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Abigail Breslin

It is always an interesting moment for film lovers when an actress they have watched grow up on the screen suddenly makes their first ‘grown-up film’. That recently happened for fans of young star Abigail Breslin, whether she was cracking gags in “Little Miss Sunshine” or fighting zombies in “Zombieland” there has always been an air of innocence around the characters that Breslin has portrayed. It was therefore a shock to many when they sat down to watch crime thriller “The Call” and saw a very grown-up Breslin appear in her underwear while being menaced by a serial killer.
Abigail Kathleen Breslin was born on the 14th April, 1996 in New York City. She is the daughter of Michael and Kim Breslin, her mother is a housewife and her father is a computer programmer who works in the telecommunications field. It has also been revealed that Abigail was named after former First Lady of The United States Abigail Adams.
The acting bug really did bite Abigail Breslin at a very early age – not surprising when you consider that her brothers Ryan and Spencer are also actors. Abigail made her first acting appearance at the age of three when she appeared in a ‘Toys ‘R’ Us’ commercial, and it obviously made a huge impact because soon she was being cast by director M. Night Shyamalen to appear in his 2002 alien suspense film “Signs” alongside Mel Gibson. The film not only made $408 million at the box office but also saw Breslin receive praise for her performance from film critics and journalists right around the world.
Despite early success in the feature film world Breslin then decided to appear in television shows such as “Hack”, “What I Like About You”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “NCIS” before again returning to the big screen in “Raising Helen” (with Kate Hudson), “Keane” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement”, the latter film introducing her to a much younger film base and also making her one of the most popular younger Hollywood stars.
After more television appearances, this time on “Ghost Whisperer” and “Grey’s Anatomy” Breslin then once again impressed critics with her portrayal of a young Olive Hoover in the surprise hit “Little Miss Sunshine”. Her role in “Little Miss Sunshine” also saw her receive an Academy Award nomination. Now with the world at her feet Breslin appeared in lesser known movies “The Ultimate Gift” and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” before playing ‘adopted daughter’ to Catherine Zeta-Jones in “No Reservations” and then starring alongside Ryan Reynolds in “Definitely, Maybe”.
In 2008 Breslin again got in touch with her younger fans when she played Eco-warrior Nim in the well received “Nim’s Island” and since then has appeared in a string of hits including “My Sister’s Keeper”, “Zombieland”, “New Year’s Eve” and of course recent release “The Call”. Over the years Breslin has also showed that she is a talented voice artist and has lent her voice to films such as “Air Buddies”, “Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey”, “Rango” and also the underrated “Zambezia”.
Outside of acting Breslin has shown a real love for animals and it is understood that she is wanting to study to become a veterinarian although she has also gone on the record saying that if she wasn’t an actress she would also be interested in becoming a fashion designer. Breslin has also revealed that she is a talented musician and performs in a band called CABB with her best friend Cassidy Reiff.
Fans of Abigail Breslin better get used to her playing more grown-up characters from now on. She will soon be seen on the big screen in another thriller called “Final Girl” before appearing alongside Harrison Ford in action science fiction “Ender’s Game” and then with Juliette Lewis, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in comedy drama “August: Osage County”. She is also currently working on Mark Young’s “Wicked Blood” and is also set to star with Arnold Schwarznegger in “Maggie” and the apocalyptic “Peste”. Yes, if you’re an Abigail Breslin fan you’ll be buying a lot of cinema tickets over the next twelve months.

Red 2

Summary: Frank Moses and his motley crew of retired assassins return for a second outing.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, France, Canada

Director: Dean Parisot

Screenwriter: Joe Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Warren Ellis (characters), Cully Hammer (characters)

Cast: Philip Arditti (Arman), Steven Berkoff (Cobb), Nathalie Buscombe (Serena), Brian Cox (Ivan), Garrick Hagon (Davis), Emma Heming (Kelly), Tom Hodgkins (Snyder), Anthony Hopkins (Bailey), Khalid Laith (Al Said), Tristan D. Lalla (Vance), Byung-hun Lee (Han Cho Bai), John Malkovich (Marvin), Neal McDonough (Jack Horton), Helen Mirren (Victoria), Mitchell Mullen (Wade), Mary-Louise Parker (Sarah), Tim Pigott-Smith (Director Phillips), Martin Sims (Blackwell), David Thewlis (The Frog), Vlasta Vrana (General McKennon), Bruce Willis (Frank), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Katja)

Runtime: 116 mins

Classification:M

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘RED 2’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Red 2’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Red 2’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(2.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Red 2’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 47

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Red 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Red 2′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 47 for our in-depth review of ‘Red 2.’

