hours still makes for an enjoyable R-rated romp through 14th-century Italy, like a Monty Python sketch reimagined for audiences who like their humor a little more on the explicit side.

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Sundance 2017 Movie Review: ‘Killing Ground’ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-killing-ground/ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-killing-ground/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:15:18 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39737 Premiering in the Midnight category at Sundance, Damien Power’s feature-length debut Killing Ground spins a pair of stories about ill-fated camping trips in the Australian wilderness. Unflinching in its violence and depravity, the film’s narrative unfolds in non-linear fashion so that both stories run parallel to each other, with their respective climaxes happening in stereo. But [...]

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Premiering in the Midnight category at Sundance, Damien Power’s feature-length debut Killing Ground spins a pair of stories about ill-fated camping trips in the Australian wilderness. Unflinching in its violence and depravity, the film’s narrative unfolds in non-linear fashion so that both stories run parallel to each other, with their respective climaxes happening in stereo. But that’s the only trick Power seems to have up his sleeve, and a reliance on tried-and-true horror tropes and lurid subject matter becomes a burden the film can’t shoulder.

Young couple Sam (Harriet Dyer) and Ian (Ian Meadows) are on a last-minute holiday getaway, en route to an idyllic streamside setting that Ian frequented in his childhood. The illusion of solitude is destroyed when they arrive to find another tent erected nearby, but the occupants are nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Margaret (Maya Strange) and Rob (Julian Garner) have taken their children – angsty teen Em (Tiarne Coupland) and toddler Ollie (Liam and Riley Parkes) – to a remote spot for a few days of hiking and relaxation. After a sleepless night plagued by nightmares, Em opts out of the next morning’s excursion, preferring to stay behind and get some additional rest.

As we intercut between the groups, it becomes evident that both scenarios are playing out in the same location, albeit with an undisclosed amount of time passing between each series of events. Sam and Ian discover Ollie wandering alone in the woods, mud-covered and dehydrated with no trace of his family, but a flat tire strands them at the campsite. And as the juxtaposition continues, both groups will find themselves menaced by a pair of sinister locals (Aaron Pedersen and Aaron Glenane) with nefarious motives, leading to a shockingly savage finale.

Killing Ground‘s unique approach to storytelling isn’t sufficient enough to offset the overly familiar story of bad things happening to strangers when they wander into the woods, and the usage of sexual assault as a catalyst feels especially distasteful this weekend, as millions of women band together to march in protest of a culture which marginalizes their experiences. Killing Ground might appeal to certain horror fans, but I’m clearly not one of them.

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Sundance 2017 Movie Review: ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-incredible-jessica-james/ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-incredible-jessica-james/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:47:26 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39734 After a four-year stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show, Jessica Williams brings her comedic sensibilities to the big screen as the title character in the Sundance Film Festival’s closing night film The Incredible Jessica James. A struggling playwright living in New York City, Jessica mitigates the steady stream of rejection letters from theater directors by [...]

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After a four-year stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show, Jessica Williams brings her comedic sensibilities to the big screen as the title character in the Sundance Film Festival’s closing night film The Incredible Jessica James. A struggling playwright living in New York City, Jessica mitigates the steady stream of rejection letters from theater directors by teaching in an after-school program for a nonprofit organization aimed at getting younger children interested in the arts.

She’s also reeling from a breakup, and one of the film’s first scenes is a Tinder meetup that she agreed to for the sole purpose of making her ex-boyfriend (Lakeith Stanfield) jealous, verbally eviscerating her unsuspecting match in the process. It’s a brilliant introduction that serves as a showcase for Williams’ skills, and sets the stage for the nonstop barrage of humor that will permeate the rest of the film.

Succumbing to pressure from her best friend, Jessica agrees to a blind date with Boone (Chris O’Dowd), a recently divorced thirtysomething schlub with whom she shares almost nothing in common. Boone’s affable nature is the polar opposite of Jessica’s swaggering confidence and sometimes icy exterior, and yet a strange sort of kinship develops as they bond over their mutual heartbreak and agree to follow each other’s exes on social media and report back when any major life events transpire. It’s a seemingly ill-advised arrangement, but in reality is just an excuse to spend more time together without either party being forced to admit the budding attraction that will inevitably blossom into something else.

Directed by Jim Strouse, who wrote the screenplay as a vehicle for Williams, The Incredible Jessica James follows a number of predictable beats straight out of the indie rom-com playbook. There are a handful of other developments, including Jessica’s wavering feelings about her ex, a visit to her hometown for her sister’s baby shower and her attempts to intervene when her most talented student pulls out of a weekend writer’s retreat due to a complicated situation at home. Some of these threads are less developed that others, but through it all Williams remains charming, funny and captivating.

Comparisons will no doubt be made to Trainwreck, another film about a smart, funny woman getting her life together, but The Incredible Jessica James eschews raunch and vulgarity in favor of a smarter, more grounded approach to the material. On the surface, the film may seem like little more than typical indie fare, but Williams’ force-of-nature performance, so vibrant and full of energy, elevates it to something else entirely and promises many great things to come.

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Sundance 2017 Movie Review: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-ingrid-goes-west/ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-ingrid-goes-west/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:32:15 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39730 When we first meet Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza), she’s sitting in her car scrolling through an Instagram feed of someone’s wedding, sobbing uncontrollably as she “likes” every photo. Then she storms across the parking lot and right into the event itself, marching up to the bride to blast her in the face with pepper spray for [...]

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When we first meet Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza), she’s sitting in her car scrolling through an Instagram feed of someone’s wedding, sobbing uncontrollably as she “likes” every photo. Then she storms across the parking lot and right into the event itself, marching up to the bride to blast her in the face with pepper spray for not including her on the invitation list – an act which justifiably lands her in a mental hospital.

