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Red Carpet: Dredd 3D

Judgment is coming to New York City. Well, actually it already came, but don’t worry, it comes back in full force when “Dredd 3D” hits theaters on Friday, September 21st.

With roots in the popular comic strip, “Dredd 3D” takes place in the future, when America lies in ruins and most of the population is addicted to the drug Slo-Mo, a substance with the power to make you feel as though time is going by at 1% its normal speed. With a monopoly on Slo-Mo and some ruthless business policies, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) maintains full control over her tower, Peach Trees. When Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is called to investigate a murder in the block, both he and his rookie sidekick, Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), must fight their way up the tower to hand down judgment.

“Dredd 3D” certainly stormed its way into the Regal Union Square theater last night. Despite torrential downpours and gusty winds, Urban and Thirlby as well as producer Allon Reich and writer Alex Garland hit the red carpet to chat about the adaptation process, shooting it in 3D and, the most important of all, what Judge Dredd does in his free time.

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‘Dredd’ Review: This Reboot Is All Blood, No Bite

You know what’s a great San Diego Comic Con movie? An action-packed, futuristic thrill ride that gets the audience to cheer for the hero. The screening of Dredd indeed got a few whoops here and there, but all were quickly drowned out by deafening audio and no understanding of what’s to cheer for.

Dredd takes place in a world decimated by atomic wars, with a focus on an area called Mega-City One. The region is decrepit, oozing with drug dealers and criminals, leaving little room for the innocent to live safe and honest lives. Their only hope are the Judges, a futuristic police force rocking voice-activated weaponry with one-track minds; deliver the appropriate sentence.

When Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is paired with a rookie, Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), the two are assigned to investigate a triple homicide in one of the massive housing complexes of Mega-City One, Peach Trees. Little do they know, this isn’t your average homicide. These are the victims of Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), a ruthless drug dealer with a monopoly on the drug Slo-Mo.

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Review: Being Flynn

Sure, director Paul Weitz is responsible for some excellent films like About a Boy and In Good Company, but with Little Fockers so fresh in my mind, it’s tough to remember what he’s really capable of. However, with Being Flynn, not only does Weitz go back to a more modest method of filmmaking, but he delivers a piece that’s incredibly grounded – almost troublingly so.

Even in his father’s absence, Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) grew up wanting to follow in his footsteps and become a writer. With his mother (Julianne Moore) long gone, Nick is on his own in the big city, trying to pursue his dream. One day, Nick gets a call from his father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro), who’s in need of some assistance, as he’s being evicted. Rather than rekindle their relationship, their 18-year reunion stops there and both go their own separate ways; Nick takes a job at a local homeless shelter and Jonathan takes up residence on the streets.

So far, so good for Nick at his new gig. He learns quite a bit from his superiors, taps into his honestly giving nature and strikes up a relationship with a co-worker, Denise (Olivia Thirlby). However, when Nick’s father drunkenly traipses into the facility, Nick starts to lose his footing.

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Review: The Darkest Hour

Tell us an alien invasion movie is on the way and, regardless of who’s in it or what it’s about, it sparks intrigue. Not only am I particularly guilty of this in general, but upon hearing the concept backing The Darkest Hour, I fell head over heels for what should have been a wildly original dose of ET destruction. However, perhaps test screenings didn’t go as planned, because as the film’s Christmas day release approached, its marketing campaign fizzled out, warning us of what’s to come. Is it all that bad? No, but it’s certainly not worth a promotional push especially with the high quality fare it’s going up against.

Longtime buddies Sean and Ben (Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella) head to Moscow for a business venture, the opportunity to develop their smartphone social networking application, The Globe Trot. It’s too bad their Swedish partner, Skyler (Joel Kinnaman), decides to steal their idea and present it as his own. Now abroad and with nothing to do, the boys turn to booze and drown their sorrows in a night out. That’s when they meet another traveling duo, Natalie and Anne (Olivia Thirlby and Rachael Taylor).

It’s all fun and games until the power goes out. When the partygoers head outside to investigate, they come face-to-face with the culprit, an invading alien race. The foursome and Skyler manage to barricade themselves in the club basement for the initial onslaught, but, even after emerging days later, the streets are still overrun with invaders, invisible balls of electricity with the power to turn their victims to dust.

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SDCC 2011: The Darkest Hour Presentation And Trailer

How many alien invasion films can we handle? This year alone we’ve already had Battle: Los AngelesSuper 8Transformers: Dark of the Moon and both Attack the Block and Cowboys and Aliens are on the way. Sure, I can’t drape a sense of negativity over all of them, but, let’s face it, ET’s taking over the Earth is a bit, well, overdone. However, after checking out Summit Entertainment’s The Darkest Hour presentation this morning, I can assure you that at least one of the upcoming alien takeover films is worth keeping an eye on.

A group of reporters hit a specially outfitted room in the Hard Rock Hotel, decked out in concept art and stills from director Chris Gorak The Darkest Hour. After a little schmoozing and some coffee consumption, Gorak and producer Tom Jacobson kicked things off by summing up the plot of the film. The film stars Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby as two members of a group of Americans vacationing in Moscow, Russia. “And that’s when the invasion happens. It happens early in our story,” Gorak explains. “Through a frantic escape, they manage to hide and avoid the initial wave of attack.” After taking cover for a few days, the group resurfaces to find that Moscow is completely destroyed.

A prime element of the story to Gorak is “moving through this apocalyptic world through the character’s perspective and taking this journey with them and discovering the powers of the alien and eventually how to fight back.” As for those invaders, they’re a pivotal part of what makes The Darkest Hour so unique and particularly visually stimulating, too. Gorak explained, “We learn through their powers that they are made up of a lethal wave of energy and basically eliminated any modern technology that you can image.” My personal worst nightmare.

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