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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Review: A Dull, Dark Exercise

Posted By Jason Gorber on Nov 21st 2014 9:30AM
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." Not exactly the kind of pithy title that's the stuff of poetry, but it should do fine alerting audiences to the fact that this is part of the immensely popular young adult series penned by Suzanne Collins, that we've reached the culmination of the trilogy, and, naturally, we're only getting half of it in this 123-minute epic. The film starts... read more

Allen Leech, Matthew Goode on 'The Imitation Game' and Working With Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on November 11, 2014
Often biopics, even loosely based ones, can be dull, stiff, and uninteresting. Not so with "The Imitation Game," director Morten Tyldum's story about the life of Alan Turing. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing as a character is fascinating to watch. The supporting cast, which features Matthew Goode ("The Good Wife") and Allen Leech ("Downton Abbey"), is an essential part of keeping...

'Rosewater' Review: Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut Makes the Grade

Posted By Jason Gorber on November 11, 2014
"Rosewater," the debut film from "The Daily Show"s Jon Stewart, is a moving and engaging portrayal of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari's imprisonment by the Iranian government, and his struggle for freedom while being beset by particularly ridiculous lines of questioning. Why Jon Stewart? The connection to "The Daily Show" and Bahari's arrest is quite strong -- while covering the...

Top 10 Best 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Deaths (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on November 11, 2014
(Thank you to YouTube user oth4ever1000) Oh, my. We'd forgotten how disgusting these are. To celebrate the 30th (yep, 30th) anniversary of the legendary horror movie "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (it was released on November 16, 1984), which spawned eight more flicks in the series, we thought we'd bring you a video highlighting the Top 10 best deaths by Freddy Krueger's bladed gloves. ...

'Wolves': Everything You Need to Know About the Jason Momoa Movie

Posted By Bryan Cairns on November 11, 2014
There's some serious partying going on one late October evening in a remote area outside of Toronto. From a distance, a fire pit's glow cascades over the area. Loud music interrupts the midnight silence. Clanging beer bottles and glasses contribute to the festive atmosphere. Male voices can be heard and so can .... growling? This is no human get-together. Mere steps away, a feral pack of...

Gael Garcia Bernal on 'Rosewater' and Jon Stewart as Film Director

Posted By Jason Gorber on November 11, 2014
Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" tells the harrowing, true-life story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was arrested and interrogated by security forces in part because of an appearance on satirical American television program "The Daily Show." To bring Bahari's story to life, Stewart cast Gael Garcia Bernal. The quiet, soft-spoken actor is a Mexican native best-known...

Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari on 'Rosewater' and the Gravity of Making a Real-Life Movie

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on November 11, 2014
Jon Stewart is a lot of things -- smart, funny, a s**t-disturber -- and now we can add another thing to the list: feature-film director. His directorial debut, "Rosewater," is, of course, heavy material. Based on the memoir "Then They Came for Me" by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy, it follows the real-life story of Bahari, who was arrested in Iran after appearing on Stewart's "The Daily Show"...

'Big Hero 6' Review: A Decent Tale of a Teen and His Robot

Posted By Jason Gorber on November 11, 2014
"Big Hero 6" is the latest big-screen animated adventure from the animators at Disney. Set in San Fransokyo, where the Golden Gate bridge has Rashomon Gate-like architecture on the top merging the capital of Japan with the northern California setting, the story follows young Hiro Hamada and his robot companion Baymax as they help stop a masked criminal from wreaking havoc. Where does this...

Justin Simien, 'Dear White People' Director, on Making Movie Magic With a Very Sensitive Subject

Posted By Jason Gorber on November 11, 2014
"Dear White People" is dark, biting satire about young people coming to terms with their identities in a myriad of ways. A twist upon the usual frat hijinks of college-aged comedies, this debut from director Justin Simien manages to deftly create a film that's provocative, profound and particularly enjoyable, threading a needle that has foiled even veteran filmmakers. With a stellar cast that...

Eddie Redmayne on 'The Theory of Everything' and Embodying Stephen Hawking

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on November 11, 2014
Taking on the role of physicist Stephen Hawking is an incredible challenge, one that many would balk at simply due to the massive physical effort it takes to master. British actor Eddie Redmayne not only accepted the challenge for "The Theory of Everything," but he absolutely blew it out of the water. He's utterly convincing as Hawking, and is almost guaranteed an Oscar nomination come...

Scott Adsit Talks 'Big Hero 6' and Playing Baymax the Robot (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on November 11, 2014
Baymax isn't your everyday robot. He's big, he's balloony, and there isn't a trace of metal on him. In fact, he looks like a cross between Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Michelin Man. Voiced by Scott Adsit in "Big Hero 6," Baymax will steal your heart just as much as he steals this movie. Moviefone Canada spoke with Adsit about the challenges of voicing a monotone, emotionless...