Turns out, the bride wasn’t a friend, but merely a social media celebrity that Ingrid had developed an obsession with. When she’s finally released from psychiatric care several years later, her mother has passed away and left her with a $60,000 inheritance, which Ingrid immediately spends on a trip to Los Angeles in hopes of locating the object of her latest fixation, Instagram star Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). She visits Taylor’s favorite breakfast spot and orders the same meal, then stops to get her hair cut and colored at the same salon Taylor frequents, conjuring a new version of herself that she hopes Taylor will accept as her equal.

I won’t spoil the lengths to which Ingrid goes to arrange an introduction, but it’s simultaneously hilarious and horrifying, not to mention effective. Just like that, Ingrid has become Taylor’s new best friend, posing for photos in her feed and developing a social media presence of her own. But as the girls spend more time together, the cracks begin to show in the facade that Taylor has painstakingly crafted for herself, and the “perfect life” she project to her followers turns out to be anything but. Too bad that revelation is lost on Ingrid, whose own fictional identity lies on the verge of exposure once Taylor’s hard-partying brother (Billy Magnussen) shows up for an impromptu visit.

Plaza is delightfully disturbed in the title role, especially as Ingrid begin to unravel in the films third act, but she never allows her character’s psychosis to overshadow the humanity beneath. At her core, Ingrid is just a lonely girl desperate to make friends and feel accepted, but she clearly has no clue how to make that happen. Olsen also turns in strong work as the small-town girl who masks her insecurity and unhappiness by creating a personality designed to attract an audience, and Wyatt Russell shines as her husband, a struggling artist type whose patience for Taylor’s fabricated lifestyle has long since worn thin.

But it’s O’Shea Jackson Jr, in his first role since 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, who emerges as the film’s brightest star, showcasing brilliant comedic timing as Ingrid’s landlord. A wannabe screenwriter with a particular affinity for Batman (specifically, Schumacher’s version), Jackson’s character is the only genuine person in the entire film, and his interactions with Ingrid provide some of the film’s biggest laughs.

Working from a screenplay he co-wrote, director Matt Spicer’s darkly humorous spin on the Single White Female dynamic functions as a blistering satire of the social media generation, where photos and Tweets can give us a false sense of familiarity with a person we’ve never actually met. Ingrid Goes West lays bare many of the complex issues that can arise from being a bit too connected to each other, exploring these themes with a great mix of humor and heart that will surely resonate with younger crowds.

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Sundance 2017 Movie Review: ‘Dayveon’ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-dayveon/ http://nerdrepository.com/sundance-2017-movie-review-dayveon/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:30:51 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39725 “Everything is stupid,” 13-year-old Dayveon Buckingham (Devin Blackmon) tells himself as he rides his bicycle along the tree-lined roads of his rural Arkansas town, and it’s easy to see where he’s coming from. He lives in poverty with his older sister Kim (Chasity Moore), her boyfriend Bryan (Dontrell Bright) and their infant child, spending his [...]

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“Everything is stupid,” 13-year-old Dayveon Buckingham (Devin Blackmon) tells himself as he rides his bicycle along the tree-lined roads of his rural Arkansas town, and it’s easy to see where he’s coming from. He lives in poverty with his older sister Kim (Chasity Moore), her boyfriend Bryan (Dontrell Bright) and their infant child, spending his free time wandering around the local rock quarry with his friend Brayden (Kordell Johnson) and mourning the shooting death of his older brother.

Determined not to succumb to the same fate, Dayveon makes the decision to join up with the local gang of Bloods, who acquiesce to his request by allowing a half-dozen members to assault him, strip him down to his boxer shorts, and throw his clothes into a tree. Unsurprisingly, their newest member doesn’t take kindly to the initiation ritual, but at least someone has his back now… right?

Understanding the dangers of the path laid out before Dayveon, Bryan tries to inject himself as the positive role model the boy has been lacking since the loss of his brother. But instead of accepting this olive branch, Dayveon grows increasingly angry, shoving Bryan away and telling him “you’ll never be my brother.” It’s a heartbreaking scene, because we can see just how much Bryan cares for Dayveon, which offers a stark contrast to his newfound “friends” and their eagerness to exploit his naivety.

Amman Abbasi’s decision to populate his film with non-professional actors – most of whom speak with the incredibly thick accents that have become something of a regional trademark – adds a layer of authenticity to Dayveon, and much like last year’s American Honey, the depiction of poverty in rural America is gut-wrenching and tragic. Becoming a criminal isn’t so much a choice as a means of survival, and although we can’t necessarily agree with some of the actions portrayed onscreen, we can still understand the motivation behind them.

At 75 minutes, it feels like Abbasi’s film comes to a close just as we’re finally beginning to understand his characters. The resolution, which comes on the heels of a moment where both aspects of Dayveon’s life are forced to intersect, doesn’t offer much in the way of closure, and we’re left wondering about the inevitable fallout that will come from his choices. It’s a head-scratching way to end what could have been an otherwise powerful narrative about grief and masculinity, but instead feels more like a missed opportunity.

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Movie Review: ‘The Founder’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-the-founder/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-the-founder/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:02:30 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39715 Following a pair of dynamite performances in 2014’s Birdman and 2015’s Spotlight – both of which received an Academy Award for Best Picture – Michael Keaton remains at the top of his game with his portrayal of McDonald’s mastermind Ray Kroc in The Founder. The latest from director John Lee Hancock charts the fast-talking businessman’s journey from traveling [...]

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Following a pair of dynamite performances in 2014’s Birdman and 2015’s Spotlight – both of which received an Academy Award for Best Picture – Michael Keaton remains at the top of his game with his portrayal of McDonald’s mastermind Ray Kroc in The Founder. The latest from director John Lee Hancock charts the fast-talking businessman’s journey from traveling salesman to fast food mogul, and doesn’t shy away from the trail of broken promises and shady business practices left in his wake.

