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‘Lights Out’ Trailer: New Horror Produced By ‘Insidious,’ ‘The Conjuring’ Director James Wan
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Lights Out

A trailer has been released for Lights Out, a new horror movie produced by James Wan, the director of the original Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring. The movie is directed by David F. Sandberg, who makes his feature debut, based on his own short film of the same name.

The movie stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke, Alexander DiPersia, Maria Bello, Lotta Losten, Amiah Miller, Andi Osho, and Ava Cantrell and follows a woman and her brother as they deal with something terrifying hiding in the darkness.

You can read more about the movie and watch the trailer below.

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Disney In Depth: ‘McFarland, USA’ Movie Review
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McFarland, USA
Director: Niki Caro
Screenwriters: Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, and Grant Thompson
Cast: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Carlos Pratts, Diana Maria-Riva, Johnny Ortiz, Hector Duran, Sergio Avelar, Michael Aguero, Rafael Martinez, Ramiro Rodriguez, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda and Valente Rodriguez
Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG | 129 Minutes
Release Date: February 20, 2015

Two sports films, two years in a row. Disney knows how to do this genre justice after hits including Remember The Titans, Miracle, and The Rookie. Last year’s Million Dollar Arm underperformed and failed to receive the attention it deserved.

2015 brings McFarland, USA, another sports movie vehicle for Kevin Costner, recently experiencing a major jump in film output. Despite the inevitable comparisons to Disney’s other entries in this category, McFarland, USA finishes ahead of the pack in quality and overall excellence.

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Three D’s Top 30 Movies Of 2013
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Top 30 Movies of 2013

Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, stated that “experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” This quote lingered within my thoughts for the majority of the 2013 movie year because there is a remarkable number of films that confirm Huxley’s statement with shocking clarity. During 2013 the majority of characters in cinema experienced a relentless assault of either irrepressible physical violence or emotional turmoil, resulting in each character clinging to their lives, praying that they won’t become defeated. Characters had to either sink or swim. No film provided for them a middle ground that would grant them an easy way out or provide a buoy for them. Characters had to act, and act fast.

In Gravity, becoming disconnected from her partner in the infinite void of space, Dr. Stone had to gain composure quickly or endure an onslaught of debris and isolation. In The Place Beyond the Pines, a cop had to rely on his survival instincts and the ramifications of his decision reverberated throughout generations. In Blue is the Warmest Color, a confused teenage woman, utterly love-sick, discovers the throes and pangs of first love and is left even more confused after the indelible experience. In Dallas Buyers Club, an AIDs victim with a guaranteed death-sentence uses his situation to give hope to thousands of other AIDs victims. And in The Counselor, a man’s experience overwhelms him and he is soon exposed to the most unsavory circumstances that are beyond his control and the most heinous individuals.

Without further hesitance, the best 2013 had to offer.

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Watch Taylor Lautner Slide Down A Building In This New ‘Abduction’ Trailer
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Taylor Lautner & Lily Collins Abduction

We’ve already seen a bunch of photos of Twilight star Taylor Lautner in action in his new conspiracy-thriller Abduction, as well as the first trailer for movie.

Now, Lionsgate has released the second trailer for the film, directed by John Singleton. Watch the new trailer here below.

In Abduction, Lautner plays a teenager who finds his baby photo on a missing persons website, which makes him question his background, and eventually he becomes a target of the CIA and the Serbian Secret Service.

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Taylor Lautner Tries To Distance Himself From ‘The Twilight Saga’ In This ‘Abduction’ Trailer
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Despite what your views may be on The Twilight Saga, the franchise has made absurd amounts of money and it’s been expected all along that star Taylor Lautner was destined for big things in his post-Twilight career.

The actor has lined up many various roles in the past year or so, one of which is called Abduction. The movie tells the story of a normal everyday kid who discovers he’s in a directory of abducted children, which opens up a storm of twists and turns as he goes on the run and searches for answers.

A trailer for the movie, which is directed by John Singleton and also stars Lily Collins, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Sigourney Weaver, and Alfred Molina, has been released by Lionsgate, and you can see it by clicking on over to the other side now.

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DVD Review: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Two Disc Deluxe Edition
Directed by Rob Cohen
Starring Brendan Frasier, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh, Isabella Leong
Universal Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 16, 2008

The third installment of The Mummy series is sure not to disappoint. Well, one thing is disappointing and I have to say it right from the beginning. What happened to the real Evelyn O’Connell? I really hate to start a review like this. I like to tell a bit about the movie and then give my feelings, but I couldn’t, and I am sure you won’t be able to. It’s not that Maria Bello (Thank You for Smoking, A History of Violence) is bad in her depiction of Evelyn, it’s just that, Rachel Weisz is our Evelyn. Maybe Weisz’s decision to do Definitely, Maybe or My Blueberry Nights blocked her from The Mummy project. If it did, I have one thing to say: she should have stuck with The Mummy series. No judgments on the other two movies, but, you get my drift.

In The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, a new kind of mummy is released, Emperor Han (Jet Li), by mistake of course, and it is up to Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn, along with their now-adult son Alex (Luke Ford) and Evelyn’s brother John (John Hannah) to save the world from complete enslavement.

The Mummy franchise has yet to disappoint me and Rob Cohen does not do so now. In the interest of not giving away everything in the movie, I am keeping my review short, but I will go in detail about this DVD edition’s many bonus features.

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DVD Review: ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’ (Blu-ray)
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Blu-ray
Directed by Rob Cohen
Starring Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh
Universal Home Entertainment
Release date: December 16, 2008

I admit it – I’m a Brendan Fraser apologist. What can I say? I like the guy. He’s just so damn… likable! I can watch him in pretty much anything and enjoy it. School Ties – Check. Monkeybone – Check. Blast from the Past – Check. George of the Jungle – Check. Encino Man – Guilty. So I look back on the release of The Mummy with fond memories. It was a funny, adventurous rollicking old-school action flick that remembered what made such films work — it was fun. And Fraser captured that sense of “gee whiz” fun playing Rick O’Connell. When The Mummy Returns came out it was disappointing, but not awful. It felt more like an excuse to try to set up a franchise for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson than it legitimate continuation of the series.

So it was with a healthy dose of skepticism that I popped in the Blu-ray of the newest entry into this series — The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. And all I can say is – Brendan Fraser tried. He really, really tried… and I’m sure he’s sorry.

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DVD Review: A History of Violence
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A History of ViolenceA History of Violence
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by David Cronenberg
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ed Harris

“A History of Violence” didn’t get much exposure during its theatrical run, but you can catch it on DVD March 14. In the film, based on the graphic novel of the same name, Viggo Mortensen plays against type as Tom Stall, a meek small-town family man who’s instantly transformed into a local hero after he overpowers two thieves attempting to rob his diner. But his newfound fame brings attention from more than just his neighbors when a disfigured big-city crime boss out for revenge arrives claiming that Tom is actually Joey Cusack, a former mob underling. Can Tom prove his innocence or is he really a criminal with a history of violence?

EXTRAS: Director David Cronenberg offers commentary. Plus, there are a deleted scene, a documentary called “Acts of Violence,” and three featurettes — “Violence’s History: U.S. Vs. International Versions,” “Too Commercial for Cannes” and “The Unmaking of Scene 44.”

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