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The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films Barbara, 21 & Over, Blinder, Great Expectations, Broken City and Oz: The Great And Powerful. This episode also features interviews with James Franco, Zach Braff, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Sam Raimi, Michelle Williams, Gary Jones, Howard Berger, Vivian Baker, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mark Wahlberg

Also make sure you listen for your chance to win a copy of ‘Storm Surfers 3D’ on Blu-Ray thanks to Madman Entertainment.

Broken City

Summary: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption – and revenge – after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor (Russell Crowe). Billy’s relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force – and the mayor’s worst nightmare.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Allen Hughes

Screenwriter: Brian Tucker

Cast: Sharon Anglea (Amber (voice), (Michael Beach (Tony Jansen), Justin Chambers (Ryan), Kyle Chandler (Paul Andrews), Ambyr Childers (Mary), Russell Crowe (Mayor Hostetler), Griffin Dunne (Sam Lancaster), , Shawn Elliott (Raul Barea), Frank Forunato (Body Man Kevin), James M. Jenkins (Jimmy (voice)), Chance Kelly (Murdock), Natalie Martinez (Natalie Barrow), Barry Pepper (Jack Valliant), Reynaldo Piniella (Bolton Teen Alex), William Ragsdale (Mr. Davies), James Ransone (Todd Lancaster), Ric Reitz (Mitch Rappaport), Alona Tal (Katy Bradshaw), Britney Theriot (Valerie), Luis Tolentino (Mikey Tavarez), Mark Wahlberg (Billy Taggart), Jeffrey Wright (Carl Fairbanks), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Cathleen Hostetler)

Runtime: 109 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Broken City’ Review: 

While they might not be everybody’s cup of tea, sometimes it is nice to sit back and enjoy a good story that centres around political espionage and fraud. While ‘Broken City’ promises to be this years ‘Arbitrage’ it isn’t quite up to scratch.

‘Broken City’ begins with New York Police Department Detective Billy Taggert (Mark Wahlberg – ‘Ted’, ‘Contraband’) being found not guilty after he guns down a rape suspect, the ‘not guilty’ verdict is largely hated by the population who believes that Taggert should be charged with murder. While Police Commissioner Carl Fairbanks (Jeffrey Wright – ‘A Single Shot’, ‘The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete’) decides to stand Taggert down he finds a fan in Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe – ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’) who congratulates him on his work.

Time passes and now Taggert is dating actress Natalie Barrow (Natalie Martinez – ‘End Of Watch’, ‘The Baytown Outlaws’) who is the rape victim’s sister and he is running a Private Investigation company with the help of his assistant Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal – ‘Powers’ TV’S ‘Cult’). With the company running at a loss Taggert jumps at the opportunity when Mayor Hostetler hires him to investigate his wife, Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones – ‘Side Effects’, ‘Playing For Keeps’). But while Taggert believes it is a simple case of Cathleen is having an affair with Paul Andrews (Kyle Chandler – ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, ‘Argo’) he soon finds himself engulfed by a deadly game of politics and corruption.

While director Allen Hughes (‘The Book Of Eli’, ‘New York I Love You’) has the sense to make sure that this film doesn’t become your stock standard action film just because one of the supposed modern day action stars, Mark Wahlberg, is the leading man, you can’t help but feel that Wahlberg’s presence does indeed taint the film. Inside ‘Broken City’ is a great story waiting to come out but it is like Hughes knows that Wahlberg will be ripped to shreds if it comes down to an acting duel between himself and Crowe so instead he chooses to dumb the script, the result is a film that offers a little bit of suspense but nowhere near as much as it needed.

The cast are also badly let down by the weakened screenplay. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kyle Chandler are dangerously underused while Jeffrey Wright is horribly miscast as the Police Commissioner, it is a strange casting decision and one that leaves an actor in a role that he certainly isn’t believable in. Also distracting is Crowe’s bad wig and tan which is too much of a distraction not to be noticed.

