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The 2016 Golden Razzie nominations have just been announced. The biggest winners (ah…losers) are Fifty Shades Of Grey (with 6 nominations), Jupiter Ascending (6), Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 (6), Pixels (6) and Fantastic Four (5).

And the nominations are:

 

WORST ACTOR

Johnny Depp (Mordecai)

Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Kevin James (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Adam Sandler (The Cobbler + Pixels)

Channing Tatum (Jupiter Ascending)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Chevy Chase (Hot Tub Time Machine 2 + Vacation)

Josh Gad (Pixels + The Wedding Ringer)

Kevin James (Pixels)

Jason Lee (Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip)

Eddie Redmayne (Jupiter Ascending)

WORST ACTRESS

Katherine Heigl (Home Sweet Hell)

Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Mila Kunis (Jupiter Ascending)

Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Mortdecai)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kayley Cuoco-Sweeting (Alvin & The Chipmunks Road Chip + The Wedding Ringer)

Rooney Mara (Pan)

Michelle Monaghan (Pixels)

Julianne Moore (Seventh Son)

Amanda Seyfried (Love The Coopers + Pan)

WORST DIRECTOR

Andy Fickman (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Tom Six (Human Centipede 3 Final Sequence)

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Josh Tank (Fantastic Four)

Andy & Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending)

WORST PICTURE

Fantastic Four

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Jupiter Ascending

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Pixels

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip

Fantastic Four

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

WORST SCREEN COMBO

All Four Fantastics (Fantastic Four)

Johnny Depp + His Glued On Mustache (Mortdecai)

Jamie Dornan + Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Kevin James + His Glued On Mustache + His Segue (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Adam Sandler + Any Pair Of Shoes (The Cobbler)

WORT SCREENPLAY

Fantastic Four

Fifty Shades of Grey

Jupiter Ascending

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Pixels

REDEEMER AWARD

Elizabeth Banks (Movie 47 to Pitch Perfect 2)

M. Night Shyamalan (Previous Winner to The Visit)

Will Smith (After Earth to Concussion)

Sylvester Stallone (All Time Razzie Champ to Creed)

Rebecca Ferguson

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

  1. Rebecca Ferguson
  2. Kate Mara
  3. Tom Cruise
  4. Cara Delevingne
  5. Rachel McAdams
  6. Evangeline Lilly
  7. Tom Hardy
  8. Shailene Woodley
  9. Margot Robbie
  10. Justin Theroux
  11. Marguerite Moreau
  12. Alicia Vikander
  13. Michael Showalter
  14. Mamie Gummer
  15. Miles Teller
  16. Emilia Clarke
  17. Charlize Theron
  18. Ronda Rousey
  19. Abigail Spencer
  20. Chris Pratt
  21. Morena Baccarin
  22. Paul Rudd
  23. Jake Gyllenhaal
  24. Taylor Kitsch
  25. Elizabeth Banks

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  2. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  3. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  4. Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage
  5. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  6. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  7. Paper Towns (2015) – Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith
  8. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  9. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  10. Suicide Squad (2016) – Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Scott Eastwood
  11. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  12. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  13. Orange Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  14. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  15. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau
  16. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Marguerite Moreau, Joe Lo Truglio
  17. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  18. Minions (2015) – Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin
  19. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  20. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  21. Descendants (2015) – Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson
  22. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  23. Deadpool (2016) – Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller
  24. Hot Pursuit (2015) – Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley
  25. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson

Magic Mike XXL

Summary: Mike (Channing Tatum) has been out of the stripper lifestyle for three years, and while his furniture job is doing well it’s not exactly flourishing. Add that to the fact that he is having some personal problems and it doesn’t take Tarzan (Kevin Nash) and Richie (Joe Manganiello) much to convince him to join them once again for their last hurrah.

It seems like Dallas has left the group for good and now the boys have decided that they will go out with a bang at a stripper convention. But not all are pleased to see Mike return, and some are downright insulted that he wants to ‘freshen up’ their routine for the last performance. With not everything going right though Mike soon finds himself on a road trip that sees him become attracted to Zoe (Amber Heard) while also having to come face to face with a ghost from his past, the powerful but seductive, Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith).

