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Download free passes for Big Hero 6 in Baltimore, DC and Virginia Beach

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Find out how you can download up to four free passes for the advance screening of Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6.’ Hurry, supplies are very limited!

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Walt Disney Animation to offer readers in Baltimore, DC and Virginia Beach an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new movie Big Hero 6 starring Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, Ryan Potter, and Scott Adsit.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Big Hero 6, an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion — a robot named Baymax — Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated Big Hero 6 hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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Oct
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Nightcrawler may have you rooting for a charismatic sociopath

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‘Nightcrawler’ is an excellent thriller with star Jake Gyllenhaal giving one of his best ever performances.

 

The concept of an anti-hero is a fascinating one. You can go to several extremes when constructing such a character. They can be your “Wolverine” types, loners with hearts of gold and a willingness to kill as necessary. Perhaps they could also be a vigilante fighting against a corrupt system. Or they might be a gangster who’s just not as bad as other gangsters. But it’s always curious why people are so willing to follow along and even empathize with people that seem like they would be villains in another movie. Sometimes it’s just that we see things from their perspective so it’s easy to find them interesting.

Nightcrawler comes from first time writer/director Dan Gilroy and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, an odd, intense small scale thief living in LA. He’s on the lookout for jobs with a brazen attitude aping self-help seminars but without any real people skills. But it’s luck that he stumbles across when he finds a guy, Joe (Bill Paxton), filming the aftermath of a gruesome automobile accident. Apparently, he discovers, news stations pay for gory and brutal firsthand footage of such things, accidents, crimes, and the like. And Lou has been looking for a job.

He learns quickly, and develops a weird but mutually beneficial relationship with Nina (Rene Russo) the nighttime news director of a local news show. Nina praises Lou’s first attempt, and that’s enough for him to discover his new passion in life. Soon he recruits Rick (Riz Ahmed), a desperate guy who is living out of a garage, paying him chump change for his help speeding his way through the streets of LA. They search for the juicy stuff; the crimes in nice neighborhoods so the news people can push their narratives of panic and terror. Rick seems like a nice guy, put off by Lou’s intensity and oddness, but he needs the work.

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Oct
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Birdman swoops in for Oscar gold

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Casting Michael Keaton as former movie superhero ‘Birdman’ was a stroke of genius in a film that is brilliantly conceived from beginning to end.

 

Between the first of October and the end of January, you can usually count on one or more movies that quickly make you forget all of the flash and bombast of the movies that had been out just a few months before. The time of superheroes, teenage dramas, special effects extravaganza and their kin is over. Now it’s time for the more thoughtful, adult, “meaningful” movies to light up the silver screen in the hopes of attaining good critical notices, big audiences and major awards. (Of course, there is another Hobbit movie coming so it won’t all be quiet dramas until 2015.)

One of those movies that critics love to dub “Oscar bait” has been slowly rolling out to theaters in major markets and is going wider now. That film is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough and Zach Galifianakis. That the film is being released during Oscar season is understandable because, well, it’s simply a brilliant piece of filmmaking.

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Oct
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Deliver Us From Evil offers a few weak chills

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Just in time for Halloween, the old school horror flick ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ arrives on home video. Is it scary enough to send chills down your spine?

 

It’s that time of year when movie fans like to pull out a classic horror film or check out something new in the genre. Times have changed over the years when it comes to horror. Before John Carpenter’s classic Halloween hit the big screen and spawned a slew of imitators that focused more on blood and gore than pure horror, scary movies were more about the supernatural. There was a spate of Devil movies in the 70s after the success of The Exorcist, and before that it was mostly monsters and ghosts that came out to spook audiences.

Recently, horror movies have moved away from blood and gore (for better or worse, mostly because of studio imposed PG-13 ratings) for more supernatural spookiness with films like the Insidious movies, The Conjuring, Annabelle and Ouija, and the July release of the 70s throwback Deliver Us From Evil, now available on home video.

