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Movie Reviews: 'Elvis & Nixon' / 'Men & Chicken' – Worth Going To?

4/21/2016 11:17am EDT
Movie Reviews: 'Elvis & Nixon' / 'Men & Chicken'
For some reason, the meeting of minds and men seem to be front and center in the cinema this week. Be it two famous dudes swapping stories or long lost siblings sitting down for Sanders favorite foul, it’s all about odd encounters. We’re checking out "Elvis & Nixon" and "Men & Chicken" via encapsulated reviews below!

Title: "Elvis & Nixon"

Stars: 4

Genre: Drama / Comedy

Cast: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer

Director: Liza Johnson

Rating: R

Running Time: 86 Minutes

Release Company: Bleecker Street Media


An enjo...

Reviews: See What Movies Are Worth Checking Out This Week

3/24/2016 12:10pm EDT
Batman vs. Superman
Sci-fi and fantasy seem to be the special of the week as we check out a few flicks that push the boundaries of reality. (In more ways than one!) Heroes with a beef, love that carries over lifetimes and family dramas with a little alien DNA – read encapsulated reviews of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Identicals" and "Midnight Special" below!

Title: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

Stars: 1

Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy

Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg

Director: Zack Snyder

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 153 Minutes

Release Company: Warner Bros.


DVD Review: '99 Homes' - Worth The Money?

2/10/2016 10:00am EST
DVD Review: '99 Homes'
What happens when you get evicted from your home and have nowhere to go? We’re gonna find out as we check out the new to DVD flick "99 Homes" out now from Broadgreen Pictures. We see if making money off the misery of others has a price below!

Title: "99 Homes"

Grade: 3

Cast: Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern

Director: Ramin Bahani

Rating: R

Runtime: 112 minutes

Release Company: Broadgreen Pictures


The Flick: As a drama, "99 Homes" is powerful for sure, but for all those currently living life paycheck to paycheck it’s a hard watch. ...

Movie Reviews: 'Skin Trade' & 'The Harvest'

4/24/2015 11:19am EDT
This week, thanks to the fast feet of Tony Jaa and the scary style of Director John McNaughton, sees both areas of action and horror hitting hard at the cinema for two new films. We’re checking out the flicks "Skin Trade" and "The Harvest" below!

Title: "Skin Trade"

Stars: 2 1/2

Genre: Action / Drama

Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Peter Weller

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham

Rating: R

Running Time: 96 Minutes

Release Company: Magnet Releasing


How did the great Tony Jaa go from heading up slick move flicks like the "Ong-b...

Director John McNaughton Talks 'The Harvest' And More

4/22/2015 12:10pm EDT
Interview: 'The Harvest" Helmer John McNaughton On Work Past And
Under the category of folks who made first films that freaked fans out, Director John McNaughton will always be top of the list. As the helmer of the deeply disturbing and menacingly memorable flick "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer," McNaughton created a piece of work so horrifyingly real that one could swear they were almost watching a documentary. He followed it up with a campy underrated genre outing "The Borrower," but then McNaughton delightfully decided to diversify. So from the dramatic and funny "Mad Dog And Glory" to the sexy and sinful "Wild Things," the notorious director b...

Interview: 'Mud' Director Jeff Nichols On McConaughey, Casting Kids And The Luck Of Being Ignored

8/7/2013 10:45am EDT
For those who claim there aren’t still amazing filmmakers out and about doing movies their own way, you haven’t seen the works of Director Jeff Nichols.  He first burst onto the scene with a thoughtfully paced five-star revenge flick with a distinctive slow southern style titled "Shotgun Stories" and the fabulous film featured a standout performance by an early and brilliant Michael Shannon.  (I put it at #1 on my own Top 10 list for 2007 and touted it to everyone including Leonard “haven’t heard of it” Maltin!)  The two teamed up again along with actress Jessica Chastain in 2011 to even mo...

Review: 'The Iceman' An Interesting Tale That Gets Bogged Down

5/3/2013 10:15am EDT
The Iceman
Movies based on true stories are always tricky.  Telling too much can result in plot overload, but not enough can take away the flavor of the real events.  In the new film based on famed mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski titled "The Iceman" there’s a bit of both with some interesting tales of murder and woe, but also some unneeded details that bog things down.  The ups and downs of adapting a life is a tough one indeed.

