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Movie Review: Smashed

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 11:00 AM PST

Smashed Movie Poster

Directed by James Ponsoldt
Written by James Ponsoldt and Susan Burke
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
Super Crispy Entertainment/Sony Pictures Classic
Rated R/85 Minutes
Limited Release: October 12, 2012

Smashed deals with married couple Kate and Charlie, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), who seem to spend a lot of their time drinking. But after a few scary moments for Kate, waking up on a couch in the middle of nowhere, she decides, along with help of a fellow co-worker, Dave (Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation), that AA and her sponsor Octavia Spencer (The Help), might be a wise decision. But when you take away one of the things they have in common, can their marriage survive as her life changes for the better or worse?

We have had many movies come out that deal with alcoholism and its affects on people and the people who love them. I guess for me, the one that comes up right away is Leaving Las Vegas, which deals more with a guy who is ready to check out and doesn't feel help is going to make things better [...]

‘Now You See Me’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg Uses Magic To Steal Money From The Rich & Give To The Poor

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 09:30 AM PST

The thing with magic is that the magician has a lot of distractions up his sleeve, so you end up focusing on one thing when you should be paying attention to the other. It's all fun and games, but when the trick consists of Robin Hood-esque magicians stealing from a heavily fortified bank and giving [...]

Carrie Fisher Says She’s In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’; Billy Dee Williams Would Like To Return

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 08:01 AM PST

Lando Calrissian

The last major development we have heard for anything concerning Star Wars: Episode VII was that producer Frank Marshall, husband of LucasFilm's President Kathleen Kennedy, said the search for directors has narrowed down to a few names. We've already heard other directors deflect the question by saying they wish the person that directs it some luck. Actors involved in the original franchise, however, have all expressed an interest reprising their roles in Episode VII.

Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt is currently working on the script for a brand new trilogy. Reports are that Episode VII will be an original story; whether or not that means we will see new characters or the same characters in a different setting remains to be seen. But original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford have expressed interest in reprising their roles [...]

Happy 70th Birthday Martin Scorsese!

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 07:00 AM PST

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese, whose directorial style in the world of cinema has placed him in the absolute pantheon of some of the all-time greats past or present, celebrates his 70th birthday today!

The works of Scorsese are held in the highest regard, the running themes for the most part of his still on-going filmography have points mired in guilt and ultimate salvation through redemption, mostly by way of extreme violence or some sort of characterization which breaks down (lifts up as?) naked, exposed as shameless or triumphant, but in its uncomfortably organic foundations. Themes of alpha males in trouble, or self-abuse that manifests itself to the destruction of themselves and characters around them, usually done for the most part in an Italian-American milieu. Scorsese never makes things easy, he never makes watching his films easy, in fact quite the contrary, when one embarks on watching one of his works they have not seen before, there's always a backburner with the reminder that a Scorsese production is going to get jarring, it's going to get intense, it is going to be visual and with the upmost respect and passion for filmmaking as an art as well as taking care of its narratives. With a Scorsese film, with a Scorsese production, whether the end result is satisfying or not, and the entire Scorsese filmography for certain has peak high and valley low all over it, there's still going to be an instant stamp on it, a branding that only this Italian-American pioneer has mastered in his own right [...]

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