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In Sony Pictures Animation’s new, 3D animated comedy “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” young inventor Flint Lockwood and his pals discover that the food machine is still active and is now churning out food-animal hybrids… foodimals!

“If you can find a good mix of an animal and a food that not only gives you a great design but also a cringe-worthy pun, that’s what we wanted,” says co-director Cody Cameron.

“One of the first missions we gave to Craig Kellman, our lead character designer, was go forth with those directives and show us what you got – in a weekend, he came up with a library of ridiculousness, a lot of which is still in the film: a taco plus a crocodile equals a tacodile, a watermelon plus an elephant is a watermelophant. We had to make sure we covered all of the food groups – the fruits, the vegetables, the meats – and we had certain action pieces in the film… the tacodile is one of the larger threats in the movie, and the cheespider – half cheeseburger, half spider …


“I have always had a fascination with space and space exploration,” states Alfonso Cuarón, the director, producer and co-writer of Warner Bros.’ new dramatic thriller “Gravity.” He continues, “On the one hand, there is something mythical and romantic about the idea of separating yourself from Mother Earth. But in many ways, it doesn’t make sense to be out there when life is down here.”

In “Gravity,” Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifyi…


The original main voice cast, led by Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Neil Patrick Harris, returns in Sony Pictures Animation's mouth-watering 3D comedy “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.”

Flint Lockwood, you just saved Swallow Falls from giant foodstorm oblivion! What are you going to do next? How about – save the world… again? Seems that Flint’s most famous invention (the one that turns water into food – the one that caused that trouble last time) is still active and is now spewingout living food creatures – foodimals! Soon, it’s back to the island of Swallow Falls, with all of his friends in tow. Flint still feels responsible for the havoc that’s resulted from his invention – can he and his friends stop the foodimals before they take over the world?

The role is voiced by Bill Hader. “It’s great to be back in the spray-on shoes of Flint Lockwood,” says Hader. “In fact, it seems like I never left him behind – every month or so, I get to come into the booth and do Flint’s v…


In casting the lead character Dr. Ryan Stone in Warner Bros.' new thriller “Gravity,” who is in nearly every frame of the film, director Alfonso Cuarón knew he needed an actress who could handle both the physical and psychological demands of the role, which were equally daunting. He found her in Sandra Bullock, whom producer David Heyman calls “a brilliant actor working at the height of her powers. She brought such truth and conviction to her performance.”

In the film, Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left…

Runner Runner (2013) Online Photos

"When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur"

Starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, and Gemma Aterton.

REVIEW | 2 Guns (2013)

2 Guns may be your generic buddy cop film, but since it's got A-listers Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in it, the result is a highly engaging action-comedy thriller.
Undercover agents Stig (Whalberg) and Bobby (Washington) try to bust a Mexican drug cartel by robbing a bank and stealing the kingpin's money. Unbeknownst to each other, both have their own secret agendas, following orders from their own superiors. But when the bank robbery results in an unexpected surprise, Stig and Bobby find themselves in an intricate web of deception and betrayal.

Based on Steve Grant's popular graphic novel series, and directed by Icelandic Baltasar Kormákur, 2 Guns delivers a decent screenplay that hooks and entertains throughout the entire running time. The dynamics between Washington and Wahlberg, both highly competent actors, makes the film more enjoyable. Their incessant bickering, competition, and jibes at each other, masking their undeniable affection and friendship towards ea…


Mark Wahlberg outguns his rivals in TriStar Pictures’ “2 Guns,” in which he stars as Navy Petty Officer Michael “Stig” Stigman, a fast-talking sharpshooter who is as awkwardly charming as he is cunning.

In the film, Stig has served the Navy honourably for more than a decade. But when he does six months in the brig after attacking a military police officer, Stig is drafted into one of the Navy’s shadier ops and officially considered AWOL. He can maneuver in the dark, and he’s now dispensable if he decides to go off the Navy’s playbook.