Richard Kuklinski is a very apathetic man emotionally.  He has a seedy job as a porn bootlegger, which he seems not to mind and even manages to find a perky gal to marry and h...

'Boardwalk Empire' Star Michael Shannon Reads Scathing Sorority Girl Email

4/26/2013 4:09pm EDT
Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon stars in a new Funny or Die video that pokes fun at a recent letter sent by a University of Maryland Sorority girl to her sisters.

Last week, website published a very profane letter from Rebecca Martinson, the chair of the Delta Gamma sorority, and the Boardwalk Empire star has teamed with the comedy website to read the letter in an overly dramatic fashion that is nothing short of hilarious.

The email was sent to sorority sisters over how poorly they acted during Greek Week, when they matched up with the Sigma Nu fraternity; and Martinson has since resigned af...

Superman Returns: New 'Man Of Steel' Trailer Gives 'Hope' To The Future Of The Franchise

4/17/2013 12:03pm EDT
Man Of Steel
The future of the struggling Superman franchise is alive and well, according to the latest trailer for Zack Snyder's upcoming reboot, Man of Steel.

The film re-tells the story of how Jor-El (Russell Crowe) sends his son Kal-El to Earth to escape the destruction of their home planet of Krypton.

The boy is taken in and raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), discovering that he has extraordinary powers and struggling to figure out what his purpose is on Earth.

The new trailer gives a little more to go on that the previous two, showing more of Krypton, revealing C...

Ten Films To Watch in 2013

1/7/2013 6:30pm EST
Iron Man 3
Now that 2012 is over and fully behind us, we say why not check out what the new year has in store – movie style!  That’s right film fans, Starpulse is highlighting some of the flicks of 2013 and it looks to be a very interesting year for celluloid.  From odd flicks to sinful sequels, comedies to allegories we’re pointing out what we find most savory for those with a finer cinematic palate.  (Plus a couple of random goodies at the end for those who need a little more insight!)  So without further delay, here are..."Ten Films to Watch in 2013!"



This one is the flick we’...

Christopher Nolan's Influence Felt In Second Trailer For 'Man Of Steel'

12/11/2012 1:47pm EST
Man of Steel
After a teaser which gave away very little about the latest Superman reboot, Warner Bros. has finally released the first big clip for Man of Steel -- and director Zack Snyder's take on the legendary superhero looks very promising!

Henry Cavill stars as Clark Kent/Superman in the film and the new trailer feels a little more like Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight trilogy than the classic Christopher Reeve Superman films, which is to be expected since Nolan produced the upcoming film.

Most people know about Superman's origins -- he came to earth from the planet Krypton and grew up as the ado...

Man Vomits On Audience During Paul Rudd's Broadway Play

11/16/2012 4:20pm EST
Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd's turn in Broadway play Grace is making theatre fans sick - one man vomited from a balcony during Wednesday night's show.

Rudd is currently starring in the first official run of Craig Wright's production alongside fellow cast members Michael Shannon and Ed Asner at the Cort Theater in New York, and fans flocked to see the show on Wednesday.

However, audience members in the orchestra section got a shock when they were showered in sick after a man fell ill in the mezzanine. A source tells New York Magazine, "The stench of the vomit was a little overwhelming, and many people were...

Review: 'Premium Rush' One Super Exciting Roller Coaster Ride Through Manhattan

8/23/2012 1:00pm EDT
Premium Rush
Sometimes a film is 100 per cent entertainment. That is definitely the case with "Premium Rush" written and directed by David Koepp (writer of 'Spiderman' & 'Mission Impossible' etc).

This film is one big roller coaster that you'll want to keep riding, right up to the end.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Wilee, ex law student, turned bike messenger, extraordinaire. He spends his days dodging speeding cars, crazed cab drivers and 8 million New Yorkers hurrying to get wherever, and he loves every minute of it.

To get an idea about who Wilee is his bike is super lightweight, with only on...

HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' & 'Treme' To Return Sept. 16, 23

7/9/2012 1:45pm EDT
Boardwalk Empire
HBO just released the debut dates for the new seasons of "Boadwalk Empire" and "Treme."

Season three of "Boadwalk Empire" will kick off its 12-episode run on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Set in the 1920s in the early days of Prohibition, the series chronicles the life and times of “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the undisputed leader of Atlantic City.