The year is 1954, and Ray’s journey across the Midwest peddling a five-spindle Multimixer to drive-in owners isn’t exactly paying the bills, but when his secretary (Kate Kneeland) tells him a San Bernardino restaurant has ordered six units for a single location, Ray hits the road to find out what all the fuss is about. He’s flabbergasted when he meets the McDonald brothers, Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch), whose unconventional ideas – including a four-item menu, homemade condiment applicators and a kitchen meticulously designed for maximum efficiency – have transformed their hamburger stand into a local sensation.

“It’s revolutionary,” Ray tells his wife (Laura Dern) when he returns from the road, and it’s not long before he’s back in San Bernardino with a pitch to franchise the McDonald’s brand. The brothers are skeptical at first, but Ray’s rousing sales pitch – where he equates the restaurant to “the new American church” – finally wins them over. Eager to get started, Ray barely glances at the contract before agreeing to their terms, a decision which will ultimately come back to haunt everyone involved.

After opening a series of locations across the Midwest and enjoying his newfound celebrity as the public face of the company, Ray is dismayed to learn that he’s nearly out of money, thanks to the paltry 1.4% of net profits stipulated in his contract. Ray lacks the capital to continue driving expansion of the franchise, and his current rate of return isn’t enough to keep him afloat for much longer, but Dick and Mac refuse to renegotiate his deal. Frustrated with his disintegrating financials and the lengthy approval process required to make any changes or alterations to his stores, Ray opts for an unorthodox new strategy that will keep him in the public eye, generating an upfront revenue stream and give him more control over his locations – while boxing out the brothers completely.

Offerman is superb as the ill-tempered architect of the McDonald brothers’ prosperity, and Lynch balances the scale by painting Mac as warm, friendly and somewhat hapless, constantly making excuses for Ray’s transgressions. Other supporting actors are given short shrift, however, including B.J. Novak as a forward-thinking financial advisor, Patrick Wilson as an ambitious restaurant owner and Linda Cardellini as his equally enterprising wife. Everyone is fine, they’re just all given very little to do beyond advancing the plot, and it would have been nice to see a bit more development for each of them.

But The Founder is definitely Keaton’s show, and his engaging, energetic performance endears the audience to Ray, which presents something of a moral conundrum as we watch this once-decent man be overcome by the specters of fame and greed. It’s not enough that Ray has gone from the brink of bankruptcy to more wealth than he ever imagined – whether it’s the name of the company or the pretty young wife of a franchisee, Ray always wants more. His methodology ranges from dubious to downright horrifying, yet Keaton brings the character to life with such vigor and charisma that we continue to be enthralled and fascinated through every unspeakable act he commits, which rings especially true in our current political climate.

There’s something about our culture that allows us – or perhaps causes us – to put successful businessmen on a pedestal above the rest of us, while downplaying the corruption and misdeeds that were responsible for their success, and The Founder illustrates that dichotomy to great effect. There’s no denying that Ray is a terrible human being with an off-kilter sense of morality, and yet by the end of his journey to the top of the (fast) food chain, he still emerges as the triumphant hero, which is likely to leave audiences feeling conflicted as they exit the theater.

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2017 Sundance Film Festival Preview http://nerdrepository.com/2017-sundance-film-festival-preview/ http://nerdrepository.com/2017-sundance-film-festival-preview/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:41:40 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39698 The 2017 Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday, January 19, and once again I’ll be returning to Park City for opening weekend. I had a great experience last year and saw some remarkable selections, and I’m expecting more of the same for my follow-up trip. Once again, I won’t be in town long enough to see [...]

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The 2017 Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday, January 19, and once again I’ll be returning to Park City for opening weekend. I had a great experience last year and saw some remarkable selections, and I’m expecting more of the same for my follow-up trip.

Once again, I won’t be in town long enough to see everything on my radar, with quite a few titles screening after I leave the festival, but I’m still trying to squeeze in as much as possible for the four days I’m in town. Here are some of the things I’m looking forward to catching.


The Little Hours
Written and Directed by Jeff Baena

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.

Dayveon
Directed by Amman Abbasi

In the wake of his big brother’s violent death, 13-year-old Dayveon (Devin Blackmon) struggles to find his way in an economically depressed Arkansas town. With no parents and few role models around, Dayveon is soon torn between the lure of a local gang and the friendship of his sister’s boyfriend, who reluctantly acts as a father figure.

Killing Ground
Written and Directed by Damien Power

When young couple Sam and Ian escape the confines of urban living for a weekend getaway at a remote campsite, they arrive to find a neighboring tent set up with its inhabitants nowhere in sight. As day turns to night and then to day again, the young couple becomes increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of their unknown fellow campers. When they discover a toddler wandering alone on the campground, things go from bad to worse, thrusting them into a harrowing fight for survival in a place miles from civilization, where no one can hear them scream.

The Incredible Jessica James
Written and Directed by Jim Strouse

Jessica James (Jessica Williams), an aspiring playwright in New York City, is trying hard to get over a recent breakup with her boyfriend. She sees light at the end of the tunnel when she meets Boone (Chris O’Dowd), who’s also recovering from a recent break-up. Together, they figure out a way to make it through the tough times, while also realizing they like each other—a lot.

Novitiate
Written and Directed by Maggie Betts

Spanning the early 1950s through the mid-’60s, this coming-of-age story is about a young girl’s first love. In this case, her first love is God. Raised by a deeply caring, non-religious mother, Cathleen is drawn to the heady mysticism of the lives of Catholic nuns and their undying romantic devotion to their chosen husband, Jesus Christ. She enrolls in a training program with The Sisters of Blessed Rose, a cloistered convent. As Cathleen progresses from the postulant to the novitiate levels of her tutelage, her faith is challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a nun, just as Pope John XXIII’s announcement of the Second Vatican Council threatens to alter the course of nuns’ lives forever.

