Director Scott Waugh's Need for Speedfollows Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul in his first post-Breaking Bad feature film), a small town street racer-mechanic struggling to make the payments on his high performance automobile repair shop after his dad's death. When hometown boy-turned-famous racer Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) returns with both a job proposition -- and Anita (Dakota Johnson), Tobey's ex-flame -- Tobey finds himself back in a rivalry that will lead to tragedy.
For fans of the 2004-2007 adolescent gumshoe series, the Veronica Mars movie has been a long time coming. It’s interesting, the opening lyrics of the theme song nailed the crux of that initial season perfectly, and they also work as a reflection of how many viewers likely felt about the show in 2012, “a long time ago, we used to be friends…” Prior to last year’s record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, we may not have thought much about the rapier-witted and revenge-driven teen detective, but she was always there in the periphery of our minds, waiting to be reborn from the watery depths of cancellation. There was a promise inherent in the 2013 crowdsourcing venture: “We will deliver the Veronica Mars follow-up that you’ve always wanted.” Creator Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell, and the V Mars team have more than fulfilled that pledge.
The Muppets did exactly what it was intended to do, revitalizing the beloved characters and reintroducing them to new and old fans alike. So now that the Muppets are, once again, considered “a viable franchise”, as the opening song of Muppets Most Wanted humorously notes, where do they go? On tour, of course!
The frat-house comedy is a movie sub-genre that has spawned some of the most entertaining, immature and hilarious films of all-time. National Lampoon’s Animal House is a bona fide classic, while the likes of Revenge of the Nerds, Van Wilder and Old School all have their fair share of laughs.
Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the mean-spirited comedy Bad Words. In the movie, he stars as Guy Trilby, a deadbeat 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the bylaws of The Golden Quill Spelling Bee and decides to hijack the competition for reasons unknown -- much to the dismay of uppity contest officials, outraged parents and overachieving eighth graders.
Wes Anderson may well have the most distinctive directorial voice in modern American cinema. The style is so unmistakable – from visuals and music to dialogue and performance – that an Anderson film pretty much identifies itself in the first few frames.
300 was a surprise smash when it hit screens back in 2006. An action film based on a Frank Miller comic book about 300 doomed Spartans, directed by the guy who made the Dawn of the Dead remake, and starring a group of relative unknowns doesn’t sound like box office gold. But the film’s tragic storyline, stylised action, and combination of swords, sandals, six-packs and blood struck a nerve with audiences, making it one of the most successful films of that year.
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