The series also stars Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Jack Huston, Stephen Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Vincent Piazza, Paul Sparks, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and Bobby Cannavale.

The third season of ...

Interview/Review: Linda Cardellini On Researching 'Return', Michael Shannon And Being A First-Time Mom

2/10/2012 12:00pm EST
Return photo
Diversity has never been a problem for actress Linda Cardellini. From her early work playing a curious teen in Judd Apatow's cult TV show "Freaks and Geeks" to doing duty as doctor on the hit series "ER" (and don't forget a little Velma action in the Scooby Doo flicks!), Cardellini has made a career out of keep the audience on their toes. Her latest project "Return" (in select theaters Feb. 10 from DADA Films Releasing) is no different with Cardellini playing a soldier back from a military tour of duty who has a hard time adjusting back to life with her family and friends. The film is th...

Blu-ray Review: 'Boardwalk Empire - The Complete First Season'

1/10/2012 10:15am EST
Boardwalk Empire photo
A period drama about the Prohibition era, starring Steve ‘Mr. Pink’ Buscemi and with a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese – sound like heaven? We’re gonna find out, as we review the new series "Boardwalk Empire – The Complete First Season" out on Blu-ray Jan. 10 from HBO Home Entertainment.

Title: "Boardwalk Empire – The Complete First Season"

Grade: 2

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon

Director: Martin Scorsese, Various

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 732 minutes

Release Company: HBO Home Entertainment


The Flick: Having heard SO much a...

'Drive' And 'War Horse' Lead 2011 Satellite Awards Nominations

12/2/2011 9:18am EST
Drive Movie
Action thriller Drive and Steven Spielberg's latest epic War Horse lead the International Press Academy's nominations for the 2011 Satellite Awards with eight nods apiece.

Both movies are up for Best Film, alongside The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Shame and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy while Drive's Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks are among the nominees for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Competing with Gosling for the Best Actor trophy will be George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Michael Fassbender (Sh...

Chris Evans Replacing James Franco In 'The Iceman'

11/22/2011 8:55am EST
Chris Evans
Chris Evans is set to replace James Franco in an upcoming film about notorious killer Richard 'The Iceman' Kuklinski.

Milk star Franco pulled out of The Iceman due to a disagreement over "key contractual issues," but now Evans has stepped in to take the role as Kuklinski's mentor.

Kuklinski, to be portrayed by Michael Shannon, was a contract killer for the Mafia.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer have also signed on for the film, which is set for a theatrical release in 2013.

Blu-ray Review: '13'

11/17/2011 12:20pm EST
13 pic
How far would you go to get money you needed for family? And would you be willing to go as far as to take a life or even risk your own? So is the dilemma of the gun-to-the-head victims in the new flick "13" out on DVD and Blu-ray from the lovingly twisted folks over at Anchor Bay. Ready, aim...and check out the specs below!

Title: "13"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Sam Riley, Ray Winstone, Mickey Rourke

Director: Gela Babluani

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment


The Flick: "13" starts the typical way – down on h...

David Schwimmer To Play Mafia Contract Killer In 'The Iceman'

11/11/2011 8:14am EST
David Schwimmer
Former Friends star David Schwimmer will ditch his good guy image to play a Mafia contract killer in a violent new film about Richard 'The Iceman' Kuklinski.

The actor/director, who played nice guy Ross Geller in the hit sitcom will portray Jack Rosethal opposite Ray Liotta's Mafia's boss in The Iceman.

The titular character will be played by Revolutionary Road star Michael Shannon, according to Daily Variety.

Kuklinski claimed to have killed more than 250 people between 1948 and 1986.

Maggie Gyllenhaal will also appear in the film.

'Take Shelter' Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Give Kudos To This Terrifying Thriller (Video)

9/29/2011 8:21am EDT
Take Shelter
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a husband and father wonders whether to shelter his family from a coming storm or from himself.

Sounds simple...It's not. The storm isn't just any storm...It's the 'end of the world' kind of storm. And the husband, Curtis LaForche, played by the very brilliant actor, Michael Shannon, thinks he may be going insane.

Curtis lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and his six year old daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart) who is deaf.

Curtis makes a modest living as a crew chief for a sand-mining company. Samantha is a sta...