Colossal
Written and Directed by Nacho Vigalondo

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a hard partying New York scene girl who is thrust into crisis when her boyfriend, Tim (Dan Stevens), grows sick of her antics and kicks her out of their apartment. With no other options, she moves back to her hometown and quickly regresses, drinking every night until last call and accepting a job at a bar owned by her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). One day she wakes up and blurrily finds out that Seoul was terrorized by a giant creature the night before. Eventually, Gloria begins to suspect her own drunken actions are bizarrely connected to the monster rampaging in South Korea.

Landline
Directed by Gillian Robespierre

The Manhattan of 1995: a land without cell phones, but abundant in CD listening stations, bar smoke, and family dysfunction. Enter the Jacobs. Eldest daughter Dana’s looming marriage to straight-laced Ben prompts a willful dive into her wild side, while her younger sister, Ali, is still in high school but leads a covert life of sex, drugs, and clubbing. After discovering love letters penned by their father, the sisters try to expose his apparent affair while keeping it from their all-too-composed mother.

The Discovery
Directed by Charlie McDowell

What would you do if there was proof of an afterlife? The answer to this question is rivetingly explored in The Discovery, where world-renowned physicist Doctor Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) is able to scientifically prove the existence of an afterlife—but with dire consequences. His estranged son, Will (Jason Segel), tries to confront the situation by returning to the New England–esque island where he grew up. He crosses paths with Isla (Rooney Mara), who’s returning to the island for mysterious reasons of her own. The tale unfolds over the ensuing days as the regret of past choices forces these lost characters to reflect on how they’ve gotten to where they are.

Ingrid Goes West
Directed by Matt Spicer

Ingrid is an unstable young woman with a checkered past of obsessive behavior. She secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane—an Instagram “lifestyle guru” with a fabulous artist boyfriend, a camera-ready terrier, and an array of new products and brands to promote to her followers. After Ingrid adopts a Taylor-made identity for herself, her machinations to prove she’s BFF material for her Insta idol are underway—that is, until she meets Taylor’s obnoxious brother Nicky, who threatens to tear down her façade.

The Yellow Birds
Directed by Alexandre Moors

Twenty-one-year-old Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich, soon to play the young Han Solo) and 18-year-old Murph (Tye Sheridan) become fast friends in army training before shipping off to fight insurgents in Iraq. Taken under the wing of a hot-headed sergeant (Jack Huston), they wander into the fog of war, but Murph never comes back. Bartle returns home with the secrets of Murph’s disappearance held close to his aching chest, while a shrewd military investigator (Jason Patric) and Murph’s anguished mom (Jennifer Aniston) demand answers.

The Hero
Directed by Brett Haley

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.

Wind River
Written and Directed by Taylor Sheridan

U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent Cory Lambert discovers a body in the rugged wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The FBI sends in rookie agent Jane Banner, but she’s unprepared for the difficulties created by the oppressive weather and isolation of the Wyoming winter. When she employs Cory as a tracker, the two venture deep into a world ravaged by violence and the elements. Wind River is a stark look at life on the edge of an imposing wilderness, where the rule of law is eclipsed by the laws of nature.

Mudbound
Directed by Dee Rees

Set in the post-WWII South, this epic pioneer story pits two families against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. Newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis, the McAllans are underprepared and overly hopeful for Henry’s grandiose farming dreams while Laura strives to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. For Hap and Florence Jackson, whose families have worked the land for generations, every day is a losing venture as they struggle bravely to build some small dream of their own. The war upends both families, as their returning loved ones, Jamie and Ronsel, forge a fast, uneasy friendship that challenges them all.


The 2017 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19-29. For more information, visit sundance.org

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‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Trailer: Something Happened to My Wife http://nerdrepository.com/santa-clarita-diet-trailer-happened-wife/ http://nerdrepository.com/santa-clarita-diet-trailer-happened-wife/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:06:37 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39694 As Netflix continues to expand its ever-growing slate of original programming, it was only a matter of time before the streaming network opted to tackle one of pop culture’s most iconic subjects: zombies. But if you think Santa Clarita Diet will be an attempt to capture the post-apocalyptic horror of The Walking Dead, think again. [...]

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As Netflix continues to expand its ever-growing slate of original programming, it was only a matter of time before the streaming network opted to tackle one of pop culture’s most iconic subjects: zombies. But if you think Santa Clarita Diet will be an attempt to capture the post-apocalyptic horror of The Walking Dead, think again.

The new series features Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as Sheila and Joel, a pair of California realtors who must cope with the fact that Sheila seems to have passed away and returned from the dead with a hunger for raw flesh.

Check out the trailer for Santa Clarita Diet below.

The blend of comedy and horror feels like new territory for Netflix, and after Olyphant’s lengthy run on Justified, it’s refreshing to see him trying something a little different. Whether or not Santa Clarita Diet becomes the next big health craze remains to be seen, but it certainly looks like it’ll have plenty to offer.

Santa Clarita Diet will debut February 3, exclusively on Netflix.

In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.

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DVD Giveaway: ‘Adventure Time: Islands’ Complete Mini-Series http://nerdrepository.com/dvd-giveaway-adventure-time-islands-miniseries/ http://nerdrepository.com/dvd-giveaway-adventure-time-islands-miniseries/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:36:20 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39687 Adventure Time is returning to Cartoon Network with an epic eight-part journey titled Adventure Time: Islands. The four night event starts Monday, Jan. 30 and concludes Thursday, Feb. 2 and will feature an adventure into the Finn the Human’s mysterious past. Fans of Adventure Time know that the series takes place many years after an [...]

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Adventure Time is returning to Cartoon Network with an epic eight-part journey titled Adventure Time: Islands. The four night event starts Monday, Jan. 30 and concludes Thursday, Feb. 2 and will feature an adventure into the Finn the Human’s mysterious past.

