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Disney's Planes movie review

by Richard David Smith III As a 3-D animated movie intended for an audience of children, Disney Planes doesn’t give a movie critic much with which to work. Right off the top, I can tell you that Planes is not as deeply reflective of society as Wall-E nor nearly as emotional as Up…but these are things that adult critics with too much time on their hands worry about, not kids and parents. However, you might be surprised to learn that Planes, at least as far as plot goes, is actually nothing like its four-wheeled automotive predecessor, Disney’s Cars. In Cars, …

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AUGUST 2013 FILMS

August 2 2 GUNS Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. However, there is a big problem with their unique alliance; neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent. For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican …

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DRIFT movie review

by D. Otoni DRIFT movie review Ever get stoked riding waves on Jacksonville Beach? The thrill of feeling a surging mass of water beneath your feet is one that you’ll long remember. There have been plenty of surf movies over the years. Most have been quasi-documentaries like Endless Summer, Fantastic Plastic Machine, In God’s Hand have and have chronicled wave fever and shown places most of us can’t find on a world globe, let alone ever get to surf there. Every once in a while a filmmaker has the moxey to mix in a good story line for your viewing …

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STRANDED movie review

by Richard David Smith III As actors go, Christian Slater is like a quantum physics particle. From cult classics like “Heathers” and “True Romance” to disturbing films like “Very Bad Things” to delightful appearances in TV shows like “My Name is Earl,” you never know exactly where the Jack Nicholson School of Acting disciple is going to pop up next. “Stranded” finds Slater barking orders as Col. Gerard Brauchman, the commander of the moon base ARK, a four-person mineral expedition being conducted on the lunar surface from within a bio-dome structure that is under siege from an oncoming meteor shower. …

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R.I.P.D. movie review

by Richard David Smith III I must confess, R.I.P.D. had me at “Steely Dan.” Let me explain. You see, Steely Dan is the music of choice in the offices of R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department) because it, “seems to calm people down,” according to the head of the department, Proctor (played to stoic perfection by Mary-Louise Parker). Being a lifelong fan of Steely Dan, I appreciate any nod to the great Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. I also know that they are one of the stingiest bands in existence when it comes to their copywritten material (they once charged a …

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Man of Steel – Movie Review

by Katie Gile It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the return of a franchise! The long-awaited reboot of the man from Krypton has arrived in theaters with Watchmen director Zack Snyder at the helm. The film begins on Krypton, spinning a familiar tale of a baby named Kal El sent away to Earth to escape the ruined lands. Flash to many years later, Kal El, now called Clark Kent, is a young man. He moves in shadow, taking odd jobs under false identities to hide his superhuman gifts from a world he doesn’t believe he can trust. But Kent’s …

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DESPICABLE ME 2 movie review

by RICHARD DAVID SMITH III Being a grown man who doesn’t smoke weed, assessing the value of cartoon movies has never been an easy undertaking for me, so I would be remiss if I didn’t bring along with me my most valuable measuring devise for determining the quality of a children’s movie: my 20-month-year-old son, Rex Justiss. Rug rat in tow, I made my way into a packed theater screening of Despicable Me 2, where I made the unholy mistake of showing up only fifteen minutes before the movie’s starting time. I was left with what looked like a great …

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Love's Labour

by Richard David Smith III In my University of North Florida days, a literary professor of mine once called William Shakespeare “the world’s oldest soap opera writer.” This description becomes apparent when you are watching Joss Whedon’s version of The Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” When stripped of the nobility of period costume and the world-renowned stage of the Globe Theater, it really does become soap opera-ish. Filmed in black and white over a period of 12 days, the movie is set in modern times and the dialogue is spoken in Shakespeare’s original prose, consisting of early modern English. We’ve …

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COASTAL GEORGIA FILM ALLIANCE CALLS FOR EXTRAS

If you’ve ever wanted to be in the movies, perhaps this is your chance. The Coastal Georgia Film Alliance (CGFA) has put out a call for extras for the filming of “Preserve,” an apocalyptic story that takes place 170 years after a disaster has driven humanity underground. Survivors finally emerge to the surface and seek safe harbor in an unwelcoming world. The Film Alliance is seeking adults between the ages of 18 and 55 who are physically fit as they will be playing roles that require running. According to CGFA talent coordinator and vice chair, Barbara Ryan, the scene calls …

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GUSTAVO COOPER

Going into production for Copiii we knew we had a lot to cover. Our plan was to shoot 97 pages in 14 days. One of the most challenging things about doing something like this in such a short amount of time is just that: time is against you. With the help and support of Jonathan Shepard, Duane A. Sikes and Tommy Ziccour we were able to assemble an all-star team of producers, sound engineers, gaffers, electrical, wardrobe, makeup and special effects gurus. Another piece to the puzzle, I will never forget, is our amazing cast. Our casting director, Courtney Gardner, …

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