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Suicide Squad

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

 

  1. Suicide Squad (2016) – Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Scott Eastwood
  2. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  3. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  4. Minions (2015) – Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin
  5. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  6. Deadpool (2016) – Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller
  7. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  8. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  9. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  10. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) – Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia
  11. True Detective (2014) – Vince vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  12. Magic Mike XXL (2015) – Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez
  13. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) – Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Rose Byrne
  14. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  15. Orange Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  16. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  17. Ted 2 (2015) – Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth
  18. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  19. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  20. The Gallows (2015) – Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford
  21. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  22. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  23. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  24. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun
  25. The Strain (2014) – Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand

Devil's Knot

Summary: Based on the true crime and novel by Mara Leveritt, Devil’s Knot explores the murder and trial of three boys that went missing in Memphis in 1993. The crime brings three teenagers to trial and despite pleading innocent and the mounting forensic evidence to support their innocence, the teenagers are persecuted without question and left at the mercy of lawyer Ron Lax who continues to probe deeper into the case and the prejudices that exist within the court of law. The film explores the lives of deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies. The conviction of the West Memphis Three – Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin – riled the American justice system, shocked a tightly knit religious town and outraged the nation.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Atom Egoyan

Screenwriter: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson, Mara Leveritt (novel)

Cast: Robert Baker (Detective Bryn Ridge), Paul Boardman Jnr. (Michael Moore), Kerry Cahill (Jo Lynn), Brandon Carroll (Bobby DeAngelo), Jack Coghlan (Aaron Hutcherson), Dane DeHaan (Chris Morgan), Kevin Durand (John Mark Byers), Mireille Enos (Vicki Hutcheson), Colin Firth (Ron Lax), Wilbur Fitzgerald (Tom), Michael Gladis (Dan Stidham), Bruce Greenwood (Judge Burnett), Gary Grubbs (Dale Griffis), James Hamrick (Damien Echols), Martin Henderson (Brent Davis), Kristopher Higgins (Jessie Miskelley), Stan Houston (Detective Donald Bray), Brian Howe (Detective McDonough), Ted Huckabee (Steve Jones), Julie Ivey (Melissa Byers), Jet Jurgensmeyer (Stevie Branch), Elias Koteas (Jerry Driver), Matt Letscher (Paul Ford), Rex Linn (Chief Inspector Gitchell), Seth Meriwether (Jason Baldwin), Stephen Moyer (John Fogelman), Bill Murphey (Marty King), Alessandro Nivola (Terry Hobbs), Kristoffer Polaha (Val Price), Anessa Ramsey (Rosie), Amy Ryan (Margaret Lax), Lori Beth Sikes (Annie), Brad D. Smith (Todd Moore), Brandon Spink (Christopher Byers), Matthew Stanton (Detective Durham), Clay Stapleford (Detective Mike Allen), Stephanie Stewart (Domini Teer), Brooke Jaye Taylor (Officer Regina Meeks), Reese Witherspoon (Pam Hobbs), Collette Wolfe (Glori Shettles), Isabella Zentkovich (Amanda Hobbs)

Runtime: 114 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR DEVIL’S KNOT REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

The story of The West Memphis Three has been itching to be turned into a feature film for a great deal many years now. Countless documentaries have been made around the case over the years, and so powerful is the story of injustice that it has been impossible for anyone to sit through them without some kind of anger building up inside them. To be brutally honest the whole story (or should that be saga) is really a screenwriter and director’s dream.

Devil’s Knot looks at the case of The West Memphis Three told through the eyes of a private investigator, Ron Lax (Colin Firth) and one of the grieving mothers, Pam Hobbs (Reese Witherspoon). As Hobbs desperately tries to work out what happened in her son’s murder Lax concentrates on the theory that the three accused, Damien Echols (James Hamrick), Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether) and Jessie Misskelley (Kristopher Higgins) are innocent.

Oscar nominated director Atom Egoyan decides to tackle the case head-on in his latest film Devil’s Knot. Now a rookie filmmaker may have simply decided that this film should be told through the eyes of one of the accused but Egoyan is smarter than that and instead digs up the story of one of the case’s lesser known players, the private investigator hired by the three accused’s legal team to try and clear their clients name. So not to make the film too one sided Egoyan also tells part of the story through the eyes of Pam Hobbs, a grieving mother who seems more open to the fact that injustice is being done than anyone else involved in the case.

