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Blu-ray Review: ‘Detention’ is Relentless Assault on Intelligence

Detention with Josh Hutcherson

CHICAGO – “Detention” has style to spare. There’s no denying it. Director Joseph Kahn takes no prisoners in the style department. In every other department, his aggressively annoying “Detention” fails. Character, dialogue, plot — most things that you have come to take for granted in a film — they’re mere afterthoughts here. “Detention” is a film for and by people who end every sentence with an emoticon, have typed “LOL” more often than they’ve actually laughed, and think Wikipedia is a verb. Some will view it as an eventual cult classic (and, for the sake of critical balance on your favorite website, that’s how Adam Fendelman feels). Others will want to tear their eyes out.

Film Review: Joseph Kahn’s Self-Funded Josh Hutcherson Indie ‘Detention’ Deserves Cult-Hit Status

CHICAGO – Don’t be duped by Joseph Kahn’s insultingly unintelligent trailer for his new ADHD high school slasher/comedy “Detention”. Rather than prematurely blowing his load with the film’s crème de la crème in a two-minute trailer, he’s done the reverse.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 150 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Detention’ With ‘The Hunger Games’ Star Josh Hutcherson

Detention with Josh Hutcherson

Update (4/6/12 at 1:47 p.m.): Studio approval to increase from 75 to 150 admit-twos!
CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 150 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new horror/comedy “Detention” with “The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson and Dane Cook!

DVD Round-up: ‘Answers to Nothing,’ ‘Bounty Hunters,’ More

Answers to Nothing

CHICAGO – There is such a unique array of DVD titles this week that we couldn’t just let them get buried on our desk like so many minor titles do over the year. At least one of these has to be of interest to you. Maybe even the Dane Cook movie.

Film Review: Lack of Narrative Focus Handcuffs ‘Answers to Nothing’

Answers to Nothing

CHICAGO – Ensemble films, with their multiple stories and characters, can be a challenging delicate balance. Emphasize one story over another and an audience starts to wonder why the neglected subplot is even in the film. “Answers to Nothing” generates this reaction with all their narrative threads, in a movie that lacks any kind of cohesion.

DVD, Blu-Ray Round Up, Jan. 13, 2009: ‘My Best Friend’s Girl,’ ‘My Bloody Valentine,’ ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

My Bloody Original

CHICAGO – Audrey Hepburn and Dane Cook. You won’t find that kind of variety too many places outside of HollywoodChicago’s DVD & Blu-Ray Round-Up. From serial killers to musicals to a British import, this week’s round-up features an exciting variety of titles.

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  • Bad Words

    Looming over “Bad Words” is the potential it could have had, as is, were it released ten years ago. With its focus of R-rated behavior poking at the projected innocence of children, along with the couple of chromosomes that keep Bateman’s Trilby from being a Vince Vaughn character, this movie is certainly a product of the comedies that have sculpted out the manchild story in the past decade.

  • Winter's Tale

    The theatrical poster for “Winter’s Tale,” after promising that “It’s not a true story, it’s a love story,” made a large demand from its viewers at the bottom: “This Valentine’s Day, Believe In Miracles.” While there is indeed a difference between filmmaking and marketing, it is hard to not imagine writer/director Akiva Goldsman whispering “believe in miracles” into the ear of every executive who helped “Winter’s Tale” come to life, immediately after throwing glitter on them.

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