Another Year, Magnetic Performances

The film Another Year rolls out like a theatrical play or good book that’s a swift page-turner.  From the opening character introductions throughout writer/director Mike Leigh’s ‘seasons’, we are treated to blossoming relationships, seeds of life, uncertainty, and a dieing effort.  Amazing acting, direction and fascinating storyline make Another Year a great choice for the mature adult. Read more

Devil May Cry 4 Refrain has Mobile Unleash

Devil May Cry 4 refrain was released onto the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms today. The game immerses gamers in a gothic supernatural world, where a new protagonist clashes with evil. As Nero, players will unleash incredible attacks and non-stop combos using a unique new gameplay mechanic, his powerful “Devil Bringer” arm.

Brilliant visuals and intricate details come to life as players explore new and exotic locales. Dynamic action and undeniable style combine with explosive fighting options and a gripping story to produce the incomparable experience that only a Devil May Cry game can deliver.

Like the console games Devil May Cry 4 refrain features a deep combo systems and customization options. After defeating enemies, players can collect red orbs which they can then use to enhance their character. The game includes ten epic levels and eight boss fights. Additional features include retina display graphics and Game Center achievements.

Devil May Cry 4 refrain is available on the Apple App Store for a limited-time launch price of $1.99. Which means, you might want to get it before the price sky rockets.

In Plain Sight Still in View

In Plain Site debuted as the #1 new series on cable in 2008 and was the #1 cable drama Wednesdays in 2010. Fans will be happy to know the show has been renewed for another season, and will be back this coming May.

Yes — Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) will grace our screens once again with her smart mouth and her copious ball busting. Of course it wouldn’t be half as entertaining without her abused sidekick Marshall (Fred Weller).

In the upcoming season, Marshall (Weller) will have a new love interest (Rachel Boston); Brandi (Nicole Hiltz) gets engaged to Peter (Josh Malina), and Mary reluctantly helps plan the wedding. Read more

New Batman: Arkham City Shots

Batman Arkham CityThere are some sweet caps from the upcoming Batman: Arkham City that were released today.

The game builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.

Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Batman: Arkham City will be available for the Xbox 360, Windows PC and the PlayStation3 in Fall 2011.

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New Fear 3 Screen Shots Released

fear 3Check out some crazy imagery from F.E.A.R. 3 store level screenshots. These spooky screens will give you an idea of what happens when a neighborhood family store is turned into a dark and twisted maze of psychically tortured homicidal maniacs.

Set to release on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PC, F.E.A.R. 3 is a heart-pounding paranormal first-person shooter unleashing intense combat, compelling narrative and co-op play that evolves the franchise. Alma returns in F.E.A.R. 3, but this time her sons Point Man and Paxton Fettel are characters available to play in divergent co-op, giving players distinctly different abilities affecting their own play as well as the experience of their co-op partner. Gamers participate in single player or co-op modes as Point Man, and they can play cooperatively as his conniving brother Paxton Fettel whose incredible telekinetic power has given him life beyond the grave.

Screens of Screams:

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You Again Coming Soon to DVD

You can check out a few clips from the upcoming DVD release of the film You Again, starring Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Bell, Jaime Lee Curtis and Betty White, on February 8. Watch them after the jump!

Film Synopsis: For Marnie (Kristen Bell), high school was a horror movie, and her brother’s wedding is the sequel when her archrival comes back to haunt her as his bride. Its nice girl versus mean girl in this hysterical reunion with the one person Marnie would really like to forget. And if that weren’t enough, Marnie’s mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) reunites with her own high school nemesis (Sigourney Weaver). Complete with hilarious, never-before-seen bonus material, You Again is one crazy comedy that’ll keep you laughing again and again.
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Shake Hands with the Devil, Brilliant and Disturbing

Posted on January 11, 2011
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This gut wrenching true story, Shake Hands with the Devil, reminded me a lot of Hotel Rwanda, but that isn’t a bad thing.  The film brings to light more of the atrocities, reasons for war and the intimidation the UN peacekeepers had to face.  Incredible good filming presents the era, country and it’s people realistically both in a period of adjustment and conflict.  I liked this film very much and recommend it highly to those who want a taste of Director Roger Spottiswoode suspense filled storytelling.