Fans of Adventure Time know that the series takes place many years after an apocalypse wiped out almost all of the humans in existence. The series has only provided small glimpses into the history of Ooo and even less into Finn’s past, but Adventure Time: Islands promises to answer one of the longest running questions on the show: What happened to the humans?

You can check out the trailer below:

To celebrate the return of Adventure Time to Cartoon Network, The Nerd Repository is giving away a copy of the entire Adventure Time: Islands mini-series releasing a week before the episodes even air on television.

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In Adventure Time: Islands, Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), Jake (John DiMaggio), BMO (Niki Yang) and Susan Strong (Jackie Buscarino) leave the Land of Ooo to embark on a quest of epic proportions across the ocean and into new lands—encountering new creatures, discovering new islands and using teamwork along the way.

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Movie Review: ‘Live By Night’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-live-night/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-live-night/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:28:25 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39676 After three critically acclaimed directorial efforts under his belt, including 2012’s Best Picture winner Argo, Ben Affleck goes behind the camera once again for the Prohibition-era gangster tale Live By Night, adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name. Despite an incredibly talented supporting cast, lavish production design and gorgeous cinematography from Robert Richardson, the [...]

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After three critically acclaimed directorial efforts under his belt, including 2012’s Best Picture winner Argo, Ben Affleck goes behind the camera once again for the Prohibition-era gangster tale Live By Night, adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name. Despite an incredibly talented supporting cast, lavish production design and gorgeous cinematography from Robert Richardson, the film ultimately falls well short of Affleck’s previous work.

In 1920s Boston, Joe Coughlin (Affleck) returns from the war to carve himself a niche as a talented stickup artist, much to the chagrin of his police captain father (Brendan Gleeson). As Joe’s reputation grows, he’s approached by Irish mobster Albert White (Robert Glenister), currently embroiled in a war with Italian leader Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone) for control of the city’s rackets. “I don’t truck with gangsters,” Joe says, but his ongoing affair with White’s mistress (Sienna Miller) says otherwise, and their ill-advised trysts ultimately lead to a series of events that land Joe behind bars.

Three years later, Joe leaves prison to discover the city is now completely under Pescatore’s control, and White has been exiled to Florida, where he’s attempting to muscle in on the rum trade. Pescatore recruits Joe and sends him to Tampa along with his former stickup partner Dion (Chris Messina) to oversee operations and ensure that White and his crew aren’t given the opportunity to establish a foothold in the region. Eager for revenge, but knowing the dish is best served cold, Joe sets up shop in Ybor City and begins meticulously dismantling the White organization, one piece at a time.

It’s no coincidence that Live By Night, as a film, begins to head south around the same time as its leading character. Once Joe arrives in Florida, new characters and subplots are introduced at a rapid pace that overcomplicates the narrative and robs the film of any momentum built during the first act. There’s Cuban immigrant Graciela (Zoe Saldana), with whom Joe immediately begins a relationship; local police chief Irving Figgis (Chris Cooper), whose daughter (Elle Fanning) dreams of becoming a Hollywood star but returns to the city with a new purpose; and R.D. Pruitt (Matthew Maher), a violent and maniacal Klansman who sees Joe’s criminal empire and interracial romance as the embodiment of sin, and who also happens to be the sheriff’s brother-in-law.

At 400 pages, Lehane’s novel might have been able to successfully juggle each of these threads – along with yet another storyline involving Joe’s aspirations to go legit as a major investor in a casino – but at just over two hours, Live By Night can’t possibly devote the necessary screen time to give each of these developments enough breathing room. On the one hand, Affleck’s faithfulness to the source material is admirable, but it’s maddeningly frustrating on the other, as the film’s second half careens haphazardly from scene to scene in a mad dash to tie up any loose ends. A narrative this complex would no doubt have been served better with a miniseries adaptation, or by excising some of the extraneous material in favor of a more focused and cohesive story.

From a performance standpoint, however, Live By Night is nearly flawless. Clad in tailored suits and a fedora, the square-jawed Affleck definitely looks the part of the early 20th-century gangster, and he brings a certain amount of swagger to the role that never feels like he’s showboating. Cooper, Gleeson and Saldana are uniformly excellent, although each could have used a bit more screen time, and Messina elevates himself to new heights in a charming, scene-stealing turn as Joe’s stalwart second-in-command. It’s Fanning who serves as the film’s weakest link, unable to sell her character’s transition from wide-eyed Hollywood hopeful to something else entirely, and a key scene between her and Joe fails to hit the emotional notes it strains for.

As a director, Affleck was bound to stumble eventually, and it’s disappointing that Live By Night doesn’t quite live up to its pedigree. But although this is easily Affleck’s worst film, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad one – it’s well-acted, beautifully shot and offers plenty of action, and it’s still a cut above the very best efforts by some directors. Just don’t expect another masterpiece.

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‘Cars 3’ Trailer: Lightning Strikes Again http://nerdrepository.com/cars-3-trailer-lightning-strikes/ http://nerdrepository.com/cars-3-trailer-lightning-strikes/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:21:23 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39669 The Cars franchise has never enjoyed the sort of critical acclaim often heaped upon other Pixar offerings – in fact, Cars 2 was the studio’s first film to receive a certified “rotten” rating from film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Coupled with the sequel’s disappointing box office receipts, the series doesn’t seem like the most likely [...]

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The Cars franchise has never enjoyed the sort of critical acclaim often heaped upon other Pixar offerings – in fact, Cars 2 was the studio’s first film to receive a certified “rotten” rating from film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Coupled with the sequel’s disappointing box office receipts, the series doesn’t seem like the most likely candidate for a third installment – and yet here we are, with the first trailer for Cars 3.