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Oct
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The 100 finds mystery babies and rebellious youth

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‘The 100”s second episode back packs the same wallop as the premiere, but it is hard to look at the Jaha storyline as a bit of a stumble.

 

Jason Rothenberg and the rest of The 100’s production team spent the entire summer dancing around questions about the fate of the myriad characters last season’s finale left in significant danger. Isaiah Washington, who plays Chancellor Jaha, was even more dodgy (remember the beginning of this video?). Last week’s premiere cleared up the disposition of Bellamy, Finn and Raven – to an extent – but this week covered the last man in space.

Unfortunately, I found the Jaha storyline to be a rare misstep by the writing team. It was obvious early on that the infant was a hallucination brought on by oxygen deprivation. Hell, even in the final scene last week Wells’ picture was up on his father’s monitor as we first heard the baby’s cries. It was a weak way to move Jaha beyond his “the captain goes down with the ship” mentality, and motivate him to finding a way to get down to the planet. Continue reading 'The 100 finds mystery babies and rebellious youth' »

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Win an iTunes gift card for The Devil’s Hand

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You can win a digital copy of the new horror film ‘The Devil’s Hand’ starring Jennifer Carpenter and Rufus Sewell. Read on to find out how to enter the contest.

 

The new horror film The Devil’s Hand is now available on VOD, and you can win your very own digital copy from iTunes! Just leave a comment on this post and you will be entered into the drawing for a $15 iTunes gift card. See contest rules after the jump.

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Get more information about the movie with The Devil’s Hand blog app, and download the Prophecy Party Player’s Guide to see who can survive!

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Oct
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Win a digital copy of The Blair Witch Project

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Relive the horror of ‘The Blair Witch Project.’ Find out how you could win a free digital copy.

 

CliqueClack and Lionsgate want to award one lucky winner a digital copy of the horror classic The Blair Witch Project. Experience the #LionsgateHorror Blog App and then tell us what your favorite Lionsgate horror movie is in the comment section below.

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You can share the app with your friends by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter buttons. Be sure to tag #LionsgateHorror and @CliqueClack.

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Oct
24

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Ouija is fun but not very scary

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Is a spirit board a simple plaything or a tool of the Devil? The new film ‘Ouija’ shows us that it’s definitely not a toy.

 

Over the past few years, we’ve seen movies based on toys and games, most notably the Transformers series and Battleship. There are movies in the works based on the classic board games Monopoly and Candyland as well. Just in time for Halloween, the newest game-to-movie production debuts as Ouija comes to the big screen.

Depending on your personal beliefs, the Ouija board is either just a game or a tool of the Devil used to open a portal to a demonic world. The movie capitalizes on these beliefs that playing with a Ouija board will only lead to bad things.

In Ouija, we meet two best friends as children playing with a Ouija board. As teenagers, one of the girls, Debbie, disobeys the cardinal rule of not playing with the board alone. Next thing you know, Debbie hangs herself but no one can believe that she actually killed herself. Her friend Laine (Bates Motel‘s Olivia Cooke) thinks the only way to get closure is to gather Debbie’s closest friends and contact her with the Ouija board. Contact is made, but is it Debbie or something pretending to be Debbie?

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Oct
23

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Download free passes for a Los Angeles screening of Beyond the Lights

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Be the first to see the new musical drama ‘Beyond the Lights’ in Los Angeles. Read on to find out how to download a pair of free passes.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Relativity Media to offer readers in Los Angeles an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new musical drama Beyond the Lights starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “MGK” Baker, and Danny Glover.

Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge — until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

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Oct
23

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Download free passes for the Los Angeles screening of Before I Go To Sleep

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Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong star in the new thriller ‘Before I Go To Sleep,’ and you can get free passes to the Los Angeles advance screening. Find out how!

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Clarius Entertainment to offer readers in Los Angeles an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep is the story of a woman (Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life — as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Strong) and even her husband (Firth).

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