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Movie Review: The Congress Fails To Deliver On Its Initial Promise

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The CongressThe opening shot of Ari Folman’s (Waltz With Bashir) The Congress is the single best part of the movie. Harvey Keitel’s silver-tongued Hollywood agent Al talks off screen while the camera focuses solely on Robin Wright (The Princess Bride). Playing a version of herself—that is, an actress named Robin Wright—the long take is nothing but her reactions. It’s like she’s giving a demonstration of how to act. There’s nothing huge, every move is so subtle that you almost miss them, but she conveys an incredible range of emotion and feeling. She’s mesmerizing, and from this moment on all you want is to watch her to see what she does next. The problem with this live-action/animation hybrid is that it is a slow, steady downhill slide from this beginning.

Loosely based on Stanislaw Lem’s novella The Futurological Congress, Wright sells her image to Miramount Studio—this is where the future of movies are going—to do with as they like. Once they scan her expressions, body, and emotions, the execs can, and do, simply plug her computer-generated likeness into any vapid blockbuster they please. 20 years later she attends the Futurological Congress in an animated zone and the film turns into a Day-Glo version of Heavy Metal full of empty philosophical asides. There are multiple jumps in time, utopias where you can become whatever you want, and insurgents with an anti-technological bend.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes: The Discussion Continues

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PoA_THUMBRemember how skeptical you were before Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened in 2011? It was hard not to be with the lingering taste of Tim Burton’s 2001 attempt to reboot Planet of the Apes still hanging around after a decade. Well, this weekend, Matt Reeves and 20th Century Fox delivered the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to wild success on just about every level you can imagine. The special effects are a triumph, critics are losing their mind over the film—there are some that don’t adore it, but there aren’t many who hate it—and it also managed to earn $73 million over the course of its opening weekend, not bad.

Brent totally loved the movie, while Nick only strongly enjoyed it, and earlier today they got together to break it down. It should go without saying that there are SPOILERS ahead, but we’re going to say it anyway, beware, there are SPOILERS beyond this point. Read on if you dare.

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Chris Carter Is Planning A Long Run For Amazon’s The After

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CarterWhen news first broke last year that X-Files creator Chris Carter was returning from his long retirement with a new Amazon pilot called The After, we were more than a little excited. After all, this is the guy responsible for one of the defining science fiction series of the last several decades, and he’s been out of the limelight since 2008’s humdrum X-Files movie sequel I Want to Believe. On the other hand, X-Files’ last few seasons were wildly uneven, and I Want to Believe just made me want to forget it exists. Will The After return Carter to fighting shape like we’re hoping? Well, he certainly seems optimistic about his chances, as he’s apparently planning on the show running 99 episodes. As in “91 episodes longer than its current Amazon order.”

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Matt Reeves Could Make Passion Project The Invisible Woman Before Third Apes Movie

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dawn of the planet of the apesFox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes proved that Matt Reeves is the quality blockbuster filmmaker his earlier films hinted at, so it’s obvious that his next project is a hot topic among moviegoers. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was still seven months away from its release when Fox had Reeves sign the dotted line to write and direct the next Apes sequel, but will that actually be his next feature, or will it be something else entirely?

For the past six years, Reeves has wanted to make an original sci-fi flick called The Invisible Woman, which has nothing to do with actual invisibility or either the 1940 or 2013 films of the same name. Speaking with Coming Soon, Reeves revealed it’s within the realm of possibility that he could make The Invisible Woman as his next movie, though it isn’t the most likely scenario.

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Star Trek Fans Rejoice, Roberto Orci May Not Direct Star Trek 3

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enterpriseAccording to recent reports when Star Trek 3 drops, supposedly in 2016, they could finally get around to the whole “boldly going where no man has gone before” portion of the story, which is something fans of the original franchise would really like to see from the rebooted series. That’s something to get excited about. One thing that hasn’t exactly ignited a wildfire of enthusiasm, however, is the idea of Robert Orci directing the film. We thought that was set in stone, but according to a recent interview, he has not been officially confirmed as the helmer by Paramount. Stick your head out the window and you can practically hear the collective sigh of relief from fans.

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Four Guardians Of The Galaxy TV Spots Focus On Star-Lord, Drax, And Gamora

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Are you excited for Guardians of the Galaxy yet? Odds are, if you’re a regular visitor to the shores here at GFR Island, you pretty pumped up for this one. But just in case you aren’t already frothing at the mouth for this sarcastic deep space adventure, Marvel is going to absolutely bury you up to your neck in promotion before the film opens on August 1. Don’t believe me? Well here are four, yes four, new TV spots for the latest offering from the comic book giant. I get that this isn’t one of their better known properties and that they’re doing their best to familiarize general audiences with the characters and premise, but damn, this is getting silly.

The first extended spot focuses on Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, leader of a mismatched gang of intergalactic outlaws that includes Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel). Also know as Peter Jason Quill, this gives you a little bit of background, including that he is from Earth, though he left, or was taken away, at a very young age. You also learn about his penchant for cassette tapes and sweet rocking jams.