This is essentially a slightly longer version of the teaser trailer from last year, which features Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) suffering a catastrophic setback that threatens to end his racing career. No longer the hotshot speedster he was in the early days of his career, Lightning is forced to consider walking away from the only life he’s ever known – after all, how can he compete with the likes of Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), the young newcomer whose technological advancements have made him virtually unstoppable?

Of course, everyone loves a comeback story, and it sounds like our hero will take some advice from Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), a lifelong fan who joins Lightning’s team as his new coach. Whether or not she can help Lightning elevate his game remains to be seen, but we’ll find out this summer.

Cars 3 speeds into theaters on June 16.

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2017 Golden Globe Award Winners http://nerdrepository.com/2017-golden-globe-award-winners/ http://nerdrepository.com/2017-golden-globe-award-winners/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:31:50 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39661 The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place earlier this evening, with Jimmy Fallon hosting the live telecast on NBC. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land was the big winner, setting a record for most wins by a single film with 7 awards, including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Director, Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) [...]

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The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place earlier this evening, with Jimmy Fallon hosting the live telecast on NBC. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land was the big winner, setting a record for most wins by a single film with 7 awards, including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Director, Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress (Musical or Comedy). See below for the full list of winners
Best Motion Picture – Drama

Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester by the Sea

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

La La Land
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Director – Motion Picture

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

Emma Stone – La La Land
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor – Drama

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton – Loving

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress – Drama

Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Damien Chazelle – La La Land 
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Johann Johannsson – Arrival
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – Hidden Figures

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“City of Stars” – La La Land 
Music by Justin Hurwitz, lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
Music and lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback
“Faith” – Sing
Music and lyrics by Ryan Tedder, Stevie Wonder and Francis Farewell Starlite
“Gold” – Gold
Music and lyrics by Brian Burton, Stephen Gaghan, Daniel Pemberton and Iggy Pop
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana
Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Animated Feature Film

Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
Sing

Best Foreign Language

Elle (France)
Divines (France)
Neruda (Chile)
The Salesman (Iran/France)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Atlanta
Black-ish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

Best Television Series – Drama

The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Donald Glover – Atlanta 
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
Nick Nolte – Graves
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish 
Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
Issa Rae – Insecure
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Claire Foy – The Crown
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Keri Russell – The Americans
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The People v. O.J. Simpson
American Crime
The Dresser
Night Manager
The Night Of

Best Actor – Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Bryan Cranston – All the Way
John Turturro – The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress – Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson
John Lithgow – The Crown
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress – Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz – This Is Us
Mandy Moore – This Is Us
Thandie Newton – Westworld

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‘The Bye Bye Man’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/the-bye-bye-man-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/the-bye-bye-man-free-advance-screening/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:59:47 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39657 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Bye Bye Man, starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Bye Bye Man, starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they
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Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’ Will Open 2017 SXSW Film Festival http://nerdrepository.com/terrence-malicks-song-song-open-2017-sxsw-film-festival/ http://nerdrepository.com/terrence-malicks-song-song-open-2017-sxsw-film-festival/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 01:20:09 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39651 In just over two months, film fans will once again flock to Austin, Texas for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, and news came today that visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick will open the event with the world premiere of his latest film, Song to Song. In addition, the highly anticipated Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American [...]

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In just over two months, film fans will once again flock to Austin, Texas for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, and news came today that visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick will open the event with the world premiere of his latest film, Song to Song.

In addition, the highly anticipated Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods will premiere at the festival, with stars Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane expected to be in attendance.

We’ll be on hand for opening weekend once again, so stay tuned for more information about SXSW soon. For now, you can check out the full press release below.

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST ANNOUNCES TERRENCE MALICK’S
SONG TO SONG TO OPEN SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Early Fest Highlights include American Gods, Small Town Crime and Signature Move

Austin, Texas, January 5, 2017 – South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) announced the World Premiere of celebrated director Terrence Malick’s Song To Song as its Opening Night Film to screen on Friday March 10th, 2017.

SXSW also divulged select titles to premiere at the 2017 event, showcasing the diverse range of styles that together embody the unique spirit of SXSW culture. Festival highlights announced today include Eshom and Ian Nelms’ hybrid action thriller with dark humor, Small Town Crime, Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s lyrical portrait of a tiny hill town in Tuscany, Spettacolo, second feature after their award-winning Marwencol; first time filmmaker Jennifer Reeder’s coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move starring Fawzia Mirza, and Latin American phenomenon René Pérez Joglar’s chronicle of his global exploration of his genetic roots in Residente.

In our highly successful Episodic section we will be featuring the world premiere of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, directed by David Slade. The first of many projects in SXSW Film’s new VR/AR strand is Viacom NEXT’s The Melody of Dust, an invitation inside the tortured mind of an artist.

“Terrence Malick is a world class revered cinematic poet. His work is a treasure trove of talented actors and vision. Set in the Austin music scene, Song to Song couldn’t be a more perfect Opening Night film for SXSW,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “While these titles are just a taste of what SXSW 2017 will offer, they reflect the range of work we are known for, from newcomers and auteurs to pop entertainment in traditional cinema, episodics and now VR.”

The complete film festival lineup will be announced Tuesday, January 31st, with the exception of Midnighter features, which will be revealed with the Short Film and VR Program on Tuesday, February 7th.

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival will feature:

American Gods (World Premiere)
Director: David Slade, Screenwriters/Showrunners: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) in a magical world where a battle is brewing between the Old Gods and the New Gods.

The Melody of Dust (World Premiere)
Director: Viacom NEXT
A musical journey for the HTC Vive. Explore a mysterious world where every object contains a unique melody. Featuring original musical compositions by Hot Sugar, this experience brings you inside the tortured mind of a musician.

Residente (World Premiere)
Director: René Pérez Joglar
After taking a DNA test, Latin America’s most decorated artist – Rene Perez (AKA Residente), embarks on a global adventure, to trace the footsteps of his ancestors and record his latest album.

