Maleficient reviewed

Betty Jo Tucker talks about Maleficient, the new movie starring Angelina Jolie as the titular Sleeping Beauty villain. The critics say that it’s “magnificent,” as well as having “the best background score so far this year.” They concede that it “might not fit right with fairy tale purists,” but nonetheless “really enjoyed this new approach and the surprises that it contained.” Although there was “some confusion” about certain plot points,” everything else worked.”

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FilmGordon Radio talks to actor and musician Jamie Foxx. Foxx won an Academy Award for his performance in Ray and is also known for his roles in Django Unchained and Collateral, and recently appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Foxx talks about potentially reprising his role as the villain Electro in Spider-Man, saying that he’s “excited about the opportunity… when they bring Electro back… I want to see him when he’s perfected his energy and perfected his craft.” He says that he spent four hours in makeup daily, saying that it’s worth it for the “rockstar status… the way they make Electro look.”

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Edge of Tomorrow reviewed

Ru Instant Reaction Reviews talks about Edge of Tomorrow, the new sci-fi movie starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The critics find that, although they were “a little afraid of this movie going in,” worried that the premise would be shaky,” they enjoyed the film overall. They feel as though certain themes could have been more deeply explored, but find it overall satisfying.

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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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Bates Motel’s Nestor Carbonell

America’s Most Haunted talks to Nestor Carbonell of A&E’s Bates Motel. The show is itself a long-form prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1960 thriller. Carbonell plays Sheriff Alex Romero on the show, and has previously appeared in Lost and the films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Carbonell talks about his life and career, having grown up moving around between many different countries,

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Nas’ Illmatic

Eddie Huang and Elena Bergeron, joined by hip-hop writer Minya Oh, AKA Miss Info, talk about the 20th anniversary of Nas’ seminal New York hip-hop album Illmatic. Oh wrote the original review of Illmatic for the Source, where it received a perfect five-mic rating.

They sing the praises of Illmatic, saying that “everybody knows… Nas was the illest… I think Nas is, lyrically, the greatest rapper of all time… if I’m teaching my son lessons, I need [him] to listen to Illmatic.”

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