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Crazy Stupid Love

Director: Glenn Ficarra
Cast: Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Analeigh Tipton

29 July
Crazy Stupid Love


With the announcement that he is leaving The Office at the end of this season, all eyes are now on Steve Carrell and his fledgling film career. What makes this particular production so interesting is that, unlike his last few films (Dinner for Schmucks, Despicable Me, Date Night), the comic icon looks to be stretching himself, materially. Pairing up with Ryan Gosling, not known for his humor chops, is a bold move, and with a supporting cast that included Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and Kevin Bacon, all the pieces are definitely in place. Even better, the team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (responsible for Bad Santa and I Love You Phillip Morris) are behind this one, so fingers crossed.


 

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The Smurfs

Director: Raja Gosnell
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry

29 July
The Smurfs


Yikes! Get ready to have your childhood memories rap…retrofitted as Hollywood takes those beloved little blue cartoon characters, tosses them in to New York City, and bathes the entire production in a Alvin and the Chipmunks patina. In the place of Jason Lee is Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria takes on the role of Gargamel. Of course, none of this really matters, since all the kiddies will see is 3D minions bopping around the Big Apple, causing comic chaos and demanding that their action figure likeness be immediately purchased. Still holding out hope? Well, Scooby-Doo‘s Raja Gosnell is behind the camera. How’s that grab you?


 

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The Devil’s Double

Director: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Philip Quast, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim

29 July
The Devil’s Double


While the situation in Iraq has been played out from every military angle there is, this new film from director Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors, Die Another Day) offers one of the more unique approaches out there. Telling the story of Saddam Hussein’s reign, his son Uday, and Uday’s “fiday” (body double), we see the corrupt regime from the inside, including the opulent spending and political selfishness that led to their downfall. How much of the movie deals with the invasion and its aftermath is unknown, but reports hint that Uday’s sadistic and psychotic nature - and accompanying tortures and abuses - will not be spared.


 

Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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