Signature Move (World Premiere)
Director: Jennifer Reeder, Screenwriters: Fawzia Mirza, Lisa Donato
A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes by taking up Lucha-style wrestling.
Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan

Small Town Crime (World Premiere)
Directors/Screenwriters: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms
Ex-cop, Mike Kendall, finds the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer. While his uncouth, quirky detective style helps break the case, his dogged determination puts his family in danger.
Cast: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr.

Song To Song (World Premiere)
Director: Terrence Malick
In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.
Cast: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman

Spettacolo (World Premiere)
Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen, Screenwriter: Chris Shellen
For the past 50 years, the villagers of a tiny hill town in Tuscany have turned their lives into a play that the entire town writes and performs. “Spettacolo” is a portrait of this tradition through the eyes of the last man trying to keep it alive.

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‘Live By Night’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/live-night-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/live-night-free-advance-screening/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:23:27 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39648 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Live By Night, starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Brendan Gleeson, and Chris Cooper. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Live By Night, starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Brendan Gleeson, and Chris Cooper. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin’s nature. Instead, the WWI vet is a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again—in business and in love. Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Joe heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code. Leaving the cold Boston winter behind, he and his reckless crew turn up the heat in Tampa. And while revenge may taste sweeter than the molasses that infuses every drop of illegal rum he runs, Joe will learn that it comes at a price.

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Extended Trailer: He’s Changing http://nerdrepository.com/fifty-shades-darker-extended-trailer-changing/ http://nerdrepository.com/fifty-shades-darker-extended-trailer-changing/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:51:09 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39645 Say what you will about Fifty Shades of Grey – and trust me, I said plenty – the film was a colossal hit, opening to $85 million on its way to a worldwide gross of $571 million. Now the sequel is almost upon us, and Universal has released an extended trailer for the sex-laden follow-up. Despite the [...]

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Say what you will about Fifty Shades of Grey – and trust me, I said plenty – the film was a colossal hit, opening to $85 million on its way to a worldwide gross of $571 million. Now the sequel is almost upon us, and Universal has released an extended trailer for the sex-laden follow-up.

Despite the way things ended in the previous film, it looks like Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) are attempting to mend the fences – at least, until a mysterious woman from Christian’s past (Bella Heathcote) begins stalking the couple. And there’s also Christian’s somewhat questionable connection to an older woman (Kim Basinger) that could pose a new threat to Ana’s newfound happiness.

Fifty Shades Darker definitely looks more intriguing than its predecessor, which was far more tedious than it was titillating. But whether or not audiences will once again flock to theaters remains to be seen. We’ll find out when the film opens on February 10.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Trailer: Are You Sure About This, Captain? http://nerdrepository.com/alien-covenant-trailer-captain/ http://nerdrepository.com/alien-covenant-trailer-captain/#respond Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:45:11 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39641 Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – a somewhat ambiguous prequel to the Alien franchise – was met with a fair amount of criticism for its failure to meet the expectations of fans who had long been hoping Scott would return to the series he created. But if the first look at Alien: Covenant is any indication, Scott is prepared [...]

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Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – a somewhat ambiguous prequel to the Alien franchise – was met with a fair amount of criticism for its failure to meet the expectations of fans who had long been hoping Scott would return to the series he created. But if the first look at Alien: Covenant is any indication, Scott is prepared to meet those criticism head-on with a film that promises a return to the terror which made the 1979 original such a classic.  

Check out the Alien: Covenant red-band trailer below.

Michael Fassbender reprises his Prometheus role as David, an android whose sense of morality is… complicated. He’ll be joined by Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Amy Seiemetz and a host of other newcomers for this new tale, set ten years after the events of the previous film.

Alien: Covenant will open on May 19, 2017.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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Movie Review: ‘Sing’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-sing/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-sing/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:50:22 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39631 Sing is the latest animated extravaganza from Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you The Secret Life of Pets, and is yet another disappointment for their films that don’t star Minions. It’s clear that Illumination has good ideas and can get a hell of a group of promo trailers together for their films, they just [...]

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Sing is the latest animated extravaganza from Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you The Secret Life of Pets, and is yet another disappointment for their films that don’t star Minions. It’s clear that Illumination has good ideas and can get a hell of a group of promo trailers together for their films, they just have trouble backing them up with a captivating story.

Matthew McConaughey stars as Buster Moon, a koala with a can-do attitude, whose love of the stage has him running his very own theater – which unfortunately is failing. Buster is then inspired to put on a singing competition in hopes that the attention will be just what he and his aging theater needs to keep his beloved business afloat.

The premise is solid enough and the film easily connects the story dots in order to fill out the cast with other animal contestant roles voiced by famous celebrity actors. Reese Witherspoon is an overwhelmed housewife pig looking for appreciation, Seth MacFarlane does what he does best as a smarmy, Sinatra-style mouse, Scarlett Johansson is a punk rock porcupine, and Taron Egerton is a cockney Gorilla with a crook for a father that wants him to focus on the family crime business.

It all sounds cute enough, but much like The Secret Life of Pets, the best moments in Sing are spoiled in the trailers, in this case within the ones that showcased the auditions. This film doesn’t go nearly as off the rails as The Secret Life of Pets, but up until the last act of the film, Sing just moseys along with few instances of dazzle or even a laugh out loud moment – it’s just “fine,” and never crosses the line into bad territory or anything all that fun.

Sing has a little bit of fun with its massive catalog of pop culture songs and how the animals choose to make the hits their own. These types of jokes and scenes will please the little ones, but they feel cheap/lazy and a few of the songs licensed don’t seem to have any purpose in the context of the story, and are merely there because the song is popular.

The cast isn’t to blame and many of them have quite impressive voices to go along with their acting talent. Reese Witherspoon was particularly cute and Scarlett Johansson has a surprisingly strong rock voice. McConaughey also plays against type as Buster and drop his trademark brooding drawl for an upbeat, bursting-with-optimism performance.

