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Review: Noah

Black Swan bought a lot of critical and commercial goodwill for Aronofsky in 2010, yet no one would have anticipated he would invest that goodwill into a Biblical epic, especially one nearing three hours long. Whether the new elements added to Noah will enthrall or enrage audiences is yet to be seen, but win, lose or draw, a project of this epic of scale is worthy of your attention.

Noah (Russell Crowe) is a heavily taxed man. Plagued with nightmares of damnation and death, he is reached out to by the Lord to undertake the building of an ark before the apocalypse lays waste to all the eye can see, a cleansing fire before a great flood to wipe evil from Earth. Noah's task is to build an ark, load it up with all of the animals and start anew. As Elwood Blues would put it "he's on a mission from God."

Lars Von Trier Retrospective on Movie Mezzanine

During a town meeting Tom decides to put a theory to the test: if human beings are basically good they will allow someone to stay in their midst without distrust. The test comes in the form of a stranger seeking asylum in their town after a swarm of black automobiles ask about her. The local residents are hesitant to grant her request, but Tom's plan to have her do chores for the town to justify her staying sways them. Their civility doesn't last long after a wanted poster is put up and authorities come around asking for Grace. Now with the town reassessing the cost of harboring Grace, she may find that Dogville's teeth are going to be bared.
By filming Dogville on a sound stage, Lars Von Trier really enhances the claustrophobia and fear that plagues Grace during her stay in Dogville. Von Trier has made more inflammatory works in Antichrist, but Dogville's horrors are much more nuanced. The fear here comes from the decent, earnest, small-town folk who are only…

'Only Lovers Left Alive' Poster

Jim Jarmusch's latest film seems like a curio of sorts, featuring vampires in modern day Detroit, but given the acting talents of Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, it could be one of the best features of 2014.

The Veronica Mars Movie Giveaway

Miss Veronica Mars? PartnersHub and Warner Bros. are teaming up to award a super-fan a copy of the upcoming film and Neptune, CA trucker hat. To enter, take the 3 levels of “Purity Test Marshmallow Super-Fan Trivia” and post your results in the comments section as a giveaway entry. Mentioning the giveaway on your Twitter with hashtag #VeronicaMarsMovie couldn't hurt either.


Review: 300 - Rise of an Empire

Like an all-you-can-eat buffet, the eyes always ask for more than the stomach can handle. Consumer demand may have warranted a sequel to the very popular 2006 film, upon viewing however, that decision may have been short-sighted. In the case of this latest swords and sandals blockbuster, the stomach can't handle it.

'Rise of an Empire' features the B story explaining the goings-on of Athenian politics that sent Leonidas and his 300 to battle for independence. Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) made his name in the Battle of Marathon by killing King Darius in front of his son, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and repel the Persian army from the shores of Greece. In retrospect, Themistokles fears he may have killed the wrong man.

The Academy Awards in One Picture

Awesome, just awesome photo-bombing skills. That made my evening alone. For the full list of winners of tonight's show, read more.

Review: Non-Stop

There couldn't have been a better weekend to put out Non-Stop than three days before the Academy Awards. With heavy films on the minds of most cinephiles and movie fans, pure, dumb fun picked the perfect time to pop up in cinemas.

The premise of Liam Neeson's lastest vehicle puts the volatile marshal on a plane full of snappy, pissed-off New Yorkers on a trans-Atlantic flight to London. Unfortunately for said travelers U.S. Air Marshall William Marks is pretty much the last person you want with a gun on an airplane. He's an alcoholic, he has a bad temper and he is *this* close to losing his job.