The movie centers on the appointment of Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire to lead the UN forces in Rwanda during a cease-fire between the Hutu and the Tutsis following a bloody war that had a high death toll.  With the county hair trigger away from a restart of another conflict, Dallaire tries to communicate with each of the divided factions.  He starts to make headway, until greed, ego, politics and animosity strike.

Shake Hands With the Devil makes a strong statement against war and violence.  It shows how intervention by outside countries can force people to take sides against each other.  In this story we find the reason for conflict between the Hutus and the Tutsis coming about with Rwanda’s Independence from Belgium.  With the overwhelming number of Hutus, the government was set up in their favor that started a battle ending up killing off a great number of Tutsis and put a lot of them in exile. This set the stage for the film and the final outcome.

The acting here is way above par, cinematography brilliant in all scenes of the production and direction impeccable. Spottiswoode gives a strong view of the lack of morality, wickedness and devastating results of the futile war. Cinematographer Miroslaw Baszak (Pontypool, Land of the Dead) makes his camera do tricks with the lighting in order to give the viewer a more suspenseful and gut wrenching view of the extreme action.  His ability to work with actors that have to act wild and scary makes the screen story very believable and terrifying.

The bonus features are good especially the Making of Shake Hands With The Devil.  Turn on the Audio Commentary and listen to Director Roger Spottiswoode and the real Lt. Dallaire comment on the production the second time you watch film.

Shake Hands With The Devil is rated R for some disturbing violent images and brief strong language.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Realism through brilliant filmmaking makes this humanity flick a hit. (A)

Starring: Roy DuPuis, Owen Sejake, Odile Katesi Gakire, Michel Mongeau and John Sibi-Okumu

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing violent images and brief strong language.

Genre: Art/Foreign, Drama, English Subtitles

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The Mechanic, a Killer Thriller

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Explosive, vicious and thrilling, all the things that men like in a film are jammed into the 92 minutes of The Mechanic. The no-stop assassin drama kept me on the edge of my seat while bombs exploded, bullets flew, death defying stunts performed, knife fights, well you know what Crank was like, but count on double here. If you want to up your testosterone levels, then this is your kick-ass thriller.

Jason Statham as Arthur

The Mechanic’s plot surrounds Arthur Bishop (Statham), a hired assassin who makes a very good living knocking off drug lords and political dictators.  He lives a very dangerous life but the perks are great.  His hideaway in the New Orleans Bayou has all the amenities one could ask for and he manages to spend nights with some exciting girls.  One day he gets assigned a hit on his very close associate Harry (Donald Sutherland), a job he cannot refuse or put his own life in jeopardy.  At the funeral he runs into Harry’s son Steve (Ben Foster) who tells Arthur that he wants to get his dad’s killer.  Thus starts an unusual bond, one that takes them on a cringing death ride.

Statham plays his brilliantly usual tough guy who’s relentless on getting his score no matter what it takes.  I am a huge fan of his and he has never let me down on the screen.  Here he makes me even more devout. Ben Foster expels a nasty persona as Steve making a great sidekick to Arthur.  You can see in his face that every fight Steve gets into more fuel gets added to his hatred.

Director Simon West on the set of The Mechanic

That said how could the two stars go wrong under the direction Simon West (Con Air, Laura Croft: Tomb Raider).   The man has a mind of a maniac creating one brutal scene after the next.  I was amazed at how real the action looked, explosive the story rolled out and the intrigue that was woven within.

The Mechanic is rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity.  Although the target audience is males, I could see a lot of women in the audience getting thrilled by it as well.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A killer action thriller. (B+)

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Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn and Mini Anden

Directed by: Simon West (Laura Croft: Tomb Raider, Con Air)

MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity

Genre: Action, thriller

Running Time: 1hr 32min

Interview with Smallville’s Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Erica Durance is Smallville‘s snappy, sexy Lois Lane. She hails from both Canada and the United States, although currently resides in Vancouver. With the latest season of Smallville already well underway, Erica finds some time to chat with ACED about what some of her favorite characters and episodes are for Smallville, and what her thoughts are on the upcoming US Presidential Election. Read more

I’m Off to See the Wizard, Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe and Jenna Bensoussan

What do you do when you are standing in a room preparing to interview Daniel Radcliffe? Nothing – there’s no time… at least there wasn’t for me, as he rushed in the room and immediately came over to give me a warm, welcoming hug. And of course you know what happens after that… it’s time for tea. Ok, Ok… I admit it – I had the tea. He had the Diet Coke. Read more