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th July 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Gregory Jacobs

Screenwriter: Reid Carolin

Cast: Elizabeth Banks (Paris), Matt Bomer (Ken), Stephen Boss (Malik), Kimberly Drummond (Caroline), Alison Faulk (White Shadow), Donald Glover (Andre), Raeden Greer (Charlotte), Rhoda Griffis (Julia), Ann Hamilton (Diane), Amber Heard (Zoe), Carrie Anne Hunt (Megan Davidson), Crystal Hunt (Lauren), Gabriel Iglasias (Tobias), Patrick Kearns (Slick Willy), Mary Kraft (Jessica), Andie MacDowell (Nancy Davidson), Joe Manganiello (Big Dick Richie), Jane McNeill (Mae), Kevin Nash (Tarzan), Juan Piedrahita (Salvador), Adam Rodriguez (Tito), Carla Shinall (herself), David Silverman (Scott), Jada Pinkett Smith (Rome), Michael Strahan (Augustus), Channing Tatum (Mike), Vicky Vox (Tori Snatch)

Runtime: 115 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR MAGIC MIKE XXL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

When the first Magic Mike film was announced way back in 2012 a fear (and much laughter) spread across the film loving world. Channing Tatum was starring in a movie about male strippers, it seemed like it would end up being a storyless excuse to get some male flesh on the screen and would end up being one of the worst films of the year. Yet it proved to be something very different as director Steven Soderbergh made it a gritty film exploring the sex industry and the personal make-up of those involved in it. Now comes Magic Mike XXL the sequel which has a lot less fear revolving around it, but sadly if you are expecting a film like the original you are going to be sorely disappointed because this film has everything wrong with it that people were expecting could have gone wrong with the first film.

Really alarm bells should have been ringing before walking into the cinema. No Steven Soderbergh in charge this time round, instead he acts as cinematographer while Gregory Jacobs (a man with two B-Grade movies on his directional resume), and then the news that neither Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn or Alex Pettyfer were returning either. Then just to add insult to injury Aussie star-on-the-rise Margot Robbie pulled out of her role before shooting began. So why was there such an A-List avoidance of the sequel, because obviously those stars picked up the script and read it.

To be blunt Magic Mike XXL is simply a bunch of music videos with male grinding joined together by a flimsy bus trip that tries in vain to make it seem like the screenwriter didn’t just write lines like “Mike takes his clothes while women throw cash at him.” The screenplay here is lame at best and it seems that both director and screenwriter knew that and instead just tried to do overlong scenes of dialogue in the near-drowning bid to try and give this film some artistic credibility. But the scenes are so long they become boring, the characters so under-developed that become disinteresting while the lack of any sexual chemistry between Mike and his supposed love interest Zoe means the film just fizzles out with no resistance.

In fact the lack of character development in this film is frightening. Screenwriter Reid Carolin (who did funnily enough write the original film) sets up all these interesting little titbits about the various characters but then never fully cashes in on them. I mean come on, a stripper who wants to be a singer, the moment of realization that Mike has danced with Tarzan and didn’t even know he was a Gulf War veteran, both plotlines are a goldmine for a screenwriter but here Carolin just seems to throw them up in casual conversation and then forgets about them.

The weak script here also dangerously lets down the cast. Recently people have been uttering lines like ‘hey maybe Channing Tatum can act’ well here his only worth seems to be to look pouty and take his top off. As a result Tatum comes across looking like a a dumb himbo who has nothing to offer Hollywood at all, it’s like he has flashed back in time and is once again the type of actor who is only hired for his good looks and not his acting ability. Still at least he comes off a little better than the female cast because sadly Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell and Elizabeth Banks are all wasted in their roles and you can only wonder why they agreed to do the film in the first place. The only actress that does get a meaty role is Jada Pinkett Smith whose character of Rome is interesting enough for her own film, especially considering once again the screenwriter here leaves us asking more questions about her than what are answered.

Aside from its soundtrack Magic Mike XXL is a complete let down. Gone are the edginess and the witty script that made the first film so different and instead we are left with a film void of much storyline and just held together by a few dance sequences that aren’t even as impressive as what you would get in a Step Up movie. Avoid, especially if you loved the first one.

 

 

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2)

 

IMDB Rating: Magic Mike XXL (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Magic Mike XXL reviews: You can also read our Magic Mike XXL review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Love & Mercy

The music and cinemas worlds collide again on June 25 when Love & Mercy hits Australian cinemas. The film tells the story of Brian Wilson, the man behind the legendary The Beach Boys. Starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti Love & Mercy is one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2015 and thanks to Icon Distribution you can have a chance to see it on us.

