If Cheech & Chong had made a Jason Bourne movie it might have looked a lot like American Ultra. It’s the story of stoner convenience store clerk Mike Howell – who discovers he’s actually a CIA super-agent who’s been sequestered in Limon, West Virginia following the Ultra Project shut down.
When a young hotshot CIA assistant director decides to eliminate Mike, things get out of hand really quickly.
Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) is the prototypical stoner/convenience store clerk – or so it seems. When a CIA agent (Connie Britton) makes a purchase while spouting what sounds to Mike like gibberish, his first response is, ‘Is that a lyric from something?’
But when he catches two guys messing with his car, suddenly he’s Jason Bourne – and the guys messing with car (CIA agents, WTF?) are dead. When he tells his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), her first response is ‘That’s awesome.’ (Clearly she doesn’t believe him.)
Now Mike and Phoebe are in a situation – life, death, the future of the world at stake, yadda-yadda-yadda.
American Ultra was written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X). It opens on August 21st. Check out the trailer after the jump.
In 1996, Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky accompanied David Wallace Foster on his book tour in support of the just published Infinite Jest. Over that time, Lipsky’s interview for Rolling Stone turned into a real, ongoing conversation.
The interview was never published and the tapes went into storage until, following Foster’s suicide in 2008, Lipsky dug them out and wrote a book about the experience.
The End of the Tour is a film based on that book and those tapes. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky and Jason Segal as Foster. The first trailer for the film is wonderful. check it out after the jump. The End of the Tour rolls into theaters on July 31st.
Zack Snyder has released two posters for Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice – and they are dark & twisted, as you can see frm the Superman poster above. Follow the jump to check out the Batman version.
Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Jason Momoa. It is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by David S. Goyer.
Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice premieres on March 25th, 2016.
After someone in Mexico posted a pirated copy of the Batman v Superman trailer, DC and Zack Snyder responded by making it available online in its full, in focus, deeply dark entirety. Check it out after the jump.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens wide – very wide – on May 25, 2016.
Summit Entertainment’s Now You See Me is one of the most intriguing movies of the summer, what with its blend of illusions and heists. After two terrific trailers, the movie’s opening sequence has been released online. It’s a clever introduction to the main characters and definitely draws us into the movie.
As a young boy, Abe Lincoln witnesses his Mom being killed by a vampire. But as he seeks revenge, he discovers a plan where vampires conquer the United States. As statesman by day and protector by night, he fights to stop a deadly scourge.
Starring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper.
Written by Seth Grahame-Smith.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
Produced by Jim Lemley, Timur Bekmambetov and Tim Burton.
Genre: Historical Action Horror Drama.
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Rio, from director Carlos Saldanha [the Ice Age Trilogy], is a fun romp in Rio de Janeiro at Carnivale time. The DVD comes with a surprising bounty of extras [thanks for remembering the majority of us who haven’t gone high-def, Fox Home Entertainment!].
It’s a tale of sound and fury; friendship betrayed; money and the internet. The Social Network may be the story of how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, but it has Shakespearean range and moves like a Jason Bourne movie. Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, the film is also practically littered with brilliant performances – and the DVD release gives them all their due.