Writer-director Martin McDonagh has received numerous accolades as a playwright but it wasn’t until his first theatrical feature In Bruges that he amassed a new following with film lovers. The direct and debonair style of that debut film surprised those who saw it, proving not only that Colin Farrell is a great actor when he wants to be but also introducing McDonagh as a force to be reckoned with in film.

He has teamed with Colin Farrell yet again for his follow-up feature Seven Psychopaths and it’s a deliberate change of pace for the duo. It lacks the focus and depth of In Bruges but still manages to stand on its own as solid entertainment.

Farrell stars as Marty, an alcoholic wannabe writer with (of course) writer’s block. His new idea for a novel boasts a catchy title (Seven Psychopaths) and nothing else. He’s plagued with no research, no imagination and absolutely no inspiration. But inspiration for better or worse comes in the form of Marty’s dog-stealing friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), a loose cannon who epitomizes the word psycho. Billy is the last person Marty should listen to but out of desperation and laziness, they begin to work together, recruiting actual psychopaths for inspiration.

The ensuing research leads on a collision course of brutal violence, lost dogs and a spiritual trip through the desert. Seven Psychopaths is a scattered and interesting mess but amidst the chaos still has fun with itself. There are flashbacks and dream sequences that border on the absurd, but that’s the point. The poignancy of In Bruges is nowhere to be found in Seven Psychopaths but both films share a very dark sense of humor that while subdued in the former, is let loose in the latter.

The film’s ensemble cast also includes Woody Harrelson as a ruthless gangster with a weakness for his prized Shih Tzu, Tom Waits as a deranged killer and Christopher Walken as the other half of the dognapping duo. In fact, Walken and Rockwell completely steal the movie in their limited scenes together and embody a yin-and-yang relationship. One is a beaten-down man looking for an easy way out and the other is a ticking time bomb, bristling with energy and ready to explode at a moment’s notice.

McDonagh’s dialogue shines the most in Rockwell’s psychotic portrayal of Billy with Walken playing the straight man. If there’s any justice during this year’s Oscar race, Rockwell will at the very least be nominated for his earth-scorching performance. He’s that good and while opinions may be mixed on the film itself there’s no doubt the man is the obvious standout amidst a barrage of heavy-hitters. That’s saying something.

Grade: B

Rated: R (for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use)

Seven Psychopaths opens in theaters on October 12, 2012 and was screened as a part of Midnight Madness at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Nickelodeon debuts action-packed ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ trailer at SDCC

The brand new trailer features tons of nods to the original 90s game show!

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Get ready for a serious dose of nostalgia, 90s kids! Nickelodeon just premiered the trailer for the upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie at San Diego Comic-Con and you’re definitely going to want to check it out!

The upcoming made-for-TV movie centers around three siblings who find themselves immersed in the temple after breaking away from a jungle tour. Once inside, they discover all the legends they’ve grown up hearing about the mysterious temple are actually real.

Being trapped in the temple itself may sound cool at the beginning, but the siblings will soon learn that getting out may be tougher than they originally anticipated. They’ll have to follow the map and survive the Temple’s many hidden rooms if they want to make it out unscathed.

Check out the first trailer for Legends of the Hidden Temple below!

Fans of the original game show are sure to recognize quite a few of the most iconic aspects taken from the beloved 90s series. Olmec aside, the first action-packed trailer includes mentions of the steps of knowledge, the shrine of the silver monkey, and more— They’ve even managed to slip in mentions of some of the old teams contestant were able to play on when competing on the original game show!

The upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie reunites Kirk Fogg (original TV how host) and Dee Bradley Baker (original voice of Olmec), and additionally stars Isabela Moner, Colin Critchley, and Jet Jurgensmeyer.

Legends of the Hidden Temple premieres on Nickelodeon in the fall of 2016

What did you think of the first trailer for ’Legends of the Hidden Temple’?

Hot off the heels of the Wonder Woman trailer DC has released our first look at the art for Justice League as well as the first trailer!

It’s a very exciting day to be a DC movies fan! After debuting the Wonder Woman trailer earlier today, DC surprised everyone with the first official Justice League trailer which has been simultaneously released publicly during its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. It should be noted that the video, posted on Director Zack Snyder’s Twitter account, includes a title card at the beginning denoting that this video was made specifically for fans at Comic-Con. “The following footage was prepared by the filmmakers as a special look for fans in attendance at Comic-Con 2016.”

Click full screen, turn up your volume, and get ready for this!


The “trailer” (if that’s what we’re calling it) doesn’t give away much about the plot of the movie, however. It features Bruce Wayne checking in and recruiting Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash – the three of which weren’t as heavily featured in this year’s Batman V Superman.

One of the more thrilling parts of the video is when Bruce Wayne shows up to meet The Flash and throws a Batarang at him. We get to see the slow motion perspective of The Flash while a Batarang whizzes by his face, with him ultimately realizing who has just appeared before him. Before Bruce even has a second to sell him on joining the Justice League, he’s interrupted. “Stop right there. I’m in,” says The Flash.

After the mixed reviews of Batman V Superman from earlier this year, it looks like Justice League might have taken some notes from the massive success of Deadpool’s light-hearted but serious comic book movie template. It already feels like this ensemble cast will lend itself to making up some ground in terms of likability. Ezra Miller’s The Flash is easily the “you-gotta-love-this-kid” character based on his one scene alone. Meanwhile, Aquaman will appeal to those burly, rugged Wolverine style fans. Both character types were missing from the sometimes confusing Batman V Superman.

Check out the full photo of the Justice League featuring our first detailed looks of The Flash, Cyborg, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman together in one place.

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We still have a while before we get to hit theaters for Justice League. The superhero sure-to-be blockbuster is set to hit theaters November 17, 2017.

What did you think of your first look at the upcoming Justice League movie?

WB debuted a new trailer for Wonder Woman on Saturday morning at San Diego Comic-Con.

Gal Gadot and the cast of Wonder Woman introduced the new trailer, which offers a massive new look at the first female-led super hero movie (during this new wave of super hero madness, anyway). Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor and Gadot’s Diana Prince seem to have some great chemistry. And unsurprisingly, Wonder Woman gets up to a lot of ass-kicking in the three minute preview. Perhaps one of the coolest moments is when she fends off a lot of fire power, and one of the funniest moments comes at the end, when Diana equates Steve’s secretary to a slave. Watch below:

The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins, who has clearly done an amazing job bringing Wonder Woman to life with Gadot.

A new poster for Wonder Woman was also released, finally revealing her (colorful!) costume:

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Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017. The film’s synopsis reads:

Wonder Woman hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.