That’s right thanks to Icon Distribution The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show has a number of passes to Love & Mercy to giveaway. Five lucky winners will also receive a The Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits CD to go with their passes.

For you chance to win in our Love & Mercy giveaway simply listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #134.

Avengers; Age Of Ultron

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  2. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  4. Suicide Squad (2016) – Margot Robbie, Scott Eastwood, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne
  5. Daredevil (2015) – Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
  6. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Chris Evans
  7. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  8. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  9. Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  10. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  11. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  12. Furious Seven (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
  13. The Age Of Adaline (2015) – Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker
  14. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  15. Hot Pursuit (2015) – Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley
  16. Jupiter Ascending (2015) – Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean
  17. Grey’s Anatomy (2005) – Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr.
  18. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) – Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
  19. The Avengers (2012) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
  20. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  21. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) – Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow
  22. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford
  23. Magic Mike XXL (2015) – Channing Tatum, Amber Heard, Joe Manganiello, Elizabeth Banks
  24. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
  25. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) – Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Ian De Caestecker

Love & mercy Still

Icon Film Distribution is proud to announce that the Australian premiere of LOVE & MERCY will be held at Sydney’s State Theatre on Sunday June 7, 2015.  As announced last month, the film will be featured as part of the 2015 Sydney Film Festival with its first festival screening serving as the Australian Premiere.

We all know the music, but few know the true story of musical genius, Brian Wilson and his struggles with brilliance and balance.  Whilst his music shaped our lives, it would be the love of one special woman who saved his.

First time director, Bill Pohlad puts his experience as a producer on films such as 12 Years a Slave, The Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain to good use.  In LOVE & MERCY he paints an unconventional portrait of Wilson, interweaving seminal moments from his youth and later life.

The role of Brian Wilson is masterfully shared between Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave, Little Miss Sunshine) as the younger, 1960s Brian; and John Cusack (Maps to the Stars, High Fidelity) as Wilson in the 1980s.  The film explores the many challenges Brian has faced, both from his point of view in his younger years; and from the perspective of his now wife, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) when she meets Brian in his 40s and under the questionable medical care of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

The Beach Boys were already experiencing chart topping success with Surfin’ Safari, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls and Good Vibrations when Brian found himself driven to move in a new musical direction.  Whilst this would ultimately lead to the creation of what is widely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time – Pet Sounds – and songs like Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Sloop John B and God Only Knows; it also lead to the band breaking up and Brian breaking down.

The films shows  Brian becoming more and more isolated from his family and friends to the point where he seems to have been signed over into the care of Landy who seems determined, through overmedication and other manipulations, to keep Brian away from all real connections to the world.  When Melinda Ledbetter enters his life, their mutual attraction becomes a bond that the oppressive doctor cannot break.

As few biopics about musicians do, LOVE & MERCY offers a hopeful and happy ending – one that continues to play out in reality today.  Brian Wilson’s music continues to resonate with existing as well as new audiences every day.  Wilson’s 11th solo album, NO PIER PRESSURE was released earlier this year to critical acclaim.  One Kind of Love which is featured on the new album and also in the film has just been recognised as “Best Original Song” at the Nashville Film Festival.  More importantly (and even more rare) Brian and Melinda are still together and still in love.

LOVE & MERCY debuted to a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival and has continued to garner critical acclaim including from its showings at the Berlin Film Festival and the South By Southwest Festival.

Words used to describe LOVE & MERCY include, “compelling” (Collider); “dreamy and delirious” (Indiewire); “deeply satisfying” (The Hollywood Reporter); “emotionally exhilarating” and “exquisite” (HitFix); “engrossing” (Indiewire); “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) “tender” (BBC.com) and “touching” (Screen International).

Critics have also hailed the dual performances from Dano and Cusack as, “career-topping performances”; (Indiewire); “groundbreaking” (The Washington Post); “phenomenal” (Bloody Disgusting) and “uncanny” (Mashable Australia). Best known for her work as a comedic actress, Elizabeth Banks has also attracted praise for her career-redefining dramatic performance she gives in the film.

