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Is Black Sea the next great submarine movie?

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Jude Law goes in search of Nazi gold deep under the ‘Black Sea,’ but are audiences ready to board his submarine?

 

It seems that movies that took place on submarines were a dime a dozen back in the 1940s and 1950s, many of the taking place during World War II. There are also classic submarine movies that don’t specifically take place in wartime, like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and On the Beach, and there are a few popular modern day sub movies like The Hunt for Red October but the last major film to be set on a submarine is 2002’s K-19: The Widowmaker. So are audiences ready for another trip in the confines of a steel tube deep under the sea?

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Jan
29

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The Judge Blu-ray combo pack is absolutely worth seeking out

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Warner Bros. does justice to ‘The Judge’ via the Blu-ray release. And if you’ve been waiting to see it in the comfort of your home, you’ll be rewarded with several treats.

 

Really, there’s no going wrong in sitting back and taking in The Judge via Blu-ray.

Well … there is, actually. You could watch it without wearing your glasses, vainly bucking the sad fact your sight is waning. But then you’d be doing yourself a disservice. If you wear glasses to, you know, see? Make sure you wear them. Don’t give in to the laziness of “I can see just fine. I don’t need my glasses.” Because viewing this picture is a treat in Blu-ray — you will cut off your nose to spite your face if you do otherwise. The transfer is crystal clear. The colors jump out at you and the razor sharp images draw the viewer into each scene. And that’s a good thing … and definitely during the first 30 or so minutes of the film’s rather formulaic set-up.

… at the start, I began to wonder if my anticipation [of the film] was set a little too high.

Because I wasn’t the least bit on board with the first part of the film. Thankfully, there were those visuals to keep me focused. Before acquiring the Blu-ray, I hadn’t yet seen The Judge; I missed it during its original theatrical release. Receiving a copy via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was a much-looked-forward-to treat. (Thanks, Warner Bros.!) But at the start, I began to wonder if my anticipation was set a little too high. An ensemble cast that includes Downey Jr., Duvall, D’Onofrio, Shepard, Thornton, et al has the potential to do that, you know. I wondered if I was being led down a path to an inevitable crash and burn by story’s end. For me, it took some doing to get me comfortable with what I was watching because it dragged with the necessary groundwork that needed to be laid in order to get to the meat and potatoes of the film. Continue reading 'The Judge Blu-ray combo pack is absolutely worth seeking out' »

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Jan
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ABC hits a high note with Galavant

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With sharp writing and a go-for-baroque attitude, ‘Galavant’ never falls flat as characters conduct themselves as best they can to avoid treble.

 

This year ABC is doubling down on the winter mini-season, launching two high concept niche shows over what is normally, for most networks, a break from new content. Both Galavant and Marvel’s Agent Carter are period pieces consisting of 8 episodes each. However, for some reason, ABC decided to air Agent Carter over eight weeks while doubling up on Galavant’s shorter thirty-minute episodes over four. In this age of fewer summer reruns and little chance of syndication for a shorter run leads us to believe that the original plan was to air the show over eight weeks as well — otherwise why not just produce four-hour long installments? Maybe they thought stretching it out over eight weeks would lose too many audience members.

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Jan
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Boston – Enter to win a Jupiter Ascending prize package

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Boston readers – enter for a chance to win a ‘Jupiter Ascending’ prize package including passes to the advance screening!

 

THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.

CliqueClack, Warner Brothers Pictures and Pür Minerals want to give readers in the Boston area a chance to win a Jupiter Ascending prize package! Simply comment on this post to be entered into the drawing — Boston area resident only, please. One winner will be selected at random to win the following:

Drawing will be held Friday, January 30 and winner will be notified by email.

Makeup Collection by Pür Minerals, exclusively available at www.purminerals.com/The-Jupiter-Palette

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Jan
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Enter to win free passes to see The Loft in DC

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Enter our new drawing to win two free passes to any AMC Theater’s screening of ‘The Loft’ in Washington DC.

 

THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.

CliqueClack has partnered with Open Road Films to offer readers in Washington DC an opportunity to attend a “run of engagement” showing of the new thriller The Loft starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra.

Karl Urban and James Marsden star in the tense psychological thriller The Loft, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city — a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.

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Jan
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Win two free passes to see The Loft in Boston

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Find out how to enter our drawing to win two passes to any Boston engagement of ‘The Loft’ at AMC or Regal Theaters.

 

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.

CliqueClack has partnered with Open Road Films to offer readers in Boston an opportunity to attend a “run of engagement” showing of the new thriller The Loft starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra.

Karl Urban and James Marsden star in the tense psychological thriller The Loft, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city — a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.

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Jan
24

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American Horror Story Freakshow takes its final bow

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This ‘Freakshow’ is surprisingly mundane and the only horror is in the writing.

 

Another season of American Horror Story has come to an end. This year’s Freakshow continues a steady decline that began last season. The show still has its quirks, its moments that makes it fun, trashy television but this year felt slightly neutered. Whether this was through the budget or just storytelling is hard to tell. The season started off promising enough with Sarah Paulson playing the two-headed Bette/ Dot and John Carroll Lynch (who I will always see as Drew Carey’s cross-dressing brother from The Drew Carey Show) as the bed-wettingly scary Twisty the Clown. This year had the potential to be something truly dark and deserving of the “horror” moniker. Even the musical number that began this season (David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”) was fun and didn’t seem as forced as last year’s weird Stevie Nicks music video. Somewhere between that enticing start and this week’s finale the show lost its way.

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Jan
23

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Win passes to the advance Boston screening of Black Sea

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Join Jude Law on a search for gold deep under the ‘Black Sea.’ Find out how you can get a pair of passes to the special advance screening.

 

UPDATED: THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED. COMMENTS ARE CLOSED.

CliqueClack has partnered with Focus Features to offer readers in Boston an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new action thriller Black Sea starring Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threfall.

Brave the Deep. Find the Gold. Trust no one. A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

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Jan
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Win passes to see Black Sea in Baltimore or DC

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Be the first to see the new action thriller ‘Black Sea.’ Read on to find out how you can win free passes to the advance screening.

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Focus Features to offer readers in Baltimore and DC an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new action thriller Black Sea starring Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threfall.

Brave the Deep. Find the Gold. Trust no one. A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

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Jan
16

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Spare Parts is the epitome of a mildly pleasant feel-good story

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‘Spare Parts’ tells the true story of some inspiring teens but doesn’t really rise to anything truly memorable.

 

The problem with true stories is that they are rarely simple. When you construct a fiction, you can add in story beats as you like, emphasize some themes and minimize others. If you don’t like a character, you don’t need to include them. But when you are writing about reality, it’s different. It’s impossible to be comprehensive, to discuss every real life facet of whatever event you’re talking about. So no matter what, some things get left out. And the “based on a true story” line is sometimes even more dangerous, because there’s always the temptation to throw in some “Hollywood friendly” story elements that aren’t really relevant, or drama that may overlook legitimate problems. This is sort of a long way of saying that it’s easy to screw it up. And … that’s sort of the case here.

Spare Parts is based on the real life story of four undocumented Mexican American students in Phoenix, Arizona. There are two primary characters here, the teacher and student, although there is just a bit, just a bit, of the other three students. Oscar (Carlos PenaVega) is a proud member of the ROTC in high school, but discovers that the military isn’t really interested in enlisting an undocumented immigrant, even one who’s basically grown up in the US. Not only that, but it may draw unwanted attention from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We hear a few times about how deported family members hurt and impact these characters. Sometimes we even feel it instead of being literally “told” it.

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