The actor describes what drew him to the role: “The story goes back to those great buddy action comedies that I’ve always been a huge fan of. Stig’s that guy who just goes on impulse. Going into the bank heist, he and fellow undercover agent, Bobby (Denzel Washington), both been playing each other; neither has been completely honest about who they are or their motivations. Even though he’s playing Bobby, and Bobby’s playing him, Stig’s still honest abou…


Despite the risks – statistical and criminal – online gambling holds innumerable attractions. In today's post-economic-meltdown world, young people have fewer job options than ever before. But that hasn't done anything to affect their desire to get-rich-quickly. This generation – consumers from early childhood – is used to getting what they want, when they want it, with the click of a mouse.

“Runner Runner” depicts the risks of this reality starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton where Timberlake plays Princeton grad and former Wall Street star Richie Furst, who believes he’s been swindled by an online poker organization based in Costa Rica. He decides to head to Central America to confront the owner, Affleck’s Ivan Block, and is soon seduced by the promise of immense wealth. As Block’s right-hand man he uncovers more than he bargains for, and is soon juggling loyalties and trying to stay alive.

The lavish life of “Runner Runner’s” gambling kingpin Ivan …

REVIEW | What Maisie Knew (2012)

A contemporary adaptation of Henry James' 1897 novel of the same title, What Maisie Knew, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival,may be too heartbreaking to watch but should be a required movie for all, especially for parents.
Set in New York City, with all the female characters dressed so cute but not too distracting to derail us from the story, the movie shows the perspective of a six-year-old girl named Maisie (Onata Aprile) who is in the middle of a custody battle between her emotionally unstable and possessive rock star mom (Julianne Moore) and her cool art dealer English father (Steve Coogan). Now, Maisie's parents are so astonishingly selfish and self-absorbed that you want to nail them to a tree, pour syrup on them before sprinkling huge angry red ants. Yes, the bickering parents smother Maisie with hugs and kisses like you'd do with an adorable cat, and they are gentle and nice to her, but they leave Maisie alone, passing her on to the ca…

REVIEW | The Kings of Summer (2013)

Three 15-year-old boys build a house in the woods to escape from their unhappy homes and be the kings of summer.
Premiering at the 2013 Sundance, the comedy-drama The Kings of Summer, which passed the tomatometer, may just be another American coming-of-age tale. But what makes this little gem of an indie flick stand out is that it strikes a chord. We, at some points in our lives, just want to escape from civilization, rules, parents, or even the planet, and this movie presented the ridiculousness and impracticality of this fantasy, especially when you're a teenager.  And that you're always bound to come home and face all of your life's crappy imperfections.
Joe (Nick Robinson) and Patrick (Gabriel Brasso) suffer from essentially good but highly annoying parents. Finally, they've had enough and went to build a sanctuary in the woods for a life of freedom and eternal summer, also signifying their rite of passage to manhood. A strange kid named Biaggio (Moises Arias), th…


Gemma Arterton stars alongside Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in “Runner Runner” wherein her role as Rebecca Shafran is entangled in the cutthroat world of online gambling.

“Runner Runner” explores the multi-billion dollar industry of online gambling where all players are supposed to have their share, in any which way possible. Affleck takes on the role of gambling kingpin Ivan Block while Timberlake is Richie Furst, a brilliant Princeton grad student on his way to finishing his masters. Furst, in order to further finance his studies takes commissions from online gambling operators and risks playing online too for additional money. When Richie betted all of his savings and lost it to Block’s operations, he soon finds out that he’s been tricked. Determined to recollect his tuition money, he heads to Costa Rica to confront Block about his malicious online practices. Soon thereafter, Richie falls for Block’s associate –sophisticated COO Rebecca Shafran (Gemma Arterton) – and he …


The new terrifying horror thriller “Insidious: Chapter 2” features a multi-generational family dealing with ghosts—from grandmother and parents all the way down to young children and a baby.

Directed by James Wan (“The Conjuring”) and written by Leigh Whannell (“Saw”), the sequel to the 2011 blockbuster “Insidious” reteams the original cast to play the family, including Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne (“X-Men: First Class”), Barbara Hershey (“Black Swan”), Lin Shaye (“There's Something About Mary”) and Ty Simpkins (the child actor in “Iron Man 3”).

The father of the family is Josh Lambert, played once again by Patrick Wilson, who marks his third collaboration with Wan. In addition to “Insidious,” Wilson also starred in Wan’s recently released box-office hit “The Conjuring.”