It seems likely that its screenings at the Sydney Film Festival will no doubt attract similar accolades for LOVE & MERCY including the film’s unique style and excellent performances.
Perhaps the best reactions are those from the man who lived the story, Brian Wilson himself

Pitch Perfect 2

Summary: The pitches are back! Set three years later than the original film Pitch Perfect 2 finds the Barden Bellas, now led by Beca (Anna Kendrick), as three time National A Cappella champions. They have finally arrived and get to showcase their skills at a gala attended by President Barrack Obama, but that is when everything goes horribly wrong and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) suddenly finds herself unwillingly flashing the Prez.

With most of America convinced that it was deliberate the Bellas suddenly find themselves suspended from the collegiate a cappella circuit and being replaced on their national tour by the current German champions Das Sound Machine, led by their bitchy leaders (Birgitte Hjort Sorenson and Flula Borg). As if Das Sound Machine don’t get in their face again the Bellas are told the only way they can get back onto the circuit is if they become the first American group to ever win the World Championships.

The task seems impossible as the Bellas struggle to find their sound and Beca keeps a secret internship from the rest of the group it begins to look like the Bellas aren’t going to have enough firepower to see them even compete at the championships let alone win it. Even the introduction of the talented Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) to the group doesn’t seem to be starting a fire for them. Is this the end for the Bellas?

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th May, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Elizabeth Banks

Screenwriter: Kay Cannon, Mickey Rapkin (characters)

Cast: Skylar Astin (Jesse), Elizabeth Banks (Gail), Flula Borg (Das Sound Machine), Rachel Marie Burgess (Taylor), Anna Camp (Aubrey), Jeff Caperton (David), Ester Dean (Cynthia-Rose Adams), Adam DeVine (Bumper Allen), Chrissie Fit (Flo), Karen Gonzalez (Barb), Desiree Hagadus (D-Ray), John Michael Higgins (John), Kelley Jakle (Jessica), Anna Kendrick (Beca), Alexis Knapp (Stacie), Hana Mae Lee (Lily Okanakamura), Austin Lyon (Frank), Shawn Carter Peterson (Dax), Ben Platt (Benji Applebaum), Shelley Regner (Ashley), Trip Roby (Simon), Katey Sagal (Katherine), Brittany Snow (Chloe), Birgitte Hjort Sorenson (Das Sound Machine), Hailee Steinfeld (Emily), Freddie Stroma (Luke), Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy)

Runtime: 115 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR PITCH PERFECT 2 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

With the surprise success of 2012’s Pitch Perfect there is little wonder that a sequel has surfaced. Pitch Perfect was to the female audience what American Pie was to males and slotted in nicely for those that were just that little too young for Bridesmaids. But aside from the best thing about the film was that it was unique, new and actually made its audience laugh – something that many comedies around that time certainly weren’t able to do.

Pitch Perfect 2 sees one of the stars of the first film, Elizabeth Banks, step into the director’s chair as she tries to make amends for the fact that she was one of the directors responsible for a segment in the awful Movie 43. Thankfully Banks decides not to do what most music or dance flavored sequels decide to do and she steers clear from creating an exact replica of the first film. Teaming up with the same screenwriter from the first film, Kay Cannon, Banks puts her own unique stamp on this film tipping it right over into the outrageous side of the comedy genre without forgetting that this is a film that also needs heart.

Somehow despite the fact that the seriousness of the first film seems MIA (except for the scenes between Beca and her boss) there is still a lot to like about Pitch Perfect 2. Banks and Cannon pile on the comedy with a huge amount of one-liner zingers that mostly seem to hit their mark. Cannon’s script also shows a fair bit of bravery as she makes John’s (John Michael Higgins) one-liners much more outrageous than the first film. No punches are held back as he brilliantly delivers some sexist and racist gags that take a swing at Indians, Koreans and women to just name a few. The fact that a comedy writer is still willing to take a chance and go there in this time of the nanny state certainly shows that this is a film that is willing to be a little bit different.

As is the case with most sequels somethings aren’t explored that really should be. Beca and Jesse’s (Skyler Austin) relationship seems to be pushed right onto the backburner while Cannon and Banks seem more intent in bringing forward the outlandish comedy that can be obtained with the relationship between Fat Amy and first time round bad guy Bumper’s (Adam DeVine) relationship. The film does miss the serious topics explored in the first film, such as how hard it is for someone to try and live in their parent’s footsteps and doesn’t have a memorable scenes such as Anna Kendrick’s Cup Song from the first time around, but it does deliver a laugh a moment and manages to have a fair say about the music industry with some well written scenes at the recording studio where Beca is interning.