‘Broken City’ does offer up the occasional twist and turn but sadly the script is a lot tamer than it should be.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Broken City′: Check Episode #23 (available 8th March) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Broken City’. Please also check Dave Griffiths’s review of ‘Broken City’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating: Broken City (2013) on IMDb

The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films Cloud Atlas, Side Effects, I Give It A Year, Save Your Legs!, The Imposter and The Paperboy. Plus they took an in depth look at all The Oscars wrap-up and have Part 1 of their look at the 2013 Alliance French Film Festival. This episode also features interview with Zac Efron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Scott Burns, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Minnie Driver, Dan Mazer, Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Jason Flemying, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, James D’Arcy, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Keith David, Lana Wachowski and the cast of Housos vs Authority.

Also make sure you listen for your chance to win a copy of ‘Storm Surfers 3D’ on Blu-Ray thanks to Madman Entertainment.

Side Effects

Summary: Side Effects is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law) – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Screenwriter: Scott Z. Burns

Cast: Sasha Bardey (Dr. Peter Joubert), David Costabile (Carl), Victor Cruz (NYPD Officer Beahan), J. Claude Deering (Zach), Susan Gross (Susan), Mamie Gummer (Kayla), Russell G. Jones (Jeffrey Childs), Timothy Klein (Transporting Officer Klein), Jude Law (Dr. Jonathan Banks), Rooney Mara (Emily Taylor), Mitchell Michalisyzn (Ezra Banks), Michelle Vergara Moore (Joan), Vinessa Shaw (Diedre Banks), Channing Tatum (Martin Taylor), Vladimi Verssailles (Augustin), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Dr. Victoria Siebert)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Side Effects’ Review: 

Director Steve Soderbergh (‘Magic Mike’, ‘Haywire’) has been pretty vocal about the fact that his latest release ‘Side Effects’ will be his final feature film and that he will now turn to a career in television. It seems an abrupt ending for a person that has been one of the most prolific filmmakers of the last decade, and if ‘Side Effects’ is to be his last film it will be a real shame as it is one of the very few average films he has released during his career.

‘Side Effects’ sees Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara – ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’, ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is struggling with life, it seems that her constant battle with depression has once again returned and she is also not coping with the fact that her husband Martin (Channing Tatum – ‘Magic Mike’, ’21 Jump Street’) has been released from prison after serving a term for insider trading.

After a suicide attempt in an underground car park Emily is referred to Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law – ‘Rise Of The Guardians’, ‘Anna Karenina’) who tries to help the young woman get her life back on track. Determined to help her he seeks out her old doctor, Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones – ‘Broken City’, ‘Playing For Keeps) who suggests that he try some of the new medications that are on the market. It soon begins to look like Emily is on the road to recovery but that soon ends when it seems the side effects of one of the drugs results in her murdering Martin.

As a film ‘Side Effects’ is likely to frustrate a lot of it’s audience. While the closing credits are rolling you are likely to find yourself thinking ‘that was a pretty decent crime film’, but when you start to really think about it later on you find yourself pulling apart the plot and you soon realise that the ‘crime element’ of the story falls into place way too easily and that it is highly unbelievable. In fact after much though you’ll realise that ‘Side Effects’ is pretty much just an extended (and rather poor) episode of ‘Law & Order’.

It is a real surprise that Steven Soderbergh has realised such a slack thriller. In the past Soderbergh has released suspenseful action films such as ‘Haywire’ while even his more experimental films like ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ have had a real edge to them… something that ‘Side Effects’ certainly doesn’t have, hence it’s television movie feel.

In another surpise for a Soderbergh film the performances of most of the cast are bland to say the least. Rooney Mara really had the chance to step-up and deliver a powerful performance but she doesn’t, while it seems that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum simply breezed their way through their roles without really trying. The only person who seems to make an effort is Jude Law who is a lot better than what he was in ‘Anna Karenina’.

‘Side Effects’ is a real disappointment, it may entertain you while you are in the cinema but you are guaranteed to think ill of it once you’ve had a chance to really think about it.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Side Effects′: Check Episode #22 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Side Effects’. Dave Griffiths also has another review of ‘Side Effects’ available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating: Side Effects (2013) on IMDb