Film Review: Beautiful Boy

Directed by Felix van Groeningen in his English-language feature debut and based on a best-selling pair of memoirs – Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff – Beautiful Boy tells the heartbreaking and inspiring true story of father and son David (Steve Carell) and Nic Sheff (Timothée Chalamet, as David tries to help his son with his addiction with drugs.

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Film Review: Foxcatcher

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Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher tells the peculiar true story of the greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team, Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). As they train for the 1988 games in Seoul, the brothers join Team Foxcatcher, led by multimillionaire sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell), in hope of receiving the best training and to change the face of wrestling as an Olympic sport. But their union isn’t quite as innocent as it once seemed, with the brothers’ suspicious union with Du Pont leading to unlikely circumstances.

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Film Review: The Way, Way Back

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Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Way, Way Back tells the coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen (Sam Rockwell), the manager of the Water Wizz water park.

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Film Review: Despicable Me 2

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The computer-animated sequel Despicable Me 2, directed by Pierre Louis Padang Coffin and Chris Renaud, picks up with Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his three adopted girls – Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) – as he is recruited by the Anti-Villain League by agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. At first refusing, Gru’s mind is soon changed when he learns that someone has stolen a mutating chemical compound called PX-41, which has the ability to transform living things into indestructible killing machines, and that his minions have started to mysteriously go missing.

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A New ‘Despicable Me 2’ Trailer Means More Minion Madness

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Those beloved little yellow minions are back in the new trailer for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animated, worldwide blockbuster sequel, Despicable Me 2, this week, and it sure is funny.

If you missed the teaser trailer earlier this year then you should definitely still give it a watch as it is absolutely hilarious and will undoubtedly have you laughing for hours on end.

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Keira Knightley and Steve Carell Are ‘Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World’ In These New Clips and Images

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If you haven’t heard much about this summer’s highly anticipated indie film Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, or even if you are looking forward to it already, then we have a big treat for you with three new clips, eight new images, a couple of TV spots and a behind-the-scenes featurette released by Focus.

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Anchorman 2: Adam McKay Talks Teaser Trailer & Brilliant New Poster Is Released

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With the recent news that Anchorman 2 is set to go into production next February, writer and director Adam McKay has given a few hints about the upcoming teaser trailer, whilst a brilliant new poster has been released online.

As confirmed by Ron Burgundy on his official Twitter account earlier this week, the teaser will be attached to prints of The Dictator. Burgundy commented:

Dont get Twirter. Anchorman2 teaser w Dictator tom night. Dont know what a teaser is. World is crazy? Having a scotch.

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Steve Carell Gets Serious

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Steve Carell has been given the lead role in the true story of John du Pont, Foxcatcher, directed by Bennett Miller.

Du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic, built a wrestling training facility on his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate, where he subsequently shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in 1996. After locking himself in his mansion for two days after and talking to negotiators over the phone, the authorities were finally able to lure him out when they shut off his power and heat. He died last year in a Pennsylvania prison at the age of 72.

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Film Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love

(Read this in my publication In Retrospect – Issue 2)

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Crazy, Stupid, Love, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, opens with Cal (Steve Carell) and his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) having an awkward meal at a restaurant. Emily promptly and publicly admits that she has had an affair with her co-worker David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon) and that she wants a divorce, forcing Cal to move out of his house and away from his children Robbie (Jonah Bobo) and Molly (Joey King). Whilst drinking his sorrows away in a bar, Cal meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a young, attractive womaniser who we previously meet trying to chat up law student Hannah (Emma Stone). Whilst Hannah’s storyline plays in and out of the main one, Jacob proposes that he can help Cal turn his life around by teaching him how to start living as a single man. After a quick make-over, and more than a few slaps, Cal and Jacob begin to form a much-needed friendship as Cal attempts to get over Emily.

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