Early on Devil’s Knot is a promising film. It digs up certain parts of the case that are naturally overlooked in most explorations into the case including the mysterious ‘muddied and bloodied black man’ who was spotted in a fast food diner on the night of the murders. But it’s not long after that revolution that Egoyan seems to let Devil’s Knot dangerously let itself down. Just as Lax beguns to uncover series leads that suggest a Police cover-up and Police corruption the film pulls back from how hard-hitting it should have been and instead becomes a court room drama in the vein of a television show like Law & Order.

The second half of Devil’s Knot shows why a director of the class of David Fincher needs to get hold of this story and do something with it. The links of the boys to the occult and Satanic rituals could have taken the film into some dark places while the whole Police corruption element and them deciding to investigate Ron Lax needed to have a lot more suspense put into it then what it shown here. For Devil’s Knot to work there needed to be less of Lax sitting around in an office and talking to the lawyers and more of him actually out on the street doing the leg work – after all he had to be getting these leads from somewhere, right? Perhaps the most ironic thing about how much the screenplay lets down the film is that it comes from the same pen as Deliver Us From Evil, Scott Derrickson.

As a result Egoyan really under uses his two leads. Colin Firth seems like an actor champing at the bit for a dramatic scene right throughout Devil’s Knot while Reese Witherspoon plumps up and heads into the similar character territory she explored in Mud but again she is let down. Instead of allowing her character to deliver some powerful scenes when she starts suspecting her own husband, Terry Hobbs (Alessandro Nivola), as being involved in their son’s murder. It’s a sad point to make but the screenplay here really does let down both Firth and Witherspoon.

Devil’s Knot could easily have been one of the best films of the year, but sadly it is let down by a director and screenwriter who seem reluctant to tap into the suspense that is handed to them on a plate. Instead the second half of the film becomes a slow court room drama that never really lives up to its potential. Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon try in vain to deliver something but even they are let down dangerously by a script that needed to be much better.

Stars(2.5)

 

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

 

IMDB Rating:  Devil's Knot (2013) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Devi’s Knot′: For our full Devil’s Knot review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89. You can also read Dave’s review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Fruitvale Station Summary: Prodigious first-time writer and director Ryan Coogler starkly observes pivotal moments in the too-short life of a conflicted youth, while Michael B Jordan (The Wire) delivers a star-making turn as the ex-con and father, with The Help‘s Octavia Spencer as his mother and Melonie Diaz his feisty girlfriend. Grant’s death was caught on cell phone video, the tragedy sparking nationwide commentary over race and violent protests about police brutality. Fruitvale Station reminds us that every martyr is also just a man.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th November, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Ryan Coogler

Screenwriter: Ryan Coogler

Cast: Robert Ajlouny (Officer Newsom), Sergio Alejandro (Officer Garcia), Darren Bridgett (Peter), Jasmin Bristow (Karen), Janez Cain (Danae), Isreael Cesar (Angela), Kassandra Cesar (Eilly), Liisa Cohen (Tenisha), Keenan Coogler (Cato), Melanie Diaz (Sophina), Kevin Durand (Officer Caruso), Destiny Ekwueme (Chantay), Christine Elmore (Ashae), Alex Alessandro Garcia (Officer Sanchez), Trestin George (Brandon), Tatiyana Gomez (Lala), Marvin Greene (Mr. Mason), Kenny Grimm (Jason), Lucena Herrera (Rose), Michael James (Carlos), Steven Craig Johnson (Daryl), Wanda Johnson (Mrs. Stacy), Michael B. Jordan (Oscar Grant), Julian Keyes (Kris), Caroline Lesley (Steph), Jemal McNeil (Cephus), Laurel Moglen (Mrs. Mason), Chris Morocco (Donald), Chad Michael Murray (Officer Ingram), Ariana Neal (Tatiana), Maleah Nipay-Padilla (Alena), Alejandra Nolasco (Officer Salazar), Ahna O’Reilly (Katie), Joey Oglesby (Cale), Chris Riedell (Joe), Bianca Rodriguez III (Vanessa), Marjorie Shears (Grandma Bonnie), Octavia Spencer (Wanda), Noah Staggs (Officer Davidson), Maya Tapia (Mariana), Tamera Tomakili (Lauren), Victor Toman (Emi), Herman Tsui (Marcus), Denzel Worthington (Darius), Thomas Wright (Tim), Noah Zavala (Issac), Nassir Zughayer (Sammy)

