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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star-Trek-Into-Darkness-Poster“Star Trek Into Darkness” isn’t as effective as the first film overall, but there are so many exceptional set pieces within the whole that it packs more than enough momentum to pull through and deliver a riveting experience.

The film begins mid-mission with the crew of the Enterprise trying to keep a volcano from exploding, destroying an alien planet, and killing its inhabitants. When things go awry, Kirk (Chris Pine) makes some brash decisions and even though he gets his ship and crew out in one piece, Starfleet isn’t pleased that he disobeyed orders and Kirk is demoted. However, when a bomb is detonated in London and the Starfleet headquarters are attacked, Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) opts to reinstate Kirk so he can eradicate the enemy – John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

The film kicks off exceptionally well. The chase scene on Planet Nibiru is downright mesmerizing courtesy of the planet’s lush red plant life and eerily fascinating looking natives, and also because it involves an engaging and clear-cut mission. While there are loads more easy-to-follow, gorgeously shot mini tasks to come, there’s just so long the cycle can continue before you’ve had enough.

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Interview: A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas Writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

It’s been three years, but Harold and Kumar are finally back! We went with the guys on their epic trip to White Castle back in 2004 and then watched them evade the authorities in Escape from Guantanamo Bay, but now it’s time to see what happen when Harold and Kumar wreak havoc during Christmas.

In A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Harold and Kumar are all grown up – well, somewhat. While Harold (John Cho) is starting a lovely life in the suburbs with Maria (Paula Gracés), Kumar is happy right where he is, on his couch, getting high. The guys aren’t only divided in terms of their way of life; Harold and Kumar had a serious falling out and don’t speak anymore. However, when a mysterious package arrives at the apartment for Harold, Kumar’s left with no choice but to head over to his ex-buddy’s new posh digs and hand it over personally. Bring these two back together during the holiday, toss in a little weed and you know what happens, Christmastime shenanigans ensue!

Not only do franchise screenwriters Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have the benefit of having created these characters and worked with them for years, but they’ve introduced us to two guys who are incredibly adaptable. Throw them into just about any situation and not only will hilarity likely follow, but their signature traits we’ve come to know and love will ultimately shine through. The result? A film packed with laughs, but also with characters you genuinely care about, too, and Hurwitz and Schlossberg know it.

In honor of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’ November 4th release, Hurwitz and Schlossberg took the time to talk all about the franchise from the inception of the films to embracing 3D, breaking the fourth wall and much more. Check it all out in the interview below.

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Interview: Saint John Of Las Vegas’ Steve Buscemi

A movie starring Steve Buscemi? Yes, the time has come for Buscemi to emerge from his stereotypical witty sidekick role and take command of a film as its leading man. In Saint John of Las Vegas, Buscemi stars as John, a guy trying to escape his gambling addiction by fleeing Vegas and taking up a desk job at an insurance company. His new tranquility is disturbed when he’s assigned to join his company’s top fraud investigator on a case – in Las Vegas.

To most people, seeing Buscemi as a movie’s titular character is a monumental difference. But, to Buscemi, playing John is no different than playing a supporting role in films like Youth in Revolt or The Messenger. Whether it’s a prominent character or not, Buscemi puts everything he’s got into making that individual as memorable as possible.

Next up on Buscemi’s schedule? The new HBO series Boardwalk Empire and in a starring role nonetheless! He’ll play Nucky Thompson, the man in charge in Atlantic City in the 1920s. Boardwalk Empire won’t air until the fall, but in the meantime, you can see Buscemi in Saint John of Las Vegas when it hits theaters in Los Angeles and New York on January 29th.

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Interview: Saint John Of Las Vegas’ Romany Malco

Do you know anyone who got a laugh out of the movie Precious. I do and his name is Romany Malco. The concept seemed a little ridiculous at first, but Malco actually provided a rather sound explanation, “To me, comedy’s always been about making light of the drama.” If only everyone had his attitude.

We’re used to seeing Malco in laugh-out-loud comedies like The 40 Year-Old Virgin, but he’s switching gears a bit for a more offbeat comedy,Saint John of Las Vegas. Malco plays Virgil, an insurance agency’s top fraud investigator with an ego to match. Whether he’s cracking jokes in Baby Mama, getting more indirect laughs through his antics in Saint John or just having an everyday conversation, Malco bleeds comedy. This was no interview, it was a Romany Malco standup set and I loved every minute of it.

All joking aside, Malco has some serious talent and appreciation for his good fortune. Read on to learn Malco’s take on everything from his dating style to adlibbing ability to his upcoming film Gulliver’s Travels.

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Interview: Saint John Of Las Vegas Director Hue Rhodes

Hue Rhodes is every professor’s dream. He may have arrived at NYU to study film rather late compared to his peers, but his drive to succeed and passion for the art made him a model student. During a roundtable interview, the first time writer/director gushed about all he learned at school and how it made him the filmmaker he is today.

His mentors should be proud because his feature debut, Saint John of Las Vegas, makes its way into theaters in New York and Los Angeles on January 29th with a wider release planned for February 12th. What’s even more impressive is the brilliant minds he attracted to join the project. Not only does the film star Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco, Sarah Silverman, Peter Dinklage, Tim Blake Nelson, John Cho and Emmanuelle Chriqui, but it’s executive produced by Buscemi, Wren Arthur, Stanley Tucci and Spike Lee.

The film boasts a unique charm, just like its creator. Saint John is Rhodes’ first feature film, but it certainly won’t be his last. Check out what Rhodes says about his journey to the director’s chair and lessons he’s learned for the future.

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Review: Saint John of Las Vegas

Steve Buscemi isn’t a betting man, but he took a chance on a first time writer/director to step out of the character actor realm and take a starring role in Saint John of Las Vegas. It’s far from a masterpiece, but Hue Rhodes manages to do Buscemi justice providing him with a character ripe with emotion and a fascinating complexity. Buscemi returns the favor by powering the film with an engaging oddity.

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