Felicity Jones and Director James Marsh on 'The Theory of Everything' and Nailing the Perfect Chemistry

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on November 11, 2014
Putting the life of Stephen Hawking and his first wife, Jane Wilde, on screen is challenging enough -- but to do it with such success is a true feat. "The Theory of Everything" director James Marsh and his leading lady Felicity Jones (as Wilde) both deliver amazing performances: one behind the camera and the other in front. "The Theory of Everything" begins with Hawking (played...

'Interstellar' Review: Space Movie Could Have Been a Smoother Voyage

Posted By Jason Gorber on November 11, 2014
Christopher Nolan's first film following the conclusion of his gargantuan "Batman" success is the space epic "Interstellar." A film that aims to be both profound and entertaining, it's a visually beautiful film that stumbles with its story, mixing melodrama with philosophy and physics in a heady brew that leaves a slightly bitter taste in your mouth. I saw the trailer. This looks weird. Well,...

'Nightcrawler' Review: One of the Best Movies of the Year

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
"Nightcrawler" is a blistering film, a look into the dark underbelly of modern news gathering. With a positively animalistic portrayal by a gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal, this directorial debut by Dan Gilroy packs a powerful punch. A nocturnal LA noir, the film uses a charismatic anti-hero to both entertain and repel, a balancing act that's far too uncommon in movies these days. An action movie with...

David Cronenberg on 'Maps to the Stars' and Whether or Not It's His Last Movie

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on November 11, 2014
Canadian director David Cronenberg never ceases to deliver unpredictable, buzzworthy films. His latest venture, "Maps to the Stars," is no exception. "Maps" follows a bunch of Hollywoodites who are searching for fame in their own individual ways -- and underneath it all is a (very) dysfunctional family drama. Moviefone Canada spoke to Cronenberg about this project, and the filmmaker talked...

Julianne Moore on 'Maps to the Stars' and Channelling Her Inner Diva (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on November 11, 2014
There's a reason Julianne Moore won the Best Actress honours at the Cannes Film Festival: her performance in "Maps to the Stars" is jaw-droppingly on-point. Moore plays Havana -- the daughter of a deceased Hollywood acting legend -- who's searching for her own major breakthrough. She's entitled, bitchy, and utterly clueless about how she comes off. "Maps" is worth seeing solely for...

Jake Gyllenhaal on 'Nightcrawler' and That Intense Mirror Punch

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
This role has "Oscar" written all over it: prolific actor Jake Gyllenhaal has taken on another intense part, this time as nighttime video producer Louis Bloom in "Nightcrawler." In more plain language, he's an ambulance chaser, trying to get the most salacious, bloody stories on camera before anyone else so he can sell the footage to news stations. Sounds grim, doesn't it? Moviefone Canada...

Robert Pattinson on 'Maps to the Stars,' Hollywood Ugliness and Child Actors (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
Of all people, worldwide heartthrob Robert Pattinson should understand the perils of fame and what Hollywood can do to a person. In his latest film, in David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars," Pattinson plays a back-seat role, which ironically has him in the front seat. He's a limo driver to the stars, and he spends the movie trying to break into Hollywood via auditions (and other...

Exclusive 'Insurgent' Motion Poster: Four Is Back, and Badass

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
The wait for your first look at Four from next year's "Divergent" sequel, "Insurgent," is finally over. That's right, today, Moviefone Canada is exclusively debuting the interactive 3D character poster featuring heartthrob Four, played by Theo James. Check out Four in all his badass glory below. But wait, there's more. When you click on the poster, it'll take you to other sites with seven...

John Cusack on the 'Maps to the Stars' Fever Dream, and Hellish Child Actors (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
John Cusack has been in showbiz for most of his life, so who better to comment on the sometimes-hellish behaviour of child stars? In "Maps to the Stars," Cusack plays Dr. Weiss, a kooky west-coast yoga/massage therapist/guru, whose clientele includes celebrities. He's also the father to Benjie, an uber-famous child star with serious attitude problems (and that's putting it nicely). ...

Sarah Gadon on 'Maps to the Stars' and Being a Cronenberg Muse (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
At this point, Sarah Gadon has promised her first-born child to director David Cronenberg for all the help he's given her career. OK, so that's an exaggeration, but the actress is definitely grateful to the Canadian filmmaker. She first appeared in his "A Dangerous Method," then his son Brandon's "Antiviral," then back to David for "Cosmopolis," and now she's in his latest star-studded...

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