The Josh Lambert of “Chapter 2” is hardly the same person he was in “Insidious,” however, according to Wilson. “He’s literally vacant because he’s possessed. We know that he’s possessed, but will his wife, Renai, f…

REVIEW | This is The End (2013)

In the outrageous apocalyptic comedy This is The End, Hollywood celebrities playing fictionalized roles of themselves experience the end of the world.
Canadian Jay Baruchel arrives in LA to meet up with longtime best friend, Seth Rogen, for some quality bromance time together. To Jay's dismay, Seth takes him to his close friend James Franco's housewarming party to meet up with Seth's Hollywood fiends, all of whom Jay despises.

While the celebs are partying away, a great catastrophe suddenly takes place. Blue lights start beaming people up in heaven and it's all fire and brimstone everywhere. Turns out, Jay's interpretation of the biblical apocalypse has finally come true, and we see which Hollywood celebrities ain't fit for eternal salvation. Jay and Seth, then, get stuck with James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson in Franco's home, trying their chances for survival—and salvation.

Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapp…

REVIEW | The Way, Way Back (2013)

The main reason this indie summer film is important is because it's written and directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, who both won an Oscar for writing The Descendants with Alexander Payne. Oh, and because Steve Carell here is playing against character. 
In the drama-comedy The Way, Way Back, a painfully awkward and repressed loser kid named Duncan (Liam James) suffers a summer trip to a Massachusetts beach town with his emotionally detached mother (Toni Collette) and her obnoxious boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell)—who's got two main hobbies: being his own self-righteous hypocrite self and crushing what's left of Duncan's self-esteem to non-existence. Thankfully, an angel of a man, Owen (Sam Rockwell), saves the kid and gives him a summer escape in Water Wizz, a park he manages with a close-knit staff (including Jim Rash and Nat Faxon themselves). The park becomes Duncan's secret sanctuary, the staff his new family...but is Owen and the water park enough to block his d…

REVIEW | Jobs (2013)

Who was Steve Jobs? This is the question that the movie deftly answers. No, not Steve Jobs the Apple Computer co-founder, but rather the man himself. The character. The personality that shaped not just his brand, but the world of technology.
Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher,takes us back to Steve Jobs' Reed College years, to that first spark of inspiration that came to him in 1976, right until his reinvention of Apple. The movie is not exactly textbook biography because it didn't even finish his story. Rather it's a psychological  and behavioral analysis of the man that revolutionized technology. The series of events in this film are shown not to highlight his work or the history of Apple, but his complex personality, his principles and visions that both astound and push people away. The movie is also not so much about the cultural effect of his product, but rather the social effect of this severe but brilliant man.

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, Jobs excellently portrayed…


Australian director James Wan is one of the most intelligent and creative filmmakers working today. He recently conqured global box-office with the blockbuster supernatural thriller “The Conjuring” which is based on the story of husband-and-wife psychic investigators who come across a horrific case involving the hauntings of a Rhode Island farmhouse.
Previously, Wan co-created the “Saw” franchise, the most successful horror-film series of all time.
Now, the newly crowned master of horror brings to the screen the terrifying thriller “Insidious: Chapter 2,” the sequel to the disturbing and original 2011 psychological horror thriller “Insidious.”
In “Chapter 2,” a haunted family struggles to uncover a terrifying secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. The sequel reteams the cast of the first film, including Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins.

“We’re super excited at the chance to continue telling the story we started in th…


Daily Dose of Mitty Moments Revealed via Posters Debut Starts Sept. 2
Ben Stiller takes us to an exhilarating journey in the upcoming feel-good adventure movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Directed and starred by Stiller, the movie celebrates one’s true potential with the story of a daydreamer who finally embarks on his most extraordinary journey.

Walter Mitty (Stiller) is your everyday ordinary guy who efficiently gets things done at the office but never gets recognized for his efforts. Until one day, he finds the courage to take a leap of faith and bring his daydreaming into the grandeur of reality. Stepping out of his confines, he finally breaks out of his daily grind to achieve his dreams.

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” opens January 29, 2014 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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