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HOT TUB TIME MACHINE
Hot Tub Time Machine is so aware of how absurd its storyline is that it doesn’t even attempt to justify it. In place of extensive exposition explaining the logistics of time travel and what it means for them, the characters cover all bases through Terminator references and extensive cocaine usage. The downside to making this sort of deliberately silly comedy is that the audience never has a chance to invest in the growth of the characters or care about what’s at stake, but sometimes, being funny is enough. And aside from a cute little romance, that’s the only area in which Hot Tub Time Machine hopes to succeed—and does. While the film adheres to the utmost basics of story structure and formula, it never does so at the expense of a quick gag, and is mostly an excuse to engage its immensely likable cast in a series of outrageous situations highlighting one of two things (and frequently both): time travel, and the ’80s. Oh, and drugs, too.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as Theatrical Promotional Spots (“Production: Acting Like Idiots”, “Chevy Chase: The Nicest Guy in Hollywood”, “Totally Radical Outfits: Dayna Pink”, “Crispin Glover: One Armed Bellhop”), and a digital copy of the film.

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Newmarket To Distribute Creation

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When Creation played Toronto to largely dismissive reviews, the film’s producer attempted to drum up interest by manufacturing controversy. He claimed that the film wasn’t finding distribution in the US because of active Christian resistance to a film about Charles Darwin. So there’s no small irony to the fact that it has now been picked up for US distribution by Newmarket Films, the distributor of The Passion of the Christ. Read More »

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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its choice for opening night film, as well as a host of other pictures that will play among the festival’s 300-plus films. As expected, a healthy few Cannes veterans are in the mix as well as a number of other films we’re excited to see. (Like Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising, but not the Coen Bros. A Serious Man.)

Opening the fest is Jon Amiel‘s Creation, based on the life of Charles Darwin and starring real life husband and wife Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as Darwin and his wife. (See our article on the trailer.) Based on the Randal Keynes biography of Darwin called Annie’s Box, the fest says the film is “part ghost story, part psychological thriller, part heart-wrenching love story. Torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place, Darwin finds himself caught in a struggle between faith and reason, love and truth.”

You can keep up with the film schedule here. The list of more films playing the fest, with descriptions as written by the festival, is after the break. Read More »

Creation Movie Trailer

Creation

One of the trailers we missed last week was the British promotional trailer for Jon Amiel‘s Creation. Based on the book Annie’s Box by Randal Keynes, the great-grandson of Charles Darwin, the film tells the story of a world-renowned scientist who conceives a book which will essentially prove the non-existence of God. Of course we’re talking about Charles Darwin and “The Origin of Species.” The film tells the story on a more personal scale, telling how the “global revolution played out in confines of a small English village; a passionate marriage torn apart by the most dangerous idea in history; and a theory saved from extinction by the logic of a child.” Paul Bettany stars as Darwin, and Jennifer Connelly plays his wife Emma. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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