Movie Review: ‘Scream 4′

Note: This review was originally published earlier this week.

The Scream series has always been a great, commercial representation for our love of cinema. They’re the rare movies that said, “If you are a fan of movies, this is for you” and actually found success. The problem with that, however, was as the films got more and more self-aware, character and storyline took more and more of a back seat. There in lies the problem with Scream 4. It tries so hard to be smarter, funnier, gorier and scarier than all of its predecessors that it often misses the mark. When it hits the mark, it hits it hard and in a near totally redeeming manner, but it’s impossible to totally redeem a lazy narrative structure that’s almost devoid of scares. Fans of the franchise will find plenty to enjoy, but others might find themselves frustrated.

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Salma Hayek is a possible pick to be the matriarch of the drug cartel, and Benicio Del Toro is now signing on to play the cartel’s enforcer, who sets the kidnapping, and therefore the plot, in motion. Some script work is being done now by Oliver Stone, Don Winslow and Shane Salerno, and there are ongoing discussions with a couple of studios to pick up the project — Universal seems like the likely home right now. [Deadline]

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New ‘Scream 4′ Photos

We’re just over a month away from the April 15 release of the 11-year in the making fourth installment in the Scream saga, Scream 4. In this new version, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is a best-selling author who comes back to town to do a book signing. There she reunites with some friends (David Arquette and Courteney Cox), family (Emma Roberts and Mary McDonnell) and also the Ghostface killer. Check out four, brand new, official images and more after the jump. Read More »

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Homework tells the story of George (played by former child star Freddie Highmore), a lonely underachieving teen who is about to fail high school in the end of his senior year. He is befriended by his crush, a girl named Sally, but he is unable to express his feelings for her. His parents are fighting, and he must complete a year’s worth of homework in a two week period or face expulsion.

And did I mention that the story is set in New York City and indie it girl Emma Roberts plays the romantic interest? Sounds like your typical Sundance coming of age romantic drama… and it is.

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The fourth Scream film, either called Scream 4 or Scre4m, depending on where you look, is rapidly approaching. But even with the April 15 release date coming relatively soon, the film is still in the midst of the post-production process. Test screenings of the Wes Craven-directed horror sequel are underway and the flyer for the test screening has a brand new plot synopsis. There’s nothing too revealing about this, especially if you’ve seen the trailer, so feel free to check it out after the jump. Read More »

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