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Transcendence is a dumb movie about smart people

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‘Transcendence’ wants to be a smart, thrilling, what-if sci-fi flick, but like an overworked hard drive, the whole thing just ends up crashing.

 

We’ve all seen movies featuring sentient computers: 2001: A Space Odyssey, WarGames, Eagle Eye, Demon Seed, Colossus: The Forbin Project, TRON, and of course the Terminator movies. And we all know how badly things usually go once the computers become more intelligent and “alive” than their human counterparts. But what would happen if a human’s intelligence and essence were to be uploaded into a super computer?

That’s the question posed by the new sci-fi thriller Transcendence. Johnny Depp stars as a computer genius who has helped develop a supercomputer known as PINN, a creation that is as “alive” as a machine can be. But a fringe group of techno-terrorists believe that PINN and other pieces of technology like it threaten our very being on the planet (kind of like The Terminator‘s SkyNet), so they bomb several computer labs and attempt to assassinate Depp’s Dr. Caster. He doesn’t die from the shooting, but it turns out the bullet was laced with radioactive material that was detected too late to save him, so his wife decides to take the PINN project one step further and upload her husband onto the hard drives. What could possibly go wrong?

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Apr
17

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Win free passes to see The Other Woman in Indianapolis

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Want to be the first to see the new comedy ‘The Other Woman’? CliqueClack can make that happen for readers in Indianapolis! Read on to find out how to get free passes to the advance screening.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox to offer readers in the Indianapolis area an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new comedy The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, and Nicki Minaj.

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

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Apr
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Win passes to see Finding Vivian Maier in Washington, DC

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Vivian Maier was a prolific photographer no one had ever heard of until recently, and now her story is being told in the new documentary ‘Finding Vivian Maier.’ Find out how you can get tickets to an advance screening in DC.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Sundance Selects, Ravine Pictures and Allied Integrated Marketing to offer readers in the DC area an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new documentary Finding Vivian Maier. Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

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Apr
16

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Beyond the Wall: Who is the most evil in the land?

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‘Game of Thrones’ has been lucky to have an antagonist as reviled as Joffrey Baratheon. But considering the events surrounding the Red Wedding, perhaps someone else is the most evil person in Westeros. Non-book readers, remember this post is dark and full of spoilers.

 

The word “gamechanger” is thrown around a little too often these days. Game of Thrones, though, is a show that establishes its right to use it time and time again. “The Lion and the Rose” was just the next in a lineage of episodes that includes “Baelor,” “Blackwater” and “The Rains of Castamere” … and we are only two episodes into this season!

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Joffrey Baratheon has long been this show’s biggest antagonist. In recent seasons though, there have been a couple of contenders to that crown. Have the recent actions of people like Walder Frey, Roose Bolton, Balon Greyjoy and Tywin Lannister himself changed that dynamic? Considering the lay of the land after this week’s events, who is the most evil in all of Westeros?

But before we get into that, our regular SPOILER WARNING. Beyond the Wall is a column that is written for book-readers by book-readers. So if you aren’t a fan of the hairstyles of the highborn ladies of Westeros, then this post isn’t for you. Continue reading 'Beyond the Wall: Who is the most evil in the land?' »

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Apr
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Win free passes to see The Quiet Ones in DC

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Hammer Horror is back with ‘The Quiet Ones,’ and we have free passes to the advance DC screening. Find out how you can scare up a pair!

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Lionsgate and Allied Integrated Marketing to offer readers in Washington, DC an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller The Quiet Ones starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and Olivia Cooke. Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. Inspired by true events.

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Apr
13

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Ripper Street, Anger Management, Flowers in the Attic come to home video

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TV on DVD and Blu-ray April 15 includes ‘Ripper Street,’ ‘The Bletchley Circle,’ ‘Anger Management,’ ‘Flowers in the Attic,’ ‘The Gabby Douglas Story,’ ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ ‘The Beverly Hillbillies,’ ‘Petticoat Junction,’ ‘Angry Birds Toons,’ and more!

 

New TV shows and TV movies are coming to home video this week, including the canceled but revived BBC series Ripper Street, which will get a third season courtesy of Amazon. PBS is airing The Bletchley Circle, and season two is also coming to home video this week. Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management arrives as well, along with Lifetime’s remake of the disturbing horror thriller Flowers in the Attic and the uplifting The Gabby Douglas Story. Classic TV fans can catch up with newly released episodes of The Carol Burnett Show, The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction. These titles and more will be available April 15. Take a look at our shopper’s guide after the jump to see the week’s highlights, and click on a link to get more information or to make a purchase.