Acting wise it almost seems like Anna Kendrick takes a step back in a franchise that is built around her character. While she is on screen for most of the film most of the memorable comedy moments go straight to Rebel Wilson which seems to be what the filmmakers wanted this time around. Still Kendrick does at times step up to the plate especially with some of her scenes with the talented Hailee Steinfeld, who shows audiences that she can also add comedic acting and singing to her many talents. Is there anything she can’t do?

Pitch Perfect 2 may not quite live up to the greatness of the original film but at least it is different enough to be kept interesting and doesn’t recycle any old storylines. The comedy is certainly ramped up to outrageous and over-the-top and to the film’s credit it does actually work. Rebel Wilson’s rise in Hollywood takes another big step-up but it is perhaps the work of Hailee Steinfeld that this film might be best remembered for. Fans of the franchise may be happy to know that the ending seems to suggest that we may soon have a Steinfeld-led Pitch Perfect 3 on our hands very, very soon.

 

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Greg King:

You can hear Greg’s full Pitch Perfect 2 review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #128

 

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Nick Gardener:

You can hear Greg’s full Pitch Perfect 2 review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #128

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Pitch Perfect 2 reviews: You will also be able to hear our Pitch Perfect 2 review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #128. You can also read our review of Pitch Perfect 2 on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

Trailer:

Love & mercy Still

Icon Film Distribution is proud to announce the June 25 release of LOVE & MERCY starring both Paul Dano and John Cusack as The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

We all know the music, but few know the true story of musical genius, Brian Wilson and his struggles with brilliance and balance.

The film paints an unconventional portrait of the artist by interweaving seminal moments from his youth and later life, as it explores how Brian came to be who he is today.

The role of Brian Wilson is masterfully shared between Dano (12 Years a Slave, Little Miss Sunshine) and Cusack (Maps to the Stars, High Fidelity) as the film explores the many challenges Brian has faced, both from his point of view in his younger years; and from the perspective of his now wife, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) when she meets Brian in his 40s and under the questionable medical care of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

The Beach Boys were already experiencing chart topping success with Surfin’ Safari, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls and Good Vibrations when Brian found himself driven to move in a new musical direction.  Whilst this would ultimately lead to the creation of what is widely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time – Pet Sounds – and songs like Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Sloop John B and God Only Knows; it also lead to the band breaking up and Brian breaking down.

The film was met with a standing ovation at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and critical acclaim continues to build:

“…emotionally exhilarating… The film does an exquisite job of detailing the way an artist can get lost in the act of creation.” – HitFix

“…an engrossing portrait of Wilson’s specific artistic inclinations…” – Indiewire

“A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject’s bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.” – Variety

Musicians, critics and fans alike have consistently hailed Wilson as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in music.  His songs remain as relevant and resonant today as they were over 50 years ago; continually finding new audiences as evidenced by the 2014 BBC Music All-Star cover of God Only Knows that became an internet sensation.

The teaser trailer has just debuted online and has already gone viral. A proud Brian Wilson has also posted the teaser on his own Facebook and website.

The film release will follow the April 3 launch of Wilson’s 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure.

In addition to featuring an awesome soundtrack,  LOVE & MERCY offers an intimate and unforgettable glimpse into the musical and personal evolution of one of the greatest creative minds of our time.

You can view the Love & Mercy teaser trailer below.

Jennifer Lawrence

Let’s take a look at who were the most popular actors and actresses online this week.

  1. Jennifer Lawrence
  2. Chris Pratt
  3. Natalie Dormer
  4. Bryce Dallas Howard
  5. Scarlett Johansson
  6. Chloe Grace Moretz
  7. Karen Gillan
  8. Miley Cyrus
  9. Shailene Woodley
  10. Josh Hutcherson
  11. Kelly Brook
  12. Elizabeth Banks
  13. Matthew McCounaughey
  14. Christopher Nolan
  15. Zoe Saldana
  16. Tom Hardy
  17. Lee Pace
  18. Jennifer Aniston
  19. Liam Hemsworth
  20. Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  21. Sam Claflin
  22. Katie Cassidy
  23. Jena Malone
  24. Sarah Snook
  25. Lily James