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Film News: New ‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer Released For 50-Day Countdown

The Hunger Games Katniss

CHICAGO – The much anticipated release of “The Hunger Games” is officially 50 days away, and the Twitter world exploded this morning with #HungerGames50 tweets after a new trailer was released for the film. The trailer, which includes several scenes we have already seen from the first theatrical trailer, adds new conversations between Katniss and several other characters, including Prim, Gale, and Caesar.

TV News: HBO Announces Dates For ‘Game Change,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘Veep’

Game of Thrones

CHICAGO – Apparently, HBO likes to give its news in bulk. The premium network announced debut dates for a new HBO feature film, the new season of a hit series, and the premiere of two new series to the network.

Blu-ray Review: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis Elevate ‘Friends With Benefits’

Friends with Benefits

CHICAGO – There’s a spirit and energy in Will Gluck’s “Friends With Benefits” that’s infectious enough to get it over some of its screenwriting humps. It’s a film that features two beautiful people dancing to a Michael Buble flash mob in the middle of Times Square. If those beautiful people were Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl, most critics would have audibly retched. But Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are so remarkably charismatic that they make the cliches of “Friends With Benefits,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, much easier to take.

Film News: Nominations Announced For 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards

Take Shelter Film Review

CHICAGO – Award season is definitely in full swing and nominations for ceremonies are just starting to be released. For the fan of the indie film, today is a very significant date: the release of the nominations for the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Film News: First Full-Length Trailer Released For ‘The Hunger Games’

The Hunger Games

CHICAGO – Fans of the hit book series and much anticipated film series “The Hunger Games” were treated to a full look inside the world of Panem this morning when Lionsgate debuted a full trailer for the new film. After a short teaser trailer premiered this past summer showing the main character, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), running through a forest during battle, the new trailer gives a full look at the modern/futuristic world.

Film Review: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake Try ‘Friends With Benefits’

CHICAGO – It seems that carnal canoodling without strings attached seems all the rage in romantic comedies these days. The twentysomething set, having seen their share of divorces and break-ups, prefer the Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis method in “Friends with Benefits.”

DVD Review: Terrence Malick’s Beloved ‘The Thin Red Line’ Joins Criterion

The Thin Red Line

CHICAGO – Whenever two power players in the world of cinephiles come together, it creates a critical buzz and such was the case when it was announced that The Criterion Collection had chosen Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” for induction in their world-renowned series of DVDs and Blu-rays.

Blu-Ray Review: Honest, Human Drama of Excellent ‘The Messenger’

The Messenger

CHICAGO – Just before the Oscar nominations for 2009 were to be announced, a few pundits went out on a limb and predicted that not only would Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger” be nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson) and Best Original Screenplay but that it would also find its way into several more categories, including even Best Picture.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘2012’ Turns Global Destruction Into Crowd-Pleasing Cheese

2012 Blu-Ray

CHICAGO – Roland Emmerich is a filmmaker in the classic tradition of B-movie auteurs who shamelessly exploited modern paranoia for the sake of getting butts in the seats. His global warming thriller, “The Day After Tomorrow,” had a sequence where characters were literally being chased by the cold. In “2012,” the protagonists are being chased by armageddon, and they’re always one step ahead.

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