What is Zach Braff doing behind the camera of the old-dudes comedy Going In Style?

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In the mushy geriatric yuk-fest Going In Style, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin decide to rob a bank. Well, okay, so it’s not the actors literally, but their characters—three struggling New York retirees—plotting the big score. But even in an onscreen world where Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan…

Going In Style wants to be the Last Vegas of geriatric bank robbery

Hey, anybody want an “old guys rob banks” movie that’s sort of like Last Vegas meets The Crew, The Bucket List, About Schmidt, Mad Money, and Dirty Grandpa? Plus, to sweeten the deal, it’s directed by Zach Braff, the auteur behind Wish I Was Here? That sound good to anyone? If so, Warner Bros. has a brand new trailer…

Michael Caine, Charlotte Rampling awarded as Europe’s top performers

The European Film Awards—that distant continent’s annual effort to best the Oscars in the race for “Film Award Statue That Most Resembles A Marital Aid”—were held today, with Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino and performers Michael Caine and Charlotte Rampling all winning big at the Berlin-based bash. Sorrentino’s…

Michael Caine lends his star power to the bewitching curiosities of Youth

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More than any other director currently working, with the possible exception of Terrence Malick, Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino conceives his films musically, working with motifs and movements as much as he does with traditional scenes. So it’s no surprise that his latest effort, Youth, is about a famous conductor whose best…

Reviled upon release, De Palma’s Dressed To Kill is a thrilling Criterion addition

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Brian De Palma doesn’t like psychiatrists. In films ranging from Sisters to Raising Cain, he’s presented them as mental manipulators bent on shading or erasing the memories of those unlucky enough to submit to their thrall. Considering his fervent interest in the perils of therapeutic tinkering, it’s a wonder he…

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel confront their twilight years in Youth

“You say emotions are overrated,” a white-haired Harvey Keitel says sadly. “Emotions are all we’ve got.” That’s the moment when this trailer for Youth, the new film from Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), lets you know you’re probably in for a real gut punch of a film. Youth follows an elderly composer…

Vin Diesel unleashes palooka-on-witch violence in The Last Witch Hunter trailer

How would you stop an uprising of witches threatening to eradicate every muggle on earth? You might make use of someone like The Last Witch Hunter’s Kaulder, played by Vin Diesel. Yes, he might have a fiery sword, but make no mistake; Kaulder is not your dad’s witch hunter. He drives a sick sports car. He mumbles with…

Golden gaffes: 12 more actors who won Oscars for the wrong movies (part 2 of 2)

One of the most popular criticisms lobbed at the Academy is that its members frequently choose the wrong performances by the right people. Sometimes this means “atoning” for a past oversight by rewarding weaker, later work; other times, it means bestowing praise upon a more palatable but less adventurous turn from an…

Kingsman is a slick, gory spy pastiche—just don’t think about it too hard

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Kingsman: The Secret Service is a live-action Hammacher Schlemmer catalog of pseudo-retro novelties, spiced up with self-aware asides and over-the-top violence—slick entertainment, provided the viewer turns off whatever part of their brain is responsible for recognizing and parsing subtext. Very loosely adapted from a…

Michael Caine says Daniel Radcliffe will play his son in Now You See Me sequel

2013’s Now You See Me was about a team of aggressively cool magicians—and Woody Harrelson—who stage a series of elaborate performances that are secretly tied to stealing from a bunch of corrupt bad guys. Mark Ruffalo plays an FBI agent on the magic beat who is determined to stop them, and Michael Caine is a rich guy…

The Trip To Italy is just more of the same from Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon

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Admittedly, the whole point of a sequel is to provide more of the same for those who enjoyed the original item, with a slight variation for novelty’s sake. It’s rare, though, to see an example of the form as blasé about its recycling as The Trip To Italy, which simply sends Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon out to have…