Unfortunately when it call comes down to it, Sing is passable entertainment but frustratingly lacking a real pop. If it weren’t for the last second save with the rousing third act, I would have been writing an even more scathing review for a film that I really wanted to love, but walked away from disappointed by Illumination Entertainment once again.

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Movie Review: ‘Passengers’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-passengers/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-passengers/#respond Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:27:20 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39623 As a big-budget sci-fi drama featuring two of Hollywood’s hottest talents and an Oscar-nominated director, Passengers has all the ingredients of a surefire blockbuster. But while the marketing department at Sony Pictures would have audiences believe this is an intergalactic romance born of cosmic coincidence, there’s a much darker truth hiding just below the surface of [...]

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As a big-budget sci-fi drama featuring two of Hollywood’s hottest talents and an Oscar-nominated director, Passengers has all the ingredients of a surefire blockbuster. But while the marketing department at Sony Pictures would have audiences believe this is an intergalactic romance born of cosmic coincidence, there’s a much darker truth hiding just below the surface of the film’s sparkling veneer.

30 years into its journey to the colony world of Homestead II, the starship Avalon – laden with 238 crew members and 5000 passengers – encounters a colossal meteor storm that its shields cannot fully deflect. The ensuing damage knocks a few critical systems offline long enough for one passenger’s hibernation pod to malfunction, and Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) finds himself woken from his slumber, 90 years before the ship will arrive at its destination.

With a background in mechanical engineering, Jim’s immediate instinct is to locate any technical information about the pods and find a way to put himself back into hibernation. But his efforts prove fruitless, and the only possible help lies with the dormant crew members, sealed behind a door that Jim’s ID badge cannot open. The distress call he sends back to Earth will take 19 years to arrive, and a reply will take another 35 before it reaches the ship, leaving Jim to live out the remainder of his years in solitude aboard the Avalon, with a friendly robot bartender named Arthur (Michael Sheen) as his only companion.

I generally tend to avoid spoiling major plot revelations, but in the case of Passengers my impressions are inextricably linked to an event that occurs somewhere around the 25-minute mark, so I feel compelled to make an exception. If you’d like to remain as spoiler-free as possible, then I recommend that you stop reading at this point.

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Finding solace in the bottom of a bottle and wandering around the ship in a haze of grief and depression, Jim encounters the sleeping body of Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), a journalist from New York. Using the ship’s computer to research her background, Jim convinces himself that he’s in love, lamenting to Arthur that he’s finally found “the perfect woman” and that she’s out of reach. When he begins to consider the possibility of damaging Aurora’s pod in order to wake her up – even though it means she’ll be doomed to the same fate of dying before the colony is reached – Arthur tells Jim exactly what the audience is thinking: “you can’t do that.”

Despite being fully aware of the ramifications, Jim ultimately elects to ignore the advice of his mechanical companion, and soon Aurora is wandering around the ship and shaking off the after-effects of hibernation. Her initial horror at finding herself awake some 89 years too early is mitigated by the presence of Jim, who positions himself as a friend and confidant, rather than the architect of her plight. Jim promises Arthur that he’ll reveal the true nature of Aurora’s awakening, but as companionship slowly blossoms into something deeper, he can’t bring himself to come clean.

That Jim’s deception will eventually come to light shouldn’t really be a surprise, but the way Passengers handles the aftermath is arguably even more egregious, as Jim spends his time brooding and issuing apologies over the ship’s PA system. Attempting to cast such an irredeemable character in a sympathetic light is troubling enough, but the film also goes to great lengths to paint Aurora as unreasonable when she doesn’t immediately fall back into his arms, sending a clear-cut message that it’s okay for a man to rob a woman of her agency – not to mention her life – as long as he’s a “nice guy” who says that he’s sorry.

Amid the nauseating central conflict, Passengers provides a solid dose of sci-fi action during its third act, particularly during a thrilling sequence where the ship’s artificial gravity fails, or when the reactor that powers the ship threatens to overheat. But these moments feel grossly manipulative, serving as transparent attempts to endear us further to Jim, and distract from the reprehensible behavior he’s engaged in, as he gallantly puts himself in harm’s way to ensure Aurora’s safety.

Had Passengers been constructed around the idea of both characters being woken by mistake, then it could easily have been crafted into an enjoyable sci-fi romance – indeed, the performances are solid and director Morten Tyldum provides a tremendous amount of eye-candy in the Avalon’s design and the vast world just beyond its windows. But saddling our “hero” with an inexcusable act, and then spending the next hour trying to convince us that his choices were acceptable because he’s a great guy, just feels like a pretty terrible foundation.

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Teaser Trailer: I Had Your Job Once http://nerdrepository.com/blade-runner-2049-teaser-trailer-job/ http://nerdrepository.com/blade-runner-2049-teaser-trailer-job/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:39:14 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39620 Arrival marked director Denis Villenueve’s first foray into science fiction, and the positive reception to that film has done wonders to assuage the fears of Blade Runner fans as Villeneuve moves onto his next project, a sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi tale from 1982. And now we’re getting our first tantalizing look at that sequel [...]

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Arrival marked director Denis Villenueve’s first foray into science fiction, and the positive reception to that film has done wonders to assuage the fears of Blade Runner fans as Villeneuve moves onto his next project, a sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi tale from 1982. And now we’re getting our first tantalizing look at that sequel in a brand new teaser trailer.

Check out the Blade Runner 2049 teaser below.

Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard, and the film will find him crossing paths with Ryan Gosling’s K, an LAPD officer who discovers a terrifying secret. Nothing else is known about the plot at this time, but with Villenueve’s talents and Ridley Scott on board as producer, this could truly be a worthy follow-up to one of the all time sci-fi classics.

Blade Runner 2049 will open on October 6, 2017.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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