Runtime: 84 mins

Classification:CTC

OUR FRUITVALE STATION REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths: Stars(4)

Please check David’s review of ‘Fruitvale Station’ that is available at Entertainment Scene 360

Greg King: Stars(4)

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

Nick Gardener: Stars(3.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Fruitvale Station’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #57

Adam Ross: Stars(4)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘Fruitvale Station’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #57

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4)

IMDB Rating:  Fruitvale Station (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Fruitvale Station′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #57

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The Mortal Instrument City Of Bones

Summary: Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 22nd August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States, Germany

Director: Harald Zwart

Screenwriter: Jessica Postigo, Cassandra Clare (novel)

Cast: Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace), Lily Collins (Clary), Chad Connell (Lambert), Kevin Durand (Pangborn), Godfrey Gao (Magnus Bane), Jared Harris (Hodge), Stephen R. Hart (Brother Jeremiah), Lena Headey (Jocelyn), Robert Maillet (Blackwell), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Valentine), CCH Pounder (Dorthea), Chris Ratz (Eric), Jonathan Seinen (Raziel), Robert Sheehan (Simon), Aidan Turner (Luke), Harry Von Gorkum (Alaric/Werewolf), Jemima West (Isabelle), Kevin Zegers (Alec)

Runtime: 130 mins

Classification:M

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(2)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’ that is available on Episode #46 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

Adam Ross: Stars(1)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’ that is available on Episode #46 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

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

IMDB Rating:  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones′: Please check Episode #46 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’.

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Chad Michael Murray

The wheeling and dealing has been getting into full swing at Sundance, below is a list of the films that have currently been sold and who has bought them.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – DIR: David Lowery STARS: Casey Affleck, Keith Carradine, Ben Foster, Rooney Mara

Purchased by: IFC Films

Austenland – DIR: Jerusha Hess STARS: Jennifer Coolidge, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Keri Russell

Purchased by: Sony Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics

Before Midnight – DIR: Richard Linklater STARS: Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Ariane Labed

Purchased by: Sony Pictures Classics

Blackfish – DIR: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Purchased by: CNN Films/Magnolia Pictures

Concussion – DIR: Stacie Passon STARS: Ben Shenkman, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Robin Weigert

Purchased by: Radius/TWC

Dirty Wars – DIR: Rick Rowley STARS: Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi, Abdul Rahman Barman

Purchased by: Sundance Selects

Don Jon’s Addiction – DIR: Joseph Gordon-Levitt STARS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Julianne Moore

Purchased by: Relativity

Fruitvale – DIR: Ryan Coogler STARS: Kevin Durand, Michael B. Jordan, Chad Michael Murray, Octavia Spencer

Purchased by: The Weinstein Company

History Of The Eagles Part 1 – DIR: Alison Ellwood STARS: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh

Purchased by: Showtime

Inequality For All – DIR: Jacob Kornbluth

Purchased by: Radius/TWC

Jobs – DIR: Joshua Michael Stern STARS: Amanda Crew, Josh Gad, Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney

Purchased by: Open Road Films

Kill Your Darlings – DIR: John Krokidas STARS: Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen, Daniel Radcliffe

Purchased by: Sony Picture Classics

Lovelace – DIR: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman STARS: Peter Sarsgaard, Amanda Seyfried, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple

Purchased by: Radius/TWC

Morning – DIR: Leland Orser STARS: Elliott Gould, Laura Linney, Leland Orser, Jeanne Triplehorn

Purchased by: Anchor Boy

Newlyweds – DIR: Shaka King STARS: Amari Cheatoe, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Purchased by: Phase 4 Films

Prince Avalanche – DIR: David Gordon Green STARS: Emile Hirsch, Lance Le Gault, Joyce Payne, Paul Rudd

Purchased by: Magnolia Pictures

Show Trial: The Story Of Pussy Riot – DIR: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin STARS: Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Purchased by: HBO Documentary Films

S-VHS – DIR: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener STARS: Kelsy Abbott, L.C. Holt, Hannah Hughes, Lawrence Michael Levine

Purchased by: Magnolia Pictures

The Look Of Love – DIR: Michael Winterbottom STARS: Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Stephen Fry, Imogen Poots

Purchased by: IFC Films

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear – DIR: Tinatin Gurchiani

