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Movie Review: A Cure For Wellness
Adam Frazier   |  

Movie Review: A Cure For Wellness

A Cure For Wellness
Director: Gore Verbinski
Screenwriter: Justin Haythe
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Rated R | 146 Minutes
Release Date: February 17, 2017

In Richard Fleischer’s 1973 dystopian sci-fi film Soylent Green, Charlton Heston plays an NYPD detective investigating the murder of a wealthy CEO. The investigation leads him to uncover the truth about Soylent Green, a food ration advertised to contain “high-energy plankton.” It turns out the miracle product is made of people. Human corpses are delivered to a disposal center where they are processed and converted into the very thing that keeps us alive.

If the big question behind Fleischer’s film is “What are we really eating?” then A Cure For Wellness asks, “What are we really taking?” From Gore Verbinski (The Ring, the Pirates of the Caribbean series), A Cure For Wellness is a mind-bending psychological thriller with exquisite but unsettling imagery.

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Retro Movie Review: The Ring (2002)
Dr. Zaius   |  

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The Ring
Available now on Blu-ray
Written by Ehren Kruger
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Based on the novel by Kôji Suzuki
Starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander
DreamWorks
Rated PG-13 | 115 minutes
Release date: October 18th, 2002

Rings, the third installment in the American “Ring” series hits theaters everywhere Friday. Fifteen years ago Gore Verbinski’s The Ring opened, and set off a chain reaction that changed an entire genre. Based on the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata from the original novel by Koji Suzuki, The Ring terrified viewers here and was a critical and financial success, earning a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes and almost $130 million. That success spawned a whole slew of J-horror knock offs and remakes including The Grudge (2004), Dark Water (2005), Pulse (2006), and the notoriously awful One Missed Call (2008). The sequel, The Ring 2 also came in 2005.

Before we watch Rings Friday, let’s revisit 2002’s The Ring.

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‘A Cure For Wellness’ New Year Promo Released By Fox
The Movie God   |  

A Cure for Wellness

20th Century Fox has released a special “A New Year” promo for the upcoming psychological thriller A Cure for Wellness.

The movie is directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (plus two Pirates sequels), The Ring), and stars Dane DeHaan as a man sent to pick up the CEO of the company he works for at a wellness center that turns out to be not at all what it first seems.

You can check out the promo below.

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Steve Carell and Gore Verbinski’s North Korea Thriller ‘Pyongyang’ Cancelled
eelyajekiM   |  

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Sony cancelling the release of The Interview has sparked an outrage on social media. While safety is a priority, many feel that the move let the hackers know they have won. It will also set a bad precedent for the future. While the studio laments on whether or not to release the film via VOD or elsewhere, other studios are now forced to reconsider or terminate their North Korea-set films completely.

One such film is an upcoming thriller Pyongyang from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and starring Steve Carell. According to Deadline, the current circumstances make it difficult for a film like this to move forward, therefore New Regency has decided that it doesn’t make any sense to put the film into production.

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Disney In Depth: Why ‘The Lone Ranger’ Is Not A Train Wreck
Brett Nachman   |  

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Saddle up! The Lone Ranger is not the train wreck you have expected. What a ringing endorsement, right? Surprisingly enough I went into this bombastic action-adventure with high hopes, despite knowing how critics tore apart Johnny Depp’s latest vehicle, and I was not disappointed. I am against the general consensus. I guess I could be considered “The Lone Positive Reviewer,” or at least one of the few.

Here are some factors that make Ranger ride into my heart, even if most felt it jumped over a cliff to its doom. Check out my video analysis below and my written thoughts after the jump.

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Movie Review: The Lone Ranger
Adam Frazier   |  

The Lone Ranger PosterThe Lone Ranger
Director: Gore Verbinski
Screenwriter(s): Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper
Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 149 Minutes
Release Date: June 28, 2013

Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), The Lone Ranger stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as a masked man of the law who, with Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), fights greed and corruption in the American Old West.

Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and based on the 1930s radio serial, Verbinski’s adaptation of The Lone Ranger marks the first theatrical film featuring the character in over 30 years. Written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) and Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, the duo behind the Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Lone Ranger is a big-budget ($250 million) western that serves as an origin story to one of America’s classic pop culture icons.

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‘The Lone Ranger’ Trailer: Witness The Rise Of An American Legend
eelyajekiM   |  

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Of all the summer blockbuster films out there, Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger has to be the most interesting to see. Slapped with production delays, budget cuts, and screenplay rewrites, it seems like the odds were against this film. But four trailers in, and The Lone Ranger still looks like it has that sparkle that Pirates of the Caribbean had, thanks in part to Johnny Depp being cast as Tonto and the huge action sequences that will surely wow audiences.

This final trailer exemplifies exactly why Depp is basically the face of almost very Verbinski movie ever made. The director wasn’t afraid to shy away from admitting that the film will take a Sancho Panza storytelling angle. It also helps to know that Depp is a much more marketable name than Armie Hammer. But that really shouldn’t take away from the fun that is The Lone Ranger.

Check out the trailer below.

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New Trailer For Disney’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ Released
The Movie God   |  

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A new trailer has been released for The Lone Ranger, Disney’s new take on the classic masked hero.

The movie is directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango), and stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Mirror Mirror) in the title role and Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) as the Native American warrior Tonto.

Check out the new trailer for The Lone Ranger below now.

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‘BioShock’ Movie Killed Off By Video Game Creator Ken Levine
The Movie God   |  

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There’s been no talk of the long-rumored BioShock movie for quite some time now, and for good reason…because the anticipated cinematic adaptation has been killed off.

The movie was first in the hands of Gore Verbinski, director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and the upcoming Lone Ranger, who had plans to remain faithful to the adult-aimed game with a brutal, R-rated movie take on the story of Andrew Ryan and his dream, the underwater city of Rapture, which began as a government-less utopian heaven and quickly descended into a anarchic dystopian hell.

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Watch Now: Ride For Justice With ‘The Lone Ranger’ In This Super Bowl Spot
BAADASSSSS!   |  

The Lone Ranger Image

Hi-yo Silver! The first TV spot for Walt Disney Pictures’ summer western spectacular The Lone Ranger has premiered during tonight’s Super Bowl and now it is available online for those of us – myself included – who don’t watch football to enjoy.

You can watch the 90-second spot here below.

The studio and director Gore Verbinski definitely put together a humdinger of a teaser here with plenty of action, mythologizing, and even a touch of light-hearted banter from stars Johnny Depp (as Tonto) and Armie Hammer (as the Ranger). The whole “yes-no-yes-no” bit at the end gets tiresome though. At least the focus is on Hammer’s character this time instead of the footage being all “Lookee at Johnny Depp with a bird on his hand and crap” and runaway locomotives, and Depp doesn’t look to be taking this stuff completely seriously. That is a relief.

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