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Apr
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Philomena, Walter Mitty, The Nut Job and more come to home video

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Movies on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital April 15 include ‘Philomena,’ ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,’ ‘The Nut Job,’ ‘Ride Along,’ ‘Black Nativity,’ ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’, ‘Great Expectations,’ ‘Mallrats,’ ‘Reality Bites,’ ‘Uncle Buck,’ ‘Touch of Evil,’ ‘Double Indemnity,’ and more!

 

We’ve got some great movies to tell you about this week which are coming to home video. Leading off the group is Philomena, the film that probably would have won Judi Dench another Oscar if it hadn’t been for Cate Blanchett’s extraordinary performance in Blue Jasmine. Ben Stiller’s reimagining of the classic The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was expected to be a big deal over the holidays, but it seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. Our Kim Tibbs enjoyed it, however. Kim also enjoyed the casting of The Nut Job, but thought the movie may have been overly complicated for the kiddies. We kept Kim busy in January with reviews, and she checked out another of this week’s video releases, Ride Along, as well. Classic movie fans should be very excited for the Blu-ray releases of Double Indemnity and Touch of Evil, and the modern day classic Reality Bites. These titles are more will be available April 15. Check out the week’s highlights in our shopper’s guide after the jump, and click on a link to get more information or to make a purchase.

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Apr
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Dom Hemingway is a great Jude Law character in a decent movie

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‘Dom Hemingway’ is a movie all about the style and the scoundrel, but suffers when it tries to go soft.

 

Why is it so easy to root for the bad boy? There’s something interesting about how willing audiences are to root for the full spectrum of “unpleasant” characters, from the mildly conflicted to the antihero to the scum. But movies usually try to give a bit of a reason, so there’s always something. Maybe it’s a tragic past, a way to connect and sympathize with them, or perhaps it’s a comparison to villains that are even worse. For example, Batman is certainly a violent vigilante outside the law, but he’s fighting criminals. Danny Ocean from Ocean’s 11 is a thief of a girlfriend and money, but he’s stealing from a jerk. Peter Griffin is an awful human being, but he’s in a (mostly) funny cartoon.

That’s another thing — the hyper-realism of fiction lends itself to painting bad guys as main characters. So we easily get involved in people like Omar, Don Draper, or Walter White, although they objectively do terrible, immoral things of varying degrees. And that’s the real reason we often root for these guys. Wish fulfillment and falling under the sway of overwhelming charisma.

Dom Hemingway stars Jude Law as Dom, a criminal just out of prison because he refused to snitch on his crime boss, Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). Dom has a few things to take care of, like meeting up with his old friend Dickie (Richard E. Grant) to visit his old boss to get his “reward” for not talking. He also has to beat up his late ex-wife’s widower, because, well, Dom is a violent alcoholic. There’s also the minor problem of his estranged daughter Evelyn, played by Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.

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Apr
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Draft Day is not the next great sports movie

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‘Draft Day’ showcases a pretty good performance from Kevin Costner with some slick editing, but ultimately the story is very commonplace.

 

Sports movies like to be metaphors for other things about life. Primarily they are about the struggles of guys, commonly about father-son relationships. A big one is the excellent Field of Dreams (which Kevin Costner is also in), but even such stupid kids fare as Angels in the Outfield is really just about how young Joseph Gordon-Levitt wants Danny Glover to be his new dad.

A typical sports movie has a big denouement regarding the “big game,” which makes an easy shorthand for something to care about. But the world of sports, as fascinating as it is to many people, contains a lot of things that aren’t inherently dramatic to those who don’t care as much. And the draft is one of those things. For casual or non-fans, the draft isn’t a big deal. Of course, to the teams and players it’s the biggest deal of the year.

Draft Day stars Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr, the general manager for the Cleveland Browns, recently having taken over from his father, although Sonny Sr. passed away soon after. Sonny is getting ready for the new NFL draft, which means wheeling, dealing, and scheming to figure out the best way to get his team into the championships. He has a few serious possibilities, including young hotshot Vontae Mack (Chadwick Boseman from last year’s Jackie Robinson biopic 42), legacy Ray Jennings (real footballer Arian Foster, as dull as dishwater here), and the next big thing Bo Callahan (Josh Pence). But say, maybe the obvious choice of star quarterback Bo isn’t so simple. Maybe there are simplistic and contrived reasons that he’s not the best fit, like that the Browns already have a quarterback (Tom Welling).

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Apr
10

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Download free passes for Transcendence in Baltimore or DC

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Want to be among the first to see Johnny Depp in the new sci-fi thriller ‘Transcendence’? If you’re in the Baltimore or DC area, you can download passes to an advance screening now! Read on for details.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Warner Brothers Pictures and Allied Integrated Marketing to offer readers in the DC areas an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new sci-fi drama Transcendence starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Morgan Freeman

Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed — to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can … but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

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