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Film Review: Stereotypical ‘3 Days to Kill’ Tonally Uneven

CHICAGO – As a director, Kevin Costner comes across as a patient guy who waits for the right material to come along. Considering the last movie he helmed is a little over ten years old (“Open Range”), one might also consider him picky too.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘3 Days to Kill’ with Kevin Costner

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening passes up for grabs to the new crime drama3 Days to Kill” starring Kevin Costner from director McG!

Blu-ray Review: Terrible ‘This Means War’ Denies Its Obvious Romantic Subtext

This Means War Blu-ray

CHICAGO – McG’s “This Means War” could’ve been an interesting comedy if it had actually been about the undeniable love between its two male leads. Not since Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday” has a film so blatantly portrayed the homoerotic tendencies within close male friendships. Yet by denying its own subtext, the film is ultimately as clueless and insufferable as its one-note characters.

Film Review: ‘This Means War’ With Reese Witherspoon is an Attack on Movie Decency

CHICAGO – McG’s “This Means War” with Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and Reese Witherspoon is an aggressively annoying movie. It isn’t just bad. It grates. It frustrates. It baffles with its incompetence.

TV Review: Confident, Clever ‘Chuck’ Returns With New Energy

Chuck: Season Three Premiere

CHICAGO – After a second season that saw already-low ratings decline, NBC took a chance by bringing “Chuck” back for a third, shortened season. As the network has struggled this year due to a number of horrible decisions (most of them related to Jay Leno), most of its lineup has been hit. Let’s hope “Chuck” bucks the trend because this cult hit has arguably never been better.

Blu-Ray Review: Forgettable ‘Terminator Salvation’ Gets Supreme Treatment on Blu-Ray

Terminator Salvation

CHICAGO – The “Terminator” series is not one of the great modern movie franchises. The films have mainly served as ideal vehicles for the limited acting range of Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose muscular build and Austrian accent were perfect for the role of a formidable, oft-mute cyborg.

Video Game Review: Tie-In For McG’s ‘Terminator: Salvation’ as Disappointing as Film

Terminator: Salvation Game
HollywoodChicago.com Video Game Rating: 1.5/5.0
Video Game Rating: 1.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Come with me if you want to be frustrated. Video game tie-ins for movies are notoriously problematic and poorly received. Every major movie gets a video game (we’ve reviewed “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” in recent weeks and will give you our opinion of “Up” soon) and most of them suck. Even by that standard, “Terminator: Salvation,” based on the McG film with Christian Bale, is a disappointment.

Christian Bale, Sam Worthington in McG’s Disappointing ‘Terminator: Salvation’

CHICAGOMcG’s loud-and-annoying “Terminator: Salvation” with Christian Bale and Sam Worthington continues the summer of non-Trek disappointments, delivering nothing but a bloated exercise in CGI overload.

Slideshow: 29-Image Gallery From ‘Terminator: Salvation’ With Christian Bale

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Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams.

CHICAGO – This 29-image slideshow contains the second half of the official press images for “Terminator: Salvation” (check out the first half here) starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Jane Alexander, and Helena Bonham Carter. The film, written by John Brancato & Michael Farris and directed by McG, opens on May 21st, 2009.

Slideshow: 30-Image Gallery From ‘Terminator: Salvation’ With Christian Bale

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Sam Worthington stars as Marcus Wright.

CHICAGO – This 30-image slideshow contains the first half of the official press images for “Terminator: Salvation” (check out the second half here) starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Jane Alexander, and Helena Bonham Carter. The film, written by John Brancato & Michael Farris and directed by McG, opens on May 21st, 2009.

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