Review: Continued Collaboration Of Oddballs Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon Makes 'Take Shelter' Film Gold

9/28/2011 8:26am EDT
Told you so. Way back in 2007, I was touting the crap out of a stunning little indie flick that took the classic revenge tale and infused it with a slow southern style called "Shotgun Stories." I bugged everyone and anyone about it’s existence and placement at number one on my Top Ten List for 2007; from John Campea formerly of 'The Movie Blog' (cornered him at the old Wrath of Con Party!) to even the iconic Leonard Maltin (got him at a screening!) and all looked at me like I was a fruitcake. Fast forward four years and behold a re-teaming of "Shotgun Stories" Director Jeff Nichols and h...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - '50/50,' 'Dream House,' & More

9/26/2011 12:00pm EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies 50/50
After hearing all the hype about “Drive,” I couldn’t believe how much I hated it. It starts out promising: director Nicolas Winding Refn has some cool backseat perspectives of the driver (Ryan Gosling), and a sleek electronic soundtrack gives his shots of LA a seedy, neon glow.

However the directing quickly becomes pretentious, since Refn frequently reuses the same types of shots. Then the 80s style pop starts to feel COMPLETELY wrong, especially when you’re hit by unexpected, excessive violence on screen. These things would be more tolerable though, if the film effectively built drama...

Laurence Fishburne To Play Perry White In New Superman Film 'Man Of Steel'

8/3/2011 2:00pm EDT
Laurence Fishburne
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Laurence Fishburne has been tapped to play the hard-nosed editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet, Perry White, in the new Superman film Man of Steel.

The film will also star Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Superman's adoptive parents Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent, and Michael Shannon as antagonist General Zod.

Perry White was famously played by the late Jackie Cooper in the original film series and by Frank Langella in Superman Returns.

Fishburne recently left his spot on CSI after two years ...

Stars On Lockdown With New 'Superman' Script

4/14/2011 10:08pm EDT
Superman Returns
The new Superman script is under such tight security, the stars of the film must be locked in a room to read it.

Moviemaker Zack Snyder is so keen to make sure details of the plot aren't leaked he has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep scripts away from prying eyes.

Actress Diane Lane, who plays the Man of Steel's mom in the new movie, tells, "I read the script under lock and key. I was locked in a room with the script and was only allowed three hours with it."

But, from that three hours, Lane felt confident the film would be a big hit: "I'm really excited. I'm really not ...

Michael Shannon To Play Superman's Archenemy General Zod

4/11/2011 9:43am EDT
Michael Shannon
Actor Michael Shannon has landed the coveted villain role in the upcoming reboot of the Superman franchise.

The Revolutionary Road star will play General Zod opposite British hunk Henry Cavill as the young superhero - and director Zack Snyder is delighted with the casting.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Zod is not only one of Superman's most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don't. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role."


Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

1/19/2011 12:34pm EST
Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...

2009 Oscar Predictions: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

2/20/2009 10:42am EST
After months of speculation, it's finally time to man up and throw down with some hardcore Oscar predictions. But before we tell you who will and should win the Oscar on Sunday night, let's address the whole secrecy notion surrounding this year's event.

You may not have heard (which is probably part of the point) but the Academy has decided to surround this year's ceremony in mystery. Mainly, they've refused to reveal who will be presenting Oscars this year and have gone so far as to forbid its presenters from appearing on the red carpet. Why? Because they think fashionistas will b...

Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

1/23/2009 9:55am EST
The Dark Knight
There's nothing better than a good surprise on Oscar morning, and this year we had one in almost every category. Before we get to the snubs, the surprises and who shouldn't be nominated, let's take a look at what type of a morning this was:

This was the morning that The Academy once again showed how out-of-touch it is. By not dominating "The Dark Knight", the Oscars continued to show that it doesn't care about nominating movies people actually like. There was absolutely no reason this film shouldn't get nominated: It has a 94% percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it got an A from audi...

Final Oscar Nominee Predictions

1/21/2009 10:46am EST
Slumdog Millionaire
The time has come, after several months of campaigning and voting, we're finally set for the big day. No, not the inauguration. Please. We're talking about Oscar morning.

Those fifteen minutes at the crack of dawn where overly-caffeinated celebs awkwardly read the names of the top five in each category. Always gripping. Also, this is prime time for predictions. All the returns are in, the precursor season is over, so there's not excuses left. Without delay, here are my final Oscar Predictions.

Okay, one delay. I should note that I hate being right. I hate getting predictio...