Category Archives: Movies

A Million Ways to Die in the West Reviewed

Cinema Royale talks about A Million Ways To Die In The West, comedian Seth MacFarlane’s follow-up to his 2012 hit Ted. The movie is a comedy-western, a genre about which the critics claim to be “hard-pressed to think of one, besides Blazing Saddles, that has really worked.” The movie stars MacFarlane alongside Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, and Neil Patrick Harris. The critics claim to “like Seth MacFarlane’s humor,” and appreciate the movie’s attempts to “deconstruct the genre… taking a scalpel to the silly macho western genre,” but say that it “loses its way” with “toilet, poop, and fart jokes.”

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Wolf Creek’s John Jaratt

America’s Most Haunted talks to Australian actor John Jaratt, known for his role as killer Mick Taylor in the infamous 2005 horror film Wolf Creek. Jaratt is reprising his role in the upcoming sequel Wolf Creek 2.

Jaratt talks about the real-life inspiration behind the movie. Real-life serial killer Ivan Milat remained at large for “about 15 years, doing terrible things to backpackers.” Jaratt finds a difference between his character and the real-life version, saying that “he’s an urban type of serial killer, but I’m the outback type.”

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reviewed

Cinema Royale talks about the new movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The movie, a sequel to 2012′s The Amazing Spider-Man, stars Andrew Garfield as the titular hero as well as Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, and is directed by Marc Webb.

The critics praise the movie’s three-villain setup, saying that “it is that crazy in the comic book… you have to deal with different things at once,” and that it “has all this stuff that Spider-Man is juggling” lends it an action-packed feel, although there is a “good deal of moping going on in this movie” that causes it to drag.

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Steven Knight, director of Locke

Cinema Royale talks to Steven Knight, writer of the movies Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things and director of the new thriller Locke.

Knight says that he was inspired to shoot Locke in a more experimental way, using a single location, because “doing a film in a conventional way made me wonder if it was possible to do something different… to just approach the whole thing from a more basic perspective… it was a risk, but at the time it didn’t feel like it because the budget was low.”

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Funny women of film

Betty Jo Tucker talks about famous female comedians, including Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, and Gilda Radner.

Of Tina Fey, she commends “her ability as a performer” and says that “she also is a great writer… the first female head writer for Saturday Night Live.” They go on to call her “self-deprecating” and claim that “she doesn’t seem to know how much of a comedy genius she is,” which they concede adds to her “charm.”

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Jason Bateman interview

Cinema Royale talks to Jason Bateman, director and star of the new movie Bad Words.

Bateman talks about setting boundaries for his rough, foulmouthed character, saying that certain lines “might seem completely acceptable on the page, and then you show up on the set, [and you realize] there’s no way you’re going to get away with saying something like that… you just have to hope that your meter is consistent with the majority of the audience. If you feel like it’s gone too far, you need to dial it back.”

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Divergent reviewed

RU Instant Reaction Review reviews Divergent, the new movie based on Veronica Roth’s series of young adult dystopian sci-fi novels.

The critics describe the film as “one of those vehicles that is clearly built for an audience that has read the book,” as well as wanting to “obviously wanting to fill the niche that The Hunger Games… and these other dystopian teen films do.” They were”confused by a few things, not having known the source materials,” but found it overall “kind of fun” but nonetheless “choppy and uneven.”

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Noah reviewed

ScreenPicks reviews Noah, the new biblical epic directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins. The film has proved controversial due to its religious themes. The critics call it “bizarre, as Darren Aronofsky can be”,” but concede that it’s “told in a fairly straightforward way” and remains mainly faithful to its source. They also praise Crowe’s performance, as well as his onscreen chemistry with Connelly, and question whether the film could lead to more mainstream biblical films.

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