Purchased by: Icarus Films

The Rambler – DIR: Calvin Reeder STARS: James Cady, Natasha Lyonne, Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher

Purchased by: Anchor Bay Films

The Spectacular Now – DIR: James Ponsoldt STARS: Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Shailene Woodley

Purchased by: A24

The Summit – DIR: Nick Ryan

Purchased by: Sundance Selects

The Way, Way Back – DIR: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash STARS: Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet

Purchased by: Fox Searchlight

Toy’s House – DIR: Jordan Vogt-Roberts STARS: Moises Arias, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Mary Lynn Rajskub

Purchased by: CBS Films

Twenty Feet From Stardom – DIR: Morgan Neville STARS: Lou Adler, Stephanie ‘Stevvi’ Alexander, Patti Austin, Chris Botti

Purchased by: Radius/TWC

Two Mothers – DIR: Anne Fontaine STARS: Ben Mendelsohn, Xavier Samuel, Naomi Watts, Robin Wright

Purchased by: Exclusive Releasing

We Are What We Are – DIR: Jim Mickle STARS: Ambyr Childers, Kelly McGillis, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell

Purchased by: Entertainment One

Summary:Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 19th December, 2012

Country: Canada/France/Portugal/Italy

Director: David Cronenberg

Screenwriter: David Cronenberg, David DeLillo (novel)

Cast: Mathieu Amalric (Andre Petrescu), Abdul Ayoola (Ibrahim Hamadou), Bob Bainborough (Dr. Ingram), Jay Baruchel (Shiner), Juliette Binoche (Didi Fancher), Kevin Durand (Torval), Sarah Gadon (Elise Shifrin), Paul Giamatti (Benno Levin), Gouchy Boy (Kosmo Thomas), Emily Hampshire (Jane Melman), K’Naan (Brutha Fez), Zeljiko Kecojevic (Danko), Patricia McKenzie (Kendra Hays), Samantha Morton (Vija Kinsky), Philip Nozuka (Michael Chin), Robert Pattinson (Eric Packer), David Schaap (Arthur Rapp), George Touliatos (Anthony Abubato)

Runtime: 109 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Cosmopolis’ Review:

Here we all were thinking that director David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises) had got all the alternative filmmaking out of his blood stream. Recently his films have been pretty stock standard, but oh boy does Cronenberg go back to his dark side with Cosmopolis, a film so arty it fails terribly.

Based on a novel by Don DeLillo Cosmopolis is set in downtown New York and follows billionaire businessman, Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson – Bel Ami, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1) who demands to be taken across town for a haircut from his favourite barber despite warnings from his Security Head, Torval (Kevin Durnad – Edwin Boyd, Real Steel) who says the trip will be virtually impossible due to most of the city being closed down for the arrival of The President.

As Eric’s driver, Ibrahim (Abdul Ayoola – Immortals, Look Again) slowly drives Eric’s luxurious limo across town the film documents Eric’s interactions with various people including his new wife (who only seems to be around at meal times), Elise (Sarah Gadon – Antiviral, Dream House), his ex Didi (Juliette Binoche – An Open Heart, Another Woman’s Life), business partner Shiner (Jay Baruchel – Goon, TV’S Being Human) and security detail Nina (Marcia Juan Garcias – newcomer)

Cosmopolis is a slow grind, largely due to the fact that there is very little story there in the beginning. In fact the film really only comes to life in the last twenty minutes during a tense standoff between Eric and Benno (Paul Giamatti – Rock Of Ages, John Dies At The End). This finale is beautifully scripted and both Giamatti and Pattinson rise the challenge,,, unfortunately the rest of the film lets it down.

Cronenberg’s script is just a dead weight. They idea they he could create a new language, in the vein of Shakespeare, was ill thoughout as it really does is alienate the audience from the film even more. The mere fact that the script has very little (almost no) characterization leaves the audience asking even more questions on what they are seeing on the screen… and in the end the film just falls on top of itself.

To his credit Robert Pattinson does put in a good performance, it’s just not convincing that he can actually understand what he is saying at times, but even he is outshone by Giamatti who puts in a brilliant performance that leaves the rest of the cast for dead.

Cosmopolis is just one big black hole. Cronenberg tries to tackle some big issues but makes the film so alternative it is virtually impossible to understand.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Cosmopolis: http://www.helium.com/items/2355096-movie-reviews-cosmopolis-2012.

Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Cosmopolis (2012) on IMDb